Naomi Osaka is not sure if she will play in Wimbledon after the approval of ranking points

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - May 23, 2022 Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts during her first round match against US REUTERS / Pascal Rossignol's Amanda Anisimova

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 23, 2022 Japan’s Naomi Osaka reacts during her first round match against US REUTERS / Pascal Rossignol’s Amanda Anisimova

PARIS – Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka’s participation in Wimbledon on Monday was questionable when the Japanese player said the sports authorities’ decision to snatch the tournament from a ranking point had dampened her motivation to play.

Last week’s Wimbledon ranking points were snatched by the men’s ATP and women’s WTA when the grassroots decided to exclude players due to attacks by Major Russia and Belarus on Ukraine, which Moscow called a ‘special operation’.

Belarus has been a major staging ground for the invasion.

“I would say that the decision is affecting my grassroots mentality, as I am not 100% sure if I want to go there,” Osaka told a news conference after losing the first round at the French Open. Monday.

“I just want to get some experience on the grass court but at the same time, it’s a lot like that to me – I don’t mean nonsense, it’s not a joke, but I’m a player who gets inspired by watching … watching my rankings rise.”

The move by the ATP and WTA was met with “deep frustration” by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) who reiterated their position that a ban under British government guidance was the only viable option.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has also stated that it will not award ranking points at this year’s Wimbledon for junior and wheelchair tennis events.

The AELTC’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from this year’s championship is the first time players have been excluded on the basis of nationality since post-World War II when German and Japanese players were banned.

‘Difficult situation’

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates their 2022 ATP Tour in the singles match of the Madrid Open tennis tournament on May 4, 2022 by defeating Serbia's Miomi Kekmanovic at the Madrid's Kaza Magic.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates their 2022 ATP Tour in the singles match of the Madrid Open tennis tournament on May 4, 2022 by defeating Serbia’s Miomi Kekmanovic at the Madrid’s Kaza Magic. (Photo OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)

21-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has lamented that players cannot speak with one voice on the issue.

“The problems of the players’ team are always the same. In terms of tournaments, there is always one person and one board, one person or one board who decides, “Spaniard told reporters.

“And the rest of the people who run the event follow that position. On our tour, every single player has a different opinion, and that’s why we can’t achieve the things we can achieve together. “

World number one Iga Suatek has said she will take part in Wimbledon, but has asked tennis regulators to come together to resolve the issue.

“I think it’s a very complicated situation, and every solution is going to be wrong for some part of the people or the players,” said Paul after a simple first-round win at Roland Garros.

“I just hope that people are responsible for making decisions, they’re all going to come together so our game is going to come together because, for now, I don’t think it’s united. We feel it in the locker room, so it’s pretty hard. “

Svetek expressed some sympathy for the Russian and Belarusian players.

“I also know that not all Russian and Belarusian players are responsible for what is happening in their country,” he said.

“But, on the other hand, the sport has been used in politics and we have some influence on the personality of the people and the people. It would be better if those who are deciding are going to stop the aggression of Russia. But it’s complicated. “

‘Really tough’

Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, who will not play at Wimbledon, says she is working with the WTA Players’ Council, of which she is a member, to help those affected by the authorities and Wimbledon’s decision.

“I think those conversations are really difficult. I don’t look at myself when I’m in any of these conversations and if I’m impressed, ”he told a news conference after going through the first round in Paris.

“I look at the big picture. I believe I am not the center of the universe and I am not the only person that matters.

“I believe in the unity of the players, I believe that sports need to bring people together. I hope that when we get together and do something together to do something good, we have the opportunity to show what the game can bring, “added the former world number one.

“It simply came to our notice then. I was not affected by the situation. I will never speak of suffering. I believe in greater good. “

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