World No 1 Daniil Medvedev has appeared to take a swipe at Wimbledon banning him and other Russian tennis stars from this summer’s Championships by choosing to snub the hotly-anticipated final between Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic. Wimbledon caused plenty of controversy earlier this year when they announced that Russian and Belarusian tennis players would be banned from playing at the All England Club in a stance against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
That saw the likes of Aryna Sabalenka, Daria Kasatkina, Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov unable to compete at Wimbledon this summer. But arguably the biggest absentee was world No 1 Medvedev, who spoke out against Wimbledon’s ban back in May.
“On the one hand, I can understand (the decision) and, on the other, I find it unfair,” he said. “This is a delicate situation because it sets a precedent and puts other sports competitions in an uncomfortable position.
“Where is the line? What are the rules that should lead to a possible exclusion?”
And it seems Medvedev has taken a stance against Wimbledon by not keeping up to date with live matches – particularly the men’s final. Posting on social media, Medvedev showed a short video of himself sitting down in front of all his trophies and watching live sport.
But instead of the Wimbledon final between Djokovic and Kyrgios, Medvedev chose to stick the Austrian Grand Prix on.
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