Tennis: Russians and Belarusians will not have points for ban at Wimbledon

Tennis: Russians and Belarusians will not have points for ban at Wimbledon

Wimbledon tournament points were withdrawn by the ATP and WTA on Friday (20), following the Moscow government’s decision to exclude tennis players from Russia and Belarus this year due to the invasion of Ukraine.

The governing bodies of men’s and women’s tennis banned Russia and Belarus from participating in international team competitions after the invasion, which Moscow called a “special operation”, but allowed athletes from both countries to continue competing neutrally. Gave.

“The ability for players of any nationality to qualify and enter tournaments without discrimination is fundamental to our circuit,” the ATP said in a statement. “Wimbledon’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing in the UK this summer compromises this principle and the integrity of the ATP ranking system. It is also inconsistent with our ranking agreement.” “We are sorry and reluctant if circumstances change, but we see no option but to remove ATP ranking points from the 2022 Wimbledon tournament.”

The removal of the ranking points effectively turns the most famous tennis tournament on the planet into an exhibition event.

Additional reporting by Mansi Pathak in Bengaluru (India)

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