Very strange: Daniil Medvedev on potential rise to No. 1 despite Wimbledon 2022 ban


World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev on Tuesday said he finds it very strange that he can potentially regain the top spot in the ATP rankings despite not being able to play Wimbledon 2022 due to a ban on Russia and Belarusian players imposed by the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the organisers of the grass-court Grand Slam.

Medvedev said he still yearns to play Wimbledon this year but stressed that he will play grass-court tournaments elsewhere if the ban stays.

The ATP and WTA last week took away ranking points from Wimbledon following the organisers’ decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from participating in the wake of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Medvedev was ranked No. 1 early this year for a brief period of time. However, the US Open champion lost his spot, Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic, who will lose the 2,000 points he earned by lifting last year’s trophy, is among many players who will be affected and could drop down the rankings, paving the way for Medvedev to overtake him. Medvedev, meanwhile, will become the highest-ranked player to miss out on Wimbledon 2022.

“Very strange,” Medvedev said after winning his first-round match at French Open after he was asked about the possibility of becoming No. 1 again despite Wimbledon ban.

“I’d be really happy to play Wimbledon. I love Wimbledon. I love playing on grass. I will play on grass (elsewhere) after Roland Garros. But if I cannot, (I’m) just going to prepare for the next tournaments and just follow what’s happening there.

“There are no points, I become number one. Well, great for me. If there are points, I cannot become number one, I’m going to be gutted. It is what it is. I cannot change some decisions, both about ATP and Wimbledon.”

The Wimbledon ban is the first time players have been excluded on grounds of nationality since after the World War II.

‘ATP MORE LOGICAL’

Apart from Wimbledon, Russian and Belarusian players are allowed to compete at other ATP and WTA tournaments, albeit under neutral flags.

It remains to be seen if many players will be willing to play Wimbledon in the absence of ranking points. Naomi Osaka on Monday that she is not sure about playing the Wimbledon.

“I’m not saying which decision is right, but at least so far in explaining their decisions, I found ATP just more logical,” Medvedev added.



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