Andy Murray’s passionate defence of his home major: ‘Wimbledon will never be an exhibition’
Wimbledon will continue to be one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and “will never feel like an exhibition” even if no ranking points are on offer, says two-time champion Andy Murray.
Players won’t be awarded any points for competing at this year’s Championships after the ATP and WTA decided to strip the grass-court tournament of ranking points following the All England Club’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players on the back of Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine.
Nine-time Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova, though, admitted she is puzzled that players would miss the tournament as it shouldn’t be about the points or the money.
And now Murray has also launched a staunch defence of Wimbledon in a series of tweets.
I follow golf very closely and have no idea how many ranking points the winner of the @TheMasters gets.
Me and my friends love football and non of us know or care how many ranking points a team gets for winning the @FIFAWorldCup
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) May 25, 2022
“I follow golf very closely and have no idea how many ranking points the winner of the @TheMasters gets,” he started off on Twitter.
“Me and my friends love football and non of us know or care how many ranking points a team gets for winning the @FIFAWorldCup.
“But I could tell you exactly who won the World Cup and the Masters.
“I’d hazard a guess that most people watching on centre court @Wimbledon in a few weeks time wouldn’t know or care about how many ranking points a player gets for winning a 3rd round match
“But I guarantee they will remember who wins. @Wimbledon will never be an exhibition and will never feel like an exhibition. The end.”
‘I have great faith in Rafael Nadal and believe he won’t disappoint in hardest comeback yet’
Rafael Nadal has been backed to deliver in his ‘hardest comeback yet’
‘Novak Djokovic can win the Golden Slam but there are reasons not to do it’, assesses top coach
Novak Djokovic’s 2024 Golden Slam prospects have been analysed.
Rafael Nadal makes honest confession as he discusses comeback expectations
Rafael Nadal has openly discussed his expectations ahead of his 2024 comeback.
Novak Djokovic facing a double threat to his status as world No 1 – but not from Jannik Sinner
Novak Djokovic will need to maintain his remarkable levels of brilliance to hang onto top spot in the rankings.
‘Carlos Alcaraz cannot achieve great results in a diesel mode like Novak Djokovic’, says former ATP star
A former world No 12 has spoken of a “diesel mode” he feels Novak Djokovic possesses.
The 10 biggest ATP Rankings rises in 2023: American star makes stunning 500-place surge
A look at the top 10 biggest movers in the 2023 ATP Rankings.
Toni Nadal makes admission about 2024 French Open belief Rafael Nadal holds
Toni Nadal has spoken about his nephew Rafael Nadal ahead of his comeback.
When will Emma Raducanu make her comeback and where will she be ranked?
Emma Raducanu has been training at the LTA’s National Tennis Centre recently, but her comeback date is unclear.
Cameron Norrie gives five reasons why Carlos Alcaraz is a better player than Jannik Sinner in feisty interview
British No 1 Cameron Norrie gave a compelling insight into the best two young players.
Novak Djokovic heads final UTR rankings of 2023 as two big names miss out on top 10 spot
While the official ATP rankings will always carry plenty of weight, the UTR rankings offers an alternative list.