In addition to the ongoing controversy over the drastic measure adopted by the WTA and ATP, Wimbledon organizers will have to do without many stars. Indeed, there will be no surprise comebacks in the men’s and women’s tournaments.
Roger Federer did not commit to the London incident; A race that, given the absence of Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, and the injury to Alexander Zverev, should yield three Top 10 finishes.
There will also be spectacular absences in the women’s tournament, as Arya Sabalenka, Victoria Azarenka, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Daria Kasatkina, Veronika Kudermatova, Lyudmila Samsonova and Aleksandra Sasnovich will not participate in the third major of 2022.
Other bad news also surfaced in the list of participants. Serena Williams and her sister Venus, who have won the tournament together 12 times (7 Serena Williams, 5 Venus Williams, editor’s note) will not step on the lawn of the All England Club.
Serena Williams nearing retirement?
The future of Serena Williams in particular is becoming increasingly uncertain. The US champion played her last match at Wimbledon last year, when she was forced to retire 3-3 against Aleksandra Sasnovi due to a right leg injury.
Serena Williams has denied rumors of her retirement, but has nonetheless made it clear that she is ready to leave the world of tennis: “I am ready to this day, to be honest, I have more than a decade It’s time.
I think it’s very important to always have a plan and I always have to. There is balance in life and some days are more difficult than others. It’s definitely more difficult now that I’m a mother and a wife, because I want to spend time with my family.”
Wimbledon 2022 therefore continues to lose both on and off the court. The ATP and WTA decided to sanction the organizers of the London Slam, which decided to exclude Russian and Belarusian tennis players, and determined that no points would be awarded to London.
“The ability of players of all nationalities to participate in tournaments on the basis of merit and without discrimination is fundamental to the circuit,” said a stern statement issued by world tennis leaders.
“The decision taken by Wimbledon that bars Russians and Belarusians from playing in the UK undermines our principles and the integrity of the ATP.
In the absence of a change in circumstances, it is with great regret and reluctance that we see no other option than to snatch Wimbledon’s ATP and WTA ranking points for 2022.
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