Tennis: Why doesn’t Roland Garros ban Russian and Belarusian players?

Roland-Garros should not exclude participants from Russia and Belarus. A few days after the Wimbledon opposition decision, the Grand Slam tournament in Paris will approve the participation of these players in accordance with some rules, such as neutral nations.

Russian and Belarus players need to successfully participate in the Roland-Garos Grand Slam tournament. The organization of the tournament in Paris confirmed to the Huffington Post that Roland Garros would not follow the path Wimbledon followed, excluding Russians and Belarusians for the war in Ukraine.

Russian and Belarusian athletes have been denied access to the majority of international competitions, so why can they participate in the French Open?

Respect for international treaties

On March 9, 36 Ministry of Sport proposed a joint declaration following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The agreement stipulates that only the choice between Russia and Belarus is banned from competition. For example, this is why Russia is banned from the Davis Cup, but Russian tennis players are not necessarily banned from tournaments that represent the interests of the individual, not the interests of the national team.

“We impose strict neutrality on Russian and Belarusian athletes (…) We remain on the principles of all the Ministry of Sport of the European Union and all the major countries around us,” FFT Amélie Oudéa said. -Castéra’s director declared at a press conference.

Therefore, on May 22, Russian and Belarusian athletes can come to the most famous clay court in some conditions. They need to respect the principle of neutrality and avoid showing direct signs to the situation in Ukraine. Russians and Belarusians must also compete under a neutral flag, and in the case of an overall victory, the national anthem will not be played on the center court.

Wimbledon had no choice

Looking at the decisions made at the Paris tournament, one can wonder why Russians and Belarusians are excluded from Wimbledon, England. A decision criticized by several celebrities, including the world’s number one Novak Djokovic.

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The Wimbledon organizers justified such a choice, and for them they had no other choice. The British government has asked Russian and Belarusian players to fill out a charter condemning the war in Ukraine.

For the president of the All England Club, this government-imposed approach can put participants at risk. “We have a duty to ensure that there are no actions that endanger players or their families.”

Organizers are also afraid that the potential success of Russian athletes in the Wimbledon tournament will be exploited by the Kremlin’s communication.

Male Andrey Rublev (8th) and Aryna Sabalenka (4th), Anastasia Pavlychenkova (15th) and female Victoria Azarenka (18th) before traveling to Paris to compete in the French Open. I will miss Wimbledon. The world’s second-largest Daniil Medvedev has recently undergone hernia surgery, threatening his participation in Roland Garros.

Russians announced on Saturday that Daniil Medvedev, the world’s second-largest tennis player, will be absent “probably a month or two” to heal his injuries. #AFP

– Agence France-Presse (@afpfr) April 3, 2022