Andy Murray ‘doesn’t support’ banning Russian players at Wimbledon

Andy Murray has said he “does not” support the government’s plan to ban Russian and Belarusian players from the competition. Wimbledon.

However, he added, there is no “right answer” to the difficult situation.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph and other media at the Madrid Open, the three-time Grand Slam winner said the guidance of government “was not helpful” and could potentially endanger players’ families.

“I’m not in favor of players being banned,” Murray said.

“My understanding of the instructions 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 comfortable I would feel if anything happened to either of the players or their families (as a result).”

Andy Murray said government guidance to Russian and Belarusian players could put their families at risk (Steven Paston/PA)

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The Scottish player is donating all of his prize money to humanitarian aid this season in Ukraine spoke about the decision ahead of his opening match against 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem.

“I don’t think there is a right answer,” Murray said.

“I spoke to some Russian players. I spoke to some Ukrainian players. I really feel sorry 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 what a difficult position they were in.

I am not for banning players.

Andy Murray

“I feel for everyone, feel for the players who can’t play and I don’t support one side or the other.”

Rafael Nadal similarly branded Wimbledon’s ban on Russian and Belarusian players “very unfair,” as the ATP finds its response.

Wimbledon officials reiterated their position last week, saying a government directive regarding the invasion of Ukraine left them with no viable alternative but to refuse players from the two countries participation.

Nadal is playing his first tournament in six weeks after suffering a stress fracture of a rib (PA)

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There was some support for Wimbledon’s position, particularly from Ukrainians in tennis, but the reaction was largely negative as both the ATP and WTA decided whether to impose penalties.

Ahead of his return to action at the Madrid Open, Nadal told reporters in the Spanish capital: “I find it very unfair (towards) my Russian tennis buddies, my colleagues. It is not their fault what is happening to the war at this moment.”

I find it very unfair (towards) my Russian tennis buddies, my colleagues. It is not their fault what is happening to the war at this moment

Rafael Nadal on Wimbledon’s suspension

Action against Wimbledon and the previous Lawn Tennis Association lawn tournaments could include the removal of ranking points.

Nadal, who is a member of the ATP Player Council, added: “The 2,000 points when we go to the Grand Slams are really important and we have to go to those tournaments. So we have to see what actions we take.

“At the end of the day, what happens in our game doesn’t matter when we see so many people dying and suffering and seeing the bad situation they have in Ukraine.” Andy Murray ‘doesn’t support’ banning Russian players at Wimbledon


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