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Victoria Azarenka calls for action against Wimbledon over Russian and Belarusian player ban

The former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka desires to see action taken against Wimbledon in response to the All England Club’s ban on gamers from Russia and her own residence nation of Belarus.

Azarenka is a member of the WTA Tour’s player council, and was additionally a part of a zoom name final week at which Wimbledon’s chief govt Sally Bolton and event director Jamie Baker defined the AELTC’s position to the affected gamers.

The proven fact that one of many different Belarusian gamers introduced a lawyer onto the zoom name is a sign of potential problems additional down the road.

Asked whether or not she was contemplating authorized action, Azarenka replied “I don’t know. A lot of people will be waiting to see what are the consequences of those decisions. I think based on that, individuals can make their own choices.”

Both the WTA Tour and the ATP Tour have held conferences this week the place the Wimbledon ban was mentioned. There remains to be a chance that the 2 excursions might withdraw rankings factors from this year’s Championships, though the Ukrainian player Dayana Yastremska advised that “If they [the tours] take points away many players are going to start being very angry.”

Yastremska, like many of the different Ukrainian gamers, helps Wimbledon’s ban. But Azarenka – who had simply overwhelmed Viktorija Golubic by a 7-6, 6-3 scoreline – informed reporters in Madrid that “I don’t see their [the AELTC’s] reasoning. It does not make sense and it does not connect to what they are saying.”

According to Azarenka: “We had conferences for about 12 hours in three days [in Madrid this week]. The dedication of gamers is there. I don’t suppose that I’m at liberty to say what the WTA and ATP [will do] – to begin with they’re separate entities. I don’t suppose there may be any united choice that may be made. I believe there ought to be a response to that, that’s all I wish to say.

“I can repeat that I will never, ever support war,” added Azarenka, who gained her two main titles in Melbourne in back-to-back years: 2012 and 2013. “I will never support violence. I will never find any justifications for that. That is all I can say right now.”

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