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Daniil Medvedev will not challenge Wimbledon’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players

Players from Russia and Belarus have been banned from participating in the season's third Grand Slam event following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Updated - 22 May 2022 7:44 pm

Former world number one and Grand Slam winner Daniil Medvedev has decided to not challenge Wimbledon over the ban on Russian and Belarus players but has reportedly stated that ‘there are a lot of errors’ in the controversial decision. Notably, players from both nations have been banned from participating in the season’s third Grand Slam event following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

While speaking to the media on Sunday, Medvedev said that he is not going to court but feels the decision has many problems. “If I won’t be able to play, I’m not going to go to court for this one,” said the world number 2. Notably, the ATP is yet to make a decision on the Wimbledon controversy.

Both the ATP and WTA could decide to strip the high-profile tournament of ranking points in response to the ban. Medvedev further added that he loves Wimbledon as a tournament, and despite not having excellent results on grass, he always looks forward to playing on it. “Although I had unlikely results so far, I managed to win one tournament. If I cannot play this year, I’m going try to play next year’s and try to play well there,” he said.

Despite the ban, Medvedev plans to play in the grass-court events this summer at s-Hertogenbosch, Halle, and Mallorca and will look to add more titles to his cabinet. However, Medvedev’s priority is the French Open, where he qualified for the quarter-finals last year, following four successive first-round exits. “Novak Djokovic and Rafale Nadal, it’s incredible how they play here and execute themselves,” he said.

Medvedev, the runner-up to Nadal at the Australian Open in January, has played just one clay-court match this year after undergoing hernia surgery.


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