Tennis player Elena Rybakina said she sympathized with the Russians suspended from Wimbledon
Kazakhstani tennis player Elena Rybakina spoke about the removal of the Russians from Wimbledon. She is quoted by The Guardian.
“When I heard this news, I realized that this is not what you want to hear, because we all play sports, everyone wants to compete. They didn’t choose where they were born,” she said. Rybakina, who played for Russia until 2018, sympathized with tennis players and noted that everyone wants to play at the largest tournament.
Rybakina defeated Australian Ayla Tomljanovich in the quarterfinal match of Wimbledon. Thus, for the first time in her career, she reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament.
Earlier, the President of the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF), Shamil Tarpishchev, appreciated the words of Wimbledon Executive Director Sally Bolton that the ban on the participation of Russians applies only to the 2022 tournament. He took it as an admission of error.
On April 20, Wimbledon organizers announced that they would not allow athletes from Belarus and Russia to participate in the tournament. At the same time, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) condemned the organizers and decided to deprive the tournament of rating points.