Russia and Belarus Flags Banned at Australian Open After Ukraine Protest

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The Moscow Times

Tennis Australia on Tuesday banned Russian and Belarusian flags at the Australian Open after Ukraine’s ambassador demanded action when they were seen among the crowd. The red, white and blue stripes of Russia were held up by fans Monday during a first-round clash between Ukraine’s Kateryna Baindl and Russia’s Kamilla Rakhimova on day one. Ukrainian fans reportedly called security and police to the stands. A Russian flag was also unfurled on Rod Laver Arena during Daniil Medvedev’s clash with American Marcos Giron. “Flags from Russia and Belarus are banned onsite at the Australian Open,” Tennis…

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