Wimbledon decision ‘illogical and discriminatory’ declares Andrey Rublev
Andrey Rublev has strongly opposed the decision made by Wimbledon to ban him and fellow Russian and Belarusian players from the 2022 event, even putting forward and alternative solution to allow athletes to compete.
The world number eight suggested that instead of banning players outright, they could donate any prize money winning from the tournament to humanitarian aid for Ukraine.
The news comes after both the ATP and WTA roundly condemned the move by Wimbledon to ban the players as discrimination, while Ukrainian pro Elina Svitolina suggested they should be allowed to play should they clearly oppose Vladimir Putin and the invasion of her nation.
Rublev said from the Serbia Open in Belgrade according to the BBC: “The reasons they gave us had no sense, they were not logical.
“What is happening now is complete discrimination against us.
He added: “To give all the prize money would have a more positive effect to humanitarian help, to the families who are suffering, to the kids who are suffering.”
Rublev joins the likes of world number one Novak Djokovic in his opposition to the policy.
WTA joins ATP in criticising Wimbledon and the LTA for banning Russian and Belarusian athletes from their events.
The word ‘discrimination’ gets quite an airing. pic.twitter.com/IdeGO1X5Eb
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On court, Rublev downed Taro Daniel 6-3, 6-3 to reach the semi-finals in Belgrade, setting a 10th career meeting with Fabio Fognini, a head-to-head the Italian leads 5-4.
He told the crowd: “Hopefully tomorrow will be a great match and the people will enjoy it.”
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