Last weekend there were important visitors in the Mercedes pits at the Spanish GP. Roger Federer – ambassador of the Stuttgart car brand – watched the qualification with Toto Wolff (50) and then had his picture taken with Lewis Hamilton (37) and George Russell (24). Felt far away from the tennis world, which is currently bubbling violently.
About a month ago, Wimbledon decided to ban the Russian and Belarusian tennis stars for invading Ukraine. In response, first the ATP and then the WTA banged out a bang just before the start of the French Open. There are no ranking points in Wimbledon!
Means: The points of the past season are lost and can therefore not be defended. After the corona pandemic, the tour threatens to sink back into chaos.
“Are you serious, ATP?”
The tennis stars’ first public reactions were not long in coming. Marton Fucsovics (ATP 57) writes on Instagram: “No ranking points and those from 2021 will be lost. No chance to defend her. Are you serious, ATP? I will drop from rank 60 to rank 130. Thank you very much!” In 2021, the Hungarian made it to the quarterfinals.
The world rankings after the Wimbledon final on July 10th will also have a big effect on Federer. After being listed in the world rankings since 1997, the “Maestro” will disappear from the ATP ranking on July 11. The same probably applies to Serena Williams (WTA 276), should she not return to the tour beforehand.
Remaining points are lost
The 20-time Grand Slam winner is currently still in 47th place. In the next month and a half he will lose the remaining points from Roland Garros (round of 16), Halle (tournament win) and Wimbledon (quarter-finals).
He owes the fact that he is still in the top 50 in the world to the ATP’s Covid measure. Due to the lack of tournaments, the time span of the tournaments that are included in the ranking was extended from twelve to 24 months. Since autumn 2021, the players’ association has been gradually returning to its old system.
The only hope for Federer would be the ATP’s decision to freeze the points from last year’s Wimbledon again. As of now, however, there are no signs of this. (smi)