As famous by the ATP web site, Daniil Medvedev will hand the world No. 1 rating he earned lower than a full month in the past again over to Novak Djokovic a minimum of quickly after the Russian fell to Gael Monfils on the BNP Paribas Open on Monday. 

Medvedev might quickly have a lot larger issues to fret about. 

Per Reuters (h/t ESPN), Medvedev might have to provide “assurances” he doesn’t help Russian President Vladimir Putin amid the continuing and controversial invasion of Ukraine if the 26-year-old desires to compete at Wimbledon. 

The summer time Grand Slam is ready to run from June 27 by way of July 10. 

“Many international locations have agreed that they won’t permit representatives from Russia to compete. There are additionally visa points as properly. With regards to people, that’s extra advanced,” British Sports activities Minister Nigel Huddleston defined on Tuesday. “Completely no person flying the flag for Russia needs to be allowed or enabled.”

Huddleston added: 

“We’d like some potential assurance that they don’t seem to be supporters of Putin and we’re contemplating what necessities we might have to attempt to get some assurances alongside these traces.” 

Huddleston intends to debate the matter with Wimbledon organizers. 

Medvedev and different Russian and Belarusian gamers have been permitted to proceed competing on the ATP and WTA Excursions however with out having the names or flags related to their international locations formally linked with them. For instance, Medvedev has no flag subsequent to his identify within the rankings shared on the ATP web site. 

Russia has used Belarus as a staging space for forces and navy {hardware} getting into Ukraine. 

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