Fears large identify gamers would pull the pin on Wimbledon after a controversial ban on rating factors is starting to return to fruition.
Eugenie Bouchard has pulled out of Wimbledon as a result of lack of world rating factors on provide within the subsequent Grand Slam.
In April, Wimbledon chiefs banned Russian and Belarussian gamers from competing at their occasion – which begins on Monday June 27 – following the continuing conflict in Ukraine.
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In response, the ATP and WTA Tours penalised the Championships and stripped away its rating factors, a call that had been universally panned by these within the locker rooms.
It had been feared a number of prime names may pull out in protest – a lot in order that All England Club bosses have determined to up the prize cash to file ranges, The Sun experiences.
Bouchard, who’s extra identified lately for her modelling work than tennis performances, suffered a shoulder harm in March 2021 after which had surgical procedure the next June.
The Canadian, 28, has fallen off the WTA rankings listing as a result of inactivity however she had entry on the primary draw listing as the primary alternate following the withdrawal of Egyptian Mayar Sherif.
But now the 2014 Wimbledon finalist had chosen to give attention to the North American swing of the calendar with a return to the US Open in late August.
“A quick update on my end, I have decided to withdraw from Wimbledon due to the WTA’s decision to not award ranking points at this year’s Championships,” Bouchard stated in an announcement posted to social media.
“Due to my shoulder surgery, I get a limited number of protected ranking (PR) entries.
“As much as I love Wimbledon and skipping it makes me sad, using a PR entry at a tournament with no ranking points doesn’t make sense.
“I must choose wisely and use my PR entries at tournaments that will help me get back to where I want to be.
“I am continuing my training/rehab and plan on returning to competition later this summer.
“I will now use my two grand slam PR entries for the US Open and the Australian Open.
“Thank you for all the amazing messages of support. I love you guys and can’t wait to see everyone again soon.”
Four-time main winner Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from Wimbledon citing a “leg injury”.
The Japanese participant, 24, has struggled with a left Achilles flare-up which was sustained on clay on the Madrid Open.
The world No.43 was one of many first gamers to name Wimbledon an “exhibition” following the removing of its rating factors by the ATP and WTA Tours.
She will likely be changed within the draw by American Bernarda Pera.
This article initially appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission.