WTA issues statement on Russia's Vera Zvonareva being denied entry into Poland

Zvonareva landed in Poland on Friday but was told to return from where she came.

by Dzevad Mesic
WTA issues statement on Russia's Vera Zvonareva being denied entry into Poland

The WTA has issued a statement on Russia's Vera Zvonareva being denied entry into Poland, saying they are aware of the situation and indicating that they are planning to investigate what happened in Warsaw. On Friday, former world No 2 Zvonareva landed in Poland for a WTA 250 event in Warsaw that starts on Monday.

The next day, it was reported that Zvonareva was denied entry into Poland because she was considered "undesirable" there, the Polish interior ministry said. "The WTA is aware of the situation involving Vera Zvonareva in Warsaw.

The safety and well-being of all players is a top priority of the WTA. Vera has departed Poland and we will be evaluating the issue further with the event," the WTA said in a statement.

The WTA responds to Zvonareva being denied entry into Poland

On Saturday, the Polish interior ministry explained in a statement the reasons for Zvonareva being denied entry into the country.

“The Border Guard prevented a Russian tennis player from entering Poland. Vera Zvonareva, using a visa issued by France, tried to get into our country on a flight from Belgrade to Warsaw. After arriving from Serbia, the tennis player stayed in the transit zone of Warsaw Chopin Airport and today, after 12:00, she flew to Podgorica," the Polish interior ministry said in a statement.

Last year, the only tournament that banned Russian players from competing was Wimbledon. But this year, Wimbledon ended their ban on Russian players and Zvonareva and other Russian players were allowed to return to Wimbledon.

When Russian and Belarusian players were banned from competing at Wimbledon in 2022, the ATP and WTA both made it pretty clear they were against such decisions. So far this year, there haven't been any cases of tournaments banning Russian players from competing.

But in Poland, Zvonareva was denied entry and it will be interesting to see if the WTA will be taking any action against the Warsaw Open.

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