London: Wimbledon is one of the biggest sporting events in the world. The prestigious tennis grand slam is watched by millions of people all over the world.
Wimbledon 2022 is set to begin on Monday, June 27 and run through Sunday, July 10. The missing Russian and Belarussian players this year due to Vladimir Putin’s war and invasion of Ukraine, which resulted in massive casualties and the displacement of over 11 million people, will definitely lessen the zeal this year. Russia’s horrifying war on the neighbouring country has had an adverse effect on the country’s sportspersons.
Sporting federations have reacted in different ways to Russian players because the European Union, along with the USA, is in support of Ukraine. Some of the notable players who will not be seen in action on the court at this year’s Wimbledon include world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev and compatriot Andrey Rublev. Both are paying the price of Putin’s decision to go to war against Ukraine. An injury forced World No. 2 Alexander Zverev of Germany to take part in Wimbledon this year.
In the women’s section, last year’s semifinalist No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka, French Open semifinalist Daria Kasatkina, and No. 20 Victoria Azarenka will be absent due to their nationality.
The eight-time champion, Roger Federer of Switzerland, will not compete for the first time since his debut at the grass court grand slam title 23 years ago.
Like other sports, tennis is replete with uncertainties, but in the absence of some top-ranked players, Novak Djokovic, Iga Swiatek, Rafael Nadal, and Coco Gauff are the hot favourites to lift the coveted trophy.
However, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic slammed the All England Club’s decision for not allowing Russian and Belarusian players to participate in Wimbledon 2022. Nadal said it is unfair, it’s not their fault, and they are not responsible for war.
In fact, the absence of several top players amidst nationality and injury really marred the tournament to some extent. Despite the setback, people are eagerly waiting to watch breathtaking tennis at Wimbledon 2022.