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Russian tennis boss predicts problems for Wimbledon – RT Sport News

Russian Tennis Federation Vice-President Yakov Shatkhin has hinted at a possible boycott of the summer tournament

Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) General Secretary and Vice President Yakob Shatkhin has predicted that Wimbledon will face problems due to recent decisions by the ATP and WTA to take away valuable ranking points.

The main organizers of the tournament, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), announced in April that all Russian and Belarusian athletes would be banned from the grand slam which begins in London on June 27.

This happened despite the ATP and WTA’s decision not to follow an International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommendation that many sports federations acted on to ban them in response to the Russian military operation in Ukraine. , opting instead to allow players to play under neutral status as they did at the recent French Open.

In response to the Wimbledon ban, the ATP and WTA took away valuable ranking points, leading some figures such as former women’s world number one Naomi Osaka to suggest that SW19 has become a major event. show she can ignore.

Speaking to Match TV, Shatkhin doubted anyone is taking part in the tournament.

“Players have the right to choose” he insisted, pointing to the fact that prize money has also been reduced and suggesting that it would be “hard” for Wimbledon to attract the best tennis players without ranking points.

“Organizations can’t tell them ‘You have to go'”, he underlined.

Shatkhin cited skiing as an example of what happens to sporting events without Russians and joked that those organized by world authority FIS have become a “Norwegian Championship”.

“Last year, our tennis [players] won everything possible in the world. It would be ridiculous to leave tournaments without our strongest players [playing them]”, he said.

Russian tennis boss predicts problems for Wimbledon – RT Sport News

In addition, Shatkhin confirmed that the Kremlin Cup will be held this year with the presence of Russian players and athletes from friendly countries that have good relations with Russia.

“We are working on it,” Shatkhin said.

“The sanctions affect everything, all the activities of our country, but he lives. It’s the same with the Kremlin Cup, he will live his own life,” he added. he insisted.

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