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WTA 'very disappointed' by Wimbledon ban of Russian and Belarusian players

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus

FILE - Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus. Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Published Apr 20, 2022


Paris — Wimbledon's decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from this year's tournament was blasted as a "form of discrimination" by women's tour organisers WTA on Wednesday.

All England Club chiefs on Wednesday revealed their move in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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"We are very disappointed in today's announcement... to ban individual athletes who are from Russia and Belarus from competing in the upcoming UK grass court events," the WTA said in a statement.

"A fundamental principal of the WTA is that individual athletes may participate in professional tennis events based on merit and without any form of discrimination."