The revolt among men’s tennis players is due to Wimbledon’s decision to ban the Russians this summer

EXCLUSIVE: Rebellion among men’s tennis players stems from Wimbledon’s decision to ban Russians and Belarusians … with growing momentum to take SW19 and other grass competitions in the UK away from official points in the rankings

  • Representatives of ATP tour players for the hard line banning players
  • Meetings of the ATP hierarchy are held in Madrid and Rome
  • Wimbledon is independent of the rest of the tour, but ATP has its own ranking system
  • Grassland construction events, such as Queen’s, are an integral part of the tour

There seems to be a growing momentum among male tennis players that is taking away official points at Wimbledon and other grass competitions in the UK this summer.

Representatives of the players on the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Tour were reportedly announced last month, according to sources, to take a hard line on the ban on Russians and Belarusians.

While there is sympathy for the pressure exerted by the government on the All England Club, the principle at stake is that players must not be barred from competing for the sins of their governments.

Men’s tennis players seem to be gaining momentum that will take away Wimbledon’s official points in the standings this summer

Representatives of players on the ATP Tour are reportedly in favor of taking a hard line on banning Russians like Daniil Medvedev (above)

Representatives of players on the ATP Tour are reportedly in favor of taking a hard line on banning Russians like Daniil Medvedev (above)

Meetings of the ATP hierarchy were held last week in Madrid and in recent days in Rome.

Those sitting on the Players’ Council are said to feel particularly strong on the issue, although a final decision should be made later this week.

While Wimbledon is independent of the rest of the tour, ATP has a year-round ranking system. Failure to offer points could effectively reduce SW19 two weeks to high-paying exhibition status.

Events to build turf pitches, such as the Cinch Championships at the Queen’s Club, are an integral part of the tour and can expect punishment for opposing the policy of allowing Russians and Belarusians to play with neutral status.

Lawn-building events, such as the Cinch Championships at the Queen's Club, are part of the tour

Lawn-building events, such as the Cinch Championships at the Queen’s Club, are part of the tour

These tournaments, owned by the Lawn Tennis Association, were expected to receive a penalty. Deducting points on the scale would escalate the dispute and you would see many players choose to play at simultaneous events on the grass in Europe. Some will be very dissatisfied with such an outcome.

According to sources, ATP wants to act in agreement with its female counterparts, the WTA Tour. So there may be more machinations behind the scenes before a solid path forward is established.

The least that affected players will get is ranking protection.

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