Novak Djokovic to lose ATP throne, as ATP cancels points at Wimbledon 2022



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Novak Djokovic to lose ATP throne, as ATP cancels points at Wimbledon 2022

For the first time since the start of the ATP ranking in August 1973, the upcoming Wimbledon will not offer ATP points! The organizers of the most prestigious Major had confirmed that the Russian and Belarusian players would not be able to compete at this year's event at the All England Club.

The ATP Tour was against this decision right from the start, and they announced the big news on Friday. Thus, the players will fight for the Wimbledon trophy and prize money without a chance to earn notable points to their tally.

Thus, the defending champion Novak Djokovic will drop 2000 points from the previous season, and someone will replace him on the ATP throne on July 11 even if the Serb defends both titles in Paris and London! The ATP 500 event at Queen's and the ATP 250 event in Eastbourne will keep the ATP points to make things even more confusing.

In the last year's Wimbledon final, Novak lifted the sixth All England Club trophy with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Matteo Berrettini. It was Novak's 20th Major crown, putting him at the same level as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for the first time during their rivalry.

Novak got broken twice while he was already in front. He stole 40% of the return points and turned them into six breaks from 15 chances. Djokovic had 31 winners and 21 unforced errors and played better when it mattered the most to secure the sixth Wimbledon crown and the third in a row.

Berrettini fended off a set point at 2-5 in the opener, pulled the break back and claimed the set in the tie break for a massive boost.

Players will not receive points at this year's Wimbledon.

Djokovic squandered another 5-2 advantage in the second set before closing it in game ten to level the overall score.

Both players claimed 28 points in the third set, and Novak took the most important ones. He grabbed a break in game three and served well to secure it 6-4 and move closer to the finish line. The Italian hit a double fault at 3-3 in the fourth set, and there was no way back from there for him.

Returning at 5-3, Novak converted the third match point to seal the deal and celebrate his 20th Major title at 34. "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," the ATP stated.