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No to Russian and Belarusian tennis players, the green light for the participation of unvaccinated players. This is the official decision made by the organizers of Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam tournament. The London competition has decided to make a clear decision and with few doubts about it, excluding athletes from two nations (which caused the start of the war with Ukraine) and not requiring vaccination, as specified by current regulations in the country. The current number one in the world, Novak Djokovic, is happy with this decision, since he will be able to participate in the grass court event and try to defend the title that he won in the 2021 edition in the final against the Italian Matteo Berrettini. There are no longer any uncertainties for the Serbian, who will be able to register for the event, like all the other tennis players who have decided not to undergo the anti-Covid treatment. The director of the All England Club, Ian Hewitt, explained the reasons for the sanction to Russians and Belarusians: "The British government has established very clear guidelines for sporting events in the United Kingdom, with the aim of limiting Russian influence. We have adopted these guidelines as a high level tournament and as a leading institution. They do not allow players to qualify for Wimbledon based solely on their ranking. We have discussed in great detail the options available within this very clear position of the Government. There are two ways: deny entry to players or allow entry only if preceded by a written statement from the players. We have taken into account a myriad of factors, such as the health of the players and the public, humanitarian efforts to help in this conflict, and the actions of other sports to alleviate Russian influence."

Djokovic is next set to feature at the 2022 Madrid Masters

Andy Roddick believes Novak Djokovic's run to the final of the 2022 Serbia Open was "just the kind of week" he needed. "Was just the kind of week Novak needed," Roddick wrote. "Had some seriously physical matches and had the reps for the mental stress points. He has some time to recover/practice before Rome. Obviously we all want to win all the time, but I think he got everything he wanted/needed out of the week." Novak Djokovic is next set to feature at the 2022 Madrid Masters, which will be held from May 1-8. The World No. 1 is a three-time champion at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament, having won in 2011, 2016 and 2019.


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