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Belarus first racket asked: What changed our suspension from Wimbledon?

The suspension of tennis players from Russia and Belarus from Wimbledon has not changed anything. This was said by the first racket of Belarus, Aryna Sabalenka, and added that she hopes that in 2023 she will again be able to play at the most prestigious grass tournament in the world.

Sabalenka, who is number 5 in the women’s world rankings, was one of those affected by the sanctions imposed in 2022 at Wimbledon. The organizers of the tournament, in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, decided not to admit participants from Russia and Belarus because of the war started by Moscow in Ukraine in February. Because of the decision, Wimbledon did not carry points for the world ranking last year.

“This decision was terrible, because I assure you that there is no one who supports the war. Not one,” the 24-year-old Sabalenka told the Australian newspaper Melbourne Age, quoted by BTA.

“The problem is that we have to talk openly about it. But do we have to shout at every corner? Is that going to help anything. I’m disappointed because sports are mixed with politics. We’re just athletes playing sports. This f. We are not politicians. If any of us could do something we would, but we have zero control over the situation. They banned us from Wimbledon and what has that changed? Nothing. The war is still going on and that’s the saddest part of the whole situation,” commented Sabalenka, who will play in Adelaide this week in preparation for the Australian Open.

“I really missed the atmosphere of Wimbledon because it is amazing. Those people there really love tennis and I miss them. I hope that in 2023 I will be able to play there because of the people and because of the atmosphere,” concluded Sabalenka.

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