Wimbledon organizers introduced on Wednesday that Russian and Belarusian gamers won’t be allowed to compete at this 12 months’s version following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“I’ll at all times condemn struggle, I’ll by no means help struggle being myself a toddler of struggle,” the world No. 1 informed reporters on the Serbia Open.
“I understand how a lot emotional trauma it leaves. In Serbia, everyone knows what occurred in 1999. Within the Balkans, we now have had many wars in latest historical past,” he informed reporters.
“Nonetheless, I can’t help the choice of Wimbledon, I feel it’s loopy. When politics interferes with sport, the outcome just isn’t good.”
Wimbledon on Wednesday introduced and defended their resolution to ban Russian and Belarusian gamers from this 12 months’s event.
“Given the profile of The Championships in the UK and around the globe, it’s our accountability to play our half within the widespread efforts of Authorities, business, sporting and artistic establishments to restrict Russia’s world affect by means of the strongest means doable,” the All England Garden Tennis Membership (AELTC) stated in a press release.
“Within the circumstances of such unjustified and unprecedented army aggression, it will be unacceptable for the Russian regime to derive any advantages from the involvement of Russian or Belarusian gamers with The Championships.
“It’s subsequently our intention, with deep remorse, to say no entries from Russian and Belarusian gamers to The Championships 2022,” it added.
The Kremlin stated earlier on Wednesday that a ban on Russian gamers collaborating at Wimbledon because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is “unacceptable.”
The ban on Russian gamers will forestall a number of excessive ranked gamers from competing on the iconic grass court docket grand slam.
Russia has 5 girls within the prime 40 of the WTA Tour rankings.
Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka is presently ranked fourth on this planet and was a Wimbledon semifinalist final 12 months whereas compatriot Victoria Azarenka, a former world No. 1, is presently ranked No. 18.
The AELTC’s resolution is the primary time Russian and Belarusian gamers have been prohibited from competing in an elite tennis occasion.