“This is not Russia,” Lola told Ohio-based television station Local 12. “This is United States of America. We had our Ukrainian flag, not doing anything crazy, distracting players, but wrapped around, sitting there peacefully and quiet.”
This issue in the sport appears to be here to stay ahead of the US Open with a video of the incident going viral and showing Lola, who is American and originally from Uzbekistan, being accused of “not being nice” by the chair umpire once the match was temporarily halted.
Lola then says the chair umpire told her: “‘You need to put the flag away’. The message I got was that it is agitating Russian players. I said, ‘I’m not putting it away.’ They kept playing for a minute or two.