Djokovic denounces Wimbledon ban in Russia – RT Sport News

World number one Novak Djokovic has decided to ban players from Russia and Belarus at Wimbledon

World number one Novak Djokovic has slammed the decision to ban players from Russia and Belarus from attending Wimbledon this year, and backed the ATP and WTP’s decision to withhold ranking points from Wimbledon’s third Grand Slam. the year.

Wimbledon organizers recently announced they would restrict entry to players from Russia and Belarus in protest against the ongoing Russian military campaign in Ukraine and as part of a wider movement in the sporting world that has seen various sports federations issue sanctions against both countries.

However, the move was opposed by the governing bodies of men’s and women’s tennis who said preventing a Grand Slam event from having a full field of players would jeopardize the tournament as a whole – and later decided to drop points ranking of Wimbledon this year, effectively turning it into an exhibition event.

And the often outspoken Djokovic made his opposition to the move clear in a recent interview.

“They haven’t discussed it with anyone from the ATP or with individual players – or, for that matter, Russian or Belarusian players – just to communicate and understand if there’s a common ground where both sides could compromise and something might work out“Djokovic said.

So I think it was a bad decision. I can’t stand this at all.”

The decision to scrap Wimbledon ranking points will likely have a ripple effect on several players, including Djokovic, who looks set to lose his No. 1 spot in the world rankings even if he were to win both the Open of France and Wimbledon.

Ironically, the man who could succeed him at the top of the list is Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, who will be absent from the showpiece grass-court event in London.

But despite run-ins with the ATP in the past, Djokovic said his decision to withhold the ranking was the right one.

“Collectively, I am happy that the players have come together with the ATP, the governing body of men’s tennis, and shown at the Grand Slam that when a mistake does happen – and there have been, on the Wimbledon side – then we have to show that there are going to be consequences,” he said.

“For me, or for the guys who did well last year, not only are we not going to have the chance to win points, but we can’t defend them.,” he added.

“And there are guys, obviously, who won’t have a chance to earn points, of course. It’s a very unique and strange situation, I have to say..”

Several players, perhaps most notably Naomi Osaka, have suggested they could skip the event if ranking points aren’t offered – but Djokovic says that’s not an option for him, and that he will still lured by the possibility of adding a 21st Grand Slam title to his trophy cabinet.

“A Grand Slam remains a Grand Slam,” he said.

“Wimbledon, for me, was always my dream tournament as a kid. So, I don’t look at it through the prism of points or prize money. For me, it’s something else.”


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