Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev likely to be banned after Ukraine calls for banning Russian tennis players »FirstSportz

Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev
Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev

Against the backdrop of the Ukraine-Russia crisis, the European Union imposed sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. Now, new restrictions can be imposed on Russian athletes, banning them from competing at international events. If this is approved, top Russian players including Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev are likely to be banned from upcoming tournaments.

After months of denying the invasion, Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced an all-out war against neighboring Ukraine under the guise of “military operations”. This sly move has met with severe restrictions imposed by the West to isolate Russia. The consequences of this are also being felt in the sports world. Tennis tournaments have been moved out of Russia, recently an ATP 250 tournament in St.Petersburg was moved to Nur-Sultan. However, the ATP did not state any reason for the relocation. The ITF also canceled all tournaments taking place in Russia indefinitely.

Now, athletes from Ukraine have demanded more severe sanctions against Russia and also proposed a comprehensive ban on the participation of Russian athletes in sports tournaments. The Ukrainian Tennis Federation also sent letters to the ITF and Tennis Europe, banning Russia and Belarus from hosting international tournaments, and issued a ban on Russian athletes from competing in these tournaments.

“Russia and Belarus have the right not only to hold international competitions in their own territories, but also to participate in all ITF individual and team tournaments abroad,” statement read.

This raises serious doubts about the participation of the Russian and Belarusian players on the tour. Top Russian players may have to miss tournaments if the ban is passed. The next big tournament is scheduled to take place at Indian Wells. Just crowned number 1 in the world Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, Karen Khachanovand Aslan Karatsev is in the main draw of the tournament, while on the WTA side, Aryna SabalenkaVeronika Kudermetova and Victoria Azarenka are some notable players on the attendance list. Now with the proposal of a total ban on Russian athletes, the uncertainty about their participation.

Meanwhile, the players themselves have spoken out about their support from Ukraine. Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev recently spoke out against war and called for peace. Rublev even expressed solidarity with Ukraine and wrote a ‘Don’t let war’ post during the just ended Dubai Tennis Championships

ITF suspends all tournaments in Russia

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ITF recently postponed an ITF World Tennis Tour M15 event scheduled for April and also suspended all tournaments scheduled to take place in Russia in response to the Ukraine invasion.

“Our first and highest priority is protecting the safety of tennis players and all those who come and participate in ITF events. Due to growing security concerns, the ITF has postponed the ITF World Tennis Tour M15 event that will take place in Ukraine this April and has canceled all ITF events taking place in Russia indefinitely. ITF statement read.

Also read: “Every child should not stop dreaming”, Daniil Medvedev wrote an emotional message on behalf of every child, calling for world peace

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