Russian and Belarusian players will be able to participate in the 2023 tournament as neutrals.
Wimbledon to accept Russian and Belarusian players
Wimbledon will allow Russian and Belarusian players to compete at the grasscourt grand slam as ‘neutrals’ this year under certain conditions, having banned players from the two countries last year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Wimbledon had said last year that barring players from the two countries was its only viable option under the guidance provided by the British government.
However, this year’s conditions include prohibiting “expressions of support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine”, which Moscow calls a special military operation, and prohibiting entry by players “receiving funding from the Russian and/or Belarusian states”.
“Our current intention is to accept entries from Russian and Belarusian players subject to them competing as ‘neutral’ athletes and complying with appropriate conditions,” the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) said in a statement.