Novak Djokovic criticizes Wimbledon's 'lose-lose' ban on Russian and Belarusian players

Wimbledon’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from this year’s tournament following ロシアのウクライナ侵攻 です “違う,” world number one Novak Djokovic said on Monday.

ウィンブルドン, the third of the four grand slams on the tennis calendar, 間違いなく世界で最も有名なテニストーナメントです. でも今年は, the men’s and women’s professional tours, along with the International Tennis Federation (ITF), have opted to strip the grand slam of its ranking points following the decision from the tournament’s organizers to ban Russians and Belarusians from playing in this year’s event.
“集合的に, I am glad that players got together and showed to the grand slam that when there is a mistake happening we have to show there will be some consequences,” Djokovic told reporters on Monday.
    The ban on Russian players will prevent several high ranked players from competing at the iconic grass court slam.
      I think it (Wimbledon’s ban) was a wrong decision. I don’t support that at all. But at these times, it is a sensitive subject and whatever you decide will create a lot of conflict,” 彼が追加した.
        The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) said in a statement Friday it stands by its decision. Wimbledon organizers said in April that Russians and Belarusians would not be allowed to compete at this year’s tournament.
        声明の中で, the AELTC said it remainedunwilling to accept success or participation at Wimbledon being used to benefit the propaganda machine of the Russian regime, これ, through its closely controlled State media, has an acknowledged history of using sporting success to support a triumphant narrative to the Russian people.
          We therefore wish to state our deep disappointment at the decisions taken by the ATP, WTA and ITF in removing ranking points for The Championships. We believe these decisions to be disproportionate in the context of the exceptional and extreme circumstances of this situation and the position we found ourselves in, and damaging to all players who compete on Tour,” 追加されたステートメント.
          Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic during the Rolex Paris Masters 2021 final on November 7, 2021.

          Tennis governing bodies had banned Russia and Belarus from international team competitions following the invasion.
          しかしながら, individual players from the countries are allowed to compete on the ATP and WTA Tours but not under the name or flag of their countries.
          Djokovic said he would still play at Wimbledon this year but criticized the lack ofstrong communicationfrom organizers.
          “個人レベルで, もちろん, without getting a chance to play and defend my 4,000 points from Australia and Wimbledon, I will drop them this year,” 彼は言った.
          It’s a very unique and weird situation but a grand slam is a grand slam,” 彼は言った, adding that Wimbledonhas always been my dream since I was a kid.
          I don’t look at it through the lens of points or prize money, but there has to be some standards with some mutual respect,” 彼は言った.
          This is one of these kinds of decisions where there will always be someone who will suffer more. It is a lose-lose situation.
          その間, four-time grand slam champion 大坂なおみ said she is not sure she will play Wimbledon this year, calling the tournament without pointslike an exhibition.
          The intention of this measure was good, but the execution is all over the place,” she said on Monday.
            I feel like if I play Wimbledon without points, it’s more like an exhibition. I know this isn’t true, 正しい? But my brain just like feels that way. Whenever I think like something is like an exhibition, I just can’t go at it 100%.
            I didn’t even make my decision yet, but I’m leaning more towards not playing given the current circumstances,” 彼女は付け加えた.