Rafael Nadal does not understand. So he does not hesitate to say so. “VSis very unfair”, considered the one who became the only player with a 21st trophy won in Australia at the start of the year over the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian players from the Wimbledon tournament in reaction to the invasion of Ukraine. “IThey can’t do much, can they? In what way is it their fault what is happening at the moment, the war?, asked the 35-year-old Spaniard. I’m really sorry for them.”
“It’s very unfair for them, but unfortunately I would say that currently, if it’s very complicated for these players, what’s happening is so unfortunate that ultimately what happens in our sport is practically irrelevant when it there are so many people dying and suffering“, underlined the ex-N.1 world.
The annoying question: Is excluding Russians and Belarusians from Wimbledon a good decision?
04/26/2022 At 6:54 PM
Rafael Nadal and Daniel Medvedev
Wimbledon has made its decision, the most drastic possible, without obligation to take it
Wimbledon announced ten days ago its decision to exclude Russians and Belarusians from its 2022 edition (June 27-July 10) due to the invasion of Ukraine. Among the players concerned include world No.2 Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev (N.8) – who described it as “totally discriminatory” -, Aryna Sabalenka (N.4) or Victoria Azarenka (ex- N.1 today 17th).
This decision is a first in world tennis and was immediately strongly criticized by the ATP and the WTA. On the two professional circuits, Russians and Belarusians are authorized to play under a neutral banner. Their national teams, on the other hand, were excluded from the Davis Cup and the Billie Jean King Cup. “When a government takes measures, they must be followed. In this case, the (British) government gave a recommendation and Wimbledon took its decision, as drastic as possible, without obligation to take it”, noted Nadal.
Novak Djokovic, who called the decision “crazy”, said he was “maintaining (his) position” on Sunday. “I think it’s unfair,” reaffirmed the world No.1, referring to the possibility of acting on the variable of the points distributed at Wimbledon, for example by keeping those of the Russians and Belarusians prevented from participating.
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