The Tennis World Association ITF suspends the associations of Russia and Belarus – but the new number one of the men may continue on the tour.
The white-blue-red flag praised on Tuesday next to the name Daniil Medvedev on the ATP website, but that will change soon. Only without flag and land names, the new world ranking first and other Russian tennis stars will continue to compete in the future with ATP and WTA tournaments or Grand Slams.
As a result of the Russian crime war in Ukraine, the World Association ITF sanctions has been imposed on Tuesday. Russia, Winner of Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup, and Belarus are excluded as associations – but the athletes are allowed to travel on the tour. The ATP and WTA tournaments, which should take place in October in Moscow, were exposed.
The Ukrainian Association Utf had demanded hard measures in significant words. “Russia and Belarus have no right to subscribe to international competitions on their territory, and do not participate in all ITF team and individual tournaments abroad,” said it was a statement of UTF from Sunday.
Russian players are – and remain in tennis – even away from the team competitions. Especially Medvedev as a US open champion and new number one is a figurehead. At the women Anastasia Pawljutschenkowa moved into the final of French Open last year.
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The fact that the associations had not responded to the current crisis yet, especially with a view of the WTA, which in the case of Peng Shuai had a clear viewpoint and did not shape a financial loss. Steve Simon, Chief of the International Woman Tour, grabbed a clear moral compass and deleted the Chinese tournaments from the annual plan.
On Monday, the Ukrainian top player Elina Switolina had significantly increased the pressure after getting the Russian Anastasija Potapova as a first-wing opponent for a tournament in Mexico. “I would like to announce that I will neither compete in Monterrey nor any other match against Russian or Belarusian tennis players until our organizations take the necessary action,” wrote Switolina on Twitter.
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However, she was important to emphasize that she gives Russian athletes “no guilt”. This obviously also see ATP and WTA so. On Tuesday, reports followed that Switolina should start.