Wimbledon ‘ready to ban’ Daniil Medvedev from playing over Vladimir Putin fears

Daniil Medvedev is understood to be close to being banned from this year's Wimbledon tournament due to fears relating to Vladimir Putin.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) are said to be concerned that Medvedev winning the tournament would be seen as a success Russia and Putin's regime, following the invasion of Ukraine.

As a result, they are ready to ban players from Russia and Belarus from Wimbledon if they do not distance themselves from Putin and the Russian invasion.

This would include current world number two and reigning US Open champion Medvedev, who has yet to publicly comment on the invasion.

Due to the AELTC's independent status away from tennis' main tours, any ban on Russian and Belarusian players would not risk any legal implications.

The ATP, WTA and ITF Tours have so far allowed players from the two nations to play under no national flag, but Russia have been banned from both the Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup, both of which they won last year.

Calls for bans on those players who have not denounced the war have grown in recent days following allegations of war crimes committed by Russia in Kyiv.

Medvedev has so far remained silent on the war, with publicly denouncing the war currently carrying a 15-year jail sentence in Russia.

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An AELTC has been quoted by The Telegraph, explaining: “Private member clubs have more freedom as to who to allow in or not, so they wouldn’t be subject to the same discrimination laws as the tours.

“If you are running the main tennis tour, you have the freedom to ban players – if they have been found guilty of match-fixing or doping, for instance – but you have to be able to show that this course of action is reasonable.

“In this instance, if the tours took strong action, Russian players could argue that they are being prevented from making a living through no fault of their own. That is not so much of an issue for Wimbledon, however.”

Medvedev's best Wimbledon performance to date came last year as he reached the fourth round for the first time, before going on to win the US Open later in 2021.

Having undergone surgery on a hernia issue earlier this week, the 26-year-old faces a race to be fit for this year's tournament, with his injury understood to be set to keep him out for one to two months.

The deadline for entries for this year's tournament is in mid-May, with the tournament proper set to get underway on June 27.

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