Wimbledon: ATP Tour strips rating factors from Grand Slam over ban for Russians and Belarusians

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic will be seeking to retain his Wimbledon men’s singles title

Male players will not receive ranking points at Wimbledon following the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian stars from the tournament.

Players from the countries have been banned by the All England Lawn Tennis Club from all UK grass-court events after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

However, ATP events outside Wimbledon, such as Queen’s, will retain their ranking points.

“It is with great regret and reluctance that we see no option,” said the ATP.

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has not announced whether it will follow the decision taken by the men’s governing body.

Announcing the move, the ATP said: “Unilateral decisions of this nature [by Wimbledon], 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.”

It added: “We remain hopeful of further discussions with Wimbledon leading to…