BAN “NOT FAIR”
Stakhovsky wants Russians banned from all sports.
However, six-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic believes that would be a step too far.
“I just don’t see how they have contributed to anything that is really happening. I don’t feel it’s fair,” said Djokovic, adding that Russian and Belarusians be allowed to play under neutral flags.
That’s what happens in the week-in, week-out ATP and WTA tours.
When Wimbledon announced its ban, the two tours retaliated by stripping the tournament of ranking points.
“In terms of the response from the ATP, I didn’t really agree with it. I just don’t see who it helps,” said two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.
“All the players have still showed up to play here, so I don’t see how it puts the ATP in a stronger position moving forwards.”
In a further move, Wimbledon said that it will provide tournament tickets to Ukrainian refugees living in the local areas of south-west London.
All England Club officials will also donate £250,000 (US$306,000) to the refugees’ charity.
That humanitarian gesture, however, hasn’t softened Nick Kyrgios’ belief that the ban was ill-advised.
“I don’t think it was a good idea to ban the Russian players. Medvedev is the best we have in our sport right now,” said the Australian player.
“Whenever we have cameras on and a lot of people tuning in, you want our best players to be on showcase for the sport to grow.
“I’m disappointed they’re not here. It’s weird not seeing Medvedev here.”
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