Wimbledon appeals women’s tour fine for Russia ban

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The All England Club is appealing a fine imposed by the WTA women’s professional tennis tour for banning Russian and Belarusian players from playing tournaments in Britain due to the war in Ukraine. .

The Lawn Tennis Association – the sport’s UK federation – is also set to appeal a financial penalty imposed by the WTA after no players from Russia or Belarus were allowed to participate in grass tune-up events last month in Eastbourne, Nottingham and Birmingham. .

The fines, totaling $1 million, were first reported by the Daily Mail. The newspaper said the LTA was moored at $750,000 and the All England Club at $250,000.

“It’s the subject of legal proceedings so I can’t comment specifically on that,” All England Club CEO Sally Bolton said on Monday. “We maintain the decision we have made. We are deeply disappointed with the touring reaction to this decision, and I’m afraid I can’t say more about that at this point.

Bolton said the club have appealed their WTA fine. As to whether the men’s ATP Tour also imposed a penalty, she said: “We are still waiting to hear from them.”

The club announced in April that, following advice from the British government, athletes from Russia and Belarus would not be allowed to compete at Wimbledon this year, which has prevented players such as the No. 1-ranked man, the defending US Open champion Daniil Medvedev. , and two-time major champion Victoria Azarenka.

In response, the WTA and ATP have taken the unprecedented step of saying they will not award ranking points to any player in the grass-court Grand Slam tournament, which started last week and is set to end on Sunday. .

“It was an incredibly difficult and challenging decision to make. It was not one we took lightly. We have carefully considered the ramifications of taking it. But it was absolutely the right decision for us. It was the only viable option in the context of the government orientations in place. And we stand by that decision,” Bolton said. “We accept that others take a different view, but we absolutely stand by the decision.”

Spokespersons for both tours did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


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