Denis Shapovalov sounds off on Wimbledon, ATP



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Denis Shapovalov sounds off on Wimbledon, ATP

Canadian tennis star Denis Shapovalov has made it clear that he is not happy with both the ATP and Wimbledon as he thinks players are those are feeling the consequences of their decisions. Last month, Wimbledon imposed players bans on Russian and Belarusian players.

On Friday, the ATP announced the removal of ranking points from 2022 Wimbledon. Shapovalov, who reached the semifinal at Wimbledon last year, is set to lose a large chunk of points. Shapovalov thinks the decisions are definitely unfair toward players and he and others will feel the consequences of the recent developments.

Shapovalov: I don't agree with either side

"I mean, yeah, I don't agree with either. I think first of all, if you have a pro competition, that everybody should be competing. I completely understand the politics and the situation they are in," Shapovalov said, per Luca Fiorino.

"But again, if you have a tennis tournament that's supposed to have the best athletes in the world, it shouldn't matter where you are from, this and that, you know? So everybody should be competing. I also don't agree with the ATP to take out all the points.

The most guys it's affecting are the guys in the top rankings. Obviously Novak, me, Hubi, Berrettini, who is not playing here, we are going to drop a lot. So it's difficult. Yeah, it's difficult. I think they could have gone with it a different way, maybe keep 50 percent like they have in the past or some kind of fairness.

But even a guy like Fucsovics is going to drop out of the top-100, you know."

After Wimbledon announced player bans on Russian and Belarusian players, the ATP made it clear they didn't support their decision.

A month later, the ATP imposed a harsh sanction on Wimbledon. Now, there is a growing fear top players might decide to skip Wimbledon.