The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) has said it is considering its options after the Association of Tennis Professionals and Women’s Tennis Association moved to withdraw ranking points from this year’s edition of the Wimbledon Championships owing to the grand slam tournament’s decision to bar Russian and Belarusian players.
The ATP and WTA’s move is an unprecedented one, and effectively reduces Wimbledon to an exhibition event. The ATP said: “Our rules and agreements exist in order to protect the rights of players as a whole. Unilateral decisions of this nature, if unaddressed, set a damaging precedent for the rest of the Tour. Discrimination by individual tournaments is simply not viable on a Tour that operates in more than 30 countries.