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According to Tarpishchev, the organizers of Wimbledon violated the principle of sports by not allowing Russian tennis players, and sanctions from the ATP are quite possible

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If Wimbledon loses tournament points and becomes an exhibition tournament, this will result in the tournament losing some fans. This was announced to RBC Sport by the President of the Russian Tennis Federation Shamil Tarpishchev.

“Of course, if Wimbledon becomes an exhibition tournament and loses points, this will affect the interest in the tournament. But in the end, the fate of the tournament will be decided by the ATP and WTA. Our Point [зрения] here, in any case, does not play a big role, ”said Tarpishchev.

He thanked all the athletes who spoke in support of the Russians, who were not allowed to participate in Wimbledon.

“The question of the admission of athletes to competitions under the auspices of the ATP should be carried out only on the basis of sports principles. The organizers of Wimbledon decided to take a different path. <...> All tennis players first of all remember that sport is out of politics, and express their support for the Russians precisely because they are great professionals, without taking into account their nationality, ”added Tarpishchev.

Tarpishchev called on leading tennis players to support Russia during the period of sanctions

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Earlier, The Telegraph reported that the Board of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) in the near future, most likely, will approve the proposal of the players not to assign rating points for their performance at Wimbledon, after the tournament organizers decided not to allow Russians and Belarusians.

This decision should be approved in the near future. If it is accepted, Wimbledon in 2022 will turn out to be just an exhibition tournament with a huge prize pool (more than €40 million).

The ATP board includes three representatives of tennis players and organizers of the competition, as well as ATP executive director Andrea Gaudenzi, who, according to most insiders of the publication, will have to listen to the opinion of the athletes.

It is noted that the Board of ATP players includes Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and nine other people. Nadal previously called the exclusion of Russians and Belarusians unfair, Briton Murray, contrary to the expectations of the organizers of Wimbledon, also did not support their decision.

The organizer of Wimbledon, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), announced on April 20 that Russians and Belarusians would not play in the tournament, and called his decision “a contribution to the large-scale efforts of the UK government, business, sports and creative institutions to limit Russia’s global influence “.

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