Rafael Nadal backs Novak Djokovic over Wimbledon decision, calling it ‘unfair’

Rafael Nadal has joined the WTA, ATP and other major tennis names by condemning the decision by Wimbledon to ban Russian and Belarusian players.

The LTC took toe decision to sanction the two countries due to the conflict in Ukraine, becoming the first major tennis tournament to do so.

The ATP and WTA have allowed players from Russia and Belarus to continue playing, just not under their country’s flag.

However, they will not be allowed to play at all in any of the grass events in the UK this summer, including Wimbledon.

It is a decision that has been branded ‘unfair’ by Novak Djokovic, while many others have accused the LTC of ‘discrimination’.

That is a point of view that is shared by Nadal, who is set to return from injury at Madrid this week.

“I think it’s very unfair (on) my Russian tennis mates, my colleagues,” Nadal said. “It’s not their fault what’s happening in this moment with the war.”

“The 2,000 points, whenever we go to the grand slams, they are really important and we have to go to those tournaments. So we will have to see the measures that we take.

“At the end of the day, what happens in our game, it doesn’t have any importance when we can see so many people dying and suffering and seeing the bad situation they are having in Ukraine.”

Nadal himself missed Wimbledon due to injury last season, but is expected to return to the event this year.

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