Novak Djokovic condemns Wimbledon’s ban on Russian tennis players | Russia-Ukraine war News

Wimbledon introduced the ban in mild of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Tennis star Novak Djokovic has referred to as a ban on Russian and Belarusian gamers competing at Wimbledon “loopy”.

His critique on Thursday got here a day after the oldest tennis match on the planet introduced the measure, in mild of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Wimbledon, which is predicated in the UK, turned the primary tennis match to forestall particular person rivals from the 2 nations from competing amid the persevering with battle.

Chatting with reporters on the Serbia Open, Djokovic mentioned he “can’t assist the choice of Wimbledon”.

“I feel it’s loopy,” he added. “When politics interferes with sport, the outcome just isn’t good.”

He added, nonetheless, that he’ll “at all times condemn conflict, I’ll by no means assist conflict, being myself a toddler of conflict … I understand how a lot emotional trauma it leaves. In Serbia, everyone knows what occurred in 1999. Within the Balkans, we now have had many wars in latest historical past.”

The ban means world quantity two Daniil Medvedev from Russia and ladies’s fourth-ranked Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus won’t take part within the June 27-July 10 competitors.

Ian Hewitt, chairman of the All England Membership, mentioned on Wednesday, “We recognise that that is exhausting on the people affected, and it’s with unhappiness that they are going to undergo for the actions of the leaders of the Russian regime.”


Djokovic has not shied away from controversy throughout his skilled profession, most lately throughout a public standoff with Australian officers over his refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The tennis participant was additionally extensively criticised in September of 2021 for eating with Milan Jolovic, a former commander of the infamous Drina Wolves paramilitary unit, which participated within the genocide towards Bosniaks in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Jolovic is well known by many Serbs for saving the lifetime of convicted conflict legal Ratko Mladic through the conflict in Bosnia within the early Nineteen Nineties.

A UN court docket in 2017 discovered Mladic responsible of genocide and conflict crimes in Bosnia and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

Earlier than the dinner, Djokovic was additionally seen singing at a marriage in Bosnia with Bosnia’s Serb member of the presidency, Milorad Dodik, a well known genocide denier who usually advocates for the secession of Bosnia’s Serb-run entity, Republika Srpska, from the nation.

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