The Wimbledon tournament will take place from June 27th to July 10th. But the most prestigious tournament on the tennis calendar is accompanied by many background noises. The organizers have decided to exclude Russian and Belarusian professionals from the tournament due to the war of aggression against Ukraine. According to a report by the “Daily Mail”, however, Wimbledon is threatened with severe sanctions.
As the tabloid reports, the ranking status of the most prestigious tournament is likely to be withdrawn. Then the participating professionals there would no longer receive points for the world rankings. According to the report, the head of the WTA, Steve Simon, has already spoken out in favor of it. The ATP should also support such a move. An official decision will follow shortly. However, it is not yet clear what would happen to ranking points from previous years.
Several international tennis stars, including Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, have previously criticized the exclusion of professionals from Russia and Belarus. Nadal said, for example: “It’s very unfair to my colleagues.” In addition to “Djoker” and Nadal, Alexander Zverev also spoke out against exclusion. Among others, the Russian world number two Daniil Medvedev is affected by the sanction.