Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has strongly criticized the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian players from the English Open at Wimbledon this year.
Nadal told a press conference today, Sunday, ahead of the start of the Masters Championship in the Spanish capital, Madrid, that the organizers’ decision was “totally unfair”.
The organizing committee of Wimbledon, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments, which takes place on grass courts, made its decision due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and support from Belarus.
Wimbledon officials said pressure from the British government had left them with few alternatives.
But Nadal, 35, said: “It’s very unfair to my colleagues, what can the poor do about it?” “The players are not responsible for what happens,” he added.
Other senior players have criticized the decision, including Serbian Novak Djokovic, as the move means Russian star Daniil Medvedev, ranked second in the world, will be banned from competing in the British capital London from June 27 to month of July. ten.