How will Wimbledon prize money be affected after ranking points get removed by ATP and WTA?
Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev
The ATP men’s professional tennis tour will not award ranking points for Wimbledon this year because of the All England Club’s ban on players from Russia and Belarus over the invasion of Ukraine. The ATP made its decision late Friday night, two days before the French Open commences and a little more than a month before Wimbledon begins on June 27.
The All England Club announced in April that Russians and Belarusians will not be allowed to compete in the Grand Slam grass-court championship. Since Russia began assaulting Ukraine in February, Russian athletes have been barred from competing in a variety of sports, including soccer’s World Cup qualification playoffs and Belarus has supported Russia’s invasion.
“The ability for players of any nationality to enter tournaments based on merit, and without discrimination, is fundamental to our tour,” the ATP said in a statement. “The decision by Wimbledon to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing in the U.K. this summer undermines this principle and the integrity of the ATP ranking system.”
Saying it made this move “with great regret and reluctance,” it added: “Our rules and agreements exist in order to protect the rights of players as a whole. Unilateral decisions of this nature, if unaddressed, set a damaging precedent for the rest of the tour. Discrimination by individual tournaments is simply not viable on a tour that operates in more than 30 countries.”
How will the Wimbledon prize money be affected?
The ATP’s decision has had a significant impact on the players’ ranking points. Aside from ranking points, there is also an impact on Wimbledon prize money, which will decrease. Official authorities have yet to release the prize money breakdown for the 2022 Wimbledon Championship. However, the prize money budget for 2021 was £35 million, which was divided among several categories. As a result, this year’s budget was expected to be roughly £35 million. Due to the ATP’s decision, this year’s Wimbledon will be an exhibition tournament, hence the prize money will be slashed in half.
Also, an exhibition game also known as a friendly, a scrimmage, a demonstration, a preseason game, a warmup match or a preparation match depending at least in part on the sport, is a sporting event whose price money and impact on the player’s or the team’s rankings is either zero or otherwise greatly reduced.