WTA Goes the ATP Way in Ripping off Points From Wimbledon Championships This Year

Published 05/20/2022, 10:24 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his first round match against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff REUTERS/Paul Childs

Wimbledon has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons. Earlier last month, the tournament announced a decision to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from playing in this year’s championships. The move received widespread criticism from across the tennis fraternity. Moreover, many felt that the decision to ban players based on their nationalities was unfair.

This decision has affected many top players in the world, like Daniil Medvedev and Aryna Sabalenka. Following this ruling, the ATP announced a decision to strip Wimbledon of ranking points for this year’s tournament. Subsequently, the WTA followed suit and announced a similar decision.

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WTA not to award ranking points for this season’s Wimbledon Championships

In a statement released by the Women’s Tennis Association, a decision was taken to strip Wimbledon of ranking points this year. The statement read, “As a result of the AELTC’s position that it will not honor its obligation to use the WTA Rankings for entry into Wimbledon and proceed with a partial field not based on merit, the WTA has made the difficult decision to not award WTA ranking points for this year’s Wimbledon Championships.”

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his final match against. Italy’s Matteo Berrettini Pool via REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Further, the principal organizing body of women’s professional tennis said, “In addition, each of the WTA-sanctioned events (Nottingham, Birmingham, and Eastbourne) will be penalized and their WTA tournament sanctions will be placed on probation. Since alternative and comparable playing and ranking point opportunities exist in the same weeks as those events for the affected players, WTA ranking points will remain in place for those events.”

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Roger Federer’s agent hints at the Swiss maestro’s comeback at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament

Federer is one of the most notable players to have played at Wimbledon. It was this very tournament where the 20-time Grand Slam champion last played. After his quarterfinal loss against Hubert Hurkacz last year, Federer suffered a knee injury that has kept him away from tennis since.

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Recently, his agent, Tony Godsick, revealed that Federer has unfinished business at Wimbledon. Further, he said that Federer wants to play at least one tournament at Wimbledon before his retirement. The Swiss legend has already confirmed his participation in the Laver Cup and the Swiss Indoors.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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