The Roland Garros tournament will not allow any tennis player to be favorable to Vládimir Putin during the Grand Slam dispute. In this sense, its director, the former world number one Amelie Mauresmo, has expressed herself, who assured in a radio interview that there will be sanctions for whoever does it.
The former French tennis player explained that although the tournament will allow the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes, which will not happen in another Grand Slam like Wimbledon, it will be inflexible with this rule, in addition to the principle of neutrality. In this way, during the tournament no participant will be able to use the flags or anthems of Russia and Belarus.
We will not host teams, but individual Russian or Belarusian athletes. Obviously, if an athlete shows himself to the pro-Putin press there will be sanctions," Mauresmo said in an interview on the radio 'France Inter'.
The director of the French Grand Slam acknowledged that "there is no fair decision" on a subject as complex and controversial as the war in Ukraine.
Since Russia launched its divisions into Ukrainian territory, several Ukrainian tennis players, such as Elina Svitolina, have raised their voices to complain about the participation of their Russian rivals in professional circuit tournaments.