American tennis legend John McEnroe thinks it's a "shame" to see what's going on between Wimbledon and the ATP and WTA. In April, Wimbledon imposed bans on Russian and Belarusian players. The ATP and WTA responded by imposing a harsh sanction on Wimbledon, as they deducted ranking points from this year's tournament.
"I disagree that the All England Club does not allow Russians and Belarusians to play. And I disagree with the ATP and the WTA for not giving points for the tournament," McEnroe told ESPN. "I know it's a horrible situation.
It seemed like a losing decision when they made it. There are not many good decisions. But if you look, in other sports and in other tournaments, they are allowing Russians to play. I don't understand why it was decided at Wimbledon that they were not allowed to play.
That is where we are going to make an opposition. You are asking them to report something where they are afraid that if they do, their family, friends, or relatives may be arrested or jailed for 15 years. So that seems like something you can't ask of the players."
Novak Djokovic, the reigning Wimbledon champion, is destined for a notable drop in the rankings after Wimbledon. McEnroe finds it ridiculous that Djokovic can win Wimbledon and then drop down the rankings. "So, you take away the points.
Let's say if Djokovic wins the tournament again, he's going to drop even further down the rankings, which doesn't make sense," McEnroe added.
Djokovic begins as the top seed
"Some wonderful memories for me for the last three editions of Wimbledon and hopefully I can continue that run.
I didn't have any lead-up tournaments to Wimbledon but I have had success at Wimbledon in the past without having any official matches and tournaments. I just had one exhibition match a few days ago in Hurlingham," Novak Djokovic said.
Novak Djokovic asserted that the lack of ranking points affects other players more than him as his priorities have shifted, especially given his record for the most number of weeks as the World No. 1. "It would probably affect players other than myself to be honest because I dont want to say the ranking points are not important for me - of course they are - but not as they were until recently.
Now, I am not chasing the rankings as much as I had until I broke the record for longest weeks at No. 1 and then after that it wasnt that important in terms of priority for me," the Serb revealed.