British tennis player fined $1 million for banning Russian players

A dispute erupted between the British Tennis Federation and international tennis authorities over the ban on Russian players from three tournaments, with the British Federation subject to a series of extraordinary fines totaling one million dollars.

The Women’s Tennis Association fined the British Tennis Association for preventing Russian and Belarusian athletes from participating in three tournaments, reports the Daily Mail.

The labor law fine amounted to about a million dollars, and human rights organizations intend to appeal this decision with the support of the UK government.

“The organizers of the FA and Wimbledon deserve to be commended for their drive to make Russia an international sports pariah,” British Sports Minister Nadine Dorris said in a statement.

The association that organizes Wimbledon announced on April 20 that Russians and Belarusians were banned from entering, calling its decision “a contribution to the UK government’s broader efforts to reduce Russia’s global influence.”

This was opposed by ATP and WTA players, as well as many other famous tennis players.

Subsequently, both organizations decided to strip Wimbledon of ranking points in order to suspend the participation of Russian and Belarusian players.

Source: Dailymail

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