A fan who had wrapped around her the Ukraine flag was asked to remove it due to its size at Cincinnati Open tennis championship.
Cincinnati: A fan who had wrapped around her the Ukraine flag was asked to take it down. Then you will be allowed to remain in the stadium to watch the Cincinnati Open tennis championship.
The incident happened during a qualifying match between Russian players Anna Kalinskaya and Anastasia Potapova, with one of the players complaining to the WTA chair umpire Morgane Lara about the fan who had draped the Ukrainian flag.
The social media video of the incident demonstrated that umpire Lara got out of her chair to engage with the spectator, who eventually left the court. The head of security for the competition approached her and informed her that the flag was larger than required.
Flags or banners larger than 18 by 18 are prohibited, according to the Western & Southern Open’s bag policy, which has been mentioned on the tournament’s website, a representative for the event wrote in an email to Reuters.
The spectator was therefore instructed to take the flag down from the area before being given permission to stay at the game.
Wimbledon earlier this year banned Russian and Belarussian players from the championships due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Players from Belarus and Russia will be permitted to compete in the US Open, which will get underway on August 29, but only while flying neutral flags.
The US Open is set to host a campaign during the tournament to raise awareness and humanitarian aid for Ukraine, aiming to accumulate USD 2 million in relief, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) said.