Wimbledon All Set to Retaliate Against the ATP and WTA Tours Over Ranking Points Row

Published 05/25/2022, 7:15 AM EDT

Wimbledon has faced the brunt of WTA and ATP after imposing a ban on the Russian and Belarusian players. The major had been considering the action for some time. It then decided to ban the players, which received both support and discontent from various players. However, Wimbledon might now just still for long and there is news of it taking an action against both ATP and WTA.

Wimbledon threatens legal suit against WTA and ATP

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The organizers of the Wimbledon Grand Slam tennis tournament are now thinking of a course of action to counter the step taken by WTA and ATP. They are considering taking legal action against them, for stripping Wimbledon of ranking points. This happened following its ban on the Russian and Belarusian players from playing the grass court major.

The grounds for this lawsuit against the Women Tennis Association (WTA) and the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) might be a potential breach of a long-standing agreement. This agreement allowed the All England Club to offer points to players for their performance.

Moreover, other majors like the Australian Open, the Roland Garros, and the US Open, can support the organizers of Wimbledon.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev | Credits: Reuters

Effects on players 

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The move by Wimbledon and further actions leading to it getting stripped off of ranking points have had a diverged amount of reactions. Major Russian players like Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev and Belarusian players like Victoria Azarenka will not be able to participate in the major. Moreover, players like Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have criticized the banning of players by Wimbledon.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 21, 2022. Japan’s Naomi Osaka looks dejected after losing her third-round match against Amanda Anisimova of the U.S. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Naomi Osaka has shown her discontent towards not being able to gain points at Wimbledon. Novak Djokovic will end up losing his topmost rank on the ATP ranking chart because of this. On the other hand, Ukrainian player Elina Svitolina appreciated the move by Wimbledon. Conclusively, the point of contention has been if sports should be a part of politics or not.

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Shivali Sharma

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Shivali Sharma is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. She has pursued her Master's in history from Himachal University, but her love for the game has driven her to write about tennis. Shivali is a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires Osaka not only for her on-court performances, but also for her off-court actions.

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