Andrei Rublev, shocked, stated that his Russian compatriot Daniil Medvedev had been invited to play in Laver Cup last monthbefore the British government hinted that it might not allow it.
Both Rublev and Medvedev played for Team Europe in the 2021 Laver Cup in Boston, but were conspicuously absent from the 2022 edition in London.
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Team Europe instead included Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Casper Rudd, Matteo Berrettini and Cameron Nouri.
The event was Federer’s farewell from professional tenniswith the Swiss legend withdrawing from the sport after the doubles match alongside Nadal.
In a stunning new development this week, Rublev revealed that Medvedev had already been invited to play for Team Europe – but the British government had “indicated” that he would not be allowed.
Players from Russia and Belarus have been badly banned from this year’s Wimbledon due to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, with Rublev revealing the same issues that have arisen regarding the Laver Cup.
When asked if he was invited to play, Rublev told the Russian publication champions: “Not me. I know that” Dana “(Medvedev) – yes.
But the British government is there, and they have hinted that it probably won’t work.”
Wimbledon bans players Russia and Belarus have proven deeply divisive, with the ATP and WTA stripping major grass courts of ranking points as a result.
This meant that the event was effectively a high-profile show, with the likes of Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios suffering as a result.
Djokovic lost 2,000 ranking points despite winning the title, dropping to No. 7 worldwide in the aftermath.
The 21-time Grand Slam champion lost every 2,000 points he earned by winning the title at the All England Club in 2021.
Kyrgios also missed 1250 rating points Which would have earned him to make it to the final and he’s at number 20 in the world instead of a potential place in the top ten.
Women’s champion Elena Rybakina also lost 2000 points and is still ranked 26th in the world.
Novak Djokovic in good shape after missing the US Open
while, Djokovic has continued his amazing performance Since returning to the ATP tour after missing the entire U.S. hard-court swing due to his refusal to get vaccinated.
Djokovic lost only two matches to reach the last 16 of the Astana Open on Wednesday with an all-out victory over Christian Garin.
The 35-year-old needed just 62 minutes to spare his Chilean opponent 6-1, 6-1, losing just six points from his serve in the match.
“From start to finish, it was a great performance,” Djokovic said after the match.
“Playing in a new tournament, different conditions, the first match is never easy.
“You’re looking forward to see how you’ll adapt, but I did it perfectly, really, I played the best I could.
“I made it work and took every opportunity I had.”
Djokovic won the Tel Aviv Open Last week in his first tournament since the Laver Cup and the first ATP event since Wimbledon.
He missed the US Open in September due to America requiring foreign travelers to show proof of vaccination.
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