Things are in a gray area around the world due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The war has affected almost every aspect of life including sports. While several government bodies have taken a soft corner, tennis in general has allowed Russian players to continue competing in tournaments. But Wimbledon, the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament, has banned Russian and Belarusian athletes from participating in the 2022 championships. This decision was taken in agreement with the British government to take a firm stand against all Russians.
The decision was not well received by most players, who argued that athletes would be punished for crimes they did not commit. As a result, the ATP and WTA have decided that no ranking points will be awarded for this year’s tournament in order to take a stand against Wimbledon’s discrimination against a few players.
Although this decision is seen as a Wimbledon backlash, it will indirectly affect many players who will lose ranking points from last year and suffer a massive drop in the rankings. Therefore, many players have expressed their disappointment and tend to drop out of Wimbledon 2022.
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Emma Raducanu doesn’t care about ranking points at Wimbledon
US Open champion Emma Raducanu, who stormed onto the stage at Wimbledon last year, has also spoken out on the matter. She said that the situation is quite sad for all players, but nothing will change when they compete on the pitch.
“I think it’s definitely a pretty sad situation for all the players. When we’re on the pitch it’s still the same, you still want to win and that’s not going to change.” Raducanu said after her first-round win at the French Open.
She then announced that she would play Wimbledon regardless of the situation, even if she could not defend her ranking points from the previous year.
“For me personally, I’m going to play Wimbledon, whatever. I scored a lot of points, but it doesn’t matter to me, whatever the situation. I’m here to play and I’ll play in any situation. If that means I can’t defend my points, then so be it. But I just enjoy the competition.” She said.
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