LONDON: Wimbledon chiefs confirmed Monday that they will appeal against a $1 million fine handed down by the WTA women’s tour for banning Russian and Belarusian players from this year’s tournament.

The All England Club imposed the ban in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Wimbledon chief executive Sally Bolton said an appeal will be lodged.

“It’s subject to a legal process so I can’t comment specifically but what I will say is that we stand by the decision we made,” said Bolton. “We have appealed.”

The Daily Mail reported that the Lawn Tennis Association, which runs the sport in the UK, was fined $750,000 and the All England Club $250,000.

Both the ATP and WTA reacted to the Wimbledon ban by stripping the event of ranking points. The ban meant the likes of world number one Daniil Medvedev and two-time major winner Victoria Azarenka had to sit out this year’s Wimbledon.

Published in Dawn, July 5th, 2022

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