Tennis: Russia’s Medvedev rules out legal action over Wimbledon ban

PARIS (AFP) – Daniil Medvedev will not sue Wimbledon over the tournament’s ban on Russian and Belarusian players but admitted “there are a lot of mistakes” behind the decision.

Players from the two nations have been banned from taking part in the season’s third Grand Slam event which starts next month following the invasion of Ukraine.

However, they are allowed to keep playing at other tournaments including the French Open which gets under way in Paris on Sunday.

“If I can’t play, I’m not going to go to court for this one,” 26--old world number two Medvedev said on Friday (May 20).

“I don’t know what ATP is going to do, I’m waiting for their decision. But yeah, me personally, I won’t go to court.”

He added: “Maybe it’s the government pushing them (Wimbledon), maybe it’s their decision. There are a lot of mistakes behind this.”

The ATP, which runs the men’s tennis tour, is understood to be close to making a ruling on the Wimbledon controversy.

Both the ATP and WTA could decide to strip the high-profile tournament of ranking points in response to the ban.

“I love Wimbledon as a tournament. I honestly tend to think I like playing on grass, though I didn’t have amazing results so far, but I managed to win one tournament,” added Medvedev.

“But if I cannot play, I’m going try to play next ’s and try to play good there.”

Despite the ban, Medvedev, who lost in the last 16 at Wimbledon in 2021, still plans to play grass court events this summer at s-Hertogenbosch, Halle, and Mallorca where he is the defending champion.

His first priority, however, is the French Open where he made the quarter-finals last after four successive first-round exits.

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