The ATP has declared it will strip Wimbledon of rankings points at this year’s tournament after the grass court Grand Slam banned Russian and Belarusian players from competing.
The ATP announced the move in a statement on Friday, saying: “The ability for players of any nationality to enter tournaments based on merit, and without discrimination, is fundamental to our tour.
“The decision by Wimbledon to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing in the UK this summer undermines this principle and the integrity of the ATP Ranking system.
“It is also inconsistent with our rankings agreement. Absent a change in circumstances, it is with great regret and reluctance that we see no option but to remove ATP Ranking points from Wimbledon for 2022.”
Wimbledon organizers the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) announced in April that Russian and Belarusian players would not be invited to this season’s tournament at SW19 because of the conflict in Ukraine.
That stance was mirrored by the UK’s Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), effectively barring Russian stars such as men’s world number two Daniil Medvedev from any tournaments on British soil this summer.
Defending the decision, the LTA and AELTC argued that the move was in line with UK government policy, and that allowing the likes of Medvedev and his fellow Russian stars the chance to compete would somehow be a coup for the “propaganda machine of the Russian regime.”