Justine Henin explains why she does not support Wimbledon decision

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Justine Henin explains why she does not support Wimbledon decision

Former world No. 1 Justine Henin said she is not really in favor of the Wimbledon decision as she thinks that sports shouldn't be mixed with politics. In March, it was reported there was a chance the Wimbledon organizers impose player bans on Russian and Belarusian players.

In late April, Wimbledon announced player bans for Russian and Belarusian players. The Wimbledon decision has drawn lots of attention and the majority does not support their decision. On the same day Wimbledon announced their decision, the ATP and WTA made it clear they were against their decision.

Now, there is a strong chance Wimbledon gets stripped of their ranking status. “I am rather against the decision of Wimbledon," Henin told Sudinfo. "It's a delicate situation. I try to put myself in the place of the Russian and Ukrainian players.

We should not mix politics and sport."

Henin does not support the Wimbledon decision

During Wimbledon's annual spring media day, The All England Club chairman Ian Hewitt explained why the Wimbledon board decided to impose player bans on Russian and Belarusian players.

"We considered a wide variety of factors. After lengthy and careful consideration, we came to two firm conclusions. First, even if we were to accept entries (from Russian and Belarusian players) with written declarations, we would risk their success or participation being used to benefit the propaganda machine of the Russian regime, which we could not accept.

Second, we have a duty to ensure no actions should put players or their families at risk. We understand and deeply regret the impact this will have on all the people affected. 'We believe we have made the most responsible decision possible.

We believe (given Government guidance) there is no viable alternative in this truly exceptional and tragic situation," Hewitt said. The Wimbledon decision means that Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, Aryna Sabalenka and Victoria Azarenka are all set to miss The Championships.