Considered the most beautiful tournament in the world, Wimbledon remains a tournament apart.
A state within a state that does as it sees fit.
In reaction to the Russian invasion in Ukraine at the end of February, the London Grand Slam and the LTA (British Tennis Federation) decided on April 20 not to welcome any Russian or Belarusian representatives from June 27 to July 10.
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A radical decision whereas until now in the world of tennis, only the national teams representing these two countries had been struck off and that, on the individual circuit and in the other Grand Slams (Roland-Garros and at the US Open at the end August), they had and will have the right to play without a flag and without mention of nationality.
“In the context of an unjustified and unprecedented military aggression, it would be unacceptable for the Russian regime to derive any advantage from the participation of Russian or Belarusian players in the championships”
, justified the organizers of Wimbledon.
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