Sunday, May 19

Wimbledon organisers fined for banning Russian and Belarusian players


Wimbledon organisers have been fined by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) for banning Russian and Belarusian players from this summer’s grass court events.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has been fined 207,000 pounds and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) 620,000 pounds after stopping athletes compete at Wimbledon and in warm-up tournaments, the BBC reported.

According to Reuters, Wimbledon organisers and Britain’s tennis authorities said they have appealed against fines handed to them by the women’s governing body, WTA, for excluding Russian and Belarussian players from this year’s grasscourt events.

The AELTC, which organises the Grand Slam, and the LTA banned players from the two countries at tournaments in Britain following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a ‘special operation’.

The WTA and its men’s counterpart ATP called the move discriminatory and decided to strip all ranking points from Wimbledon while warning the LTA of sanctions.

The fines will have to be paid in full before any hearings can take place, BBC further reported.

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