Amid rumbles of a Wimbledon boycott among the playing groups within the ATP and WTA about abolishing ranking pointstwo-time former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has flipped back to those who have expressed their reluctance to play at the All England Club.
The change by tennis authorities has prompted some players to say they may be skipping Wimbledonwith four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka among those to label the tournament as “as an exhibition” without the chance to improve their position in the ranking system.
Osaka claimed she was “motivated by seeing my rankings go up” and revealed that she “tends not to play”, while defending champion Novak Djokovic confirmed he will play despite losing 2,000 points, describing it as a “lose-lose situation” as the subject of dominated media meetings at Roland-Garros.
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Murray is part of the ATP players’ council, which collectively supported the ATP’s decision to dump points. He said the tournament “will never feel like an exhibition”.
“I bet most people watching Wimbledon center court in a few weeks won’t know how many ranking points a player gets for winning a match in the third round,” said Murray, who chose to miss the match. French Open to prepare for lawn season, tweeted.
“But I guarantee they will remember who wins. Wimbledon will never be an exhibition and will never feel like an exhibition.
“I follow golf very closely and have no idea how many ranking points the winner of the Masters will get,” Murray added.
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“My friends and I love football and none of us know how many ranking points a team gets for winning the FIFA World Cup.
“But I could tell you exactly who won the World Cup and the Masters.”
Murray was called to account by former player Mardy Fish online, who stated that players value ranking points because it is the lifeblood of their careers. The Scottish star said everyone wants to play for points, but “it’s not all.”
“Do you think the top golfers would still be playing The Masters if there were no points? Would Mito Pereira rather have won the PGA Championship and not earned any points, or finished third and how many ranking points would he have gotten?
“I could be wrong, but I don’t think a tennis player who served for a Slam title, a football player who took a penalty in a World Cup shootout, or a golfer who teeted on the 18th hole of a major is ranking of points.
“What makes them nervous in my opinion is the possibility of winning a historic/prestigious event in the sport they love and who have spent most of their lives training not to think about getting points. think the playing field at Wimbledon will reflect this.”
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In addition, the International Tennis Federation said on Friday that it would not award its ranking points for the junior and wheelchair events at Wimbledon this year, explaining that “tournament organizers should not unilaterally impose eligibility criteria.”
The US Tennis Association, which runs the US Open, has not announced a decision on players from Russia and Belarus; that tournament starts on August 29.
“The USTA respects the difficult position Wimbledon faced in its decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players,” spokesman Chris Widmaier wrote in an email.
“We also respect the reasons that both the men’s and women’s tours responded, although we believe that their decision to withdraw points from all those playing at Wimbledon this year is disproportionately onerous due to the extreme and unique situation facing Wimbledon. faced in making his decision.”
– with AP
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