Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal Not Happy With Wimbledon Ban

by Staff | May 2nd, 2022, 9:54 pm

With the Wimbledon news a week ago banning Russian and Belarussian players, the top men met the press yesterday in Madrid and spoke out again against the AELTC’s decision.

“It’s hard,” Djokovic said. “There is frustration. ATP is going to, I guess, analyze the whole situation and understand what can be done. I have not spoken to people from ATP, so I’m not sure about it.

“Going through something similar, let’s say, it’s not the same thing, but going through something similar earlier this year for myself, it’s frustrating knowing that you’re not able to play.

“As I said, you know, I still stand by my position that I don’t support the decision. I think it’s just not fair, it’s not right, but it is what it is. You know, they are entitled to make the decision, and now I guess it’s on player council, the tour management, to really decide along with the players what is the best solution in this situation, whether they keep the points, protect the points, take away 50% of the points or whatever.”

From what Djokovic is saying, those banned players might be able to keep points from 2021, or some portion, which would be important for a Aryna Sabalenka who made the semifinals last year.

Rafael Nadal also weighed in, calling the ban “unfair”.

“I think it’s very unfair of my Russian tennis mates, my colleagues,” Nadal said Sunday. “In that sense it’s not their fault what’s happening in this moment with the war. In that sense, well, you know, talking about colleagues, I don’t know what to say. I’m sorry for them. I wish it was not this way, but at the end of the day we know that this is what we have.

“From there onwards we will see what happens. Let’s see what happens in the next weeks, if the players will take some kind of decision in that regard. In that sense, well, there is one thing that’s negative, you know, there are things that are clear. When the government imposes some restrictions, you just have to follow them. In that case, the government gave a recommendation, and Wimbledon just took their decision, the more drastic position that they could take without taking into account — the government didn’t force them to do it.”

Added Stefanos Tsitsipas, “It hasn’t really been in the players’ control of what happened, especially the ones that are from the countries that suffer the most in terms of Wimbledon participation.

“It’s a sensitive topic to talk about. I think it’s not nice that they are not allowed to play, I believe. They have done nothing wrong to be, I’d say, automatically defaulted from that competition.

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12 Comments for Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal Not Happy With Wimbledon Ban

SG1 Says:

If you’re a Russian player, this is lose-lose. Let’s hypothetically say a Russian player speaks out against the invasion. That player risks reprisals against their family and they get banned by Wimbledon. If the player says nothing, that player is branded as tacitly accepting Russian policy…and they are still banned from Wimbledon.

Planet Earth to Wimbledon/ATP…Hello? Anyone home? You can’t blame a person for where they happen to be born. If there are players (not just Russian players) that openly support the invasion of Ukraine…ban them. Otherwise, smarten up and stop playing politics.

zed Says:

SG1, these people don’t care about right or wrong, logical or illogical.

All they care about is the circles they move in and those circles are dictated to by the media who itself is dictated to by the Davos crowd.

They are constantly and continually virtue-signalling to their fellow members of the group-think hive.

I am heartened by Novak/Rafa/Stefanos speaking out over the unfairness of this. More people need to say “enough!” and let the weasels know they do not support this rubbish.

chrisford1 Says:

There is a strong sentiment in the United States that athletes, military, tourists, etc. are our “ambassadors abroad”. Other countries have the same sentiment, you don’t badmouth your nation, denounce the leaders, or cast your country in a bad light by behaving disgracefully abroad.
So you may find athletes who, even if they disagree with US policy, refuse to badmouth America. Same with the Russians. Abroad, I would privately criticize the USA’s policies on certain matters when I was military or in a visible civilian position overseas. But only with those I trusted in an informal conversation, never in public or on the record. No fear of repercussions, just a conviction that is not what citizens do.

Being_Realistic Says:

Tennis should not be above what the rest of the world in sport is doing and has done. Ban Russian & Belaruse tennis players as per the IOC. Continue Wimbledon’s precedent.

zed Says:

Chrisford1, as it should be. That’s why it’s all the more unfair that Wimbeldon officials want Russian players to denounce their own country.

p.s. I do see many American sports/media/entertainment/etc personalities join the chorus of attack whenever the US elects a Republican president. That seems to be applauded by the media but the reverse is heavily criticised.

