WTA explains decision to sanction Wimbledon

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WTA explains decision to sanction Wimbledon

WTA CEO and Chairman Steve Simon has confirmed that the WTA will not award any ranking points to Wimbledon participants. On Friday, the WTA released a statement in which they elaborated their decision to strip Wimbledon of their ranking status.

The WTA stated that they are absolutely not supporting Russia's actions in Ukraine but also added that Wimbledon broke one of the game's fundementals by imposing player bans on Russian and Belarusian players. The WTA was never in favor of the Wimbledon decision and they warned Wimbledon to expect sanctions.

WTA: Wimbledon broke one of the game's fundementals

“The atrocities happening to millions of innocent people in Ukraine because of Russia’s unprovoked invasion are horrific and appalling. The WTA strongly condemns Russia’s ongoing attack.

First and foremost, we want nothing more than for peace and the war in Ukraine to end," the statement of WTA CEO Simon read. “Nearly 50 years ago, the WTA was founded on the fundamental principle that all players have an equal opportunity to compete based on merit and without discrimination.

The WTA believes that individual athletes participating in an individual sport should not be penalized or prevented from competing solely because of their nationalities or the decisions made by the governments of their countries.

“The recent decisions made by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to ban athletes from competing in the upcoming UK grass-court events violate that fundamental principle, which is clearly embodied in the WTA rules, the Grand Slam rules and the agreement the WTA has with the Grand Slams.

“As a result of the AELTC’s position that it will not honor its obligation to use the WTA Rankings for entry into Wimbledon and proceed with a partial field not based on merit, the WTA has made the difficult decision to not award WTA ranking points for this year’s Wimbledon Championships."