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And the president of the ATP expressed his position on the participation of Russians in tournaments


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Moscow, February 20 – The ATP largely adheres to the recommendations of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding Russians, but the organization does not support the principle of collective responsibility and believes that Russian tennis players should participate in competitions and have the right to vote, said ATP President Andrea Gaudenzi. .
In February 2022, the International Olympic Committee recommended that international sports federations ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from competing due to the situation in Ukraine. A number of international federations have followed the recommendations, and others, including the ATP and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), have allowed athletes to compete in tournaments in a neutral position.

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“We saw (Andrei) Rublev writing on camera: ‘Peace, not war.’ I think this is an important message. We want these players to speak up, to be able to express their feelings, so that it reaches their people, their own countries,” the federation president added. Professional tennis players.
Russians and Belarusians are allowed to participate in ATP and WTA tournaments in a neutral position in all countries except the United Kingdom. In response to the non-acceptance of the representatives of Russia and Belarus to the 2022 Wimbledon Championships, the ATP and Tennis Association decided not to award ranking points to the tournament participants. The ATP and WTA have fined the National Football Association and the All England Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) $1 million for suspending Russian and Belarusian athletes from tournaments in Eastbourne, Nottingham and Birmingham, UK.

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