Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic say it is unfair to ban Russian and Belarusian players from Wimbledon over their country’s actions in Ukraine

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have criticised Wimbledon’s decision to exclude Russian and Belarusian players from this year’s tournament following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

The two tennis greats said on Sunday that Wimbledon had acted unfairly.

“I think it’s very unfair [on] my Russian tennis mates, my colleagues … it’s not their fault, what’s happening in this moment with the war,” Nadal, a 21-time Grand Slam winner, said.

Nadal was in Spain, where both he and Djokovic are preparing to play in the Madrid Open.

Nadal added: “Let’s see what happens in the next weeks, if the players will take some kind of decision in that regard.”

The ATP and WTA tennis tours have both publicly criticised the All England Club’s decision, which was announced on April 20.

Wimbledon starts on June 27.

The prominent players affected by the ban include reigning US Open champion Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev and French Open runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who are all from Russia. Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, which has aided Russian forces, would also be unable to play.


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