The organisers of Wimbledon 2022 have hit back at claims they’re discriminating against Russian and Belarusian athletes, following a recent ban
The chairman of the tournament Ian Hewitt says Russia’s invasion of Ukraine put them in an“extreme situation”.
The ban is the first of its kind in an elite tennis event and moves in line with Governments and other sporting bodies around the world.
Wimbledon’s decisions meant Russian and Belarusian athletes were scrapped from the iconic Tennis event, which will kick off on June 27.
Hewitt says they didn’t want to risk letting Russia use the athletes to benefit Russia’s propaganda machine.
The organisation also stressing the move ensures the safety and well-being of all players and their families.
The ban has divided the tennis community. While some support the ban and its solidarity with Ukraine, others have been quick to slam it as unfair and discriminatory.
World number one Novak Djokovic has criticised Wimbledon’s move and urged a review of the decision.
Kyrgios through to Wimbledon semi-final amid court battle
Nick Kyrgios is through to the Wimbledon semi-final for the first time in his career, but the controversial Australian tennis star is remaining tight lipped about his off-court battle
Ahead of the stellar match, Australian police confirmed the 27-year-old will be required to appear in a Canberra court next month amid allegations of assault by a former girlfriend.
Kyrgios says it’s been difficult to read reports about the alleged claims, but it did not impact him mentally.
During a post-match press conference, Kyrgios told reporters he has a lot on his mind at the moment, but he’s been advised by his lawyers to stay quiet.
The Aussie put on an incredible show for fans around the world, powering through to the next round in a straight sets victory over Christian Garin.
When it comes to reaching the semi-final, Kyrgios says he’s just so proud of his recent achievements.
Nick Kyrgios to face Australian court
One of Tennis’ most iconic events, Wimbledon, is underway and it’s been action-packed
Quarter-finalist Nick Kyrgios has been in hot water and the spotlight continues on the aussie, he is set to appear in court next month once Wimbledon has come to a close
He’ll head down under to face an allegation of common assault.
Police said it follows an incident in December last year which Kyrgios’ lawyer says was “in the context of a domestic relationship”.
He will play Chile’s Cristian Garin in the Wimbledon last eight on Wednesday.
Kyrgios’ lawyer told the Canberra times “The nature of the allegation is serious, and Mr Kyrgios takes the allegation very seriously.”
The Association of Tennis Professionals is aware of the Australian case involving Kyrgios but declined to comment further at this time.
Williams loses first round at Wimbledon
There’s been a bit of drama on the court as the most prestigious tennis Grand Slam gets underway
Spectators filled the All England Club on Monday to watch the biggest tennis stars hit the court at Wimbledon.
After coming back from a lengthy break, Serena Williams lost in three sets to 24-year-old, Harmony Tan.
“When I saw the draw, I was really scared. I don’t know what to say, I’m so emotional now because she’s a superstar,” Tan says.
Tan took the first set 7-5, before Williams took over 6-1. Tan fought back to win a thrilling third set tie-breaker.
Despite her dramatic loss, the former world number one is brushing off retirement rumours.
Kyrgios spits at crowd
Meanwhile, in men’s singles, Aussie tennis star, Nick Kyrgios, caused a bit of a stir calling the chair umpire a “snitch” after she supposedly complained to the court umpire about his behaviour.
The 27-year-old will likely be up for a fine for also spitting towards a fan during the match.
Kyrgios says there was a lot of disrespect from the crowd, which is why he admitted to spitting towards a fan.
“I’ve been dealing with hate and negativity for a long time, so I don’t feel like I owed that person anything,” he says.
Katerina Kostakos contributed to this report
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