size Ukraine Tournament officials told Reuters on Tuesday that the knowledge that a fan wrapped around her during a game at the Cincinnati Open on Monday was the reason for her demand that she be removed from the court.
During a qualifying match between Russian players Anna Kalinskaya and Anastasia Potapova on Sunday, one of the players reportedly complained to WTA president Morgan Lara about the fan.
The fan was later Interview by local TV station WKRC. She gave her name Lola and said she was originally from Uzbekistan.
“We had our Ukrainian flag, we don’t do anything crazy, distract the players, but we just go around, just sit there in peace and quiet,” she said.
Lula said the verdict then came to talk to her. “The message I got is that this gets the Russian players excited. I said, ‘I’m not putting it away.’” They kept playing for a minute or two. Then they stopped the game again, and then the security guard approached me and said, ma’am, I’m going to call the police if you don’t you leave.
The tournament said the size of the flag was the problem, not its source.
“In accordance with the Western & Southern Open’s baggage policy, as stated on the tournament website, the use of flags or banners larger than 18 x 18 is prohibited,” a tournament spokesperson said in an email. Therefore, the sponsor was asked to remove the flag from the stadiums and after that he was allowed to remain in the tournament. Any inquiries about the President’s ruling should be directed to the WTA Tour.”
The WTA Tour did not respond to a request for comment. Ben Rothenberg, Racquet Magazine’s senior editor and veteran tennis circuit reporter, said similar-sized flags were regularly shown at the tournament without any consequences.
“Anyone who was #Sensei Tennis He will know that there have been similar sized flags that have been waved and displayed around the stadiums here for years, often the US and Serbia flags,” he wrote on Twitter.
Russia invaded Ukraine in February. In response, Wimbledon banned Russian and Belarusian players from the tournament this year. The US Open, which begins on August 29, will allow players from those countries to compete and will host a tournament-length campaign to raise awareness and humanitarian aid for Ukraine with the goal of raising $2 million in relief, and the United States Tennis Association said last week.
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