Rafael Nadal speaks out about Wimbledon ban for Russian tennis players: “Very unfair”


Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal (ATP 4) has spoken out sharply about the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian players from the Wimbledon grand slam tournament later this year (June 27 – July 10).


Nadal said on Sunday at a press conference in the run-up to the ATP tournament in Madrid that the decision of the organizers is “very unfair”. “What can these poor people do about it? They are not to blame.”

The decision came after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with the support of Belarus. The British government would have left the organization virtually no other choice.

World number one Novak Djokovic was also critical of the decision. Daniil Medvedev (ATP 2), among others, will therefore not play on the sacred grass of the All England Club in London.

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