John Says:

Calling for athletes to be banned purely on their nationality makes you not only a fool but a bigot.

”Discrimination on the basis of nationality and national origin was condemned in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and was made illegal in the European Convention on Human Rights.”

”The case of Korematsu

In 1942, the US Secretary of War asked President Roosevelt to order the arrest of all American citizens whose national origin was Japanese. In the space of one day, more than 100,000 Americans had to sell everything they owned, and were deported to what were in effect concentration camps.

They lost everything. No evidence was ever submitted that those citizens were not loyal. It was a decision based on pure emotion that caused enormous suffering.


zed Says:

Excellent research John. I am impressed.

chrisford1 Says:

Sorry, I have to disagree with John. In fact, everything he says after 1942, is leftist racial disinformation, aimed at using internment of enemy nationals, a practice going back to the Revolutionary War, to make Americans=Nazis. In the case of the Japanese, especially, though German and Italian and Romanian groups sued when they saw lawyers for the Japanese cleaning up.
1. No one was arrested. They were ordered relocated by needs of the war, just as 1.2 million civilian workers were ordered relocated and put to work in the same sort of huts and camps the Japanese were in – building highways to Alaska, from GM Michigan to welding ships in NOLA.
2. Not all Japanese enemy nationals were relocated. Just West Coast except Puget Sound, Hawaii.
3. There was no forced ‘sell’. “In the space of one day, 100,000 had to sell all they owned??? Ridiculous.
Things were placed in trust. Following the war, the Feds sued any Trustee that embezzled assets.
4. Internment camps for Italians, Germans, Japanese, Koreans, etc. were well built, well provisioned, all needed services accessible. Death rate was under 0.3%, less than the death rate for US civilian worker camps.
5. Concentration camps, like the ones the Japanese and Germans ran for civilians, typically had death rates well above 25%. Japanese POW camps had death rates from 30% to 85%.
6. They lost no more than many other Americans in WWII.
7. The reason for relocation was that the FBI was really off – had done nothing to prepare America for whatever internal threat Japanese nationals on American territory posed. FBI arrogantly thought the Japanese could not threaten the Mainland or dare start a war with America. Whoops! They had no idea who was loyal or not. Relocation was about screening. Other Axis Power nationals had had screening.
8. Evidence showed roughly what Hoover and War Dept intelligence had estimated. Half strongly loyal to America, 20% somewhat loyal to America, 20% leaning loyal to Japan and the Emperor, 10% “wildly disloyal” to US, totally loyal to Hirohito.
9.Internment goes back to the Napoleonic Wars. Widespread in WWI, WWII. Not driven my emotion but by security needs to ensure unvetted enemy nationals do not cause harm, and also so they are protected from mobs. Plenty of abuses, but not something driven by “hate!” or some other liberal label.

John Says:


I took an article I read at face value and then quoted it.
Seems like you’re far more knowledgable on the subject, thanks for enlightening me.

chrisford1 Says:

One of my grandparents was German, and interned. Got nabbed by zealots when he went home to his small town from university to visit family. Told the zealots, when asked to denounce Germany before we entered the war, to go eff themselves.
Got back to university, and had a good excuse why he missed ROTC – the idiots in the internment camp were in no rush to let him go even as a medical officer candidate.
His saying the internment camps were justified, even if he was on the wrong end of it, got me interested in the history.

Jim Says:

Wow, @chrisford1!

You have spent so many words just to confirm you are a nazi. Just read what you have written and you will get it… I hope.

chrisford1 Says:

When you call someone a Nazi, Jim, ensure you have something close to a brain, as well as a weapon and a spine if you call someone a Nazi to their face or some other fighting words variant.
My GERMAN immigrant grandfather was an undergrad with an accent and was ROTC. He got nabbed and stuck in an internment camp by a couple of zealots as stupid as you are.
Got his medical degree and served in the military in post-war Japan, then Vietnam.
The post prior to that, if your divining rods turn to Nazi in discussing Japanese internment, is factual. And was written because you had an exceptionally stupid notion of US internment being on a par with Japanese, German, Russian, Boer War concentration camps.

Back to tennis. Do me a favor in the future. Don’t engage me in conversation here because you are an idiot that likes to smear. Go play in traffic.

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