PARIS (VG) Russian Andrei Rublyov (24) is still very angry because he and his compatriots will not be allowed to participate in Wimbledon.
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He ran towards exclusion before, he didn’t become any gentle.
– When we have toxic conditions like now, only bad things will happen. When tournaments do what they want, nothing good will happen, said Rubljov at the international press conference after his first match at the French Open.
On gravel in Paris, Russian and Belarusian players are allowed to participate under a neutral flag.
Rublyov took a clear stand against the war in Ukraine. Days after the Russian invasion of the neighboring country, Rublyov wrote “No war please” on a camera lens, which sent the message out into the world during a tournament in Dubai.
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Rulbjov beat South Korean Soon-woo Kwon after two hours and 56 minutes on Monday. And it was bad against the Russians not being allowed to play Wimbledon this summer. The ATP and WTA (men’s and women’s tennis organizations) allow Russian and Belarusian players not to use national flags or to play national anthems. VG was present in the press room when Rublyov sang his frustration.
– Wimbledon breaks the rules of ATP. They had a contract. They can’t break it. I think it’s about showing that they can’t do what they want. But this is about teamwork, says Rublyov enthusiastically.
The ATP and WTA have decided that no player will get points for the world rankings at Wimbledon. Rublyov is number seven in the world, five points ahead of Casper Ruud in 8th place. The standings are important considering how hard resistance you found in the first few tournaments. Rubljov fears the Grand Slam tournaments (French Open, Wimbledon, Australian Open and US Open) will go together and make a separate tour after point fights and exclusions.
– It will ruin the sport of tennis. It’s just a way to work together, and it doesn’t have a toxic relationship, says Rublyov.
Wimbledon wrote on April 20 that the Russian regime could not be allowed to take advantage of participation in Russia after Belarusian athletes at Wimbledon, due to the global profile of the tournament. The main reason for the exclusion is the Russian invasion of Ukraine and also set the precedent set by British authorities, which also severely sanctioned Russia and Belarus.
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Rublyov doesn’t think the biggest stars will release Wimbledon.
– Top players, Novak (Djokovic) and Rafa (Rafael Nadal) do not play for neither points nor money, they play for the first in history in the number of Grand Slams. But it is important that we work together, that if we do not work together we will be destroyed, says Rulbjov.
Nadal has 21 Grand Slam victories, Djokovic and Roger Federer have 20 each.
– What Roger, Rafa and Novak have done for tennis all these years, we must respect. All success in tennis is due to these three players. They stood for all the attention and gave tennis their best years. Rubljov said: The cost has increased due to them and more people are following because of them, but usually teamwork is applied.
Both Djokovic and Nadal criticized the All England Lawn Tennis Club for banning Russian and Belarusian players. “Drastic and very unfair”, Nadal tells you. “Foli”, of Djokovic.
Moscow-based Rublyov is nevertheless grateful that he can compete, in many Russian and Belarusian sports are completely banned.
– I’m lucky in this situation. I can travel and play tennis. I’m lucky because the audience is always good to me. They understand. It’s a good feeling. I’m grateful and I’m lucky, says Rubljov in the press room a little below ground level at the large Roland Garros facility.
It also means that 2 Belarusians Arijna Sabalenka, ranked number seven in the world, and Viktoryja Azarenka, number 15 in the world, will not be allowed to participate in Wimbledon. Azarenka sits on the player’s selection.
– Whatever I say, it will be criticized. So I don’t want to talk. I want to do what I think is right, that I can help people, but after all, I’m here to do my job, Azarenka said at a press conference on Monday.
Rublyov meets Federico Delbonis from Argentina in the second round in Paris.