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Nadal criticizes Wimbledon ban on Russian players as 'very unfair'

Wimbledon officials said British government pressure left them with little alternative

19 January 2022, Australia, Melbourne: Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his Second Round Men’s Singles tennis match against Germany's Yannick Hanfmann on Day 3 of the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park. Photo: Frank Molter/dpa.
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his match on Day 3 of the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park. Photo: Frank Molter/dpa.

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has sharply criticized the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian players from Wimbledon this year.

The organizers' decision was "very unfair," Nadal told a news conference on Sunday ahead of the ATP Masters tournament in Madrid.

The grass grand slam tournament made the ruling because of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the support of Belarus.

Wimbledon officials said British government pressure left them with little alternative.

But Nadal, 35, said: "It's very unfair to my colleagues. What can the poor people do about it?"

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The players are not to blame "for what is happening," he added.

Other top players including Novak Djokovic have also slammed Wimbledon's decision, which means men's world number two Daniil Medvedev will not be in London for the June 27-July 10 tournament.

Nadal criticizes Wimbledon ban on Russian players as 'very unfair'
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