The Russian Andrey Rublev, N.8 in the world, considered this Thursday that the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian tennis players of the next Wimbledon tournament because of the conflict in Ukraine was “totally discriminatory”.
“The reasons that they (Wimbledon) they gave us did not make any sense, they were not logical”, dclarified within the framework of the ATP 250 tournament in Belgrade.
“What’s going on right now it is totally discriminatory against us,” he continued.
“That is not going to change anything,” assured the player.who had written “No war please” on a television camera during a competition in Dubai just after the invasion.
“Giving the tournament prizes as humanitarian aid, to the families who suffer, to the children who suffer, that is something that would have had an impact,” Indian.
The organizers of the Grand Slam on grass had announced on Wednesday the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian players from the 2022 edition of the tournament. due to the war in Ukraine, a decision was protested by the ATP and the WTA.
The four Grand Slam tournaments (Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open) are separate from the men’s and women’s circuits, in which Russians and Belarusians are allowed to participate, albeit under a neutral flag.