Djokovic slams Wimbledon ban on Russian, Belarusian players

STORY: Wimbledon announced on Wednesday (April 20) 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 grasscourt Grand Slam is the first tennis tournament to ban individual competitors from the two countries, meaning men's world number two Daniil Medvedev from Russia and women's fourth-ranked Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus will be banned from the June 27-July 10 tournament.

Djokovic, who grew up in war-torn Serbia, said the athletes had nothing to do with the ongoing conflict.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club's (AELTC) decision has been criticized by the ATP and WTA tours.

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