Wimbledon boycott fears eased as 'many players plan on going' despite Naomi Osaka comments

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Meanwhile, 2016 quarter-finalist Lucas Pouille doubted that he would play after slamming the “injustice” of taking away points from every single player to protect the Russian and Belarusian athletes. He told L’Equipe: “I was in no way associated with his decision which I do not agree with. I understand the frustration of the Russian players and the injustice of it, I know they have nothing to do with it, but now there is an injustice for 240 players instead of 12.”

The former world No 12 also said he didn’t know any of his colleagues who were happy with the decision, as he continued: “We can’t all pay the consequences. I do not know how the players are going to react. It was never a unanimous decision, that I know. We don’t even know if there was a vote. In any case, all the players I have spoken to are against it.

“It will still remove the fervour from the tournament. At Wimbledon, I imagine they are not going to let it go like that. The prize money will not be the same as expected, it will be reduced. I had decided initially to not play Wimbledon before saying to myself: ‘No, it is still a Grand Slam, you are going to go’ and I signed up for the grass-court tournaments. But I think that I won’t go.”



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