His silent protest was not to the liking of the organizers. Sunday in Cincinnati, a young woman named Lola displayed a Ukrainian flag in support of Ukraine, attacked by Russia since February 24. But his presence in the stands of court No. 8, where two Russian players, Anna Kalinskaya and Anastasia Potapova, competed in the second round of qualifying for the American tournament, annoyed.
According to the spectator, interviewed by the American journalist Ben Rothenberg, one of the two players complained about the situation to the referee, the French Morgane Lara. She got down from her chair and asked him to leave. “It’s not nice to do that”launched the official. “It’s not nice either to invade a country”, retorted Lola who, despite the support of several neighbors in the gallery, was then challenged by a member of security.
Officially, the spectator’s flag was…too big
About twenty minutes later, it was the head of security who went to meet him. He told her that her flag was too big and that she had to leave the stadium or store it in her car before returning. The fan complied.
Asked about this incident, the tournament management stuck to the same discourse as security: in the stadium, the flags must not measure more than 45 cm by 45 cm.