Wimbledon chiefs confirmed on Monday that they would appeal against a 1 1 million fine imposed by the WTA Women’s Tour for banning Russian and Belarusian players from this year’s tournament. The ban was imposed by the All England Club in response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Wimbledon chief executive Sally Bolton said an appeal would be lodged.
“It’s subject to legal action so I can’t comment specifically, but what I will say is that we stand by what we have decided,” Bolton said. “We have appealed.”
The Daily Mail reported that the Lawn Tennis Association, which runs the game in the UK, was fined 7 750,000 and the All England Club ڈالر 250,000.
Russian and Belarusian players were also banned from Wimbledon warm-up matches in Eastbourne, Nottingham and Birmingham.
“We thought long and hard about our decision,” Bolton added.
“It was difficult and challenging and we thought about the implications. But it was the right decision for us.”
Players from Russia and Belarus are allowed to participate in all other tennis tournaments, but not under their national flags.
Both the ATP and the WTA reacted to the Wimbledon ban by ending the ranking points event.
The ban meant that world number one Daniel Medvedev and two-time winner Victoria Azarenka had to withdraw from Wimbledon this year.
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