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Wimbledon Vetoes The Russians And Belarusians For The War In Ukraine: Medvedev And Azarenka, OUT

It is the first tournament that excludes tennis players from both countries, authorized to participate in the circuit as "neutral athletes".

Wimbledon has decided to impose a veto on all Russian and Belarusian tennis players due to the war in Ukraine, according to several British media. World number two Daniiel Medvedev and former world number one Victoria Azarenka will be the two big absentees from the All England Club this summer.

The British tournament is the first to ban the participation of Russian tennis players, who are currently authorized to participate in the circuit as "neutral athletes" and have been able to register for the French Open in May. There are currently four Russian tennis players in the 'top 30' in the men's category. After Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, number 8; Karen Khachanov (26) and Aslan Karatsev (30).

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In the women's category, the most affected are the Belarusian players, with two representatives in the top 20: Aryna Sabalenka, semifinalist last year at Wimbledon and current number four, and Azarenka, number 18. Russian tennis player Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (15) also will be out of the competition.

Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov has called the decision "unacceptable". "Russia is a strong tennis country and the whole competition is going to suffer because of the absence of our players," Peskov said. "I hope they don't lose their form and that they can compete again soon."

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