Wimbledon 2022 took place without Russian and Belarusian tennis players. These were excluded due to the war of aggression in Ukraine. Among other things, the current number one Daniil Medvedev and Andrej Rublev were missing. So there were no points for the world rankings in the 2022 lawn classic. This was announced by the organizers. But the Wimbledon tournament could also take place next year without Russian and Belarusian players.
According to the British media, they are ready to carry out the exclusion in 2023. That would be the case if the invasion of Ukraine were to continue. However, the final decision on this is not expected until next year. In any case, the exclusion caused an uproar in the tennis world.
Novak Djokovic in particular expressed a lack of understanding about this decision. Martina Navratilova was not exactly enthusiastic about this decision either. It is obvious that the press spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitriy Peskov, or the head of the Russian Tennis Association, Shamil Tarpishchev, criticized the exclusion.
However, none of this changed the fact that Russian and Belarusian players were absent from this year’s Wimbledon tournament. Ahead of the start of the tournament, Ian Hewitt, Chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, reasoned: “Due to the huge interest, we don’t want the tournament to be used for Russian propaganda. We also have concerns about public safety, players and their families. So we had no other choice.”
Such a scenario could, however, be repeated in the coming year. If Russia continues to invade Ukraine, Russian and Belarusian tennis players will also be banned from the Wimbledon tournament in 2023. A final decision should be made in March 2023 at the earliest. In any case, Wimbledon would not be alone. The International Olympic Committee is also considering banning Russian and Belarusian athletes from the 2024 Summer Olympics.