Former Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson thinks there needs to be a better communication between Grand Slams and players as he feels the game definitely doesn't need messy situations. In April, Wimbledon imposed player bans on Russian and Belarusian players.
The Wimbledon decision wasn't very welcomed by players as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal called it "unfair." The ATP also made it clear they were not supportive of the decision and warned Wimbledon to expect a sanction.
In May, the ATP announced the removal of ranking points from this year's Wimbledon. Now, it's a pretty much lose-lose situation for all parties. Russian and Belarusian players won't be allowed to compete at Wimbledon, while those who will compete won't be rewarded with any ranking points.
“I think it’s important to have a better relationship between Grand Slams and players," Anderson said. "As players sometimes you feel like Grand Slams act a little bit independently. As much as I can understand Wimbledon’s decision and some of the reasons, moving forward there needs to be better communication between these entities and the players.
Taking (ranking) points away is unprecedented”.
Anderson thought about retiring at Wimbledon
In May, Anderson announced his retirement from tennis. Anderson, 36, last played at the Miami Masters in March, where he suffered a second round defeat to Francisco Cerundolo.
Anderson thought about retiring at Wimbledon, but ultimately decided against it. “It crossed my mind to play one more big tournament but my whole career has been focused on training professionally, being prepared for tournaments and wanting to do well," Anderson said.
“I knew it was time to step away. For me not to be fully vested in the competition and prepared and just to go and play at, say Wimbledon, for the sake of doing it one more time would not be who I am as a tennis player and I’m okay with that."