The ATP and the WTA, in a joint assertion, condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and banned the nation and Belarus from staff occasions. Nevertheless, gamers from each the international locations can proceed to compete on the tour stage however not underneath the identify of the flag.

Russian gamers can proceed to compete on the tour however not underneath the identify of flag of nation (AFP Picture)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The ATP and WTA condemned Russia’s ‘act of aggression’ in opposition to Ukraine
  • Russian gamers banned from staff occasions, ITF suspends tennis federation
  • Russian gamers can compete on tour however not underneath the identify of flag of nation

The governing physique of women and men’s tennis, the ATP and the WTA, stated on Wednesday that Russian and Belarusian gamers will not be capable of compete in staff evens, together with the celebrated Davis Cup, as they condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and introduced the sanctions.

Nevertheless, Russian and Belarusian gamers shall be allowed to compete on the tour, together with Grand Slam tournaments, however not underneath the identify or the flag of their international locations.

“The WTA and ATP Boards have additionally made the choice to droop the WTA/ATP mixed occasion, scheduled this October in Moscow. The ITF Board has made the choice to droop the Russian Tennis Federation and Belarus Tennis Federation membership,” an announcement stated.

The choice comes after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “The worldwide governing our bodies of tennis stand united in our condemnation of Russia’s actions.” the ATP and the WTA stated in a joint assertion.

The ATP and the WTA additionally lauded the tennis gamers who condemned the “unacceptable act of aggression” in opposition to Ukraine. Notably, Russian tennis stars Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev spoke out in opposition to the struggle whereas competing on the tour in Mexico and Dubai final month.

“A deep sense of misery, shock and disappointment has been felt throughout the whole tennis group following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine previously week.

“Our ideas are with the individuals of Ukraine, and we commend the various tennis gamers who’ve spoken out and brought motion in opposition to this unacceptable act of aggression. We echo their requires the violence to finish and peace to return,” the tennis our bodies stated within the assertion.

It’s unclear whether or not Russia will be capable of compete within the profitable team-based ATP Cup in Australia. Russia made the semi-finals of the 2022 occasion in January and received the 2021 event.

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