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

Andy Murray said he ‘did not support’ the government’s plan to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing in Wimbledon.

However, he added, there was no “right answer” to the predicament.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph and other media at the Madrid Open, the three-time Grand Slam winner said the advice of the Government “has not been helpful” and could potentially endanger the players’ families.

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

“From what I understand, Russians and Belarusians can play if they sign a declaration that they are against the war and against the Russian regime. I don’t know how comfortable I would feel if something happened to any of the players or their families (as a result).

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

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

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

“I spoke to some of the Russian players. I spoke to some of the Ukrainian players. I feel really bad for the players who are not allowed to play and I understand that it will seem unfair to them. But I also know some people who work at Wimbledon, and I know how difficult a position they were in.

I don’t agree with players being banned.

Andy Murray

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

Rafael Nadal similarly, the Wimbledon ban against Russian and Belarusian players is “very unfair” as the ATP considers its response.

Wimbledon officials reiterated their stance last week, saying a government directive about invading Ukraine left them with no viable alternative but to deny entries to players from both countries.

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

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There has been some support for Wimbledon’s stance, particularly from Ukrainians within tennis, but the reaction has been largely negative, with the ATP and WTA both deciding whether or not to impose sanctions. .

Speaking ahead of his return to action at the Madrid Open, Nadal told reporters in the Spanish capital: “I think it’s very unfair (to) my Russian tennis friends, my colleagues. It’s not their fault what’s happening right now with the war.

I think it’s very unfair (on) my Russian tennis mates, my colleagues. It’s not their fault what’s going on right now with the war

Rafael Nadal on Wimbledon ban

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

Nadal, who is a member of the ATP Players Council, added: “The 2,000 points, every time we go to Grand Slams, they are really important and we have to go to these tournaments. So we will have to see the measures which we will take.

“At the end of the day, what happens in our game, it doesn’t matter when we can see so many people dying and suffering and seeing the bad situation they are going through in Ukraine.”

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

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