According to reports in the UK, the ban for Russian and Belarussian players at Wimbledon could continue in 2023, Wimbledon Russia ban.
Tennis Wimbledon Russia ban continue in 2023.
The ban on Russian and Belarusian players has already cost the biggest bodies in British tennis nearly a million pounds, a fee that could rise next year if they are forced to keep the suspension up.
Wimbledon organisers could face another year out in the cold without ranking points and even embroiled in a legal dispute with the professional tours over their ban on Russian and Belarusian players, which is set to continue unless the UK Government changes its response to the war in Ukraine.
The decision taken earlier this year by the All England Club (AELTC) and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to ban players from Russia and Belarus over their respective country’s role in the invasion of Ukraine caused outrage within the sport and beyond.
That would draw ire from the two professional tours, who presented a united front by withdrawing ranking points from the tournament, before the WTA handed out more than £800,000 of fines to the LTA and the AELTC for their respective roles in banning Russian and Belarusian players from the grass-court season.
The WTA rules state that any tournament must be “open to all categories of women tennis players without discrimination”, which the ban clearly violates.
i understands the ATP are still considering their course of action but the LTA expects to be handed a further fine by the men’s tour for breaking a similar rule that stats tournaments must “accept entries of tennis players on the basis of the ATP Singles Rankings and the ATP Doubles Rankings”.
Ban continue in 2023
According to reports in the UK, the ban for Russian and Belarussian players at Wimbledon could continue in 2023 as the event seeks legal action against the WTA.
The decision to ban Russian and Belarussian players created an avalanche of things in the world of tennis. Some praised it, some hated it but overall it was an unprecedented move.
One that the AELTC did not take lightly as it was following guidelines set out by the British government.
It created a mess in the community because the Tour tried to protect their players but by doing so they did more harm than good.
By protecting a smaller group of players from these two countries they harmed many more with the points stripping.
Chief among them, is Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic who dropped from number 3 to number 7 and could possibly leave the top 10 due to his vaccine stance.
The decision was always branded as a one-time thing however recent reports from the UK indicate that the ban would likely remain in place should the British government continue its stance on the War on Ukraine.
As the war is unlikely to resolve any time soon, the same harsh approach is widely expected.
There is also talk about the LTA appealing the fines received by both Tours at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. It’s a mess that keeps getting messier.