Sergiy Stakhovsky rips ATP sanction: Standing on side of invaders and murderers



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Sergiy Stakhovsky rips ATP sanction: Standing on side of invaders and murderers

Former world No. 31 Sergiy Stakhovsky said he was greatly disappointed with the ATP decision to strip Wimbledon of ranking points. Last month, Wimbledon imposed players bans on Russian and Belarusian players. The ATP said last month they do not support the Wimbledon decision and indicated Wimbledon could face sanction.

On Friday, the ATP announced the removal of ranking points from 2022 Wimbledon. Stakhovsky, who once famously upset Roger Federer at Wimbledon, suggested the ATP "stand on the side of invaders and murderers."

"To say that I am disappointed in @atptour would be understatement. Never would expect that anyone can stand on the side of invaders and murderers… but it seems to me that even my fellow players feel sorry for invaders and collaborants from Russia and Belarus," Stakhovsky tweeted.

"Players which in 85 days where not able to produce any clear message of condemnation of invasion into Ukraine. Shameful day in tennis."

Stakhovsky rips the ATP for their decision

In their statement, the ATP underlined one of the game's fundamentals is not to discriminate any player based on their nationality.

"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 statement read.

"Our rules and agreements exist in order to protect the rights of players as a whole. Unilateral decisions of this nature, if unaddressed, set a damaging precedent for the rest of the Tour. Discrimination by individual tournaments is simply not viable on a Tour that operates in more than 30 countries."