Despite tournament organizers banning Russians and Belarusians from playing in the Grasscourt Grand Slam due to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, world number two Daniel Medvedev has not given up hope of competing in Wimbledon next month.
The decision was quickly criticized by men’s and women’s tours and a number of players, with Rafa Nadal calling the verdict “inappropriate”.
Over the past week, there have been suggestions that Wimbledon could snatch its ranking points through the Bay Tour if the ban remains in effect – effectively reducing the world’s most famous tennis tournament to a performance event.
“I tried to follow what was happening because I had no decision to make. It’s about Wimbledon right now, ATP, maybe the British government is involved, “the Russian, who will return to action in Geneva after recovering from a hernia operation in the last six weeks, told reporters on Sunday.
“It’s a difficult situation and like every situation in life, you ask 100 players, everyone will give a different opinion.
“(When) you show 100 people a tennis ball, I’m sure some of them will say it’s green, not yellow. I think it’s yellow. (But) if someone tells me it’s green, I’m not going to come into conflict with this person. “
Medvedev, who lost to Rafa Nadal in the final of the Australian Open in January, missed the European claycourt season early as he had to skip events in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome as he regained his fitness.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) banned players from both countries from competing in this year’s Wimbledon in response to what Russia called “special military action” in Ukraine. Belarus is the main staging area for the invasion.
AELTC said it had made the decision after discussions with the British government.
US Open champion Medvedev said he was hopeful AELTC could take a late U-turn in its decision.
“I don’t know if this decision is 100% and it’s (for me) over,” he said.
“If I can play, I will be happy to play in Wimbledon. I like this tournament. If I can’t play – well, I’ll try to play another tournament and prepare well for next year if I get the chance to play. “