Christopher Clayton, George Marshall, and Jean-Michel Legg contend that criticizing Wimbledon’s decision to exclude players from Russia and Belarus is incorrect. Criticism of Wimbledon’s ban on Russian and Belarusian players (Letters, 22 April) seems to me to exemplify the now prevalent notion that people are completely self-contained individuals with little collective identity (“There is no such thing [as a society]”). Margaret Thatcher (1987) stated, “There are individual men and women, and then there are families.”
Because this is demonstrably nonsense, allowing such players to compete would send the message to Russian viewers that invading another sovereign state, killing tens of thousands of people, and turning cities like Mariupol into uninhabitable ruins are less important than hitting a ball over a net, and that these are less important than hitting a ball over a net.
Which Players Will Be Affected By The Ban?
The AELTC stated that it had a responsibility to “restrict Russia’s global influence using the toughest means feasible” in explaining its decision.” It would be unacceptable for the Russian regime to benefit from the presence of Russian or Belarusian players in the context of such unjustifiable and unprecedented military action,” the AELTC said in a statement.
“As a result, we regretfully announce that Russian and Belarusian players will be unable to compete at Wimbledon.”Last year’s competition saw Sabalenka reach the semi-finals, while Medvedev reached the fourth round of the grass-court warm-up event in’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the world number 15 from Russia, and Victoria Azarenka, the world number 18 from Belarus, will both be absent. Andrey Rublev of Russia is in eighth place in the men’s standings, while Karen Khachanov of Russia is in 26th place. Coaches, umpires, and physiotherapists are the only people who aren’t allowed to participate in the tournament.
While the Lawn Tennis Association has barred Russian and Belarusian players from competing in the United Kingdom this summer, they will all be eligible to compete in the French Open, which begins in May. On the tennis circuit, players from both countries are permitted to compete, but not under their respective national flags.
Why The Ban On Russian Tennis Players At Wimbledon Is Unjustifiable:
The tournament’s prohibition on Russian and Belarussian players is hypocritical, according to Bruce Hamm. Peter Nicklin, Fay Marshall, Prof. Paul Gilbert, and Stuart Kerr also wrote letters.
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Wimbledon to Ban Russian Players From Tournament, Including Medvedev:
The All England Club stated Wednesday that Russian and Belarusian tennis players will be barred from competing in Wimbledon, the year’s third grand slam competition. The decision was first published by the Guardian earlier in the day. The English tournament placed a ban on Russian and Belarusian players, something no other ATP or WTA event has done.
The announcement reads, “Given the profile of The Championships in the United Kingdom and around the world, it is our responsibility to play our part in the widespread efforts of Government, industry, sporting and creative institutions to limit Russia’s global influence using the strongest means possible.”
“It would be unacceptable for the Russian dictatorship to benefit from the engagement of Russian or Belarusian players in The Championships in the face of such unlawful and unprecedented military aggression.”
“As a result, we regretfully intend to deny Russian and Belarusian players’ registration to The Championships 2022.”If “circumstances materially alter between now and June,” the club has the option to reverse its decision.