Without world number two: Nadal criticizes Russia’s exclusion from Wimbledon

Without second in the world rankings
Nadal criticizes Russia’s exclusion from Wimbledon

Tennis star Rafael Nadal describes the ban on Russian and Belarusian professionals at the Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament due to Russia’s war of aggression as “very unfair”. The Grand Slam champion is not the only one to criticize, but the organizers have their hands tied.

Spanish tennis world star Rafael Nadal has sharply criticized the exclusion of professionals from Russia and Belarus at this year’s Grand Slam tournament in Wimbledon. The organizers’ decision was “very unfair,” Nadal said at a press conference in Madrid ahead of the Masters 1000 tournament in the Spanish capital. World number three Alexander Zverev will be the defending champion.

Wimbledon bans tennis pros from Russia and Belarus for the Russian invasion of Ukraine Nadal doesn’t get it at all: “It’s very unfair to my colleagues. What can the poor do about it?” Said the 35-year-old fourth on the list. world. The pros are not to blame “for what’s going on”. Before Nadal, Zverev, the Russian Andrei Rublev and the Serbian Novak Djokovic, among others, had criticized the measure. The ATP and WTA player associations had also expressed criticism.

“No valid alternative”

The exclusion also concerns the number two of the Russian world Daniil Medvedev, rival of Nadal, Djokovic and Zverev in the fight for the titles and the first place in the world rankings. The top ten player Rublev is also interested. “I’m sorry for them. I wish it were different,” said Grand Slam champion Nadal.

The organizers of the lawn classic had recently assured that “there was no viable alternative” due to the needs of the British government. Had the professionals of Russia and Belarus been allowed to participate with an anti-war statement, “we would have risked that their success would be used to the advantage of the Russian regime’s propaganda machine,” said the All England Lawn president. Tennis Club (AELTC), Ian Hewitt. The third Grand Slam tournament of the year takes place from June 27 to July 10.

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