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REVEALED: Wimbledon's call to ban all Russian tennis players was sparked by organisers fearing the 'optics' of the Royal family being pictured with world No 2 Daniil Medvedev and other stars at Centre Court trophy presentations

Concerns over the prospect of Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev winning Wimbledon - one of sport's most iconic tournaments - with members of the Royal family in attendance on Centre Court was one of the key reasons that the nation's players were banned from competing.

It was revealed on Wednesday that Wimbledon looks set to confirm the banning of all players from Russia and Belarus from this summer's Championships in light of the ongoing atrocities in Ukraine.

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