Tennis news 2022: The tradition of honor rolls will be abandoned before Wimbledon
Wimbledon’s famous honor rolls would be replaced ahead of this year’s Grand Slam tournament at SW19.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club would replace its Wimbledon honor rolls ahead of the 2022 Grand Slam tournament, stripping the titles before the names of its champions.
According The temperaturehonorary titles in front of winners will be dropped next month to “move with the times”, while the process for married women taking their husbands’ initials and surnames will also be updated.
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Since the beginning of the tournament in 1884, the champions had the titles “Miss” and “Mrs” in front of their names, unlike the men. For example, former world number 1 Ash Barty is currently immortalized as “Miss A Barty”, while 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic reads “N Djokovic”.
Meanwhile, the name of Australian tennis legend Evonne Goolagong Cawley, who won Wimbledon in 1980, is spelled “Mrs R Cawley” because her husband’s name is Roger.
Similarly, American tennis icon Billie Jean King is listed on the Wimbledon honor rolls as “Mrs. LW King” despite her divorce from Larry King in 1987.
Sports journalist Paul Dennett wrote in the roar last year: “Surely Wimbledon needs to get rid of such an outdated and insulting style.
“It is time to rewrite the honor roll. Delete all anachronistic occurrences of ‘Miss’ and ‘Mrs’ and get rid of the initials of the players’ husbands. ‘To lack. R. Cawley’ should be ‘Evonne Goolagong-Cawley’ and ‘Miss. JM Lloyd’ should be ‘Chris Evert’.
In 2019, Wimbledon stopped using the terms ‘Miss’ and ‘Mrs’ when announcing players’ names at matches, a move that “surprised” Djokovic.
“I thought this tradition was very unique and very special; I thought it was good,” the Serb said at the time.
“It is certainly not easy to modify or change the traditions here which have been present for many years. It’s quite surprising that they did that.
The move comes after Wimbledon, widely regarded as the most prestigious tennis event in the world, was stripped of ranking points by the sport’s major tours in response to the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from the tournament, essentially reducing Wimbledon to the status of a high-profile show event.
“It is with great regret and reluctance that we see no other choice but to remove the points from the Wimbledon ATP Rankings for 2022,” a statement from the ATP said last week.
“Our rules and agreements exist to protect the rights of players as a whole. Unilateral decisions of this nature, if not heeded, set a damaging precedent for the rest of the Tour.
“Discrimination by individual tournaments is simply not viable.”
ATP’s decision means defending champion Djokovic will lose 2000 points.
The WTA, which operates the Women’s Tour, has joined its male colleagues in withholding points for the tournament which begins June 27.