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Tim Henman explains Wimbledon’s ‘propaganda’ fears after Kate Middleton rumours

Henman is a member of the AELTC board and elaborated on the club’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from The Championships this year amid news that the ATP could strip the tournament of its ranking points. The retired British pro admited that supporting Russian “propaganda” was a fear for the club after The Telegraph reported the decision was in part made due to the ‘merest possibility’ that the Duchess of Cambridge would have to hand over the trophy to a Russian or Belarusian competitor.

The British No 1 also admitted the decision was government-led, with the AELTC Chairman and Chief Exective previously confirming the club had just two options – issue a blanket ban or require declarations against the war from players representing the two nations. “There’s no winners, from Wimbledon’s point of view it certainly reiterated the point that this has been massively government-led,” he said on Amazon Prime.

“You look at the options available, for Wimbledon to make the Russian and Belarusian players sign a declaration against the war and the regime I think puts them and their families in a very serious and dangerous position. That’s not also talking about the possibility of those said players in the second week receiving a trophy on Centre Court and the propaganda that goes with that.”

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