Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has strongly criticized the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian players from this year’s English Open (Wimbledon).
Speaking at a press conference on Sunday before the start of the Masters tournament in the Spanish capital, Madrid, Nadal said the organizers’ decision was “totally unfair”.
The Organizing Committee of Wimbledon, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments, which are held on grass courts, issued its decision due to the Russian attack on Ukraine and Belarus’ support for it.
Wimbledon officials said British government pressure had left them with 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 were not responsible for “what happens”.
Other senior players criticized the decision, including Serbian Novak Djokovic, as this decision means that the Russian star, Daniil Medvedev, ranked second in the world, will be banned from participating in the competitions that will take place in the British capital, London, from June 27 to July 10.