John McEnroe: It Makes No Sense That Novak Djokovic Could Win, Then Drop in Rankings
By Dzevad Mesic
American tennis legend John McEnroe thinks it is a “damn shame” to see what is happening between Wimbledon and the ATP and WTA. In April, Wimbledon imposed player bans on Russian and Belarusian players. The ATP and WTA responded by imposing a harsh sanction on Wimbledon as they removed ranking points from this year’s tournament.
“I disagreed with the All England Club not allowing the Russians and Belarusians to play. And I disagree with the ATP and the WTA about not giving points for the tournament,” McEnroe told ESPN. “I know it’s a horrific situation.
It seemed like a lose-lose decision when they made it. There’s not a lot of good decisions. But if you notice, in other sports and in other tournaments, they’re allowing the Russians to play. I don’t get why at Wimbledon it was decided that they’re not allowed to play.
That’s where we’re going to make a stand. “You’re asking them to denounce something where they’re afraid if they do so that their family, friends or relatives could get arrested or thrown in prison for 15 years.
So that seemed like something you can’t possibly ask the players to do.”
McEnroe: Novak Djokovic can win Wimbledon and then drop in rankings
Djokovic, the defending Wimbledon champion, is set for a notable ranking drop after Wimbledon.
McEnroe finds it ridiculous that Djokovic can win Wimbledon and then drop in the rankings. “Then you take away the points. Let’s say if Djokovic wins the tournament again, he’s going to drop even further in the rankings, which makes no sense,” McEnroe added.
“The other part of your question is will it affect the players at the tournament. I don’t believe it’s going to affect too many players at the tournament. It is Wimbledon, after all. It’s one of, if not the biggest tournament we have.
To me it’s always been the US Open and Wimbledon are the biggest events. It’s just a damn shame that it’s come to this.”