The world of tennis as well as the world of sport in general has been devastated by the war in recent months. Russia's attack on Ukraine caused a sensation and chaos in the sports world as well. In recent weeks, the decision of the Wimbledon organizers to exclude Russian and Belarusian athletes from the most historic tournament in the world has made a lot of noise, a decision that has created much criticism among tennis players.
In the last few hours, the ATP's decision has come, a choice also destined to give rise to controversy. Here is the official press release of the ATP: "The possibility for tennis players of any nationality to participate in tournaments on the basis of merit and without any discrimination is the basis of our sport and of the entire circuit.
Wimbledon's decision to ban Russian and Belarusian tennis players from competing in the UK undermines the integrity of the ATP ranking system and is absolutely inconsistent with current rankings. Consequently and with great regret we are forced to remove the points from the ATP Ranking for the next edition of Wimbledon."
However, the ATP site has confirmed that this will not be valid for the tournaments preceding Wimbledon, the points will remain valid for the ATP events at Queen's and Eastbourne as well as obviously all the Challengers that will be played in the Atp "
ATP, clarity on the decision
In the course of the statement, the ATP specified that the athletes will lose the points earned last year, but at Wimbledon the athletes will not have the opportunity to earn points.
Among the tennis players most penalized by this decision there is undoubtedly our Matteo Berrettini: the blue number one is stopped due to injury and was recovering in view of Wimbledon, but the Roman tennis player will lose the 1200 points earned from the Wimbledon final and will not have possibility to recover them.
A tile heavy enough for his chances of staying in the Top Ten, an almost impossible situation at this point. A similar situation also for Novak Djokovic, number one who loses 2000 points in the ATP ranking and therefore risks losing the first position in the standings.