British tennis officials request that the ATP lessen their significant fine.

Embed from Getty Images

The ATP has decided to permit Russian and Belarusian players to compete in British tournaments again in 2023, and the LTA is hopeful that this would result in a reduction of the $1 million punishment. Following the LTA and AELTC’s decision to bar Russian and Belarusian players from competing in any British grass-court tournaments, the ATP and WTA severely penalized the organizations last year.

Russian and Belarusian players will be allowed to compete in The Championships this year, Wimbledon officially announced on March 31. The WTA responded to the news quite favorably by lowering the LTA’s initial $750k fine. The LTA is now hoping the ATP would follow suit.

“We made statements to them regarding our desire for them to reevaluate the decision’s conclusion in light of the answer we have discovered. We’re waiting to hear back from you. It does imply that there are activities elsewhere from which we have had to take a little distance.

According to The Daily Mail, LTA chief executive Scott Lloyd remarked, “I’d like to think the level of respect between the organizations has been enhanced because we’ve had a lot more interaction on some difficult topics and worked our way through them together.”

The results of Wimbledon proved what had been predicted for weeks.

There were persistent speculations in February that Wimbledon had already made the decision to welcome Russian and Belarusian players back to the competition in 2023. Wimbledon made clear what had been rumored for weeks in late March.

“At this time, we plan to accept entries from Russian and Belarusian competitors as long as they compete as ‘neutral’ athletes and abide by the rules. Players who receive funding from the Russian and/or Belarusian states (including sponsorship from businesses operated or controlled by the states) in relation to their participation in The Championships will also be prohibited from entering, according to Wimbledon‘s statement.

Read Also:  "It's a long process": Dominic Thiem speaks after prestigious win

The return to Wimbledon of Russian and Belarusian athletes is possible, but they will be subject to The Championships’ stringent criteria and requirements.

British tennis officials request that the ATP lessen their significant fine.
Categorized as News

By Antonio Zaccaro

Hello, I'm Antonio Zaccaro, tennis lover since I was 13. I started this blog out of pure passion, and now it has become my job. I constantly follow all the tournaments and I am always updated on all the news. What I know, I share with all my readers. My considerations are the result of hours and hours spent in front of screens and on tennis courts.