Russian Vera Zvonareva has been denied entry to Poland for the WTA tournament

In a statement released on Saturday, the Polish ministry announced it would not allow “persons who support the operations of Russia and Belarus” to enter the country.


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Vera Zvonareva during qualifying for the bett1 Berlin Open tournament, in Berlin on June 18, 2023. (ROB PRANGE/AFP)

Russian player Vera Zvonareva, ranked 60 in the world, was refused entry to Polish territory on Saturday 22 July, where she was supposed to participate in a WTA tournament, the Polish Interior Ministry announced on Saturday. “On July 21, Polish border guards prevented the Russian tennis player from entering Poland.“He also announced that”Vera Zvonareva was trying to enter our country on a visa granted by France, via a flight from Belgrade.

Polish authorities said the player, who was due to participate in the WTA 250 tournament in Warsaw, which begins on Monday, July 24, was stranded in the transit area of ​​Warsaw airport before catching a flight to Podgorica, Montenegro.

Poland persistently opposes the regime of Putin and Lukashenko

A decision directly related to the war in Ukraine. According to the Polish ministry, the 38-year-old player is on the list of people “undesirable” Poland. And specifies that the country “persistently opposes the regime of (Russian and Belarusian presidents Vladimir) Putin and (Alexander) Lukashenko, not allowing people who support the operations of Russia and Belarus into our country“.

Recall that Polish world number 1 Iga Swiatek has made a habit of supporting the Ukrainian people during her matches, wearing a ribbon with the country’s colors on her cap.

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