Alexsandr Dolgopolov: &Quot;I Hope The Russian Players Don'T Call The Fbi&Quot;

«I hope the Russian players don’t call the FBI»

The tennis courts also seem to have become a counter-ideological court between Russia and Ukraine and their factions, as confirmed by interviews and what is happening on the court. The controversy over the story that saw a spectator present on Field 8 of the Cincinnati tournament as the unfortunate protagonist does not subside.

The woman, Lola, who attended the WTA Cincinnati main draw match between Anna Kalinskaya and Anastasia Potapova, unfurled a Ukrainian flag during the match and was forced by the chair umpire to leave the Lindner Family Tennis floor Center. .

Morgane Lara’s intervention was motivated by one of the two Russian tennis players, who considered the gesture of the spectator excessive considering the nationality of the athletes.

Alexsandr Dolgopolov: «I hope the Russian players don’t call the FBI»

The news went around the world and provoked the reaction of former Ukrainian player Alexandr Dolgopolov: «To all the people who have admired my tennis and who plan to follow the US Open live, I ask you to carry and display a Ukrainian flag in all matches. between Russian and Belarusian tennis players.

And I challenge the ATP and the WTA to make the same move again. Our country is drowning in blood and violence and no Russian will intimidate a silent supporter with the Ukrainian flag. Have respect!» Some Ukrainian fans, along with the expelled spectator, came to the entrance of the tournament minute crowd with Ukrainian flags and T-shirts.

Dolgopolov, after seeing the images of his compatriots, launched another attack on the WTA and the organization of the Western & Southern Open. Dolgopolov wrote on Twitter: «Lola, who was kicked out of the Cincinnati tournament because the Russians felt insulted, walked to the public entrance of the venue with the Ukrainian fans.

Hopefully the Russian players or tournament officials won’t be insulted again and they won’t call the FBI or Joe Biden.»

What happened in Cincinnati

While the war with Russia continues in Ukraine, in the United States the conflict lands in other forms, with an incident that seems paradoxical due to the merits and modalities in which it developed.

In the qualifying match of the women’s 1000 tournament, two Russian tennis players were fighting for access to the main draw: Anna Kalinskaya and Anastasia Potapova were the two protagonists of a match that later became the subject of controversy.

In the stands watching the game was Lola: a Ukrainian girl who, along with a compatriot friend, was sitting with a flag of her country and vinok, a floral crown typical of the Ukrainian country. During the first set, as reported by Ben Rothenberg on social networks, one of the two tennis players, it was not specified which of the two, she asked the chair umpire, Morgane Lara, to ask the spectator to remove the flag.

This was stated by Lara to the supporter present in the stands, reporting the request of one of the tennis players involved: it was not «nice» to be in a match of this type with the Ukrainian flag, said one of the two players.

Lola did not hesitate to reply that it was not pleasant to invade a foreign country, making an explicit reference to the geopolitical situation in Eastern Europe. The rest of the fans did not hesitate to defend the girl, testifying that she was just a spectator of the match.

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