Sport Daniil Medvedev's Wimbledon ban threat slammed as 'shameful' by Novak Djokovic's ex-coach
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal warned about world No 1 spot by Carlos Alcaraz
CARLOS ALCARAZ is through to the final of the Miami Open.Alcaraz has enjoyed an impressive start to the 2022 season, losing just two matches so far at the Australian Open and Indian Wells. He became the youngest-ever ATP 500 champion when he won the Rio Open in February and could become the youngest champion at Masters 1000 level by defeating Casper Ruud in the upcoming Miami Open final.
The former coach ofhas slammed suggestions of a ban on Russian players at Wimbledon amid the war in Ukraine. The likes of world No 2 could be prevented from playing the tournament that they do not support Vladimir Putin.
Both the All England Club club and the country's Sports Minister have threatened a ban for Russian and Belarusian players from Wimbledon this summer after the invasion of Ukraine. With a mid-May entry list deadline, the tournament has just weeks to decide whether players from the two nations will be barred from competing this year and tennis coach Nikola Pilic has weighed in ahead of the final decision, slamming the idea.
Novak Djokovic can go into French Open as world No 1 with Daniil Medvedev sidelined
DANIIL MEDVEDEV will be out of action after undergoing surgery for a hernia.Medvedev became the first man outside of the Big Four to hold the world No 1 ranking in 18 years when he ascended to the top spot at the end of February. But just three weeks later he handed the ranking back to Djokovic when he lost his first, and so far only, match as the world No 1 in Indian Wells.
Pilic was essential in the development of Djokovic into a world No 1 player and 20-time Grand Slam champion, running a tennis academy in Germany that the Serb used to train at. And the retired Croat is fully against punishments for Russian tennis players amid the war.
"It's just a shame," he told Kurir. "Did they do something similar when the Americans entered Iraq and killed over a million civilians there?" The 82-year-old who won nine titles and reached the 1973 French Open final during his playing career also slammed the potential sanctions against Russian players as an "exaggeration", believing the move wasn't necessary.
He continued: "Did they ban their tennis players from playing? They are exaggerating in any sense." Pilic also slammed "Russophobia in Britain", saying: "it's been like that for the last 150 years."
Novak Djokovic appears on Madrid Open entry list as Serb ramps up French Open preparations
NOVAK DJOKOVIC will be playing the Madrid Open according to the tournament, who have named him in their entry list.Djokovic has played just one tournament so far this year, the Dubai Championships where he lost in the quarter-finals to qualifier Jiri Vesely. The world No 1 has slowly been building his schedule back up, first confirming his participation in the Monte Carlo Masters, Serbia Open and the French Open.
Russian and Belarusian players are currently competing as neutrals with no mention of their flags or countries, but this may not be enough of a sanction for Wimbledon. Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston previously proposed the idea of Russian players providing "assurances" andto be able to play the prestigious Grand Slam later this year.
"We wish to get the assurance of that in a written declaration that they are not receiving money from Putin, Russia or Belarus. That they will not be making supportive comments of Putin, Russia or Belarus," he said. "If people are saying they are neutral athletes, we want the assurance that they are genuinely neutral and therefore there isn't any connection with Putin.
Andon Russian players, something they have more freedom to do as a result of their private members' club status. "If the tours took strong action, Russians players could argue that they are being prevented from making a living through no fault of their own. That is not so much of an issue for Wimbledon, however," a source recently told The Telegraph.
Emma Raducanu admits to feeling 'completely redundant' after latest disappointing loss .
EMMA RADUCANU was outclassed by 2019 French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova in only her second ever professional match on a clay court.The 19-year-old won on her debut on this surface a day earlier, as she dispatched Tereza Martincova in straight sets to keep Great Britain in the tie. However, that success came at a cost as later that day she discovered the blister which caused her a lot of discomfort in her second outing.