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Wimbledon hits out at ‘disproportionate’ move to remove ranking points

Wimbledon has defended it’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from this year’s tournament following the ATP and WTA’s move to strip away ranking points from the event.  

Last month, The All England Club announced that due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, players from the two European nations will not be allowed to compete at Wimbledon in 2022.

The controversial decision made by Wimbledon has received a lot of criticism and backlash from current players, pundits and governing bodies.

Both the ATP and WTA expressed their disappointment in Wimbledon’s decision, with many players on tour calling for action from the WTA and ATP to contest the ban, including two-time Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka who said she wanted a “reaction” from the WTA.

Yesterday, both the ATP and WTA officially responded to the ban, confirming that their will be no ranking points earned at this year’s Summer Slam.

The announcement comes after the ATP and WTA also confirmed that all the UK grass-court and Wimbledon warm up events would proceed as normal and that there will be ranking points available.

Now, Wimbledon have responded to the ATP and WTA’s announcement, defending their actions and even labeling the move by the tennis governing bodies’ as “disproportionate.”

In an official statement, SW19 said, “We appreciate that opinions differ in relation to our decision to decline entries from Russian and Belarusian players to The Championships this year, and we deeply regret the impact of this decision on the individuals affected.

“However, given the position taken by the UK Government to limit Russia’s global influence, which removed automatic entry by ranking, and the widespread response of Government, industry, sport and creative institutions, we remain of the view that we have made the only viable decision for Wimbledon as a globally renowned sporting event and British institution, and we stand by the decision we have made.

“As we have previously stated, after careful consideration against a variety of factors, and bound to act in accordance with the directive guidance from the UK Government, we came to two firm conclusions that formed the basis for this decision.

“We were not prepared to take any actions which could risk the personal safety of players, or their families. We believe that requiring written declarations from individual players – and that would apply to all relevant players – as a condition of entry in the high-profile circumstances of Wimbledon would carry significant scrutiny and risk.

“In addition, we remain unwilling to accept success or participation at Wimbledon being used to benefit the propaganda machine of the Russian regime, which, through its closely controlled State media, has an acknowledged history of using sporting success to support a triumphant narrative to the Russian people.

“We therefore wish to state our deep disappointment at the decisions taken by the ATP, WTA and ITF in removing ranking points for The Championships.

“We believe these decisions to be disproportionate in the context of the exceptional and extreme circumstances of this situation and the position we found ourselves in, and damaging to all players who compete on Tour.”

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