‘I prefer to speak with my family’ – Russia tennis ace Medvedev tight-lipped on Ukraine war despite Wimbledon ban threat

RUSSIAN tennis star Daniil Medvedev is keeping his thoughts to himself on the invasion of Ukraine.

Wimbledon bosses are under pressure to ban Medvedev, 26, from this summer’s tournament.

Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston told MPs that the Medvedev should not be allowed to play on the SW19 lawns unless he publicly renounces Vladimir Putin.

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

Publicly denouncing Putin's war on Ukraine carries a maximum 15-year jail term for Russians.

Medvedev said: "Look, I try to take it tournament by tournament.

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"I mean, there are always different rules, regulations in order to play or not to play.

"That's, to be honest, all I have to say. That's going to be the same with every tournament. 

"So the next one after this one is Monte-Carlo, where this moment I'm a resident, so I love this tournament also.

"I don't have any response to Wimbledon.

"Everybody knows what's happening, so it's basically of course impossible to ignore it, but I always said everybody has different opinions on different things in the world.

"I always said I'm for peace.

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"It's very tough in life to talk what is fair and not fair.

"So I of course do have my own opinions on different topics, but I prefer to speak about them with my family, with my wife, where we can sometimes disagree but we can discuss."

Russia has been frozen out of most international sporting events since waging a murderous war on Ukraine.

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

Nikita Mazepin was sacked by his Formula 1 team Haas earlier this month after he was banned from taking part in the British Grand Prix.

And Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich put the club up for sale after he was slapped with sanctions by the UK government due to his ties with Putin.

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