Matteo Berrettini on decision to strip Wimbledon of ranking points: ‘It’s not fair. Nobody asked us for our opinion’

Matteo Berrettini in action

He acknowledges that tennis finds itself in a complicated situation, but Matteo Berrettini believes the decision to strip Wimbledon of ranking points is “not really fair” and asked the powers to be to consult players about important decisions in the future.

Following Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine earlier in 2022, the All England Lawn Tennis Club and Lawn Tennis Association opted to ban all Russian and Belarusian players from grass-court events in the United Kingdom, including Wimbledon.

The ATP and WTA then retaliated by announcing that no ranking points would be on offer at this year’s The Championships. However, it emerged in recent days that the ATP could “willing to restore rankings points”.

Berrettini as well as world No 1 Novak Djokovic will be the biggest losers at this year’s grass-court Grand Slam as they played in the 2021 final. Djokovic stands to lose 2,000 points after winning the title while Berrettini will lose 1,000 points.

The Italian was asked about the decision ahead of his title defence at the cinch Championships at Queen’s Club and replied: “I feel it is a very difficult situation to handle for everybody, first of all for the people who are suffering with the war happening in their country.

“In my specific case it is very complicated because I played well last year on grass and it doesn’t matter how well I am going to play this year, my ranking is going to drop so I think it is not really fair.

“But I get that it is a really complicated situation.

“I think [when the] ranking [system] is working normally, the more you play, the better you play and the better your ranking is going to be, but this was taken away.

“That’s what I don’t agree with, but of course we are dealing with difficult times and I understand that it is not easy.

“I wish this decision was taken in a different way, maybe ask the players. Nobody contacted us, nobody asked us for our opinion about it and I think it should not work like that.

“We should avoid this kind of situation as this was the biggest decision the ATP took in the last 20 years that I remember. I wish it was handled a different way.”