13 in the world. Taylor Fritz recognized that Wimbledon‘s decision to not award any points had a detrimental impact on him, but he added that he thought the ATP had done the right thing by sanctioning The Championship by withdrawing points from this year’s competition.
Russian and Belarusian players received player suspensions from Wimbledon in April. The ATP announced the following month that this year’s Wimbledon participant would not receive any points. Fritz, who made it to his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal, would have climbed into the top ten had his Wimbledon performance been recognized with points.
Fritz told The Guardian that he would currently be in the top 10 if he had received the points at Wimbledon. “Despite my bias, I have to admit that it stinks. For me, it would be big. I wish we could have everyone participated. I wish there might have been points, but I don’t believe it would be fair if some players weren’t permitted to participate.”
Fritz: The ATP acted fairly.
Wimbledon received controversy because it banned Russian and Belarusian players from competing because many people thought it was unjust to exclude players based only on their ethnicity.
“I believe it was appropriate that we deducted points. I believe it was unjust that those players couldn’t simply play without a flag. Their involvement in [Russia’s invasion of Ukraine] is unrelated. It wasn’t fair to prohibit them from the competition, but once that happened and you had all these guys who weren’t given the opportunity to fight for points like the other players were, it was time to start collecting points “Fritz elucidated.
Fritz lost to Rafael Nadal in a hard-fought five-set match in the Wimbledon quarterfinal. Fritz struggled against Nadal despite the Spaniard having an abdominal injury. Fritz, though, still had a very successful run, and he will be expecting to have another successful Grand Slam run at the US Open.