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Wimbledon Championships 2022 denies entry to a 17-year-old tennis prodigy

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Even before the tournament started, there was a lot of controversy surrounding this year’s Wimbledon Championships. The decision to ban all Russian and Belarusian tennis players generated the most reactions, both positive and negative. As a result, both the ATP and WTA took points off the event, causing some players to lose motivation to play the prestigious event.

While the tournament is taking place, another problem arose regarding a young Iranian player, Meshkatolzahra Safi.

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Iranian player Meshkatolzahra Safi misses 2022 Wimbledon Championships due to visa issues

according to several reports, Safi, a 17-year-old Iranian girl, missed out on playing at Wimbledon this year after failing to get a visa in time. Before the tournament, she obtained a license to participate in the junior tournament but had to withdraw at the last moment.

According to Safi’s manager, the British government and Wimbledon were uncooperative on the visa. “Today is a sad day for sport in general and for tennis in Iran,” your manager wrote On Instagram.

“Meshkat had to withdraw from the tournament because the UK government did NOT grant him a visit visa in time nor did the tournament organizers do anything to help. It’s sad to think how politics affects so many people’s lives, their dreams, their careers and their ambitions.” his manager also wrote.

It should be noted that Safi became the first Iranian girl to play at the junior Australian Open earlier this summer.

During the tournament, she revealed that she was a big fan of Rafael Nadal and started playing tennis after seeing the Spaniard. After Melbourne, she also participated in the junior event at the French Open. She expected to play three Grand Slam tournaments in a row at Wimbledon, which did not happen this year.

She is currently ranked 76th in the ITF junior rankings and became the first Iranian girl to be ranked in the top 100. At the beginning of March, she achieved the highest ranking of hers, that is, 69. Apart from that, she has a total of 14-8 win record in the junior circuit.

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Wimbledon suffers from low attendance

According to recent statistics, the first day of the Wimbledon Championships saw the lowest attendance since 2007, with 36,600 people attending the matches live. The next three days also saw low audience numbers as 114,573 people attended SW19 in total, which was quite a bit less compared to 2019 (the last time attendance was 100%).

‘The Championships’ logo is seen on center court during Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships previews at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 21, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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Many fans blame Wimbledon’s decision to ban Russian players as one of the reasons. Also, the absence of the legendary Swiss player Roger Federer could be one of the reasons for such low attendance. Despite this low crowd, organizers are optimistic that attendance will peak in the second week, especially during the semi-finals and finals.

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