Todd Woodbridge explains how ATP, WTA 'ruined' their own rankings system



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Todd Woodbridge explains how ATP, WTA 'ruined' their own rankings system

Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge thinks the ATP and WTA their own rankings system by removing ranking points from 2022 Wimbledon. In April, Wimbledon imposed player bans on Russian and Belarusian players. The ATP and WTA responded by sanctioning Wimbledon and removing ranking points from this year's Wimbledon.

The ATP and WTA decision mean it's impossible to defend or win any points at this year's Wimbledon. Defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic is set to drop 2,000 points and lose his top ranking. "With all the scenarios that could play out, the ATP has effectively ruined their own rankings system," Woodbridge told Wide World of Sports.

"By virtue of the decision they've made, the rankings are inaccurate and don't reflect reality. It's been a very accurate system in the past, but it will be another 13 months before we get the rankings back to where we have the players in their right place.

They're effectively null and void. There are more people that suffer from this decision than just the Russians and Belarusians."

Woodbridge: Everybody loses in this situation

57th-ranked Marton Fucsovics, who reached the Wimbledon quarterfinal last year, will likely drop out of the top-100 after Wimbledon.

Ajla Tomljanovic, ranked at No. 42 in the world, made the Wimbledon quarterfinal last year and she will also experince a big ranking drop. "This is where the ATP and WTA has got the whole thing wrong. What's happened now is that every player is being punished, and it will have a trickle down effect across the board," Woodbridge said.

"Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic will suffer, she made the quarter finals at Wimbledon last year and has no opportunity to defend those points. It just does not seem fair that for the benefit of a handful of players, a much larger number will suffer.

It has a massive impact in the back half of the year, in terms of who gets into tournaments, or who is seeded. The repercussions are huge."