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The WTA has once again said that it strongly condemns Russia's attacks on Ukraine but they were left disappointed by Wimbledon's decision to ban Russian and Ukrainian players from competing at Wimbledon. 

On Wednesday, Wimbledon confirmed what had been speculated for weeks – Russian and Belarusian players won't be allowed to compete at The Championships. 

On the women's side, some of the biggest names of the game will be missing Wimbledon as Aryna Sabalenka, Victoria Azarenka, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Daria Kasatkina won't be playing at The All England Club.

The men's side will also be missing some of the world's biggest names as Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, Aslan Karatsev and Karen Khachanov are also set to miss The Championships. 

The WTA statement on Wimbledon's decision

"The WTA strongly condemns the actions that have been taken by Russia and its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. We continue our humanitarian relief efforts to support Ukraine through Tennis Plays for Peace," the WTA's statement read. 

"We are, however, very disappointed in today’s announcement by the AELTC and the LTA to ban individual athletes who are from Russia and Belarus from competing in the upcoming UK grass court events. A fundamental principal of the WTA is that individual athletes may participate in professional tennis events based on merit and without any form of discrimination. That principle is expressly set forth in our rules and has been agreed to by both AELTC and LTA.  Prohibitions against discrimination are also clearly expressed in their own rules and the Grand Slam rules.

"As the WTA has consistently stated, individual athletes should not be penalized or prevented from competing due to where they are from, or the decisions made by the governments of their countries.  Discrimination, and the decision to focus such discrimination against athletes competing on their own as individuals, is neither fair nor justified.  The WTA will continue to apply its rules to reject discrimination and ensure that all athletes are able to compete at our Tour events should they qualify to do so, a position that until today’s announcement has been shared across professional tennis. The WTA will be evaluating its next steps and what actions may be taken regarding these decisions."


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