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“I prefer to talk to my family”

Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev keeps his thoughts on the invasion of Ukraine to himself.

Wimbledon bosses are under pressure to ban Medvedev26, from this summer’s tournament.

Medvedev, second in the world rankings, does not yet know whether he can compete in Wimbledon

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Medvedev, second in the world rankings, does not yet know whether he can compete in WimbledonPhoto credit: Rex

Sport Minister Nigel Huddleston told MPs Medvedev would not be allowed to play on SW19’s pitches unless he publicly renounced Vladimir Putin.

But the world number two continues to keep his position on the invasion a secret.

For Russians, publicly denouncing Putin’s war against Ukraine means a maximum of 15 years in prison.

Medvedev said: “Look, I’m trying to play tournament after tournament.

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“I mean, there are always different rules, regulations, to play or not to play.

“That’s honestly all I have to say. It will be like this at every tournament.

“So the next thing after that is Monte-Carlo, where I’m residing at the moment, so I love that tournament too.

“I don’t have an answer for Wimbledon.

“Everyone knows what’s happening, so of course it’s basically impossible to ignore, but I’ve always said everyone has different opinions on different things in the world.

“I’ve always said I’m for peace.

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“It’s very difficult in life to talk about what’s fair and what’s not fair.

“So of course I have my own opinions on different issues, but I prefer to talk about it with my family, with my wife, where we sometimes disagree, but we can discuss.”

Russia has been banned from most international sporting events since it waged a murderous war against Ukraine.

The Champions League final has been moved from St. Petersburg and Russian athletes are effectively banned from international sport.

Nikita Mazepin was fired from his Formula One team Haas earlier this month after he was Banned from the British Grand Prix.

And Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich put the club up for sale after it was sanctioned by the UK government for its links with Putin.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/18065374/russia-tennis-medvedev-ukraine-wimbledon/ “I prefer to talk to my family”

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