The ATP has once again stated that it's condemning Russia's attacks on Ukraine but still they do not believe that Wimbledon made the right choice in their decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing at The Championships.
On Wednesday morning, The New York Times reported Wimbledon was planning to ban Russian and Belarusian players from The Championships. In the report, it was stated the decision had already been made and it's just a matter of time before the Wimbledon organizers make it public.
A couple of hours later, Wimbledon released a statement, confirming the reports. With this move, Wimbledon has become the first tournament to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing. The ban means this year's Wimbledon won't feature Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Aryna Sabalenka and Victoria Azarenka.
The ATP statement on Wimbledon's decision
"We strongly condemn Russia’s reprehensible invasion of Ukraine and stand in solidarity with the millions of innocent people affected by the ongoing war," the ATP's statement read.
"Our sport is proud to operate on the fundamental principles of merit and fairness, where players compete as individuals to earn their place in tournaments based on the ATP Rankings. We believe that today’s unilateral decision by Wimbledon and the LTA to exclude players from Russia and Belarus from this year’s British grass-court swing is unfair and has the potential to set a damaging precedent for the game.
Discrimination based on nationality also constitutes a violation of our agreement with Wimbledon that states that player entry is based solely on ATP Rankings. Any course of action in response to this decision will now be assessed in consultation with our Board and Member councils.
"It is important to stress that players from Russia and Belarus will continue to be allowed to compete at ATP events under a neutral flag, a position that has until now been shared across professional tennis. In parallel, we will continue our joint humanitarian support for Ukraine under Tennis Plays for Peace."