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The ATP and WTA players’ councils have been criticized for allegedly voting via a decision to strip Wimbledon of its ranking points in response to the tournament ban on Russian and Belarusian players. UK doubles number 89 Tara Moore claimed that the WTA Player Council had not consulted any of their fellow players on the women’s tour before making the decision.

There has been speculation for weeks that the ATP and WTA Tours would remove all ranking points offered at Wimbledon as a sanction at the tournament for imposing a ban on all Russians and Belarusians from participating in the championships this summer. Both tours held meetings in Madrid and Rome, and the ATP is said to be about to announce its decision.

But according to a British pro, both tours have already voted to remove all Grand Slam ranking points from the grass pitch without consulting players outside the council, sparking outrage. “Can anyone explain to me how the WTA Players Council (which is supposed to represent the players) voted to give NO POINTS to WIMBLEDON and that no player outside the council has even been consulted?!?!” she wrote in an Instagram story.

The 29-year-old also shared a screenshot of her story on Twitter, adding: “The ATP Players Council has also approved this.” Former ATP World No. 64 Dustin Brown shared her post and was also unhappy with the result, writing: “Why can it be done now, but when Covid started and this discussion was about US Open and no points (if I remember correctly), It was said can’t because of TV deals etc.”

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“Ultimately, that’s our job, to protect the players and work for the benefit of every player we represent. That’s all. I can’t talk about the rest.” The Spaniard’s emphasis on councils representing all players hinted that it could be a ranking of those affected to ensure those who could still participate in Wimbledon would be rewarded, but according to Moore this is not the case.

Both the ATP and WTA Tours have yet to officially confirm sanctions at Wimbledon, while the LTA has been forced to postpone registration deadlines for some of its tournaments pending a final decision on the tour’s points ranking.

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