The WTA has joined forces with the ATP in condemning Wimbledon’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from this years’s tournament.
The Womens governing g body issued a statement today saying while they condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, they do not accept the ban on players.
“We are, however, very disappointed in the announcement by the AELTC and the LTA to ban individual athletes who are from Russia and Belarus from competing in the upcoming UK grass court events.
“A fundamental principal of the WTA is that individual athletes may participate in professional tennis events based on merit and without any form of discrimination.
“That principle is expressly set forth in our rules and has been agreed to by both AELTC and LTA. Prohibitions against discrimination are also clearly expressed in their own rules and the Grand Slam rules.
“As the WTA has consistently stated, individual athletes should not be penalised or prevented from competing due to where they are from, or the decisions made by the governments of their countries.
“Discrimination, and the decision to focus such discrimination against athletes competing on their own as individuals, is neither fair nor justified.
“The WTA will continue to apply its rules to reject discrimination and ensure that all athletes are able to compete at our Tour events should they qualify to do so, a position that until today’s announcement has been shared across professional tennis.
“The WTA will be evaluating its next steps and what actions may be taken regarding these decisions.”