American tennis star Sloane Stephens described the Wimbledon decision as "discrimination" against Russian and Belarusian players so she supports the WTA decision to sanction Wimbledon by removing ranking points from this year's tournament.
Last month, Wimbledon imposed player bans on Russian and Belarusian players. The WTA and ATP made it clear shortly after the Wimbledon decision was announced that they weren't happy with the decision that was taken.
The WTA and ATP indicated there would be sanctions on Wimbledon and last week they announced the removal of ranking points from this year's Wimbledon. "Yeah, I mean, it's really unfortunate. Obviously, I love Kaja [Karolina Pliskova].
I wish she could defend those points, but I think when you look at the principles and what our tour stands for, discrimination will never be tolerated," Stephen said, per Eurosport. "I think the decision that was taken was the correct one.
I think that there are a lot of things that happened behind the scenes that the press are not aware of, and I think there has been a lot of mishandling of how everything was handled. We will just go from there."
Stephens: The decision wasn't an easy one but it was a correct one
Several players have openly voiced their displeasure over the decision the WTA made because some of them are set to lose a good number of points.
Stephens understands the frustration but suggests the bigger picture of the situation should be looked at. “I mean, obviously I support our CEO, I support my council, I support the players," Stephens added. "The decision that’s been taken obviously wasn’t taken lightly.
I think when you are backed into a corner and that’s all you can do, I think that’s why the decision was made, and I support it. I can tell you that we worked really hard to try to make sure that everyone had a fair opportunity to play, and at the end of the day, that’s not what happened.
I think a lot of players and people around were misinformed about what was happening and what was actually taking place in the weeks prior to a final decision being made. I think that’s a tad bit unfair, but it’s the world we live in.
We live in social media. We live in people talking and tweeting and all this stuff. So it is what it is, but I think the decision that was made was the best one for the tour and for the players”.