Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) fined $1 million to Wimbledon organizers for banning Russian and Belarus players from joining the tournament, and the All England Club and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) are appealing the sanction.
The WTA Women’s Professional Tennis Tour imposed a penalty of $750,000 on the LTA and $250,000 on the All England Club. Women No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka and no. 20 Victoria Azarenkaboth Belarusians, are among the athletes affected by the ban.
Wimbledon organizers appeal WTA decision
All England Club chief executive Sally Bolton says they have already called. The LTA is a separate body and is dealing with the matter in its own capacity.
Currently, the men’s ATP tennis tour did not impose a fine on the organizers of the Championships, although the WTA and ATP have decided not to award ranking points to participants in the competition.
Wimbledon sticks to ban
Bolton said that Wimbledon uphold the decision which they arrived at with much thought and expressed disappointment at the tours’ response to the ban.
Russians Daniel Medvedevranked No. 1 in the world and No. 8 Andrei Rublev are those who are excluded from the male competition.
The player ban was also implemented at events in the run-up to Wimbledon held at Eastbourne, Nottingham and Birmingham.
Wimbledon announced in April that due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, they would not allow players from Russia and Belarus to participate in the Grand Slam event. Novak Djokovic and other tennis icons were among those who voiced their opposition to the ban.