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John McEnroe, Tim Henman clash around Wimbledon’s ban on Russian, Belarusian players


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Previous tennis stars John McEnroe and Tim Henman disagree on Wimbledon’s decision to ban all Russian and Belarusian participant from actively playing in this year’s match.

With the ATP and WTA stripping Wimbledon of its rating points, effectively creating the Grand Slam an exhibition, McEnroe said the The All-England Garden Tennis Club (AETLC) made a miscalculation in their decision and went following Henman for defending it.

“I’m gonna go soon after Mr. Henman due to the fact I feel it was a miscalculation by Wimbledon to do what they did in the very first place, kicking out the Russians and Belarusians,” the 7-time Grand Slam winner stated Monday on Eurosport. “I never know how they came up with the Belarusians way too but that’s a total other tale. In my belief, compounded by the simple fact that now the ATP and the WTA say there are now no points, I really do not see how that aids the players.

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“If the players genuinely feel that Wimbledon had made a large error by not permitting the Russian and Belarusian players to engage in, in my belief, they need to have boycotted the match. By the way Mr Henman, we could share players’ income. How about 50/50 with the All-England club now we’re on the topic of that?”

Daniil Medvedev of Russia during a match between Daniil Medvedev of Russia and Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan as part of day 4 of the Telcel ATP Mexican Open 2022 at Arena GNP Seguros on February 24, 2022 in Acapulco, Mexico. 

Daniil Medvedev of Russia for the duration of a match between Daniil Medvedev of Russia and Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan as section of day 4 of the Telcel ATP Mexican Open 2022 at Arena GNP Seguros on February 24, 2022 in Acapulco, Mexico. 
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Henman stated in reaction that there ended up no winner’s in Wimbledon’s determination, but said it was unrealistic to feel officials would go from their very own authorities, which have strongly condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Henman extra that Wimbledon simply could not jeopardize the safety of players and their families.

The truth of the condition is there are no winners and I experience tremendous sympathy for the Russian and Belarusian players that are unable to enjoy,’ he stated in response.

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“When you go by way of the situation presented to Wimbledon, the directive from the government is players are not authorized to engage in as neutral athletes, like on the tour at the minute,” Henman mentioned. “So the question in return is are Wimbledon envisioned to turn close to, given their status in the United kingdom, and say to the federal government basically we assume we know greater so will do some thing diverse?

“Wimbledon are not going to jeopardize the security of their gamers or their families, and that is ahead of you converse about the propaganda of a Russian or Belarusian player receiving the trophy on Centre Court likely in the second 7 days.”

With the ban in area, that usually means that Daniil Medvedev, the No. 2 rated participant in men’s singles, will be absent from the match. Tennis’ signature Grand Slam is set to choose place June 27-July 10.

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