TENNIS

US Open seriously considered banning Russian players

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The Wimbledon authorities banned the Russian and Belarusian players from participating in the tournament. One month later, we are hearing that even the organizers of the US Open are also considering this possibility. The ban on the players is because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Following this, the English tennis authorities banned Eastern European players from participating in the tournament.

The sources said that even the US tennis authorities were seriously considering banning the Eastern European players. This would be a big blow to the current World No.1 Daniel Medvedev who will lose out on the opportunity to defend his US Open crown.

Russian and Belarusian players are likely to attend the fundraiser event

The news comes after the US tennis authority announced a fundraiser for the people of Ukraine who lost their houses and jobs following the invasion. The will take place in the form of a charity match held on Ukraine’s independence day on August 24.

But later the US Open bosses announced that the Russian and Belarusian players will also attend the charity event. The announcement brought a big relief to the players and their staff.

Tennis stars like Rafael Nadal, Iga Swiatek, and the former World No.1 from Belarus Victoria Azarenka will be among the attendees.

Victoria Azarenka also spoke about the ban stating that tennis missed the opportunity to show the world that the sport and its players are always united in every situation. She added,

“I think people missed a big opportunity to show how sports can unite. I think we missed that opportunity, but I hope we can still show it.”

The US Open authorities chose to take a different stance on the issue. The media and the players praised the committee for their better efforts toward the united approach.

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