World number one Novak Djokovic says he has sympathy for the Russian players who won’t have the chance to compete at Wimbledon this year. In early January, Djokovic announced on Instagram that he had been granted a medical exemption to compete in Australia.
When Djokovic landed in Australia, he was met by Australian Border Force and taken into custody after his visa was revoked. Djokovic got his visa back but it was again revoked after Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised his powers.
Djokovic was sent off and didn’t get a chance to compete for his fourth straight Australian Open title. Now Djokovic says he feels for the Russian players who won’t get the chance to compete at Wimbledon. Djokovic has made it clear he thinks Wimbledon’s decision was ‘wrong’.
“It’s not the same thing, but going through something similar earlier this year for me is frustrating to know you’re not able to play. I still stand by my position that I don’t support the decision (of Wimbledon).
I think it’s just not fair, it’s not right,” Djokovic said, per Reem Abulleil.
Djokovic: It’s not the same thing, but going through something similar earlier this year for me is frustrating to know that you’re not able to play.
I still maintain my position that I do not support the (Wimbledon) decision. I think it’s not fair, it’s not fair. — Reem Abulleil (@ReemAbulleil) May 1, 2022
Djokovic defended Russian players in Belgrade
On the same day Wimbledon announced the banning of Russian and Belarusian players, Djokovic made it clear that he was not in favor of their decision.
Djokovic explained that he is a child of war and he will never support war of any kind of violence in this world. However, Djokovic said it was wrong to prevent athletes who have no control over what happens in Ukraine.
Wimbledon’s decision means some of the biggest names in the game will not play at the All England Club this year. On the men’s side, there won’t be Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov. On the women’s side, Aryna Sabalenka, Victoria Azarenka, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Daria Kasatkina are all set to miss Wimbledon.