Tennis: a Wimbledon tournament marked by politics | DW Sports | DW

This edition of the Wimbledon tournament is obviously marked by political events: following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the organizers of the grass-court tournament decided last April to exclude Russian and Belarusian athletes from the tables masculine and feminine, stating that he “would be unacceptable for the Russian regime to derive any benefit from the participation of Russian or Belarusian players.”

World number one Daniil Medvedev will not be in the game

A decision strongly criticized by the tennis authorities, and which contrasts with the other tournaments: indeed, a few weeks ago, Russians and Belarusians had played (admittedly under a neutral banner) in Paris on the clay courts of Roland-Garros, while that the organizers of the US Open have guaranteed to these same athletes that they could participate in the tournament which will take place in New York next September.

Medvedev, Zverev and Federer absent

Among men, Daniil Medvedev, world number one, will not be there. This exclusion, as well as the withdrawal of the German Alexander Zverev due to an ankle injury, means that for the first time since 1973, the first two in the world will be absent from the prestigious tournament on grass. Another absence of size: that of Roger Federer. The Swiss, eight-time winner of the tournament, will be absent for the first time since 1999. On the other hand, Novak Djokovic will be there, as will Rafael Nadal, who will return after three years of absence.

Roger Federer

Roger Federer at Wimbledon, his favorite tournament

The return of Serena Williams

Among the ladies, the Russian Daria Kasatkina as well as the Belarusians Aryna Sabalenka and Victoria Azarenka will not be there, unlike Serena Williams, who received an invitation for her return to the Grand Slam, a year after her retirement in the first round. of this same Wimbledon tournament. We will also follow the performances of Iga Swiatek, the world number one, as well as those of Ons Jabeur, his runner-up. The Tunisian player who aspires to do better than at Roland-Garros, where she was eliminated in the first round.

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