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Nadal calls on colleagues to oppose Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal wants players to take a stand in favor of his Russian colleague, and at the same time pressurize against Wimbledon’s ban.

“Very unfair to my Russian and Belarusian colleagues,” Rafael Nadal Answer when asked about Toan Anh Tennis Club ban Russian and Belarusian tennis players attend this year. “The political tension is not their fault. I feel very sorry that Wimbledon made this decision. Something is not right here. We need to stand firm in support of our Russian and Belarusian colleagues. must jointly consider countermeasures because this is unjust.”

Nadal will return to play at the Madrid Open this week, after six weeks of treatment for a rib injury.  Photo: ATP

Nadal will return to play at the Madrid Open this week, after six weeks of treatment for a rib injury. Image: ATP

Toan England Tennis Club on April 20 banned Russian and Belarusian players from attending Wimbledon. This decision is in response to tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Two stars Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, and world number four female tennis player Aryna Sabalenka are among the absent stars. 17 of the top 100 players, both men and women, are affected by the ban of Toan Anh Tennis Club.

“I know the British Government makes the decision and Wimbledon has to follow,” Nadal added. “This is too drastic a measure. Grand Slam is outside the scope of ATP and WTA. But this tournament brings up to 2,000 points for the champion. These points are really important and we will consider that. if the prize no longer has bonus points”.

The three organizations ATP, WTA and ITF will meet in Madrid this week to come up with a resolution to oppose Wimbledon’s decision. One of the proposed measures is to freeze the scoreboard when the grass-court Grand Slam takes place. This will turn Wimbledon into a gig, prize-only event without points.

During the press conference before the Madrid Open, the number one tennis player in the world Novak Djokovic once again emphasizes the rigor that Wimbledon offers to Russian and Belarusian players. He said: “I think that decision was wrong. We can’t go against individual individuals, because of national issues. What the players want is simply to compete. They are controlled. governed by the rules of ATP, WTA, ITF and did nothing wrong in this case”.

Players from Russia and Belarus have competed under a neutral flag since tensions erupted between Russia and Ukraine at the end of February. The organizers of Roland Garros last week confirmed no bans were being considered and would welcome any player. attend the tournament. According to BBCAll England Tennis Club may lift the ban before Wimbledon opens on June 27, depending on developments in Ukraine.

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