In terms of unintended consequences, Wimbledon’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players led to Russian Daniil Medvedev cementing his place as the new No. 1 man’s world in what could be seen as a disturbing irony. It also speaks volumes about the complexity of the situation. This is expected to be one of the main talking points for the 2022 tournament, which kicks off Monday. Wimbledon 2022 fans can buy Wimbledon Tickets from our website.
The move to a grass slam following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has met with mixed reactions, with Serbia’s former top player Novak Djokovic calling the decision “crazy”.
The governing bodies ATP and WTA responded by removing ranking points, arguably. The sport’s biggest leg, leading multiple great champions Naomi Osaka to describe this year’s tournament. As effectively reducing it to an “exhibition” event.
It created a scene that will have a big impact on players from those at the top to young Brits looking to climb the ladder.
But what does all this mean?
Top big winners and losers
On paper, the biggest losers are those who, like Djokovic, did well at Wimbledon last year and failed to defend the points won.
Djokovic, a six-time All England Club champion, will be hit hard by the drop from the rankings. As he is unable to maintain the 2,000 points. He earned in his SW19 title win last year. That would put him in seventh place in the standings.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner will be further behind Russia’s Medvedev. After losing his world rankings in the first two weeks of this year’s tournament, taking only 180 points after the final match despite being banned to play 16 Departure in 2021.
Matteo Berrettini, last year’s runner-up in the men’s, was another hard-hit player. Who hoped to better cope with the “unfair” decision that robbed Wimbledon of points.
“It is one of the biggest decisions the ATP has made in the past 20 years. I want to do it differently,” said Italy’s number 11 in the world.
“I know we live in difficult times and I wish there could be a different decision. No one contacted the players and asked for our opinion.”
“I don’t think it’s fair, but I know it’s a very complicated situation.”
The ATP said the Wimbledon decision – which “limits Russia’s global influence” under UK government policy – “undermines”. Its principles of ensuring players of all nationalities can compete “on the basis of merit and without discrimination.”
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The move also changes the ranking of the WTA. Belarusian No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka, who reached the semifinals last year, and Czech No. 7 Karolina Pliskova, the finalist to beat in 2021, are among the top 10 worst affected players.
At least Pliskova can still compete, as she said last month. That the chance of winning a trophy was the motivation for her return. But she could fall out of the top 15.
Elsewhere, Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka (two-time Wimbledon semifinalist) and Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova were both suspended. While Russia’s Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov were also 8th and 22nd respectively.
Rublev, who has spoken out against the war in Ukraine, has previously described the Wimbledon ban as “total discrimination”.
“I think regardless of the points decision, everyone will be at Wimbledon,” said Queen’s champion Berrettini.
“It’s going to be a record fair this year, so everyone wants to play. But also because it’s Wimbledon and one of the most important events we have.”
Points or Prizes – What’s further away? Not only are the higher regions affected.
Up-and-coming young players can also miss out on valuable points, in a sport. Where improved rankings can be a springboard for more sponsorship and endorsement opportunities. As well as a greater chance of appearing at major events more often.
“Of course, the ranking points are a big thing for me at the moment. As I’m trying to improve,” said Briton Paul Jubb, 22, who has won a Wimbledon wildcard.
“But right now the salary is also a big reward for me,” added the world number 219.
For lower-ranking players, some of whom compete primarily to make ends meet in the professional tennis world. The First-round grand slam appearances are often smaller than the prize money for smaller tournaments.
This year, a player can earn £50,000 for a single main event at Wimbledon – eight times. The purse for the same performance at an ATP or WTA 250 event.
A win in the singles draw raises the prize money to £78,000. All things considered, the absence of points has not diminished. Wimbledon’s appeal to Jubb as he tries to maintain an uptrend. Wimbledon 2022 fans can buy Wimbledon 2022 Tickets from our website.
“The experience of playing with all these big names goes a long way early in your career,” said the Briton.
“I think without the ranking points there are many, many positives for me to play there.”
Playing for expected home fans also has potentially life-changing opportunities for young British players.
A performance at SW19 offers a chance to put your shoulders on the wheel. As Jack Draper experienced against Djokovic last year.
The 19-year-old wildcard made his Wimbledon main draw. When he started the 2021 tournament with the then number 1 draw at Center Court. He won the first set before losing to the eventual champion.
“I’m looking forward to racing, with or without points,” said Draper. Who was in the world’s top 100 for the first time earlier this month.”
“It’s a shame, of course, but it’s an impossible situation for everyone involved – for Wimbledon and the players.”
“But it’s still going to be a really big game.”
Nadal will play in midfield at Wimbledon 2022 and continue his pursuit of Grand Slam
Rafael Nadal arrives at Wimbledon in a position he has never had. Before this year, the Spaniard had never won the Australian Open and French Open in the same season. Now he is nearly the first men’s singles player to win a major since Rod Laver in 1969.
A year ago, Novak Djokovic won his first three majors of the year before losing in the US Open final. Nadal, a two-time Wimbledon champion, will aim to complete the feat at SW19. Where he will be the number 2 seed. Wimbledon 2022 fans can buy Wimbledon Tickets from our website.
The southpaw will also look to further outpace his main rivals in the race for the main title. Nadal won his 22nd Grand Slam at Roland Garros, while Djokovic and Roger Federer have 20 each. It was the 36-year-old’s first appearance at the All England Club since his semi-final loss to Federer in 2019.
Nadal and Djokovic both trained at Center Court on Thursday, a historic moment for Wimbledon. This is the first time the tournament has allowed practice on Center Court and Court. One ahead of the first day of the event. Organizers allow this to help players adapt to game conditions and rest on the pitch.
Nadal trained with Italian Matteo Berrettini, who reached his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon a year ago. The Italian had surgery on his right hand in March but was soon back on the grass. Berrettini has won all nine games he has played. Since being sidelined for nearly three months, taking trophies at Stuttgart and Queen’s.
Djokovic is 79-10 in the grass majors and has won the past three. The top division will be on the hunt for his seventh. Wimbledon trophy and 21st Grand Slam title for the next two weeks.
The Serb practices with former Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic on Center Court. The Croat has found his best form in recent weeks and reached the semifinals at Roland Garros and the Queen.