The decision made by the Wimbledon organizers was not welcomed by the ATP and the WTA. The board of the London Slam have banned Russian and Belarusian tennis players from the historic tournament due to the war in Ukraine.
After weeks of waiting and controversy, the ATP and WTA have come out and have officially announced that no points will be awarded for the rankings in the Wimbledon tournament: “The ability for players of all nationalities to participate in tournaments, based on merit and without discrimination is fundamental for the circuit.
The decision Wimbledon made and which prevents Russians and Belarusians from playing in the UK undermines our principles and the integrity of the ATP. In the absence of a change in circumstances, it is with great regret and reluctance that we see no other option than to remove ATP ranking points from Wimbledon for 2022.
Unilateral decisions of this nature, if not addressed, set a detrimental precedent for the remainder of the Tour. Discrimination by individual tournaments is simply not practicable on a Tour operating in more than 30 countries. Our condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine remains unequivocal.”
Sergiy Stakhovsky attacks ATP and WTA
The strong stance of the two major organs of world tennis has sparked further controversy. Sergiy Stakhovsky, who decided to enlist to defend his country, severely attacked the ATP through his Twitter account.
Sergiy wrote: “To say that I am disappointed with the ATP is an understatement. I never expected anyone to take the side of invaders and assassins. But it seems to me that my fellow players are also sorry for the invasions from Russia and Belarus. Players who in 85 days have not been able to produce any clear message condemning the invasion of Ukraine. It’s a shameful day for tennis.”
Considering the results achieved in 2021 on the lawns of the All England Club, Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini will be the two players most penalized by the provision.
The situation in Ukraine is still very serious, with the attacks of the Russian army. The decision made by Wimbleon’s board has sparked mixed reactions in the world of sport. Will there be a change of decision?