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Dan Evans sounds off on ATP’s threat to strip LTA of staging Queen’s Club

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Dan Evans is not a fan of the ATP and WTA threatening the LTA to strip them from hosting main-level tournaments in Great Britain. The AELTC and LTA have yet to make a decision regarding the participation of Russian and Belarusian players in tournaments taking place on British soil.

But the ATP and WTA have sent a very clear message to the AELTC and LTA – they do not want again the same situation in 2023. Should Russian and Belarusian players again be banned from Wimbledon and British tournaments, the ATP and WTA could respond by stripping the LTA of their rights to stage main-level tournaments.

The Queen’s Club is one of the most iconic venues on the ATP Tour. “The ATP should not throw stones when they live in glass houses,” Evans told Stuart Fraser of The Times.

Evans not a fan of the ATP, WTA threatening the LTA

Last year, Russian and Belarusian players received support from some of the biggest names of the game such as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

After Wimbledon decided to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing in 2022 Wimbledon, both Nadal and Djokovic described it as “an unfair” decision. In December, top-ranked Russian male tennis player Andrey Rublev said banning Russian players again from Wimbledon would just damage tennis.

“We had a meeting with the Grand Slams and the ATP. It’s really good that ATP is more open to help everyone. We were very honest, giving a lot of options, many ways to help. Really help. Because, if they ban us for the second year, we will see no changes and will be worst for tennis.

Only we make more fire in the tennis. And it doesn’t help the situation. We are offering help in any direction that is possible. We want to show that tennis can be bigger than politics,” Rublev said. It remains to be seen if the AELTC and LTA will allow Russian and Belarusian players to return to British tournaments in 2023.

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