World primary and the present holder of the French Open, Novak Djokovic has mentioned that Wimbledon’s determination to ban Russian and Belarusian gamers was incorrect. The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) which operates the event took the choice within the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine after a lot political furore in England.
The determination despatched Tennis world in frenzy and the distinguished event was stripped off the rating factors by the ATP and WTA Tours. The determination to strip Wimbledon off factors was welcomed by a number of gamers since rankings decide a participant’s potential to enter tennis occasions and obtain seedings.
“On a personal level of course, without getting a chance to play and defend my 4,000 points from Australia and Wimbledon, I will drop them this year,” mentioned Djokovic.
“On a personal, individual level I am very negatively affected by that,” mentioned the Serb following his first spherical win on the French Open.
To put issues into context, Novak Djokovic was pressured to overlook this yr’s Australian Open because of his lack of a COVID-19 vaccination and subsequent deportation.
“Collectively 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,” he mentioned.
“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.”
“There was never unfortunately a strong communication coming from Wimbledon. That’s why I think it’s wrong.”
The Tennis governing our bodies internationally have themselves banned Russia and Belarus from worldwide workforce competitions however have allowed gamers to compete as neutrals within the particular person competitions. The authorities had publicly let their disappointment identified on Wimbledon’s determination when it introduced that they’d not let the athletes from the 2 international locations to take part.
“It’s a very unique and weird situation but a Grand Slam is a Grand Slam,” Djokovic mentioned, including he was planning to play on the event.
“Wimbledon has 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,” he mentioned.
“This is one of these kinds of decisions where there will always be someone who will suffer more. It is a lose-lose situation.”