WTA keeps rankings points for Nottingham, Birmingham & Eastbourne
Following the ATP, the WTA decided to award rating points to the British Lawn event next month.
But Wimbledon can still elude points to deal with the bans of Russian and Belarusian players by the club. Also, the league of all England following the invasion of Ukraine.
Judging by the two rounds in the coming days, the decision requires a delicate balance.
Meanwhile, Scott Lloyd, said in his first interview since the ban was announced that the decision was right and not discriminatory.
Lloyd said: “I understand that this is a very complex issue and there are different opinions. However, given the conditions in which we work in this country and public opinion about Ukraine. I think we have made the right decision,” he told the BBC Sport.
“We have reached the same conclusions as many other sports like boxing, car racing, athletics and the IOC.”
The ATP said the decision “undermined the ability of players of any nationality to compete for the talent” and violated its rules.
The LTA could face heavy fines. Games at Queen’s Club and Eastbourne could even be suspended from the ATP round. This could be if a particularly tough stance is taken.
Both the LTA and the All-England Club detailed how the government’s ‘guidelines’ affect their decisions.
The LTA has obtained a £ 10.2 million support package from Sport England and Lloyd is aware of the importance of central government funding.
“Our partnership with Sport England and the government is very important to the sport of tennis in this country.”
The government will invest around £ 22 million to help the LTA rehabilitate the park’s tennis facilities, which are important for popular sports.
However, the decision angered many players. The prevailing belief was that it could be better communicated than just a fait accompli.
Reducing points from the tour was ultimately considered less than ideal. British contestants punish it. Players always think more strongly about scoring from Wimbledon because that’s the only real impact of the round.
Making the final decision is still complicated. The ATP and WTA may eventually come to different conclusions.
Some players will be more affected than others. Wimbledon points last year are expected to continue to disappear from the ATP rankings after the points are removed this year.
As a result, Novak Djokovic will have no chance of defending the 2,000 points he scored on the pitch last year. Also, no matter what happens at the French Open, he will lose his first place.
Considering the group’s position on Ukraine, Lloyd insists there is no double standard.
“There is no doubt that Marvin (Lord Davis) fully supports the position of the British Government regarding the war in Ukraine and the steps taken in this project have been bold and forceful,” he said.