‘ATP Tour Stupid Decision’ – Tennis legends Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish and other stars slam Wta and ATP decision against Wimbledon

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Following in the footsteps of the WTA, yesterday, May 20, the ATP gave the second shot at the Wimbledon Championships. Like the WTA, the supreme body of men’s tennis has also announced the removal of ranking points from Wimbledon. The move is a protest by the men’s tennis governing body against Wimbledon’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from playing in the championship this year.

The call to withdraw the ranking points was proposed by the players to the ATP. However, the ATP refrained from considering this call in the Wimbledon preparatory tournaments. Given this, this decision is undoubtedly unexpected. Upon learning of the ATP’s decision, a number of players took to their social media to express their views. While some players came out praising the body, others criticized him for his decision.

How did players react to the announcement?

The majority of tennis players are usually active on social media. They use the platform to give their daily updates, interact with fans, share their personal and professional engagements, and air their views. Yesterday was no different. Following the long-awaited decision from the ATP, a number of players took to their Twitter accounts to give their views.

American star Mardy Fish took to his Twitter account, giving his reason for the decision. Surprised by the decision, he opened a room welcoming the views of his supporters. He wrote, Wow, ATP tour takes away ranking points at Wimbledon due to the banning of Russian and Belarusian players. Thoughts??…”

While a number of Twitter users responded to Mardy Fish’s tweet, one Tweet that received the most limelight was that of fellow American Andy Roddick. The former world number one refrained from going with or against the decision. However, the former Grand Slam champion made sure to give a strong point of view.

He mentioned, “Let the controversy over whether this counts for the official slam count begin. No points, top players miss action, etc.

While the Americans made their points, the bearded player from France did not hold back. Upon learning of the decision, Benoit Paire used his Twitter handle, criticizing the ATP in one of the strongest ways. He continued to call the supreme body, “Stupid”. He wrote, ATP Tour STUPID DECISION!!!”

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Following in the footsteps of their counterparts, Ukrainian player Alex Dolgopolov has also come forward. Dolgopolov was one of many Ukrainian players to speak out about the ongoing Ukrainian crisis in Russia. Upon learning of the ATP’s decision, he praised the body.

He tweeted, Well done ATP tour and WTAYou made Russia’s N1 propagandist happy by taking points at Wimbledon. Probably will do it all over the rest of Russian propaganda. Very bad decision Couldn’t sit on 2 chairs.

Roger Federer of Switzerland arrives for a practice during day ten of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Stakhovsky and Dolgopolov also went wild against the ATP as they snatched points at Wimbledon

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Following in Dolgopolov’s footsteps, another Ukrainian player who came forward to express his views was Sergiy Stakhovsky. Instead of expressing his views on the ATP’s decision, the Ukrainian player decided to go after Russian journalist Vladimir Solovyov, calling him the face of Russian propaganda.

He wrote, “I guess soloveyev needs no introduction…he’s the voice of Russian propaganda…guess what breaking news he shares…” ATP deducted points at Wimbledon after that rus/blr players were banned later”

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Last but not least, Indian sensation Mahesh Bhupathi has also come forward to air his views. Congratulating the ATP for its decision, the former world number 1 in doubles chose to try his luck at Wimbledon. He wrote, Wow ATP Tour and Wimbledon!!! The question is: do you really need ATP/WTA points to be called “Wimbledon champion”? Or a Grand Slam champion? And the resulting benefits for life.

A number of players have come forward to express their views. On the other hand, the points of view of the best players are always awaited. Although the ATP have made their stance on the matter clear, it would be good to see if Wimbledon stands firm on their decision or considers thinking twice about it.

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