Andy Murray and prime Brits may be forced to snub Queen’s and play abroad in run-up to Wimbledon amid ATP threat to cut back ranking points for UK tournaments due to ban on Russian and Belarussian gamers
- ATP board contemplating response to the banning of Russians and Belarussians
- Player Council have voted to advocate stripping Wimbledon of ranking points
- Field for grand slam unlikely to be affected with prize cash approaching £40m
Top British gamers may be forced to play abroad slightly than at home pre-Wimbledon tournaments if threats materialise to cut back or abolish ranking points at UK occasions this summer season.
The likes of Andy Murray may strive to play on the grass in Germany as an alternative of at house, ought to the likes of Queen’s be devalued in response to the banning of Russians and Belarussians.
The board of the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) was assembly once more on Wednesday to determine how to act in the face of some members being barred from competing in England.
Andy Murray may choose to play in grass court docket tournaments in Germany as an alternative of UK occasions
That got here after its Player Council voted to advocate stripping Wimbledon of ranking points, a choice that wants ratifying by the seven-man ATP Board.
Another concept that has been mentioned at size is halving the points on provide at occasions prior to SW19, thus making the concurrent tournaments on grass in Europe extra engaging.
In the case of Murray, for instance, he’s already going to be enjoying in Stuttgart in the week prior to Queen’s, and would possibly be tempted to head north to Halle afterwards as an alternative of again to London.
The area for Wimbledon itself would possible be unaffected, points or not, on condition that prize cash will possible be approaching £40million in complete.
Ranking points on the Cinch Championships at Queen’s might be lowered or abolished
While the Player Council – which Murray has left however which nonetheless consists of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer – are in favour of taking a tricky line there are potential future problems.
One underestimated issue is that its ranking points settlement with the Grand Slams (which function independently of the excursions) comes to an finish this yr.
Should Wimbledon be excluded this summer season then the tone of negotiations for any new deal is probably going to shift, with the chance that the 4 Majors would possibly be inclined to arrange an alternate system. This got here shut to taking place in the Nineties, when the Slams instituted their very own season-end competitors, the Grand Slam Cup.
Another complication is the need of the ATP to act in live performance with its feminine counterpart, the WTA Tour. They have been assembly, too, with some particular person gamers additionally investigating the potential of bringing authorized motion towards British tournaments.
Aside from something, many abnormal followers outdoors the tennis bubble will marvel why the gamers would seem to be siding with the Russians when the state of affairs in Ukraine exhibits no signal of enhancing.
More parochially, the Lawn Tennis Association confronted embarrassment on Wednesday when it introduced the closure of its elite academy in Stirling lower than three years after opening. It will now be consolidated with its counterpart in Loughborough.
The Stirling centre, attended primarily by English children, was beset with issues from the beginning, with coaches quitting and the college it was connected to closing down.
The brainchild of former LTA Performance Director Simon Timson – who then left to work for Manchester City – it has turned out to be yet one more colossal waste of cash for the governing physique, waved by means of by a fundamental LTA board fully missing skilled tennis expertise.
Player representatives on the ATP Tour are mentioned to be in favour of taking a tough line over the banning of Russians like Daniil Medvedev (above)