Billie Jean King has spoken out against the ban on Russian and Belarusian players imposed at Wimbledon this year as a result of the war in Ukraine.

Billie Jean King has spoken out against the ban on Russian and Belarusian players imposed at Wimbledon this year as a result of the war in Ukraine.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club AELTC announced that players from the two nations would not be eligible for the grand slam.

Also, the Lawn Tennis Association LTA of England stated it would implement the same rule across all its upcoming tournaments.

Upon announcing its decision, the AELTC cited a responsibility “to limit Russia’s global influence through the strongest means possible”.

The blanket ban rules the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, Aryna Sabalenka and Victoria Azarenka out of contention, and that is something King is against.

She posted on Twitter: “The decision of the LTA and AELTC regarding Russian and Belarusian players at this year’s tournament was a difficult and complex undertaking, and I appreciate the challenges and pressures they are facing.