Excluding Russians and Belarusians from Wimbledon “is a foolish decision”. The world number one of tennis Novak Djokovic commented on the ban imposed on Russian and Belarusian players from participating in the 2022 edition of the most important tennis tournament in the world which will begin on June 27th.
“Athletes have nothing to do with it”
When the government interferes with sport, the result is never good “, said the Serbian champion.” I will always condemn the war – he explained after the match won against Djere in Belgrade – I will never support it, being myself a child of the war and having grown up during the civil conflicts that followed the collapse of Yugoslavia. But the tennis players, the athletes – he added – have nothing to do with it “.
The Ukrainian tennis player
Meanwhile, the 27-year-old Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina said she was in favor of the possibility of playing at Wimbledon for Russian or Belarusian athletes who spoke out against the invasion of Ukraine. “We don’t want them to be excluded entirely, they just have to say if they are with us and with the rest of the world or with the Russian government.” The Odessa tennis player criticized the ATP and WTA associations, which took sides against the ban on Wimbledon, stating that their reaction on the war “was not as prompt as we would have liked”.