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Russian flag removed from Daniil Medvedev’s Instagram profile

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World No 1 Daniil Medvedev has removed the Russian flag from his Instagram account along with Olympic silver medallist Karen Khachanov.

The pair have received some good news, in that they will be allowed to continue play on the tour and the Grand Slams.

This offers neither player nor any other Russian players, any guarantees that they will be allowed to travel to every country that the ATP Tour visits.

The United States has so far only imposed a travel ban limited to Russian Oligarchs and their families, alongside a level 4 Do Not Travel notice issued by the State Department for US citizens warning against travel to Russia.

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US authorities have compelled American citizens living in Russia to strongly consider leaving the country.

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Medvedev needs decent performances at the pair of ATP 1000 events taking place in the United States this month, to hold onto his recently-earned World No 1 status.

At this stage, the indications are that he will enter both Indian Wells and the Miami Open, as the ATP and WTA Tours come together for the Sunshine Double.

Until further notice, the ITF has suspended the Russian and Belarus federations’ memberships and withdrawn their entries from all affiliated international team competitions “until further notice”.

A decision was also made by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) to suspend the events scheduled to be held in Moscow in October.

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The ITF, WTA and ATP jointly agreed on the sanctions that were outlined earlier this week.

“Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine, and we commend the many tennis players who have spoken out and taken action against this unacceptable act of aggression,” the statement read.

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“We echo their calls for the violence to end and peace to return.”

Russia’s other top-ten player, Andrey Rublev, has not displayed the Russian flag on his social media.

Rublev is based in Miami and comes into March having enjoyed a stellar month, being arguably the player of the ATP Tour in Ferbruary despite Rafael Nadal’s dominant return.

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