Andy Murray hits out at tennis stars threatening to skip next month’s Wimbledon Grand Slam

Andy Murray has hit again at gamers saying Wimbledon shall be simply an exhibition occasion with rating factors eliminated.

The 35-year-old Scot, twice a champion at SW19, has stayed impartial on banning Russian gamers, however is riled by claims the factors ban diminishes the occasion.

‘I follow golf closely and have no idea how many ranking points the winner of the Masters gets,’ he stated by way of social media.

Andy Murray has disputed claims that this year's Wimbledon showpiece will be an 'exhibition'

Andy Murray has disputed claims that this year’s Wimbledon showpiece shall be an ‘exhibition’

‘Me and my friends love football and none of us know or care how many ranking points a team gets for winning the World Cup, but I could tell you exactly who won. 

‘Most people watching Wimbledon wouldn’t know or care what number of factors a participant will get for successful a third- spherical match.

‘Wimbledon will never be an exhibition and will never feel like an exhibition.’

Murray could have learn the general public temper appropriately, however attracts a false equivalence with different sports activities as rankings are key to how tennis operates.

Unlike in golf they resolve the place within the draw a participant sits, or if they’re seeded.

Meetings are deliberate for this weekend at Roland Garros, with Wimbledon chairman Ian Hewitt and chief government Sally Bolton travelling to Paris.

The ATP and WTA Tours – who additionally signify the gamers – have stated that Wimbledon will not contribute in direction of the official rankings due to their determination to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from competing. 

As a outcome, a number of gamers have threatened to withdraw from the distinguished Grand Slam event – with four-time Major champion Naomi Osaka admitting she was contemplating pulling out due to the shortage of factors on supply. 

Former world No 1 Osaka hinted on Monday she could skip the third Grand Slam of the season whereas GB star Cameron Norrie conceded the Championships had been decreased to ‘nearly an exhibition’. 

Mardy Fish was fast to reply to Murray, highlighting the very fact it isn’t all in regards to the followers and that gamers are conscious of one another’s rankings. 

He Tweeted saying: ‘Perhaps… however the gamers do’.

To which Murray replied: ‘Absolutely the gamers do. I don’t dispute that. I’d fairly play for factors nevertheless it’s not the be all and finish you suppose the highest golfers would nonetheless play at The Master if there was no factors? 

‘Would Mito Pereira fairly have gained the PGA championship and earned no factors or completed third and received nevertheless many rating factors he received?

‘I might be incorrect however I don’t suppose any tennis participant serving for a Slam title, any footballer taking a penalty in a World Cup shootout, or any golfer teeing off on the 18th gap of a significant was interested by rating factors.

Naomi Osaka is 'leaning towards' skipping Wimbledon after officials stripped the tournament of ranking points due to their decision to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from competing

Naomi Osaka is ‘leaning in direction of’ skipping Wimbledon after officers stripped the event of rating factors due to their determination to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from competing

‘What’s making them nervous for my part is the potential of successful a historic/prestigious occasion within the sport they love and have skilled most of their life for not the considered rating factors. I believe the participant area at Wimbledon will mirror this. Anyway congrats to all of the gamers that earned 90 atp/wta rating factors right now!’

Murray’s Twitter alternate got here after Osaka hinted she could skip the event for the second year operating.

She stated: ‘I’d say like the choice [to strip Wimbledon of ranking points] is affecting my mentality going into grass. I’m not 100% certain if I’m going to go there. 

‘I’d love to go simply to get some expertise on the grass court docket, however like at the identical time, for me, I do not need to say pointless – no pun supposed -, however I’m the kind of participant that will get motivated by seeing my rating go up or stuff like that. 

‘I feel like if I play Wimbledon without points, it’s extra like an exhibition. I do know this isn’t true, however my brain simply feels that manner. When I believe one thing is like an exhibition, I simply can’t go at it 100 per cent.’  

John Isner, a males’s semi-finalist in 2018, has expressed related issues to Osaka. He expects a robust area of athletes to materialise however pointed out there could also be gamers who is not going to put together as totally as they might usually.

Isner stated: ‘Right now, I’m not that stoked about Wimbledon. I would simply present up on Saturday and perhaps I’ll play Monday and see what occurs. Because our foreign money on tour is factors.’

Britain’s prime male participant Cam Norrie additionally shared his issues over this year’s event and admitted it is status might be diminished. He stated: ‘Wimbledon is still such a special event. But I think you’ll see prime gamers not taking part in, simply resting and preparing for the hardcourt occasions [later in the summer],’ he warned.

‘Especially those that don’t fear an excessive amount of in regards to the money. So I may see quite a lot of gamers, nicely perhaps a number of prime gamers, not taking part in due to that.

Cam Norrie fears other players will opt out of Wimbledon too due to the lack of points available

Cam Norrie fears different gamers will choose out of Wimbledon too due to the shortage of factors out there

Martina Navratilova doesn't understand why tennis stars may snub Wimbledon this summer

Martina Navratilova does not perceive why tennis stars could snub Wimbledon this summer time

‘It’s a particularly tough scenario with all the pieces occurring with the warfare, however for me it is powerful – having a house slam and never gaining any rating factors from that. You’re not likely taking part in for something, you are taking part in this nearly like an exhibition so for me it was powerful to see.

‘There are not many tournaments on the grass already, and then suddenly there’s no there’s no points [at Wimbledon].’ 

However, nine-time Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova agreed with Murray and stated that gamers mustn’t care in regards to the lack of rating factors. 

‘First of all I could not care much less if there have been no factors given,’ Navratilova instructed TalkTV. ‘I at all times performed for the trophies, not the factors and never the money. So for me it was Wimbledon and nothing else, all the pieces else got here in second.

‘So the factors, it is not an exhibition. I do not perceive that view, that gamers would not play as a result of there aren’t any factors. You are taking part in for computer rating? I simply needed to maintain that trophy, that great rose dish.’

World No 1 and favorite for the French Open, Poland’s Iga Swiatek, appears to agree with Navratilova. She stated: ‘I’m OK taking part in with out factors, I’m OK taking part in with factors. 

Djokovic - who won last year's men's singles tournament by beating Matteo Berrettini in the final - has confirmed he will still play at Wimbledon but said he was in support of the decision

Djokovic – who gained final year’s males’s singles event by beating Matteo Berrettini within the remaining – has confirmed he’ll nonetheless play at Wimbledon however stated he was in assist of the choice

‘For me it’s extra the political facet of issues, as a result of Poland is supporting Ukrainians, and the warfare is correct next to my nation.

‘It’s tougher on me from that perspective. I don’t actually thoughts about factors. For me, it’s Wimbledon.’

While the likes of Novak Djokovic confirmed he’ll nonetheless play at Wimbledon however admitted he was in assist of the stripping of rating factors.

He stated: ‘I’m affected as a result of I’m not in a position to defend factors however I’m comfortable to see that the ATP and the gamers determined to present Wimbledon that once you make a incorrect determination there are penalties,’ he stated. ‘Wimbledon was my dream as a kid, I never looked at it for points or prize money.’

He insisted there had been different choices other than banning gamers however added: ’They nonetheless determined for this one with out speaking to anyone. I’m for the union, at all times was.’

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