Victoria Azarenka sounds off on Wimbledon ban for Russian, Belarusian players



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Victoria Azarenka sounds off on Wimbledon ban for Russian, Belarusian players

Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka hopes the WTA takes action against Wimbledon as she has made it clear that she is not happy with being banned from competing at The Championships this year. Last week, Wimbledon announced Russian and Belarusian players won't be allowed to compete at The All England Club this year.

"There should be a reaction to that," the two-time Australian Open winner told reporters. "If you are asking me if I agree with Wimbledon or see their reasoning after being on a personal call with them, I don't see their reasoning.

"It does not make sense and it does not connect to what they are saying. I have made my stance very clear on the issue. I will never, ever support war. "I will never support violence. I will never find any justifications for that.

That is all I can say right now." When asked if she would take the matter to court, Azarenka couldn't give a direct answer. "I am not sure. It is a complicated issue," Azarenka said.

Azarenka set to miss Wimbledon for the first time since debuting

Azarenka made her Wimbledon debut in 2006 and since then hasn't missed any Wimbledon editions.

This week, The All England Club Chairman Ian Hewitt explained why the tournament decided to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing at Wimbledon. '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," Hewitt explained.

'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."