The ATP are set to announce their sanctions on Wimbledon are imminent after a series of meetings in Madrid and Rome, with representatives of the men’s tournament feeling strongly about the total ban on players from Russia and Belarus.

As the All England Club awaits a decision from the ATP, one MP has now attacked Federer and Nadal, asking them to share their involvement in the Wimbledon sanctions as members of Tennis Council. “Federer and Nadal should come clean,” said Congressman Chris Bryant, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Russia. walkie talkie.

“Do they want Vladimir Putin to fail or do they not care?” he added. A new ATP meeting will take place on Wednesday within the framework of the Rome Masters, with the possibility of a vote on sanctions to take place, after which any decision will be announced and the men’s tournament expected. will base their decision on the opinion of the 10-man Player Council, which is representative of the players affected by the ban.

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Bryant also appreciated the tour as well as Federer and Nadal, as he said: “The men’s tour is going horribly. It’s like they either didn’t hear what was happening in Ukraine or didn’t care.” Another MP and top member of the Digital, Culture, Media & Sports selection committee, Clive Effort, also opposed the ATP for its plan to penalize the tournament for its ban on Russian tennis players. and Belarus.

“ATP needs to look around and appreciate how the rest of the world outside of their bubble will view it in order to sanction Wimbledon for supporting Ukraine,” he said. At the very least, the ATP will protect the ranking points of those affected by the ban, freezing them so that players do not get relegated due to being unable to compete.

A source told The Telegraph that the panel’s view has always been to keep in mind “lead integrity” but could not explain how removing ranked points entirely from the league would be a better alternative. for Russian and Belarusian players.

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A second source “with knowledge of crisis negotiations between the All England Club and the ATP on the matter” also told The Telegraph that the Players Council could harm more players by taking away everyone’s ratings, rather than making sure affected athletes don’t lose any points. They said: “This is like punishing many for the benefit of a few, just to create emphasis.

The ATP had hoped to make a move in tandem with the WTA Tour but did not know if the women’s tournament would strip them of their Wimbledon ranking points entirely, and there could be a unique situation in which the players WTA players receive points at grass-court Grand Slams while ATP players do not.


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