Wimbledon, the third of the four Grand Slam tournaments on the tennis calendar, is arguably the most famous tennis tournament in the world. But this year, the men’s and women’s professional circuits, as well as the International Tennis Federation (ITF), opted to strip the grand slam of its ranking points following the tournament organizers’ decision to ban Russians and Belarusians. to participate in this year’s event. .

“Collectively, I’m happy that the players have come together and shown at a grand slam that when a mistake happens, we have to show there will be consequences,” Djokovic told reporters on Monday.

“I think (the Wimbledon ban) was a bad decision. I don’t support that at all. But right now it’s a sensitive subject and whatever you decide will create a lot of conflict,” he said. -he adds.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) said in a statement on Friday that it stood by its decision. Wimbledon organizers said in April that Russians and Belarusians would not be allowed to participate in this year’s tournament.

In a statement, the AELTC said it remained “reluctant to allow success or participation in Wimbledon to be used for the benefit of the propaganda machine of the Russian regime, which, through its tightly controlled state media, has a proven history of using sporting success to support a triumphant narrative to the Russian people.

“We therefore wish to express our deep disappointment at the decisions taken by the ATP, WTA and ITF to remove ranking points for the Championships. We believe that these decisions are disproportionate in the context of the exceptional and extreme circumstances of this situation and the position in which we found ourselves and which harmed all the players who compete on the Tour”, adds the press release.

Tennis governing bodies had banned Russia and Belarus from international team competitions after the invasion.

However, individual players from countries are allowed to participate in the ATP and WTA tours, but not under their country’s name or flag.

Djokovic said he would play Wimbledon again this year but criticized the lack of “solid communication” from the organisers.

“On a personal level, of course, without the chance to play and defend my 4,000 points from Australia and Wimbledon, I will let them down this year,” he said.

“It’s a very unique and strange situation, but a Grand Slam is a Grand Slam,” he said, adding that Wimbledon “has always been my dream since I was a kid.”

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“I don’t look at it through the prism of points or prize money, but there have to be standards with some mutual respect,” he said.

“It’s one of those types of decisions where there’s always going to be someone who suffers more. It’s a lose-lose situation.”

Meanwhile, four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has said she is unsure whether to play at Wimbledon this year, calling the tournament without points “like an exhibition”.

“The intention of this measure was good, but the execution is everywhere,” she said on Monday.

“I feel like if I play Wimbledon without points, it’s more like an exhibition. I know that’s not true, right? But my brain feels like that. Every time I think that something looks like an exhibition, I just can’t go 100%.

“I haven’t even made up my mind yet, but I’m leaning more towards not playing given the current circumstances,” she added.

Issy Ronald and Jill Martin contributed reporting.

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