Novak Djokovic. (AELTC / Simon Bruty – Pool / Getty Images)
On Friday, Wimbledon officials reacted to “disproportionate” decisions made in major tennis rounds to deprive the Grand Slam of rating points after a ban on players from Russia and Belarus in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
The tours stated that they should act to prevent discrimination against players from Russia and Belarus on political grounds.
But the All England Club, which runs Wimbledon, has expressed its “deep disappointment” with the steps taken by the ATP (men), WTA (women) and ITF (junior and wheelchair competitions).
They said they had made a “single effective decision” given the UK government’s position on limiting Russia’s global influence after the invasion, and supported the ban.
“We deeply regret the impact of this decision on the affected people,” Wimbledon said in a statement.
“However, given the UK government’s stance on limiting Russia’s global influence, which has abolished automatic rating entry, and the widespread response from government, industry, sports and creative institutions, we remain of the view that we have made a single viable solution for Wimbledon, and we stick to the decision we made.
As for the removal of rating points, the statement added: “We believe that these decisions are disproportionate in the context of exceptional and extreme circumstances of this situation and the situation in which we find ourselves, and harm all players on the tour.”
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