Russia thanks tennis stars for opposing Wimbledon ban and blast Ukraine's Elina Svitolina


Russian sports website MetaRatings quoted Tarpischev blasting the 27-year-old: “There is no need to pay attention [to what Svitolina says], this is not only my opinion, but also what lawyers think. Because of any statement, we [Russian players] can be excluded from some competitions. Now we are playing, everything is fine with us. It’s stupid to react at all. Who is Svitolina? Absolutely nobody.”

The likes of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have disagreed with the decision from the All-England Club to ban the Russian and Belarusian players following Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Tarpischev is grateful for the support for the players unable to participate in the sport’s most prestigious tournament.

“Support from the [tennis] top players is always needed,” he added. “Players and the [Russian] federation are grateful to all of the players who have already come out in defence of our athletes who were not allowed to compete [at Wimbledon].

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