Martina Navratilova puzzled players could miss Wimbledon over ranking points
Nine-time Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova has expressed bewilderment at star players who could snub the championships this summer due to lack of ranking points.
It was confirmed on Friday that the WTA and ATP would not be offering any points for the All England Club tournament after Wimbledon chiefs took the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing due to the war in Ukraine. .
Former world number one Naomi Osaka hinted on Monday she could skip the third Grand Slam of the season while even Britain’s Cameron Norrie admitted the championships had been reduced to “almost an exhibition”.
“First of all, I don’t care if there were no points awarded,” Navratilova told TalkTV.
“I always played for trophies, not for points and not for money. So for me it was Wimbledon and nothing else, everything else came second.
“So the points are not an exhibition. I do not understand this point of view, that the players would not play because there are no points. Do you play for computer ranking? I just wanted to hold this trophy, this wonderful dish of roses.
Wimbledon’s decision to ban players from Russia and Belarus also faced opposition last month.
Meanwhile, the ATP and WTA’s recent choice to take points away from the tournament means Moscow-born Daniil Medvedev is set to become world number one again as Novak Djokovic is set to drop 2,000 points he would otherwise defend after winning the championships. Last year.
Navratilova added: “You have a player like [Andrey] Rublev – he wrote on the camera “no to war” and he can’t play, so it’s just that there is no victory.
“There is no good way out. It’s a bad situation. A horrible situation with the war and a bad situation with Wimbledon making this rule and now another questionable decision, not giving the points.