Novak Djokovic answers whether he still plans to play Wimbledon following sanction



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Novak Djokovic answers whether he still plans to play Wimbledon following sanction

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic called the decision made a "mistake" but revealed he plans to compete at The Championships this year. On Friday, the ATP announced the removal of ranking points from 2022 Wimbledon. The ATP sanction on Wimbledon means there will be no points at this year's Wimbledon and defending Wimbledon champion is set to lose 2,000 ranking points.

Djokovic, a six-time champion and the winner of the tournament's past three editions, intends to compete at The All England Club even though he won't be rewarded with any points for his result. “Yes, I intend to go to Wimbledon,” Djokovic said in Paris, per Fox Sports.

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Djokovic has been vocal about his displeasure over the Wimbledon decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing at this year's tournament.

“I’m glad that the players got together with ATP and the governing bodies. It shows to the Grand Slams that when there is a mistake - there was from Wimbledon side - that there will be consequences,” Djokovic added.

“Wimbledon is still Wimbledon, it was my dream as a kid, I never looked at it for points or prize-money, but I understand the group of players affected. It’s a lose-lose situation”. Losing 2,000 points won't be ideal for Djokovic but he feels the ATP needed to take an action and send a message.

“On a personal, individual level, I have been very negatively affected by that,” said Djokovic. There is a growing fear that some top players might decide to skip Wimbledon. On Monday, four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka described Wimbledon as it is now as an an "exhibition" and revealed she likely won't compete at the tournament.

“I’m leaning more towards not playing given the current circumstances. I’m the type of player that gets motivated by seeing my ranking go up,” added the four-time major winner. “The intention of this measure was good, but the execution is all over the place.

I’m sure there will be a bit of back and forth with the whole point situation. Then I guess I’ll make my decision”.