Wimbledon 2022: Full list of all players banned from the tournament due to controversy over Russia – Express

Wimbledon is known as the most prestigious Major in tennis and is one of the biggest sporting events of the year, watched by millions around the world. Novak Djokovic, Iga Swiatek, Rafael Nadal and Coco Gauff are looking for a win, but some players are ruled out before the ball is hit.

As Wimbledon prepares to begin, many players will be barred from playing. The decision was made in April to prevent anyone from Russia or Belarus this year.

It comes after Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year in which thousands were killed and more than 11 million citizens displaced. Russia’s bloody war against the neighboring country left the world horrified, and sports spheres reacted in a number of ways, including sanctioning former Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, moving the Champions League final from St. Petersburg and ousting the Russian Formula 1 race from the F1 calendar.

Wimbledon defied the ATP by sticking firmly to its decision to ban, although they received criticism for their actions, including Russian player Andrei Rublev, who insisted any monetary prize could be donated to Ukraine.

Novak Djokovic also claimed that the tennis players were not to blame for the war, while Rafael Nadal said: “I am sorry for them and I wish it were not so.” But former 31st world tennis player Sergiy Stakhovsky, a Ukrainian, replied: “Please tell me how fair it is that Ukrainian players cannot return home? How fair is it that Ukrainian children cannot play tennis? How fair is it that Ukrainians die ? ” “

The biggest absence from the men’s side will be the current US Open champion and current ATP No. 1 Daniil Medvedev, who reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon last year. At home, he will be joined by spectators such as No. 8 Rublev, No. 22 Karen Khachanov, No. 40 Ilya Ivashka and No. 43 Aslan Karatsev.

However, the women’s side of the draw will be more affected by the decision to exclude all Russian and Belarusian players with a total of 11 absences. These include the 6th tennis player in the world, Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus, who reached the semifinals last year and planned to pass by the end of this year, and the 13th tennis player, Daria Kasatkina.

Ludmilla Samsonova, Veronika Kudermetova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Victoria Azarenka, Ekaterina Alexandrova, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Varvara Gracheva, Anna Kalinskaya and Anastasia Potapova will also not attend.

One player may have found a way to sneak into the tournament, with doubles star Natela Dzalamidze, currently number 43 in the world, who changed her citizenship to Georgia to compete at Wimbledon this month. The Russian-born player has two passports, allowing her to travel to SW19.



1 Daniil Medvedev

8 Andrei Rublev

22 Karen Khachanov

40 Ilja Ivaška

43 Aslan Karacev


6 Arina Sabalenka

13 Daria Kasatkina

20 Victoria Azarenka

21 Veronika Kudermetova

30 Ekaterina Alexandrova

35 Aliaksandra Sasnovich

47 Liudmilla Samsonova

69 Varvara Gračeva

78 Anna Kalinskaya

83 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

87 Anastasia Potapova

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