Tennis: Tennis-Wimbledon situation ‘lose-lose’ right now, says McEnroe

PARIS (Reuters) – Tennis nice John McEnroe stated Wimbledon was unsuitable to ban Russian and Belarusian gamers after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine however wished the game’s governing our bodies had not retaliated by stripping the Grand Slam of rating factors.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), which organises the grasscourt main, determined to ban gamers from the 2 international locations for this yr’s championships because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a ‘particular operation’.

Belarus has been a key staging space for the invasion.

The AELTC determination was described as ‘discriminatory’ by the boys’s ATP and the ladies’s WTA and in response they’ve eliminated the rating factors for subsequent month’s event.

Banning Russian and Belarusian gamers from this yr’s championships was the one viable choice beneath the steering supplied by the British authorities, the AELTC stated final month.

McEnroe, who claimed three of his seven Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon, stated there was no winner within the tussle.

“It was a mistake (to ban Russian and Belarusian gamers). I do know that it is a very horrible, tough, horrible situation, clearly, in Ukraine,” the 63-year-old advised Reuters.

“And nobody else has made that call. I believe there was one thing with the federal government? I do not know precisely. I want that wasn’t what they did. And I want the ATP and the WTA did not determine it, say right now no factors.

“It’s like a lose-lose right now. Tennis gamers, we’re like a fraternity. We journey the world. And even when we converse completely different languages, there is a connection. And in a small method, it is like a household. And we have to help one another.

“It’s tough to see like a few of our greatest gamers not taking part in due to one thing they don’t have anything to do with. So I hope it’s resolved. I do not know. But it is a dangerous situation.”


The Wimbledon ban guidelines out Russia’s males’s world quantity two and U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev and seventh-ranked Andrey Rublev from competing on the June 27-July 10 event.

Belarusians Aryna Sabalenka, ranked seventh, and former world primary and twice main winner Victoria Azarenka will even miss out.

Ranking factors decide a participant’s skill to enter tennis occasions and obtain seedings, so stripping them from Wimbledon successfully reduces the occasion to an exhibition event.

Players will even be unable to defend the factors they earned final yr at Wimbledon and can drop down the rankings.

Japan’s four-time main champion Naomi Osaka stated final week that she was “not 100% certain” of taking part in at Wimbledon with out the rating factors.

“I see all gamers going to Wimbledon, however that is dependent upon the person,” Eurosport tennis pundit McEnroe added.

“The undeniable fact that there is no factors, I disagree with that, however I do not assume that is going to cease folks, the gamers from going to Wimbledon.

“We’ll know in a number of weeks, however I’d assume all the highest gamers that imagine they will do nicely there are going to nonetheless play.”

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; modifying by Ken Ferris)

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