Daniil Medvedev takes first steps back onto court – but when will he play again?

Daniil Medvedev in action

Former world No 1 Daniil Medvedev has posted a video of his tentative return to the court after undergoing hernia surgery, but it is not clear when he will return to action.

Medvedev has not hit a ball in anger since playing in the Miami Open last month, with confirmation that the Russian had undergone minor surgery coming shortly after that event.

That news put his participation in the French Open in doubt, yet it seems Medvedev is edging back to full fitness after he posted a video on his social channels confirming he had made a gentle return to court.

Yet despite the positive update from Medvedev, the US Open champion faces an uncertain few weeks as he is banned from playing grass court events in the UK after the All England Club at Wimbledon and the LTA banned all Russian and Belarussian players following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“We understand and deeply regret the impact this decision will have on every individual affected and so many innocent people are suffering as a result of this terrible war,” said All England Club chairman Ian Hewitt.

“But we believe we have made the most responsible decision possible in the circumstances and within the framework of the government’s position there is no viable alternative to the decision we have taken in this truly exceptional and tragic situation.

“Russia’s ongoing invasion, leading to catastrophic harm for millions of lives in Ukraine, has been condemned worldwide by over 140 nations, government, industry, sport and creative institutions are all playing their part in efforts to limit Russia’s global influence, including any benefit from trade, cultural or sporting shows of strength.

“We considered a wide variety of factors, including player safety, humanitarian efforts to support in the conflict, and the response of other sports in seeking to limit Russia’s influence.

“After lengthy and careful consideration we came to two firm conclusions that have formed the basis for our decision; first, even if we were to accept entries from Russian and Belarusian players with written declarations, we would risk their success of participation at Wimbledon being used to benefit the propaganda machine of the Russian regime, which we could not accept.”

The decision means Medvedev and his fellow Russian players are likely to face a month without tournaments to play in this summer, with world No 1 Novak Djokovic among those critical of the decision.