British star urges ATP to make a decision on Russia sanctions as crisis grows

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Daniil Medvedev plays a shot

Tennis players around the world are facing an uncertain few weeks, with the ATP and WTA yet to decide on the punishments they will hand out to Wimbledon for their decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from their Grand Slam event next month.

Reports in recent days have suggested the world’s top male players are in favour of stripping world ranking points from Wimbledon and the LTA-organised grass court events that will proceed the biggest event of the tennis year in south west London.

That decision could see Wimbledon reduced to little more than an exhibition event, with players likely to skip the British grass court tournaments such as they event at the Queen’s Club in London as they look to collect ranking points in other parts of Europe.

With entry deadlines to enter these events now upon on, the ATP and WTA have been stuttering over their response to the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players, in response to the war in Ukraine.

Wimbledon chiefs insisted they had little choice other than to make the decision, with UK government advice on allowing Russian players to play pushing them into a decision they made “with great reluctance”.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are among the star names who have questioned the decision, yet taking ranking points away from British grass court events would then punish the wider membership of the ATP, with players denied the chance to claim valuable ranking points and struggling to get into other events that would be packed with the game’s top ranked performers.

Now British Davis Cup player Liam Broady has urged the ATP to give him and his fellow professionals a vote over what should happen next, as he suggested in a Twitter post that the players are not being listened to.

A decision needs to be made imminently, with tournaments set to get underway on British grass courts in early June and entry deadlines for players already extended in recent days.

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