Andy Murray has expressed his disapproval of Wimbledon’s decision to ban Russian and Belarus players from the tournament.
Murray said he “didn’t support” the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from the event, but also said there was no “right answer” to the situation.
The Scot is donating his entire prize money this 2022 season to humanitarian aid in Ukraine and said government advice, which has also asked sporting bodies to seek written confirmation of players’ neutrality if they had to compete, were ‘useless’.
What did Wimbledon say about the ban?
On Wednesday April 27, 2022, the All England Club said: “We share universal condemnation of Russia’s unlawful actions and have carefully considered the situation as part of our duty to the players, to our community and to the general British public. as a British Sporting Institution.
“If circumstances change materially by June, we will review and react accordingly.”
All England Club chairman Ian Hewitt said: “We recognize that this is hard on those affected, and it is with sadness that they will suffer from the actions of the leaders of the Russian regime.
“We have carefully considered what alternative measures could be taken with the advice of the UK Government but, given the high profile environment of the Championships, the importance of not allowing the sport to be used to promote the Russian regime and out of our wider concerns for the public and the players (including family safety), we do not believe it is viable to proceed on any other basis at the Championships.
What did Andy Murray say about the decision?
Speaking ahead of his match against Dominic Thiem at the Madrid Open, Murray said: “I am not in favor of banning players. The advice from the government has not been helpful.
“From what I understand, Russians and Belarusians can play if they sign a declaration that they are against the war and against the Russian regime.
“I don’t know how comfortable I would feel if something happened to one of their family players (as a result). I don’t think there is a right answer.
“I spoke to some of the Russian players. I spoke to some of the Ukrainian players. I feel really bad for 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. I feel for everyone, I feel for the players who can’t play, and I don’t support a team or the other.”
What have other tennis stars said?
Andy Murray isn’t the only player against the ban. Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev called the move “total discrimination”, while Novak Djokovic called it “crazy” and Victoria Azarenka said it made “no sense”.
Djokovic added to his comments saying: “I still stand by my position that I don’t support the decision. I think it’s just not fair, it’s not fair, but that’s what it’s all about. ‘is.
21-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal said: “I think it’s very unfair to my Russian tennis friends, my colleagues. It’s not their fault what’s happening right now with the war.
When is the Madrid Open?
Nadal, Djokovic and Murray are all featured at the Madrid Open this week, which is available to watch through Amazon Prime.
This is the first tournament in 2022 in which Nadal and Djokovic will play together and the final is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 8, 2022.