Prominent players affected by the ban include current US Open champion Daniil Medvedev and French Open runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
MADRID, Spain – Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have criticized Wimbledon’s decision to exclude Russian and Belarusian players from this year’s tournament following Russia’s occupation of Ukraine.
Two senior tennis players said Wimbledon was unfair on Sunday.
Nadal, the 21-time Grand Slam winner, said in Spain: “I don’t think it’s very unfair to my Russian tennis friends, my colleagues … what is happening now with the war is not their fault.” and Djokovic is preparing to play in the Madrid Open.
“I apologize for them,” Nadal said. “Wimbledon just made its decision … the government didn’t force them to do so.”
Nadal added: “Let’s see what happens in the coming weeks, if the players make any decisions in this regard.”
ATP and WTA tennis tours openly criticized the decision of the All England Club announced on April 20.
Wimbledon starts on June 27.
Prominent players affected by the ban include current US Open champion Daniil Medvedev, Andrei Rublev and second-placed French Open champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia. Victoria Azarenka, a Belarusian who helped Russian forces, would not be able to play either.
Djokovic compared the situation of the suspended players to his situation when he could not play in the Australian Open in January. He was deported from Australia for not being vaccinated against COVID-19.
“It’s not the same thing, but I had a similar experience for me earlier this year, and I was disappointed to know you couldn’t play,” Djokovic said. “I still do not support the decision (Wimbledon). I don’t think it’s fair, it’s not right, but it’s true. “
For the first time, the All England Club justified its actions in a statement posted on Twitter.
“In the face of such unfounded and unprecedented military aggression, it would be unacceptable for the Russian regime to take any advantage of the participation of Russian or Belarusian players in the Championship,” the statement said.
Nadal and Djokovic criticize the ban on Russian players at Wimbledon
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