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Andy Murray launches passionate Wimbledon defence as boycott fears loom


Andy Murray has insisted in no uncertain terms that the prestigious reputation of Wimbledon will not be damaged by the lack of ranking points available at this year’s tournament, which is set to get underway next month. The ATP and WTA recently announced that no points will be awarded at the All England Club due to the ban on Russian and Belarusian players from competing at SW19 amid the ongoing military situation in Ukraine.

The current state of affairs will effectively see Wimbledon turn into an exhibition event, with a number of top players having already voiced their concerns over the lack of incentive to participate in this year’s edition of the tournament. Murray is not convinced that paying fans will be overly worried about the situation, though, with the Scot having clarified his views on the topic in a passionate Twitter rant on Tuesday.

“I follow golf very closely and have no idea how many ranking points the winner of the Masters gets,” wrote Murray. “Me and my friends love football and non 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 the World Cup and the Masters. I’d hazard a guess that most people watching on centre court at Wimbledon in a few weeks time wouldn’t know or care about how many ranking points a player gets for winning a third round match, but I guarantee they will remember who wins.

“Wimbledon will never be an exhibition and will never feel like an exhibition. The end.”

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