Russian And Belarusian Tennis Players Granted Entry To Wimbledon 2023. According to a statement released by organizers on Friday 31st March, Russian and Belarusian players will be allowed to enter this year’s Wimbledon tournament if they agree to participate as neutral athletes and abide by the ‘appropriate conditions.’
Last year’s championships prohibited players from these countries due to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, which led to Wimbledon losing its ranking points from the ATP, WTA, and ITF.
The organizers announced that this year’s Wimbledon tournament entry conditions would include banning ‘expressions of support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.’ Moreover, players who receive funding from the Russian or Belarusian state, as well as sponsorship from companies operated or controlled by them, would not be allowed to participate.
Ian Hewitt’s Take On Allowing Russian and Belarusian Tennis Players Entry to Wimbledon 2023
Ian Hewitt, the chairman of the All England Club, expressed in a release that they still completely condemn Russia’s illegal invasion and offer their unwavering support to the people of Ukraine. They decided with careful consideration for those who would be impacted, and it was an exceedingly difficult one.
Ian Hewitt expressed that they believe the entry conditions announced are the most appropriate arrangements for this year’s Championships after considering all aspects. They appreciate the government’s support in navigating this complex matter and coming to terms with their fellow tennis stakeholder bodies on feasible conditions.
Additionally, they mentioned that they would review and respond appropriately if there are significant changes in circumstances between now and the start of The Championships.
About This Decision
The entry conditions for Wimbledon were announced by the All England Club, who stated that they had developed them carefully through discussions with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the UK government, and international stakeholders. It was also noted that the UK government, LTA, ATP, WTA, and ITF fully supported the decision.
In a statement, the ITF, as the governing body of world tennis, reiterated its position on the matter and mentioned that they continue to work closely with the LTA and All England Lawn Tennis Club on the issue. They added that they had previously suspended the Russian and Belarus Tennis Federations from ITF membership and participation in ITF international competitions until further notice.
About Wimbledon 2023
The All England Club has announced that Wimbledon 2023 will commence on Monday 3rd July 2023 and conclude with the men’s singles final on Sunday 16th July 2023. Although the tournament will follow the traditional two-week format, it will commence a week later than usual due to a scheduling modification.