Two events will proceed with rankings points despite Russian and Belarusian players being banned
The event at Queen’s in London is among those affected. © Steven Paston / PA Images via Getty Images
UK tournaments in the build-up to Wimbledon have been spared a rankings punishment by the men’s ATP tour despite imposing bans on Russian and Belarusian players, although a decision on Wimbledon itself is still being discussed, officials have announced.
The UK Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) joined Wimbledon organizers the All England Club in announcing back in April that Russian and Belarusian players would be prohibited from competing at all events in Britain this summer due to the conflict in Ukraine.
That ruling was criticized by the men’s ATP tour and women’s equivalent the WTA, with reports that both organizations could deprive UK tournaments of rankings points in retaliation.
However, ATP officials announced on Monday that two traditional events in the lead-up to Wimbledon in June – at the Queen’s Club in London and at Eastbourne on the south coast – would go ahead with rankings points available.