WTA hands Wimbledon massive fine for banning Russian, Belarusian players



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WTA hands Wimbledon massive fine for banning Russian, Belarusian players

The WTA handed the LTA and Wimbledon a $1 million fine and Wimbledon CEO Sally Bolton has confirmed they have appealed the fine. In April, Wimbledon imposed player bans on Russian and Belarusian players. Shortly after the Wimbledon announcement, the LTA banned Russian and Belarusian players from competing in any grass events in Great Britain.

“I think the first thing to say is that it is the subject of a legal process so I can’t comment specifically on that," Bolton said, per Tennis365. When asked about if the AELTC would appeal, Bolton said: “Yes, we have appealed”.

The AELTC organizes Wimbledon, while the LTA is the governing body of tennis in Great Britain. “We are separate organisations and we have been fined separately so we are addressing it separately, but it is subject to a legal process so I can’t say anymore," Bolton added.

Wimbledon stands by decision to ban Russian, Belarusian players

Wimbledon received lots of criticism following their decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing at this year's tournament. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were just one of the names that called out Wimbledon and said their decision was "unfair."

However, the AELTC has no regrets over their decision. “We thought really, really long and hard about that decision. It was an incredibly difficult and challenging decision to make. It was not one we took lightly. We thought carefully about the ramifications of taking it.

But it was absolutely the right decision for us. It was the only viable option in the context of the Government guidance in place and we stand by that decision. We accept that others will take a different view view but we absolutely stand by that decision," Bolton said.

This year's Wimbledon isn't featuring world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev and last year's Wimbledon semifinalist Aryna Sabalenka.