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Andy Murray criticizes Wimbledon’s decision to ban Russian players

Andy Murray does not support Wimbledon's ban

Andy Murray does not support Wimbledon’s ban (Photo: Getty)

Andy Murray has criticized Wimbledon’s decision to exclude Russian and Belarusian players from this year’s tournament and calls this move ‘unfair’.

Earlier this month, the All England Club announced that players from the two nations would not have access to this summer’s championships following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Wimbledon’s decision is in line with a number of other sports, including football, where Russian and Belarusian teams have been excluded from European competition.

Former world number one Murray, however, says he does not support Wimbledon’s ruling, despite the move being backed by British government figures.

He said: ‘I do not support players being excluded. The guidance from the government was not helpful.

“My understanding of the guidance was that Russians and Belarusians can play if they sign a declaration that they are against the war and against the Russian regime.

‘I’m not sure how good I would feel if something happened to one of the players or their families (as a result of having signed the form). I do not think there is a right answer.

Daniel Medvedev

Medvedev can not compete at Wimbledon this year (Photo: Getty)

‘I have spoken to some of the Russian players. I have talked to some of the Ukrainian players.

– I feel really bad about the players who are not allowed to play, and I understand that it will seem unfair to them. But I also know some of the people who work at Wimbledon, and I know how difficult a position they were in. ‘

The ruling means world number two Daniil Medvedev and world number eight Andrey Rublev will not be eligible to play at Wimbledon this summer or the LTA’s warm-up events in Queens and Eastbourne.

It has been suggested that Wimbledon’s decision was centered around concerns over a potential PR disaster should a Russian male or female player win the tournament, only to be hampered by the Center Court crowd.

However, as the Grand Slam is one of the sport’s leading events and carries a huge amount of ranking points that can significantly affect a player’s world rankings, the ban has caused a stir in the tennis world.

Apart from Murray, other stars including Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have revealed their dismay at the exclusion of their peers.

Meanwhile, the regular tours – ATP and WTA – have both strongly condemned Wimbledon’s ‘discriminatory’ policies.

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