“Since Russia is very strong in tennis and our tennis players are, in fact, at the top of world rankings, the competition itself will be affected by their suspension,” he told the country’s media.
In the opinion of the head of the Kremlin’s press office, making sportsmen hostage to some political prejudices, political intrigues and hostility to our country, is unacceptable.
“I would like to wish the guys that, despite this, they do their best not to lose their form and not to lose their world tennis class,” he noted.
Earlier, The New York Times reported that Wimbledon organizers decided not to allow Russian and Belarussian tennis players to participate in the tournament, where world number two Daniil Medvedev was scheduled to compete.
Also scheduled to compete were the number eight of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), Andrei Rubliov, Karen Khachanov (number 26), Aslan Karatsev (30), as well as in the women’s competition Anastasia Pavliuchenkova (number 15 of the Women’s Tennis Association), Daria Kasatkina (26), Veronika Kudermetova (29), Liudmila Samsonova (31), Ekaterina Aleksandrova (39).
Western sanctions against Russia after the beginning of the military operation in Ukraine on February 24 had a strong impact on key sectors of the Ukrainian economy, finance and trade, as well as in culture and sports.