The Spaniard, who returned to compete in the Madrid tournament this week, regretted the expulsion of Russian nationals at the next Wimbledon tournament.
Rafael Nadal evaluated that it was a decision to exclude Russian and Belarusian players from the Wimbledon tournament in response to the invasion of Ukraine.so unfair», Sunday before the Madrid tournament.
“so unfair” evaluated Nadal, who became the holiest player in the Grand Slam with his 21st trophy in Australia at the beginning of the year.
“They can’t do much, can they? The 35-year-old Spaniard said: “How is the war now their fault?” he asked. I really feel sorry for them.»
“It’s very unfair to them, but unfortunately right now, if it’s too complicated for these players, what’s going on is so unfortunate that with so many people dying and suffering, I can finally say that what happens in our sport is practically irrelevant.“underlined the old N.1 world.
Ten days ago, Wimbledon announced its decision to exclude Russians and Belarusians from the 2022 edition (27 June – 10 July) due to the invasion of Ukraine. Among the players involved are the world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev (N.8) – who called him “totally discriminatory“-, Aryna Sabalenka (N.4) or Victoria Azarenka (former N.1 today 17th).
This decision was a first in world tennis and was immediately severely criticized by the ATP and WTA. In two professional halves, Russians and Belarusians are authorized to play under a neutral flag. Their national teams were expelled from the Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup.
“When a government takes action, they must be followed. In this case, the (British) government made a recommendation and took the Wimbledon decision as harshly as they could without having to.Nadal noted.
“Crazy” decision for Djokovic
Announcing the decision, Novak Djokovic”crazy“, I said “to hold (someone’s) position” Market. “I think it’s unfair“Reaffirmed the World No. 1 at Wimbledon, recalling the possibility of acting on the variable of the points distributed, for example, by blocking the participation of Russians and Belarusians.