Tennis: Tennis-Loss of ranking points will not detract from Wimbledon, says Murray

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray mentioned on Wednesday the key would by no means really feel like an ‘exhibition occasion’ and most of the people solely care who wins after the Grand Slam had its ranking points stripped by the ATP and WTA Tours.

Organisers the All England Lawn Tennis Club took the choice to ban Russian and Belarusian gamers at this 12 months’s grasscourt championships on account of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a ‘particular operation’.

The resolution was described as “discriminatory” by the ATP and WTA they usually moved to take away ranking points for the occasion.

On Monday four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka mentioned she was contemplating lacking Wimbledon as a result of of the shortage of ranking points which she mentioned diminished her motivation to enter and made it really feel ‘extra like an exhibition’

Others have voiced their issues, however Murray mentioned the status of Wimbledon would not be affected.

“I comply with golf very carefully and don’t know what number of ranking points the winner of the @TheMasters will get. Me and my mates love soccer and none of us know or care what number of ranking points a staff will get for successful the @FIFAWorldCup,” the three-time Grand Slam winner mentioned on Twitter.

“But I might let you know precisely who gained the World Cup and the Masters. I’d hazard a guess that most individuals watching on Centre Court @Wimbledon in a number of weeks time would not know or care about what number of ranking points a participant will get for successful a 3rd spherical match.

“But I assure they will bear in mind who wins. @Wimbledon will by no means be an exhibition and will by no means really feel like an exhibition. The finish.”

The banning of Russian and Belarusian gamers from this 12 months’s championships was the one viable choice below the steering offered by the British authorities, the AELTC mentioned final month when asserting its resolution.

It means gamers comparable to U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev and former world primary Victoria Azarenka will not participate within the main which begins subsequent month.

The stripping of ranking points additionally denies gamers the prospect to defend the points they earned ultimately 12 months’s Wimbledon, doubtless that means that Novak Djokovic will lose his ATP primary ranking.

(Reporting by Christian Radnedge; enhancing by Martyn Herman)

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