The most controversial edition of Wimbledon came to an end, with Novak Djokovic’s triumph over Nick Kyrgios. It all started when, after Vladimir Putin’s Russia invaded Ukraine, the organizers decided to exclude Russian and Belarusian tennis players from the Slam tournament.
A decision that the Atp did not accept and responded with another controversial choice: not to award points for this Wimbledon. Unlike the pandemic period, however, points won the previous year would not be frozen.
The direct consequences of this decision mainly affected those in the edition prior to this one who made it to the final stages of the tournament: from the two finalists, Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini, to Shapovalov and Hurkacz.
Novak Djokovic’s situation from a point of view is particularly aggravated: his decision not to vaccinate will prevent him from competing on American soil. He will, therefore, be unable to compete in the Toronto and Cincinnati Masters 1000 and the US Open, picking up no major points and losing those from last year’s final at Flushing Meadows.
Despite this, Novak Djokovic still has a real chance of competing for the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin.
ATP Rule on Slam Winners.
Although he has picked up few points this season, Novak Djokovic may still be in contention for the ATP Finals in Turin.
As Punto de Break reports, according to an ATP rule, a Slam winner who finishes within the top 20 ranking positions becomes the eighth qualifier for the season’s grand final tournament. Currently, the Serbian tennis player is in tenth position, with 1970 points collected.
With the Wimbledon victory, then, come both sorrows and joys for the former world number one. The absence of the points slips the Belgrade tennis player to seventh position in the ranking; on the other hand, however, the triumph at Wimbledon grants him the possibility to go on to compete again in Turin for a sixth Masters title.