The ATP, which runs the men’s professional tennis circuit, and its counterpart for the women’s circuit, WTA, will not award points at the next Wimbledon tournament if the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian players continues due to the war in Ukraine.
This decision was taken “reluctantly” Regarding what is considered to be the biggest tournament in the world, it should have cascading results in the rankings of the best players.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine at the end of February, UEFA, Fifa, International Swimming, Athletics, Gymnastics, Rugby, Volleyball, Basketball and many other Federations have quickly decided to follow the advice at the end of February. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has completely banned Russians and Belarusians from sports competitions. The International Tennis Federation, ATP and WTA took a little longer to decide on the matter.
At the end of April, the Wimbledon tournament announced its intention to exclude Russians and Belarusians from the 2022 edition due to the war in Ukraine, “an unfair and unprecedented military attack”. For the Wimbledon administration, “It is unacceptable for the Russian regime to gain any benefit from the participation of Russian or Belarusian players”.
If that decision isn’t reviewed by the end of June, Wimbledon could be the most prestigious tennis show this summer. On Friday evening, the organizers of the tournament, scheduled for June 27 to July 10 this year, condemned their decision and reiterated their adherence to their positions. “disproportionate” and “harmful to all players involved” Received by world tennis authorities.
Receiving Russian and Belarusian players under a neutral flag, the ATP repeated its position at the Wimbledon tournament on Friday. “challenged” “Integrity of the ranking system” as well as the principle of fairness between players.
The Wimbledon decision was received very badly by the majority of the tennis world, who saw it as a political gesture and, like Rafael Nadal, did. “very unfair”. “To say I’m disappointed with ATP would be an understatement, Former Ukrainian actor Serhiy Stakhovsky, who returned to his country to fight, reacted. I wouldn’t expect anyone to choose the side of the invaders and murderers.”
British Daniel Evans, the 32nd player in the world, told the BBC: “I think most of the players think it’s not ideal that others (Russians and Belarusians, editor’s note) can’t play, but there should be spots at stake at Wimbledon.”