Nadal, Djokovic slam Wimbledon ban on Russian players | CBC Sports

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic criticized Wimbledon’s resolution to exclude gamers from Russia and Belarus from participating on this yr’s event following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The 2 tennis greats mentioned Sunday that Wimbledon had acted unfairly.

“I feel it is very unfair of [on]┬ámy Russian tennis mates, my colleagues … it is not their fault what’s occurring on this second with the struggle,” Nadal, a 21-time Grand Slam winner, mentioned in Spain the place each he and Djokovic are getting ready to play within the Madrid Open.

“I am sorry for them,” Nadal mentioned. “Wimbledon simply took their resolution … the federal government did not power them to do it.”

Nadal added: “Let’s examine what occurs within the subsequent weeks, if the gamers will take some form of resolution in that regard.”

The ATP and WTA tennis excursions have each publicly criticized the All England Membership’s resolution which was introduced April 20.

Wimbledon begins on June 27.

The distinguished gamers affected by the ban embody reigning U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, and French Open runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who’re all from Russia. Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, which has aided Russian forces, would even be unable to play.

‘It isn’t proper’

Djokovic in contrast the scenario of the excluded gamers to what he went via in January when he was unable to play the Australian Open. He was deported from Australia for not being vaccinated towards COVID-19.

“It isn’t the identical factor, however going via one thing comparable earlier this yr for myself, it is irritating realizing that you just’re not capable of play,” Djokovic mentioned. “I nonetheless stand by my place that I do not help the [Wimbledon]┬áresolution. I feel it is simply not honest, it is not proper, however it’s what it’s.”

The All England Membership had justified its motion in an announcement first posted on Twitter.

“Within the circumstances of such unjustified and unprecedented navy aggression, it might be unacceptable for the Russian regime to derive any advantages from the involvement of Russian or Belarusian gamers with The Championships,” the assertion mentioned.

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