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The Wimbledon Open started in parallel with the big discussions. Due to the brutal war waged by Russia in Ukraine, Russian and Belarusian athletes were cut off from the third Grand Slam of the year, which divided the opinion of the tennis community in two. For example, Novak Djokovic does not agree with the decision of the All England Club and (organizers of Wimbledon Open 2022) openly criticizes Wimbledon 2022 organizers for it.
I am a child of war. Or rather, the wars I went through in the 90s. Still, I can not agree to cut my colleagues from Wimbledon. None of them support the war. “I think cutting them off is unfair,” said the reigning Wimbledon champion.
Other Athletes about Wimbledon 2022
Australian Nick Kyrgios does not consider it a good idea to cut Russian athletes either: “It is unusual that, for example, Daniel Medvedev will not play,” says the Australian.
According to Djokovic, it would be better for Russian and Belarusian athletes to land under a neutral flag, as happened at the French Open. However, the Serb is trying to make Wimbledon organizers understand: “It is very difficult to say what is right and what is not,” Djokovic added.
According to Andy Murray, it is wrong that ATP and WTA rating points will not be drawn at Wimbledon Open. “I do not know who likes it. All tennis players will agree with me. “I do not understand why the ATP decided to do so,” said the two-time Wimbledon winner.
Ukrainian ex-tennis player Sergei Stakhovsky said in an interview with the German “Süddeutsche Zeitung” that the All England Club (organizers of Wimbledon Open 2022) made a very correct, moreover, historic decision: “The signals that Wimbledon sent to Ukraine with this decision add to our courage. “Nothing is more important than human life, and Wimbledon is on the right side,” Stakhovsky said. “Wimbledon is always at the forefront when it comes to justice. “Wimbledon combines aristocracy and morality.”
We would like to remind you that today, June 27, the main draw matches will start at the Wimbledon tournament. Novak Djokovic will start Wimbledon 2022 on the June of 27th, against the South Korean Kwon Soon-woo, ranked no.52 in the ranking by the Association of Tennis Professionals.