Andy Murray news: Scot ‘not supportive’ of Wimbledon ban on Russian players
Andy Murray has spoken out against the ban on Russian and Belarusian players from the Wimbledon Championships, admitting that he’s “not supportive” of the plan but he also conceded that there was no “right answer” for this difficult situation.
The UK Government gave Wimbledon organisers a directive which they said left them no choice but to ban players from these two countries following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Scot, who is donating his prize money from this season to UNICEF’s efforts in Ukraine, branded this decision from the Government as “not helpful” because it could put the families of the players in danger.
“My understanding of the guidance was that Russians and Belarusians can play if they sign a declaration that they’re against the war and against the Russian regime. I’m not sure how comfortable I would feel if something happened to one of the players or their families (as a result).
“I don’t think there’s a right answer.”
The former world No 1 doesn’t want to pick sides but he can understand where the players and the Wimbledon organisers are coming from.
“I have spoken to some of the Russian players. I’ve spoken to some of the Ukrainian players. I feel really bad for the players who aren’t allowed to play and I get that it will seem unfair to them.
The majority of the tennis world has been against this decision as both the ATP and WTA are considering whether to impose penalties on the Wimbledon organisers, despite the fact that Ukrainian players have come out in support of this ban.
21 time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has called the ban “very unfair”.
However, action against Wimbledon and the preceding grass-court tournaments run by the Lawn Tennis Association could include the removal of ranking points.
Nadal is a member of the ATP Player Council, and he added: “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.”
Wimbledon gets underway from June 27.
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