Tennis News: Officials from the competition have stated that the size of the Ukraine flag that a fan had wrapped around her during a game at the Cincinnati was the reason she was requested to take it down from the grounds.
One of the Russian players reportedly protested to the WTA chair umpire Morgane Lara about the fan during a qualifying match between Anna Kalinskaya and Anastasia Potapova on Sunday.
On an unfortunate incident at #CincyTennis yesterday:
During the first set of the women's qualifying match between Anna Kalinskaya and Anastasia Potapova, one of the players complained to the WTA chair umpire, Morgane Lara, about a woman sitting in the stands…
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Online videos of the incident show Lara getting up from her chair to talk to the spectator, who eventually departed the court.
The head of security for the competition reportedly approached her on the grounds and informed her that the flag was larger than required.
“Per the Western & Southern Open’s bag policy, as stated on the tournament’s website, flags or banners larger than 18 x 18 are prohibited,” a spokesperson for the tournament said in an email.
“Therefore, the patron was asked to remove the flag from the grounds and after doing so was allowed to remain at the tournament.
“Any inquiries about the chair umpire should be directed to the WTA Tour.”
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