Daniel Medvedev there is nothing better than a return to Wimbledon, but the sixth Russian is not affected by reports that the All England Club can lift the ban on Russian and Belarusian players.
The UK Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) came under pressure from the British government to implement the ban last year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, resulting in a ban on the court. Grand Slam at Wimbledon.
It was reported by Britain’s Daily Telegraph last week Wimbledon it seems that the ban will be lifted, but Medvedev was not encouraged when asked about the difficult tournament in Indian Wells.
“Just like last year, you know, we hear stories,” he said, adding when asked that he had heard nothing from the organizers and that it was unexpected.
“I know that I am not the one who will make this decision for them or help them to make this decision,” said Medvedev. “They have to do it on their own for their own reasons, like they did last year.
“I have always said that I will respect this decision. I will play where I can play. Last year I could not play Wimbledon – I trained hard where I live there.
“That’s all I can do, tennis is my job, so I’ll be very happy to play Wimbledon. I’m very happy with this tournament, but if it’s not expected, I will wait for the opportunity to return. there.”
Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus said she was trying to “avoid” speculation after she found the ban last year “very painful”.
So, he said, he knows “I can’t control it.
“They will do whatever they want and I really hope we will play there.
“I like the tournament, it’s a beautiful place and I like the crowd… I just hope they will let us play. If not, then what can I do? done? Nothing.”
Sabalenka said she was able to distance herself from the debate about the conflict last year.
“At first I was really worried about it and I didn’t know what to do,” he said. “I thought this was my fault.
“And then I realized, yes, it’s not under my control and I didn’t do anything bad against the Ukrainian people. It’s not my fault (I don’t have) control over the situation.”
Last year, the LTA banned Russian and Belarusian players for five rounds.
Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam to have a ban with the ATP and WTA banning its world championships.
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