INDIAN WELLS (AP/RTR) – Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev and Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka are not yet taking into account that they may make their appearance at Wimbledon in July. Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the two were not welcome at the grand slam tournament last year.
The British newspaper Daily Telegraph reported last week that Wimbledon intends to lift the boycott for players from Russia and Belarus. However, Medvedev kept a low profile at the tournament in Indian Wells. “We hear rumours. I would be very happy if I can play at Wimbledon again. I love the tournament, but if not, I will wait for the next chance to return.”
Sabalenka says she wants to stay away from speculation. “I found it super painful last year that I couldn’t play at Wimbledon,” said the Australian Open winner. “But I now know that I can’t control it. I really hope we can play there again. It’s a beautiful place and I love the audience. But what can I do if it’s not allowed? Nothing.”
The tennis star says she has had a hard time with the situation. “I really thought it was my fault. But I now realize that I didn’t do anything bad to the Ukrainian people. This is not my fault and I have no control over the situation.” Wimbledon was the only grand slam tournament last year where players from Russia and Belarus were not welcome.
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