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‘I can’t really go back’: Daria Saville faces her own problem for speaking out against Putin’s war

Moscow-born Australian tennis star Daria Saville, née Gavrilova, believes she cannot return to her original home after comments she made about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Saville made the comments while expressing her conflicting personal emotions about the Wimbledon ban on Russian players.

The All England Club has banned Russian and Belarusian players from the 2022 event over fears that success could be used by the Russian regime as propaganda in support of the war.

Saville also explained that she still hadn’t decided to participate in Wimbledon herself, as the governing bodies of tennis tours, the ATP and WTA, have removed points from Wimbledon in response to the ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes.

Saville has vocally protested the invasion of Ukraine by her native country, including an Instagram post in Russian that read: “Silence in the current situation equals complicity. Putin, stop the war. Army, come home!”

She also wore blue and yellow, Ukraine’s colors during the Paris Open through March.

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Her husband, an Australian doubles specialist and singles champion of 2011 Wimbledon boys, Luke Saville has also spoken of his wife Daria’s concerns about her parents, who are still in Moscow.

Speaking at the French Open, where she faces two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the second roundshe once again reiterated her support for her Ukrainian colleagues.

But when asked if she had any sympathy for the Russians who were banned from the biggest tournament in the world, she sounded pained when she replied: “Yes and no … it’s yes, it’s hard, it’s hard for me too. to comment.

“I can’t really go back to Russia now, no.

Saville was also conflicted over whether the All England Club had made the right decision with its ban.

“It’s a gray area because I have way too many friends in Russia,” said Saville, who became an Australian citizen in 2015.

As for her own entry into Wimbledon, Saville also faced a dilemma following the WTA tour’s decision not to award ranking points for the tournament.

“It’s a bit tricky with points. I have to make a decision whether it’s worth playing the (Wimbledon) qualifier or maybe I’ll play the week before. I’m still weighing it up.”

“The prize money at Wimbledon is good, so I would like to qualify, but I will make that decision later.

“Wimbledon remains Wimbledon. Some players say it’s an exhibition – I don’t think it will ever be an exhibition.

“It’s difficult, but there are some decisions I have to make. Of course the majority of people would have preferred to play with points and I feel a bit sorry for Ukrainian girls and boys, because you read the Russian news and… .”

Her voice then faded and her grief at what is happening in Ukraine was summed up in one last poignant observation.

Big names divided

The Wimbledon points issue has divided some of the biggest tennis names.

Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka, who has never made it past the third round at SW19, said the lack of ranking points means she is considering quitting.

“I would say the decision kind of affects my mindset to go into the grass. I’m not 100 percent sure I’ll go there,” four-time big winner Osaka said at a news conference.

“I’d love to go and get some experience on the lawn, but at the same time for me it’s kind of, I wouldn’t say pointless, no pun intended, but I’m the type of player who’s motivated by… getting my rankings up.” see go.”

Naomi Osaka said she is “the type of player who is motivated by … seeing” [her] rank up”.Getty: Robert Prange

men wWorld number one Novak Djokovic plans to defend his Wimbledon title, even though he loses the 2000 ranking points he won last year. The Serb lost another 2,000 points when he was unable to play at this year’s Australian Open due to his unvaccinated status.

The lack of ranking points is likely to result in Djokovic losing his number one position to Russian Daniil Medvedev.

“It’s a very unique and weird situation,” said Djokovic after his first round victory over Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka at Roland Garros.

“A grand slam is still a grand slam, Wimbledon was always my dream tournament as a child.

“I’m not looking at it through the lens of points or prize money, for me it’s something else.”

Novak Djokovic has a trophy
Novak Djokovic has won Wimbledon six times, most recently last year.Reuters

Rafael Nadal and Djokovic have criticized Wimbledon’s decision to exclude Russian and Belarus players from the tournament this year following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“I think it’s very unfair [on] my Russian tennis buddies, my colleagues…it’s not their fault what’s happening to the war right now,” said Nadal, a 21-time Grand Slam winner.

Djokovic compared the situation of the excluded players to what he went through in January when he was unable to play at the Australian Open. He was deported from Australia for not being vaccinated against COVID-19.

“It’s not the same, but when I experienced something similar for myself earlier this year, it’s frustrating to know you can’t play,” said Djokovic.

Prominent players affected by the ban include reigning US Open champions Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, while Belarusian stars Aryna Sabalenka and Victoria Azarenka are also unable to play.

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