Rafael Nadal 'respects and understands' Wimbledon ban decision as he explains ATP response


Nadal had remained coy on Wimbledon’s ban on Russian and Belarusian players, previously saying he “wished it wasn’t this way” and confirming he was part of talks over the ATP’s response as a member of the player council. But the world No 5 has now shared his own personal view on the situation for the first time, saying he “respects” the tournament’s decision to impose the ban.

“Well first of all the world of tennis is zero so when you see plenty of families, kids dying, suffering then the rest of the things doesn’t matter, you know,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “Doesn’t matter if Wimbledon do one thing or another thing or if ATP does one thing or another thing. Because the real thing and the real drama is that people [are] dying and a lot of families are suffering.”

The newly-crowned French Open champion said it was “fair” for Wimbledon to ban players, though explained that the ATP had to work in the players’ interests by removing points. He continued: “That’s the main thing, the rest of the things doesn’t matter but of course if you are asking about the position of Wimbledon, from my humble point of view I have a clear view.

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