Wimbledon has ranking points stripped by ATP | Tennis News

The ATP have made this year’s Wimbledon Championships a points-less event after the removal of all Russian and Belarusian players from attending; tournaments in Britain in the run-up to Wimbledon will go ahead as scheduled with full ranking points on offer

Last Updated: 20/05/22 7:35 pm

Daniil Medvedev was set to miss Wimbledon, which has now had its ranking points stripped for this year

Daniil Medvedev was set to miss Wimbledon, which has now had its ranking points stripped for this year

Wimbledon has had its ranking points stripped by the ATP in response to barring Russian and Belarusian players from this summer’s Grand Slam.

Russian and Belarusian players were last month banned from competing at this year’s Wimbledon due to the invasion of Ukraine, a decision which both the WTA and ATP criticized.

Wimbledon chairman Ian Hewitt said the UK Government had left them with a “no viable alternative” but to ban Russian and Belarusian players from this year’s Championships.

Hewitt said the club was left with only two options – an outright ban or forcing players to sign declarations condemning the invasion of Ukraine.

The likes of Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have all spoken out against the ban.

Djokovic is reigning Wimbledon men's champion

Djokovic is reigning Wimbledon men’s champion

“The ability for players of any nationality to enter tournaments based on merit, and without discrimination, is fundamental to our Tour,” the ATP said in a statement.

“The decision by Wimbledon to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing in the UK this summer undermines this principle and the integrity of the ATP Ranking system. It is also inconsistent with our Rankings agreement.

“Absent a change in circumstances, it is with great regret and reluctance that we see no option but to remove ATP Ranking points from Wimbledon for 2022.”

The statement continued: “Our rules and agreements exist in order to protect the rights of players as a whole. Unilateral decisions of this nature, if unaddressed, set a damaging precedent for the rest of the Tour. Discrimination by individual tournaments is simply not viable on a Tour that operates in more than 30 countries.

“We greatly value our long-standing relationships with Wimbledon and the LTA and do not underestimate the difficult decisions faced in responding to recent UK Government guidance.

“However, we note that this was informal guidance, not a mandate, which offered an alternative option that would have left the decision in the hands of individual players competing as neutral athletes through a signed declaration.

“Our internal discussions with affected players in fact led us to conclude this would have been a more agreeable option for the Tour.

“We remain hopeful of further discussions with Wimbledon leading to an acceptable outcome for all concerned. More broadly, we believe this matter again highlights the need for a united governance structure across professional tennis so that decisions of this nature can be made in a common continent “

The ITF has also confirmed its decision not to grant ranking points to Wimbledon for Juniors and Wheelchair events.

The move by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) is the first time players have been banned on grounds of nationality since the immediate post-World War Two era when German and Japanese players were excluded.

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