The All England Club’s decision caused plenty of controversy and it was condemned by Nadal himself, who said that it was ‘very unfair’ on behalf of the players who couldn’t compete and branded the conflict ‘not their fault’. Sergiy Stakhovsky, who retired from tennis earlier this year and fought on the front-line with Ukraine, hit back at the Spaniard’s comments on social media.
“Rafa, we competed together,” he tweeted. “We’ve played each other on Tour. Please tell me how it is fair that Ukrainian players cannot return home? If anyone could please find a quote where Russian or Belarus players condemn the invasion in Ukraine?