The ATP and the WTA counterattack. The two main bodies of the men’s and women’s professional circuit did not really appreciate the unilateral decision taken by Wimbledon to exclude Russian and Belarusian players from its tournament because of the war in Ukraine.
To reaffirm their authority, they recalled their exceptional threat this Friday: “If nothing changes, it is with immense regret and reluctance that we see no other possibility than to withdraw the ATP points at Wimbledon for the 2022 edition.“, said the ATP in a press release. A few minutes later, the women’s tennis body also went in this direction.
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On April 20, the British Grand Slam tournament surprised everyone by announcing, for its part, its intention to exclude the Russians and Belarusians. “Under the circumstances of unjustified and unprecedented military aggression, it would be unacceptable for the Russian regime to derive any benefit from the participation of Russian or Belarusian players.“, had announced the management of Wimbledon. The Major on grass had however specified that this decision could be reviewed if the “circumstances change drastically by June“. Which, given the development of the situation in Ukraine, is more than unlikely.
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Here are now the British decision-makers in a very uncomfortable position. Already criticized by many major players, including Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, this decision exposes the tournament to an extremely rare threat, which would considerably affect its attractiveness. What upset his plans?
The annoying question: Is excluding Russians and Belarusians from Wimbledon a good decision?
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Zverev: ‘There is no reason to ban Russians and Belarusians from playing’
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