I know we’ve had a quiet week and I didn’t stir up any emotions, so I figured I would give you all something to discuss…
Wimbledon has stated that athletes who list their nationality as Russian are not allowed to compete at the tournament this year.
The French, which is happening now, has no such rule in place, and I don’t think the US Open has made a firm decision as to what they will do.
If you are from Russia and are a professional tennis player, which is an individual sport, should you be allowed to play at tennis tournaments?
Here’s my opinion:
When you watch a match on TV, the players name is usually listed next to a picture of the flag of the country and very often the name of the country. People in the stands often carry flags of the countries that the players represent. If you specifically cite where the athlete is from, continually refer to them in ways such as “The American Isner” and allow the flags in the stadium, you have the right to ban an athlete from a country, because you have created a situation where you are referencing the country not the athlete. If you do not ever reference a country, then it’s OK for the athlete to compete.
What do you think about Russian athletes competing at the French Open? What do you think about them not competing at Wimbledon?
Is there nationalism in sports? How closely related are the athletes and the countries they are from?