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WTA president Steve Simon warned Wimbledon that it faces “strong reactions” to the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players, and the week ahead could see more twists in a controversy that has split tennis.

The All England Club (AELTC) said it decided to bar players such as Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, Aryna Sabalenka and Victoria Azarenka in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

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