ATP makes decision on British grass events Queen's, Eastbourne

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ATP makes decision on British grass events Queen's, Eastbourne

The ATP has announced that Queen's and Eastbourne will proceed as planned and ranking points will be awarded for participants of those two events. However, the ATP remains undecided on Wimbledon as there is still a chance the ATP decides to strip Wimbledon of ranking status.

Last month, the Wimbledon organizers announced players bans for Russian and Belarusian players. The ATP does not support the Wimbledon decision and they have made it clear to Wimbledon that they can expect sanctions. “Following extensive consultation with the Player Council and Tournament Council, the ATP Board has today confirmed that this season’s ATP Tour events in Queen’s and Eastbourne will proceed as normal, offering full ATP rankings points," the ATP said in a statement.

“LTA’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes is however contrary to ATP rules and undermines the ability for players of any nationality to enter tournaments based on merit, and without discrimination – a fundamental principle of the ATP Tour.

“Sanctions related to LTA’s violation of ATP rules will now be assessed separately under ATP governance. “ATP’s response to Wimbledon’s decision remains under review, with more to be communicated in due course”.

The LTA statement on the ATP decision

The governing body of tennis in Great Britain (LTA) welcomed the ATP announcement but said they still stand behind the decision they have made. “We welcome the news that our ATP events this summer will be able to go ahead as planned,” the LTA said in response to the ATP’s decision.

“Based on the international condemnation of Russia’s war on Ukraine and the UK Government’s guidance we believe we have taken the right decision in these difficult circumstances. “We are aware of the impact on individual Russian and Belarusian players, however the need for them to sign a declaration meant that entry to the events would never have rested solely on merit. “We will continue to engage with the ATP and their processes over the coming weeks”.