New hope for resolution on ranking points with senior Wimbledon officials expected to meet this week

Top Wimbledon officials traveled to French Open for talks in a bid to find a compromise after the tournament was stripped of ranking points for banning Russian and Belarus players from participating in SW19

  • Wimbledon was unceremoniously stripped of ranking points this month
  • It came as the ATP and WTA tours reacted to the decision to ban Russian players
  • Tournament not contributing to ranking almost gives it exhibition status

Wimbledon’s top officials will travel to Roland Garros later this week amid glimmers of hope that a compromise could be found in the ranking points row.

However, the options are few, with no chance of Russian and Belarusian players being admitted, and any suggestion that a reduction in the prize money is used as a bargaining tool completely unfounded.

Outspoken Frenchman Benoit Paire insisted on Tuesday that “99%” of male players want the chance to play for points at SW19. “I feel sorry for the Russians (players) but they are the ones causing all the problems,” he said.

Wimbeldon officials will travel to Roland Garros to try to find a solution to ranking points

Britain’s number 2 Dan Evans expressed hope there might be a resolution, saying: “I hear people sitting together.”

Less than half a turn from the ATP and WTA Tours, it’s hard to see what progress can be made.

One idea that was discussed at SW19 is the temporary reintroduction of the turf seeding formula, which was only discontinued in 2021, and which used surface past form to help determine seeding.

This could involve urging players to rank using their Wimbledon results this year to help determine entries and draws for 2023.

The tournament is effectively an exhibition event after being stripped of its ranking points

The tournament is effectively an exhibition event after being stripped of its ranking points

Against the backdrop is the renewal at the end of the year of the ranking points arrangement between the ATP and Wimbledon, with the potential threat of the Grand Slams playing hardball on the development of their own system.

While Pair’s 99% figure is an exaggeration, it’s becoming increasingly clear that a majority of men aren’t supportive of what their reps are doing.

In the WTA, women have shown less dissent, but last year’s beaten finalist Karolina Pliskova, who will now lose her 1200 points from twelve months ago, is definitely unhappy.

“It’s pretty bad, especially for me,” she said. “I think it’s super harsh and unfair and a bad decision, that’s what I think. I guess you can’t do much about it. I always want to go and compete there, for sure, I want to win and maybe get the trophy because I was quite close last year.

“But that doesn’t change the thought that I think it’s a completely bad decision.”

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