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Djokovic charges Wimbledon for banning Russian and Belarusian players

The Serbian describes this decision as "madness, because the athletes have nothing to do with the war"

World number one Novak Djokovic has said Wimbledon's decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players over Russia's invasion of Ukraine is "crazy".

Wimbledon announced on Wednesday that it had barred all Russian and Belarusian players from this year's championships due to the invasion, which Russia calls a "special operation".

The Russians And Belarusians

The grass-court Grand Slam is the first tennis tournament to ban singles competitors from the two countries , meaning world number two men's Daniil Medvedev of Russia and fourth-ranked women 's Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus , they will not be able to participate in the tournament from June 27 to July 10.

Djokovic, who grew up in war-torn Serbia, said the athletes had nothing to do with the ongoing conflict. "I will always condemn war, I will never support war being a child of war myself ," Djokovic said during an ATP 250 Serbian Open event in Belgrade.

"I know how much emotional trauma it leaves. In Serbia we all know what happened in 1999. In the Balkans we have had many wars in recent history," he added.

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