Nadal criticizes Wimbledon’s decision to ban the participation of Russian and Belarusian players

Madrid: Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has strongly criticized the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian players from the English Open of questyear (Wimbledon). Nadal said in a press conference today, Sunday, before the start of the Masters Championship in the Spanish capital, Madrid, that the decision of the organizers is “totally unfair”. And the Organizing Committee of Wimbledon, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments, which take place on the courts in grass, issued its decision due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the support of Belarus. Wimbledon officials said pressure from the British government had left them few alternatives. But Nadal, 35, said: “This is very unfair to my colleagues. What can the poor do about it?” He added that the players are not responsible for “what happens.” Other players senior have criticized the decision, including Serbian Novak Djokovic, as this decision means depriving the star Daniil Medvedev, the number two in the world, from participation in competitions that will take place in the British capital, London, from 27 June to 10 July. (Dpa)