Naomi Osaka could skip Wimbledon this year with a lack of ranking points on offer (Picture: Getty)

Two-time winner Andy Murray has insisted Wimbledon “will never be an exhibition” amid the ongoing row over its lack of ranking points.

The WTA and ATP will not offer any points for the All England Club tournament after Wimbledon chiefs made the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing due to the war in Ukraine.

Former world number one Naomi Osaka hinted on Monday she may skip the third grand slam of the season because the absence of ranking points means ‘it’s more like an exhibition’, a phrase echoed by British number one Cameron Norrie.

Naomi Osaka is among the favourites to win the French Open (Picture: Getty)

‘I’m not sure why, but I feel like if I play Wimbledon without points, it’s more like an exhibition,’ said Osaka.

‘I know this isn’t true, right? But my brain just like feels that way. Whenever I think something is like an exhibition, I just can’t go at it 100%.

‘I didn’t even make my decision yet, but I’m leaning more towards not playing given the current circumstances, but that might change.’

However, Murray believes the prestige of winning a Wimbledon title, as he did in 2013 and 2016, should eclipse any number of ranking points.

In a series of posts on his official Twitter account, the 35-year-old Scot wrote: ‘I follow golf very closely and have no idea how many ranking points the winner of the The Masters gets.

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‘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 Wimbledon in a few weeks time wouldn’t know or care about how many ranking points a player gets for winning a 3rd 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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