Wimbledon has banned Russian and Belarusian players from competing this year, citing the invasion of Ukraine
The best-known and highest ranking players impacted by this are Men’s world number two Daniil Medvedev of Russia and women’s world number four Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.
Not only will the tennis stars not be allowed to compete in Wimbledon, but also any of the UK grass-court tournaments.
The men’s governing body of professional tennis says the move is “unfair” and “set a damaging precedent for the game” while the women’s body says it is “very disappointed”.
The ATP says “Discrimination based on nationality also constitutes a violation of our agreement with Wimbledon that states that player entry is based solely on ATP rankings”.
The WTA says it “will be evaluating its next steps and what actions may be taken regarding these decisions”.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club justified its decision by saying it is responsible for limiting “Russia’s global influence through the strongest means possible”.
The tournament runs from June 27 to July 10.
Emergency World Cup departure by England’s Raheem Sterling
In a nightmare situation for the English national football team, Raheem Sterling has returned home after intruder broke into his family residence
Football superstar Raheem Sterling has returned home on an emergency flight, after intruders broke into his family residence.
Police are investigating the burglary at Sterling’s home in a town called Leatherhead, just south of Central London.
Reports suggest a number of expensive items were stolen, including watches and other jewellery.
Sources close to Sterling say he is “shaken” and “concerned” about the wellbeing of his loved ones and wants to be home to “support his family.”
There have been nothing be best wishes and support from fellow team mates and staff.
It comes as England get set for a big semi-finals match against France.
China hides maskless crowd by editing World Cup broadcast
China has made an effort to hide the rest of the world from its citizens by editing out crowd scenes from World Cup coverage
A China coverup has come to light as the country attempts to censor its World Cup broadcast.
Protests against China’s strict zero-covid strategy are engulfing its major cities, as Chinese TV feeds are edited to steer clear of crowd scenes.
State television removed camera shots of maskless crowd goers and instead shows closeups of coaches and players.
This has its citizens questioning why the rest of the world is getting on with normality, while they remain under strict lockdown.
The World Cup comes at a turbulent time for China, as millions remain shut away from the rest of the world.
It also comes just weeks after Xi Jinping secured a third term, with many are now demanding an end to his rein.
Tech giant could bid for Man Utd
Apple could be the next owner of English football giant Manchester United.
Reports suggest the American tech giant is considering a billion-dollar bid to take over the club.
It was confirmed earlier this week that the American Glazer family’s ownership of the football club is set to end.
The family sent a note to the New York Stock Exchange saying they’re exploring “strategic alternatives” for the English football club.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is apparently keen to explore opportunities that owning Manchester United could provide, and is weighing up an official bid for the club in the region of $7 billion.
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