Wimbledon to appeal $1 million fine over Russia ban

Wimbledon to appeal $1 million fine over Russia ban


Wimbledon chiefs confirmed on Monday they would appeal against the USD 1 million fine imposed by the WTA women’s tour to ban Russian and Belarusian players from this year’s tournament. The All England Club imposed the ban in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Wimbledon chief executive Sally Bolton said an appeal would be filed.

“This is subject to a legal process so I can’t comment specifically but what I would say is that we stand by our decision,” Bolton said. “We have appealed.”

The Daily Mail reported that the Lawn Tennis Association, which runs the sport in the UK, was fined $750,000 and the All England Club $250,000.

Russian and Belarusian players were also banned from Wimbledon practice events in Eastbourne, Nottingham and Birmingham.

“We thought long and hard about our decision,” Bolton said.

“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 WTA reacted to the Wimbledon ban by stripping the ranking points incident.

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The ban meant world number one Daniil Medvedev and two-time major winner Victoria Azarenka had to sit out of this year’s Wimbledon.

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