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Tennis.  Medvedev, Rublev, Azarenka… what are the positions of those excluded from Wimbledon on the war in Ukraine?

Daniil Medvedev (World No.2)

The Russian player, desperately looking for the world number 1 spot since losing it to Novak Djokovic, will not be able to count on Wimbledon to earn points in the ATP rankings. Eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Miami Masters 1000 at the end of March, Medvedev immediately announced his unavailability for one to two months due to back problems.

On the question of the war in Ukraine, the Russian remained rather evasive. “As a tennis player, I want to promote peace around the world. We play in so many different countries, I’ve been to so many countries as a junior and as a pro. It’s just not easy to hear all this news…”, he declared on the sidelines of the Acapulco tournament at the end of February, only a few hours after the start of the Russian invasion.

Andrey Rublev (World No.8)

Rublev will also be missed. The 24-year-old player, eliminated in the round of 16 of the Masters 1000 in Monte-Carlo by Jannik Sinner, is currently playing in the Serbian Open, on the lands of Novak Djokovic. He had gained notoriety for having written on a camera “no war please” during a competition in Dubai just after the invasion. Before developing in a press conference: “At times like these, you realize that my match is not important. It’s not about my game, how it affects me, because what’s happening in Ukraine is much more terrible and, as I said, we realize how important it is to have peace in the world, to respect each other no matter what and to be united. We need to take care of our planet and each other, and that’s the most important thing. »

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Victoria Azarenka (World No.18)

The Belarusian, former world No.1 and crowned twice at the Australian Open, was more explicit. “It is heartbreaking to see how many innocent people have been and continue to be affected by this violence,” the 32-year-old said in March. I have always seen and experienced Ukrainians and Belarusians as friendly people and supportive of each other. It is difficult to witness the violent separation that is currently taking place”.

At the Indian Wells tournament, she had burst into tears in the middle of the match during her 6-3, 6-4 defeat against Kazakh Elena Rybakina, which had suggested that she was experiencing events in Ukraine badly, she who s was said to be “destroyed” on Twitter.

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Aryna Sabalenka (World No.4)

Currently in the round of 16 of the Stuttgart tournament, the Belarusian was questioned in March about the events in Ukraine during a press conference. To the journalist who asked her if she could play with a blue and yellow headband in support of Ukraine, the 23-year-old player replied: “I will. I mean, I can wear it. I don’t feel bad about wearing it. I think people need our support. I just hope people understand that we’re all really worried. I think even the word ‘sad’ is the wrong one. We all hope for the best and peace. »

But also…

  • Karen Khachanov (RUS / N.26 / 25 years old): he had reached the quarter-finals in 2021, his best Grand Slam result, already achieved in 2019 at Roland-Garros.
  • Aslan Karatsev (RUS / N.30 / 28 years old): he had never played the main draw of a Major before passing the qualifications and reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open in 2021. A At Wimbledon, he lost his only main draw match last year to Jérémy Chardy in the first round.
  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS / N. 15 / 30 years old): finalist at Roland-Garros in 2021, she has never really shone on the grass. At Wimbledon, her best result is the quarter-final reached in 2016. Last year, she lost in the third round.

And again: Ilya Ivashka (BLR / N.44 / 28 years old), Daria Kasatkina (RUS / N.26 / 24 years old), Veronika Kudermetova (RUS / N.29 / 24 years old), Liudmila Samsonova (RUS / N.31 /23), Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS/N.39/27), Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR/N.50/28), Varavara Gracheva (RUS/N.73/21), Anna Kalinskaya (RUS/N .75/23), Kamilla Rakhimova (RUS/N.95/20), Vera Zvonareva (RUS/N.100/37).


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