World No. 1 Novak Djokovic stays by his words for the players banned by the tennis tournaments being Russian and Belarusian. The top-seeded tennis professional believes that nationality should not be the reason for banning players from any tournament.
The 20-times Grand Slam champion said, “I stand by what I said, there is no need for athletes to be banned,” reported Sasa Ozmo. The Serbian, who has reached his first final of the 2022 tennis season in the Serbia Open further stated that the tennis players have “rules against discrimination” and that the players “play based on rankings, not nationality” supporting those statements by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and PTPA.
Earlier, Wimbledon in a statement released by them announced that they won’t allow the players from Russia and Belarusian to participate in the championship which, ATP and WTA criticised saying that it’s “unfair” and is a discriminating act.
If this continues, World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev and No. 8 Andrey Rublev in men’s while women’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Daria Kasatkina won’t be allowed to play at the Grand Slam in summer. Meanwhile, the tennis governing bodies have permitted the players from Russia and Belarus to continue in a neutral capacity while their national flag is not displayed and the national anthem is not played.