Wimbledon had their ATP ranking points removed due to the decision to exclude Russian and Belarusian players from the 2022 championships.
ATP [Association of Tennis Professionals] said the decision was accompanied by “great regret and reluctance”, but that their principles had been undermined by the British Grand Slam.
Wimbledon took the decision following the Russian-backed invasion of Ukraine as sports and governments imposed sanctions on the country.
The ramifications were felt in the world of sport, with Roman Abramovich forced to sell Chelsea over his relationship with Vladimir Putin, while Russian teams were banned from UEFA and FIFA competitions.
Most of the bans have affected teams rather than individuals, with the exception of the Wimbledon appeal, which sees a number of stars such as men’s world number two Daniil Medvedev out of the prestigious tournament.
But the ATP does not agree with this decision, explaining why in a press release.
“The ability for players of any nationality to participate in tournaments based on merit and without discrimination is fundamental to our tour,” the statement read.
“Wimbledon’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing in the UK this summer undermines this principle and the integrity of the ATP ranking system.
“This is also inconsistent with our ranking agreement. In the absence of changed circumstances, it is with great regret and reluctance that we see no other choice but to remove the Wimbledon ATP Rankings points for 2022.
The statement continued: “Our condemnation of Russia’s devastating invasion of Ukraine remains unequivocal.
“Immediate action has been taken to suspend the ATP Tour event in Moscow and have Russian and Belarusian athletes compete under neutral flags on the Tour.
“At the same time, we have continued our humanitarian support to Ukraine, in collaboration with the other tennis governing bodies, as well as direct financial assistance to many affected players.”