Russian Vera Zvonareva denied entry to Poland for WTA tournament

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


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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, 60th in the world, was refused entry to Polish territory on Saturday July 22, where she was to participate in a WTA tournament, the Polish Interior Ministry announced on Saturday. “On July 21, Polish border guards made it impossible for the Russian tennis player to enter Poland.“He also announced that”Vera Zvonareva was trying to enter our country with 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 taking a flight to Podgorica, in Montenegro.

Poland opposes with perseverance the regime of Putin and Lukashenko

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

As a reminder, the Polish world number 1 Iga Swiatek has made a habit of supporting the Ukrainian people during her matches, by wearing a small ribbon in the colors of the country on her cap.

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