Tennis News: Despite the ban on Russians and Belarusians, Daniil Medvedev is still hopeful of competing at Wimbledon

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Tennis News: Despite tournament organisers banning Russians and Belarusians from competing at the Grand Slam owing to the invasion of Ukraine, Daniil Medvedev has not given up hope of appearing at Wimbledon next month.

In reaction to Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) excluded players from both nations from competing at this year’s Wimbledon.

The AELTC claimed it reached the decision after consulting with the government, but US Open champion Medvedev remains hopeful that the decision would be reversed at the last minute.

“I don’t know if this decision is 100 per cent and it’s over [for me],” the Russian, who will be returning to action in Geneva after spending the last six weeks recovering from a hernia operation, said.

“If I can play, I’m going to be happy to play in Wimbledon. I love this tournament. If I cannot play – well, I’m going to try to play other tournaments and prepare well for next year if I have the chance to play.”

If the ban remains in place, the two tours have threatened to strip Wimbledon of its ranking points, thereby reducing the world’s most famous tennis tournament to an exhibition event.

“I tried to follow what’s happening because I don’t have any decisions to make. It’s right now about Wimbledon itself, the ATP, maybe the British government is involved,” he said.

“It’s a tricky situation and like every situation in life, you ask 100 players, everybody’s going to give a different opinion.

“[When] you show a tennis ball to 100 people, I’m sure some of them are going to say it’s green and not yellow. I think it’s yellow. [But] if somebody tells me it’s green, I’m not going to get in conflict with this person.”

Medvedev, who lost to Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final in January, missed the start of the European clay-court season, skipping events in Monte Carlo, Madrid, and Rome to regain his fitness.

He is the top seed in the Geneva clay-court tournament and will face Richard Gasquet or John Millman in the second round.

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