I'd think every single Russian should be banned from every single thing outside the border of Russia. Shouldn't they?
What's wrong with that?
Good! Russian people need to take more responsibility for what their country is doing. They need to be excluded from all world affairs until they quit their war in Ukrainian and pay massive reparations to rebuild Ukraine.
Why is that insanity? A portion of their income goes to Russia. We should cut Russia off at the knees economically for what they are doing, make an example of their murderous government to the world.
Yes, it's not the fault of the players, but it needs to be done.
You know, it's interesting, between war raging on, the likelihood that they take at least part of Ukraine and refuset to pay reparations, Russia could really be sidelined for decades if you think about it. This was a horrible miscalculation on their part. You have to believe that elite Russian athletes will start leaving if not this year in the coming years.
This is ridiculous. You have WTA players that live in London , pay taxes . Maria Sharapova was a guest at the Whitehouse a couple weeks ago.
She was also doped (legally then illegally) by her Russian doctor for a decade. Maybe not the greatest example to use.
Britain and Tony Blair were all in when it came to invading Iraq in 2003 based on sketchy WMD evidence. Did Britain ban their own tennis players then?
How the weather is in Moscow comrade?
Price you pay for having a lunatic thug running things. Where are the crazy people over there plotting to take Putin out?
Why would a country ban its own athletes? Are you saying Russia should ban Russian athletes also?
If Russia wanted to ban UK athletes from competing in Russia because UK supported the Iraq invasion they were free to do so.
This is behaving like Putin. Individuals aren't responsible for what their governments do, are they? Of are you responsible for CDC mask mandates?
I would say Boris Johnson is a lunatic thug. Confine own people into unbearable lockdowns and party like crazy. Should he be taken out too?
Over 90% of Russians support Putin and the murders and rapes going on in Ukraine. It only makes sense you would want to ban such people from anything, even if a few alleged detractors got caught up in the ban. Where's the hardship? Go play tennis in Kyiv or Murmansk if you like playing games so badly.
After reading these comments condemning the Russian athletes to bans I have more appreciation for Tommie Smith, John Carlos, Lou Alcindor...
Good. If Medvedev or another Russian player had won, Putin would use it for propaganda purposes. I don't hate Russia but what is going on in Ukraine is utterly evil.
A Yank talking about British politics ha ha, Britain under Boris has done more to help Ukraine than any other European nation. Ok he had a piece of lemon drizzle cake on his birthday! so what. Your top guy probably can not remember when his birthday is.
If Russian tennis players are allowed to compete, you will have a complete mess. Players will refuse to compete with the Russian players, which will then set up an easier tournament for the Russians. Fans will disrupt matches with Russian players. Medvedev is already a player fans love to hate. And then you may run into trouble with sponsors who do not want to be associated with an event that welcomes Russians. The only way for Wimbledon to carry on with a professional quality event is to just keep the Russians out.
We all have blood on our hands historically, but lets keep scale in mind. This is a tad different.