How the ATP could punish Wimbledon for its Russian ban
Men’s tennis bosses are reportedly poised to retaliate against the UK grass court showpiece
Reports from the UK indicate that the ATP is set to strip Wimbledon of its rankings points after imposing a ban on Russian and Belarusian players – a step which could be mirrored by the women’s WTA.
The move would significantly escalate the row which erupted after Wimbledon organizers the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) announced on April 20 that Russian and Belarusian stars would not be welcome at this year’s edition of the Grand Slam because of the conflict in Ukraine.
Wimbledon is already an outlier in the tennis world because of its anti-Russian sanctions, but what would the potentially punitive response from the ATP mean for the tournament?
We look at some of the key questions surrounding the issue.