The Cost of Wimbledon’s Russia Ban

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Several months ahead of the year’s only grass-court Major, Wimbledon officials have published a new policy to ban players of Russian or Belarusian origin. The exclusionary move was announced amidst the geopolitical background of Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine. According to a statement issued by the All England Club last Wednesday, the decision to ban […] READ MORE


Wimbledon’s Ban on Russian Athletes: An Embarrassing Disgrace

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Whether you’re a tennis fan or not, the likelihood is that you’ve heard of Wimbledon. Taking place in London, with the all-white rule for players glistening under the summer sun with a stunning Centre Court with tons of history, there’s no wonder it’s the biggest and most prestigious tournament in all of tennis. In January […] READ MORE


Reactions to the Wimbledon Russia Ban

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On Wednesday, the All-England Lawn Tennis Club confirmed the Wimbledon Russia ban. The decision was rumored for weeks, and will forbid Russian and Belarussian players from competing at the Championships. The ban also extends to the Lawn Tennis Association’s UK grass court events. The decision will affect a host of top players, including Daniil Medvedev, […] READ MORE


Anger Over Wimbledon Ban Is Seriously Misplaced

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Cries of unfairness rang out across the tennis world when news broke of the Wimbledon ban on Russian and Belarusian tennis players. Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, Viktoria Azarenka, and Aryna Sabalenka are among the stars who won’t step on the exalted grass of Wimbledon this summer as a result of Russia’s Ukraine invasion. Is the […] READ MORE


A Brief History Of Ukrainian Tennis

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In the past week or so, the world has changed. The Russian invasion (or reinvasion, or expanded invasion) of Ukraine threatens the very existence of the country, such that Ukrainian sportspeople, including tennis players, are now literally putting down their boxing gloves, goalkeeping gloves and tennis rackets to take up arms to defend their homeland. […] READ MORE



Elina Svitolina Needs to Overcome Slam Block in 2019

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Before both the Australian and French Opens 2018, you’d have won 9/10 arguments with the view that 23-year-old Ukrainian Elina Svitolina held the best chance. Unfortunately, these are just two examples of Slam underachievement from this undisputed talent. Lack of Slam achievement contributed to the parting of ways with coach Thierry Ascione. Veteran American coach […] READ MORE


Elina Svitolina Will See French Open 2018 as Best Slam Opportunity

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Elina Svitolina lets the doubters doubt Injury last year meant that the talented Ukrainian could not follow up in the French Open. Whereby, she lost to Simona Halep in the quarterfinals. This season, injury free, Elina Svitolina can more than make her presence felt at Roland-Garros. The 23-year-old Ukrainian shot-builder undoubtedly has her doubters. There […] READ MORE


Elina Svitolina Ends 15-Year-Old Marta Kostyuk’s Miracle Run

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Elina Svitolina made light work of her fellow countrywomen and 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk as she breezed through to the fourth-round with a 6-2, 6-2 win. Svitolina has now secured her best result ever at the Australian Open, reaching the last 16 for the first time. All eyes were on this intriguing third-round matchup between the […] READ MORE


15-Year-Old Marta Kostyuk Continues Record-Breaking Run

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Marta Kostyuk entered the 2018 Australian Open as a relatively unknown player. But thanks to her impressive run, she has ensured that everyone will know her name come the end of this year’s competition. The Ukrainian has won her way through to the third round of the Australian Open at just 15 years of age. […] READ MORE