There could possibly be a debate whether or not this number 1 spot makes Daniil Medvedev the most effective participant on this planet, or if he nonetheless has a lengthy strategy to go earlier than he’s the true boss of tennis. Except that the circumstances put this query within the background. There was no worse time to turn into first. The participant has formally topped the rankings since Monday, however the information broke final Thursday, the identical day Russia invaded Ukraine.
In truth, the participant savors solely reasonably what must be an accomplishment. Normally, a number 1 is a participant that everybody else needs to beat. But this competitors now takes on a complete new dimension. Because Daniil Medvedev is Russian. On Tuesday, the Ukrainian tennis federation requested the worldwide federation to ban the tennis participant from taking part in Grand Slam tournaments, in order that he loses his standing as world number 1. However, this request raises questions.
The number 1 has positioned itself in opposition to the Russian offensive
Daniil Medvedev has taken a very clear place in opposition to the warfare waged by his nation. Last week on the Acapulco event, his spouse was dressed within the colours of Ukraine. He subsequently on no account gave his help to the Russian offensive. Moreover, he performs in his personal identify, not in that of his nation. Which makes a large distinction with the Russian groups, rightly banned from worldwide competitions.
His solely fault would subsequently be to be Russian. A harmful and even maybe counterproductive place as a result of stopping a participant who loudly proclaims his opposition to the warfare from taking part in main tournaments wouldn’t essentially ship the precise message.
The International Tennis Federation has subsequently determined: Russian gamers can play Grand Slam tournaments, however not Davis Cup matches. This determination follows the advice of the IOC, the International Olympic Committee. National group competitions is not going to be beneath the Russian flag, however taking part in for your self in a event with out a Russian image is feasible. It’s not a large punishment then given what the Davis Cup has turn into, however it occurs that Daniil Medvedev and his compatriots are the defending champions, so such a alternative stays necessary.
A world of tennis shaken by the political disaster
The warfare in Ukraine impacts everybody in tennis. This can be the case of the Ukrainian Elena Svitolina. This week, she is taking part in the Monterrey event in Mexico and he or she was opposed within the first spherical to a Russian participant. She had threatened to not come. But the sanctions introduced by the authorities, the prohibition of any Russian image on the courtroom, made him change his thoughts. She got here, and he or she beat the Russian Potapova fingers down on Tuesday night time. The image is powerful.
Daniil Medvedev will not be the consultant of evil on a tennis courtroom. A welcome political dedication on the a part of the bodies of sport indiscriminately hunting Russian witches. Taking sides would be much less glorious.