Russian tennis star gets fan draped in Ukraine flag kicked out by Cincinnati Open security

Russian tennis star gets fan draped in Ukraine flag kicked out by Cincinnati Open security

Published August 15, 2022
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A Cincinnati Open fan with a Ukrainian flag was forced to leave a match when a Russian tennis player complained. The spectator in question was later forced to put the flag in her car or be removed from the grounds following “aggressive” encounters with security officials, as she received threats that the police would be called.

It has emerged that a Russian tennis star got a spectator removed from a qualifying match at the Western & Southern Open because they were draped in a Ukrainian flag. The fan in question – Lola – was confronted by a WTA umpire and Cincinnati tournament security on two separate occasions.

In the first set of the all-Russian clash between Anna Kalinskaya and Anastasia Potapova on Court 8, one of the players made a complaint about Lola to the chair umpire. Lola was also wearing a Ukrainian floral wreath crown known as a vinok and was watching the match silently, making no disruption.