Wimbledon appeals WTA fine over Russia’s disqualification

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All England Club is appealing against a fine imposed by the WTA Women’s Professional Tennis Tour for the removal of Russian and Belarusian tennis players from tournaments in the UK due to the war in Ukraine.

The Lawn Tennis Association – the British sports federation – is also expected to appeal the financial penalty imposed by the WTA after no player from Russia or Belarus last month they were allowed to take part in grass court setup events in Eastbourne, Nottingham and Birmingham.

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Tim van Reithoven of the Netherlands returns the ball to Serb Novak Djokovic during the men's singles match of the fourth round on Day 7 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Sunday, July 3, 2022.

Tim van Reithoven of the Netherlands returns the ball to Serb Novak Djokovic during the men’s singles match of the fourth round on Day 7 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Sunday, July 3, 2022.
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Fines totaling $1 million were first reported by The Daily Mail. The newspaper reported that the LTA was docked for $750,000 and the All England Club for $250,000.

“This is the subject of a lawsuit, so I can’t comment specifically on that,” All England Club CEO Sally Bolton said on Monday. “We support our decision. We are deeply disappointed with the reaction of tours to this decision and I probably can’t say more than that, at this point, I’m afraid.”

Bolton said the club was appealing the WTA fine. As for whether the ATP men’s tour also called penalties, she said: “We’re still waiting to hear from them.”

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Simona Halep of Romania gestures as she plays Belgian Kirsten Flipkens in the women's singles match of the second round on the fourth day of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Thursday 30 June 2022.

Simona Halep of Romania gestures as she plays Belgian Kirsten Flipkens in the women’s singles match of the second round on the fourth day of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Thursday 30 June 2022.
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In April, the club announced that, following guidance from the British government, athletes from Russia and Belarus would not be allowed to compete in Wimbledon this year, preventing players such as No. 1.1, reigning US Open champion Daniil Medvedev and two-time champion majors Victoria Azarenka.

In reply WTA and ATP have taken the unprecedented step of announcing that they will not be awarding ranking points to any player in the turf Grand Slam, which began last week and is scheduled to end on Sunday.

“It was an incredibly difficult and complex decision. We couldn’t easily accept it. We have carefully considered the consequences of its adoption. But it was absolutely the right decision for us. This was the only viable option in the context of government leadership acting. And we support this decision,” Bolton said. “We accept that others will have a different point of view, but we fully support this decision.”

Andy Murray in action against James Duckworth on the first day of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon.  Photo date: Monday, June 27, 2022

Andy Murray in action against James Duckworth on the first day of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon. Photo date: Monday, June 27, 2022
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Representatives for the two rounds did not immediately respond to requests for comment.