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Djokovic To Defend Wimbledon Title

File image: Novak Djokovic via @SerbiaOpen2022/Twitter

Wimbledon defends ban on Russian & Belrussian athletes

Novak Djokovic will be allowed to defend his Wimbledon title this year despite not being vaccinated against Covid-19.

Players will not be required to be vaccinated against the virus, to compete at the All-England club.

The world tennis number one was deported from Australia in January after a row over his vaccination status.

Meanwhile, tournament organisers say they were left with "no viable alternative" but to ban Russian and Belarussian tennis players from competing this year

The decision has been criticised by both the WTA and ATP tours, who are considering removing ranking points from the Grand Slam.

Chief executive of the All-England club, Sally Bolton says a government request that players condemn the war in Ukraine before competing would have put them at risk:

 

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