Russian tennis stars must follow strict rules at French Open as pro-Putin warning issued


A pro-Putin stance would certainly be a bad look for organisers at Roland Garros, with the French government among those to have strongly opposed the conflict in Ukraine. Mauresmo has evidently made sure that those who may, on the off chance, be plotting such action have received a crystal clear warning of the consequences. 

While the French Open’s stance is firm, many believe that the AELTC took their approach to Russian and Belarusian players at Wimbledon too far. The ATP struck back at the decision when it was announced in April, and they are reportedly weighing up whether to drop ranking points for this year’s grass-court events in the UK. 

When the decision was announced, the ATP said: “We strongly condemn Russia’s reprehensible invasion of Ukraine and stand in solidarity with the millions of innocent people affected by the ongoing war.


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