PARIS (Reuters) – Players had been disillusioned concerning the absence of ranking points at Wimbledon this yr however had grudgingly accepted the governing our bodies’ resolution, Tunisia’s world quantity six Ons Jabeur mentioned on Sunday.
The world’s most prestigious tennis match was stripped of its ranking points by the ATP and WTA Tours over its resolution to exclude gamers from Russia and Belarus as a result of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
Rankings decide a participant’s skill to enter tennis occasions and obtain seedings, and the absence of them will scale back Wimbledon to an exhibition match.
“It’s a really troublesome resolution; we have been speaking lots with the WTA. I want they’ll discover a resolution however I do not suppose something will change with the no points,” Jabeur informed reporters after exiting the French Open in a shock opening-round loss.
“Obviously lots of gamers are disillusioned.”
This yr’s Wimbledon would be the first time gamers have been excluded on grounds of nationality for the reason that rapid post-World War Two period when German and Japanese gamers had been banned.
Tennis governing our bodies have themselves banned Russia and Belarus from worldwide crew competitions following the invasion, which Moscow calls a ‘particular operation’, however have allowed gamers from the 2 nations to compete as neutrals.
The Wimbledon transfer has been condemned by tennis governing our bodies as discriminatory and their sanction on the grasscourt Grand Slam will imply that gamers might be unable to defend the points they earned within the 2021 championships.
“I want we had points… as a result of it is not truthful if we drop all of the points with out us defending something, particularly some individuals had finals, semi-finals,” Jabeur mentioned.
Wimbledon’s resolution has been criticised by prime gamers equivalent to 21-times Grand Slam champion Rafa Nadal who labelled it unfair, whereas world primary Novak Djokovic mentioned he didn’t assist the choice.
Djokovic, who will lose the two,000 points he earned by lifting final yr’s trophy, is amongst many who might be impacted and will drop down the rankings.
“It’s a troublesome resolution for everyone, for some gamers it’s most likely very painful,” mentioned former U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem, who missed the 2021 Wimbledon with an harm.
Former U.S. Open winner Sloane Stephens, who sits on the WTA Players’ Council, mentioned it was unlucky for many who would lose points however backed the excursions’ stand.
“The resolution that is been taken clearly wasn’t taken evenly,” she mentioned. “I believe when you find yourself backed right into a nook and that is all you are able to do, I believe that is why the choice was made, and I assist it.
“When you look at the rules and what our tour stands for, discrimination won’t ever be tolerated. It’s lots of gamers that may lose points. I’m going to lose points. But that is not what we stand for as a tour.”
(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; modifying by Clare Fallon)