Alexandre Sidorenko hits out at media over 'radical' treatment of Russia

Sidorenko was born in St. Petersburg but represented France.

by Dzevad Mesic
Alexandre Sidorenko hits out at media over 'radical' treatment of Russia

Former French tennis player Alexandre Sidorenko thinks the Western media is far too oriented and leaning toward the Ukrainian side. Sidorenko, a former world No. 145, was born in St. Petersburg but represented France. Sidorenko lives in Frnace and he is not affected by the current situation but he feels Russia deserves a "more fair treatment" in the media.

“I find that there is a lack of fairness in the treatment of the conflict by the press and the media. They lean towards the Ukrainian side. I find this type of misinformation incorrect and unfair. There is a real bias, you have to receive information from both sides.

True things are said, but also many lies (…) The media treatment is radical, anti-Russian, without any counterpart. I do not feel very good. It is not an easy or pleasant situation. Even if I am not directly affected because I live in France.

The situation is dramatic. No one can love a conflict or a war. I hope it will fade and that we will manage to find common ground," Sidorenko told Ouest France, as revealed by We Love Tennis.

Sidorenko retired in 2018

Sidorenko, 34, played his last match in 2018.

Sidorenko lives in France and he is not affected by the sanctions Russia has been handed following their invasion of Ukraine. Leading Russian players - Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova - have all spoken out against the war and called for peace.

Last week, the ATP, WTA and ITF released a joint statement, in which they all condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Russia and Belarus have been banned from team events but Russian and Belarus players have been allowed to continue competing in international events.

However, Russian and Belarus play don't play under the name or flag of their respective countries. The Ukrainian Tennis Federation wanted Medvedev banned from playing the Grand Slams but the ITF decided against punishing Russian players over something they have no control over. Medvedev was praised for coming out and publicly calling for peace.

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