Iga Swiatek believes tennis missed a chance to ship a powerful message to Moscow by failing to impose a ban on gamers from Russia and Belarus.
Wimbledon was the one Grand Slam to ban gamers in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine final yr however stated final week they might now settle for them as impartial athletes.
The 2022 ban was the primary time in tennis gamers have been excluded from a event on the grounds of nationality because the post-World Conflict Two period, when German and Japanese gamers have been barred from the championships.
World No 1 Swiatek believes tennis “might do a bit higher”.
“After World Conflict Two, German gamers weren’t allowed in addition to Japanese and Italian [players], and I really feel like this sort of factor would present the Russian authorities that possibly it is not value it,” the Pole instructed the BBC.
“We’re simply athletes, a bit piece on the earth, however sport is fairly vital and sport has all the time been used for propaganda … Tennis, from the start, might do a bit higher in displaying all people that tennis gamers are towards the battle.
“Tennis did not actually go that manner, however now it will be fairly unfair for Russian and Belarusian gamers to try this as a result of this resolution was imagined to be made a yr in the past.”
Gamers from Russia and Belarus have been competing on the excursions and at different Grand Slams as impartial athletes since 2022.
Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, who received this yr’s Australian Open, has stated she struggled to grasp the “hate” within the locker room and Swiatek described the locker room ambiance as “fairly tense”.
“It isn’t their fault they’ve a passport like that … their scenario is fairly sophisticated, and it is arduous for them to talk out loud about it,” the 21-year-old added.
“Then again, all of us have some sort of influence and something that might assist cease the Russian aggression, we must always go that manner by way of the choices the federations are making.”