Daniil Medvedev, a famous tennis player from Russia, advanced through the first round of the ATP tennis event that was being held in the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria, on Wednesday.
The top seed, Medvedev, had no trouble defeating his Georgian opponent, Nikoloz Basilashvili, winning both sets in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-2, to move on to the next round and face the local favorite, Dominic Thiem.
It was Medvedev’s first match back after recovering from an injury he suffered on October 8 while competing against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the semifinals of the 2022 Astana Open Tournament.
Djokovic was the player Medvedev was competing against at the time. He is competing in international tennis competitions while maintaining his position as a neutral player.
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Medvedev, who is 26 years old, has won 14 ATP tournaments and is presently ranked fourth in the world according to the ATP Rankings List, which is maintained by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). Additionally, he is the champion of the US Open in 2021 and the ATP Finals in 2020.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended on February 28 that international sports federations prevent athletes from Russia and Belarus from competing in international competitions, citing Moscow’s special military operation in Ukraine as the rationale for this suggestion.
After receiving suggestions to do so from the International Olympic Committee in the end of February, the majority of global sports federations came to the conclusion that athletes from Russia and Belarus should be excluded from participation in all international sporting competitions.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) made the decision on March 1 to cancel all previously scheduled tennis competitions in Russia and Belarus, as well as to suspend the membership of the national tennis federations of both of these nations.
On March 14, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) reaffirmed its decision to bar the Russian and Belarusian national tennis teams from competing in the 2022 Davis Cup and the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup.
The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) agreed to let tennis players from Russia and Belarus continue to compete in WTA and ATP tournaments, but only if they did so under a neutral status.
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