Wimbledon faces punishment for the removal of Russian and Belarusian tennis players from participation in the tournament. The decision on this should be made by the board of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), and in the near future.
That Athletes from Russia and Belarus are banned from participating in the Grand Slam tournament at Wimbledon in 2022was announced at the end of April.
“It is with deep regret that we intend to reject the applications of Russian and Belarusian players for the 2022 tournament,” the tournament organizers said in a statement.
The chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Ian Hewitt, then noted that if the geopolitical situation changes by June, the organizers will be ready to reconsider the decision. But it was more of a protocol remark. However, he later stated that refuses to consider the non-admission of Russian and Belarusian tennis players to Wimbledon 2022 as discrimination.
Organizers decision Wimbledon outraged many leading tennis players. Against the suspension of Russian and Belarusian athletes – who, we note, are already allowed to compete only in a neutral status – Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andy Murray and other tennis players spoke.
Did not support the decision of the organizers of Wimbledon and organizations representing the interests of tennis players.
And what is the punishment for Wimbledon? At the suggestion of tennis players, rating points may not be assigned for participation in this tournament. And so, Wimbledon in 2022 will be just an exhibition tournament with a huge prize pool (over £40 million)according to the British edition of The Telegraph.
Associations should make a decision on this in the near future. The question is whether they have the guts to do so. It may well be that the matter will be limited to censures. And another question is how tennis players, who had previously expressed disagreement with the removal of Russian and Belarusian athletes, would behave in this case.