British tennis star urges ATP to make a decision on their response to Wimbledon ban
British Davis Cup player Liam Broady has urged the ATP to listen to the players and keep them more informed about their response to the Wimbledon ban as he proposes a solution to have players voices heard.
Last month Wimbledon announced that Russian and Belarusian players were to be banned from this year’s tournament due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The ban means that the four Russian men in the top 30 in the ATP rankings and six Russian and Belarusian players in the top 32 of the WTA rankings, who would have been seeds at Wimbledon, are unable to compete.
The ban has been widely condemned by many key stakeholders in tennis including current players, coaches and even tennis’ governing bodies.
World number one Novak Djokovic branded the announcement as “crazy”, with 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova labelling the ban as the “wrong decision”.
Both the ATP and WTA have expressed their disappointment in Wimbledon’s decision, with both governing bodies meeting in Madrid last week to discuss the possibility of Wimbledon becoming an ‘exhibition event’ where no ranking points will be available.
Players have called on the governing bodies to make a decision ahead of the Summer Slam, with WTA player council member Victoria Azarenka calling for “a reaction” from the WTA to contest the ban.
Now British number four Liam Broady has demanded for more clarity over the ATP’s response to the sanctions made by Wimbledon, suggesting that players are not being listened to.
In a Twitter post, the world number 142 stated the ATP should give the professionals on tour an opportunity to vote on what happens next.
The 28-year-old posted, “Would be great if the ATP and WTA kept players informed with decisions regarding the grass season point structure, maybe even had a vote about what players thought. They are players associations after all…”
Would be great if the ATP and WTA kept players informed with decisions regarding the grass season point structure, maybe even had a vote about what players thought. They are players associations after all…
— Liam Broady (@Liambroady) May 14, 2022
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