‘She lives in Moscow, her parents live in Moscow…she’s Russian!’: Fans mock Wimbledon’s ban on Russian players this year after Moscow-born Alena Rybakina, representing Kazakhstan, wins her first Grand Slam singles title discharge
Tennis fans taunted on social media WimbledonRussian and Belarusian players were banned from this year’s competition after Moscow native Alena Rybakina won the women’s singles final on Saturday.
The 23-year-old, who now represents Kazakhstan, beat the Tunisian world number two from behind. incl Zabior won her first ever Grand Slam singles title 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in sweltering heat on Center Court.
But with players from Russia and Belarus banned from the All England Club earlier this year as a result of the invasion and war in Ukraine, Rybakina’s achievement sparked outrage among fans on social media.
Alena Rybakina’s title sparked a debate over the ban on participation of Russian players at Wimbledon
There is none in the world. 23 were admitted to the competition, deciding to represent Kazakhstan in 2018
The world number 23 was admitted to the tournament because she moved to represent Kazakhstan at the age of 19 after the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation offered her financial support.
Social media users questioned the rules set by Wimbledon’s management, with one fan writing: “Ironically, a tournament where Russians are banned will be won by a pure-blooded Russian woman born in Moscow.”
“Thank you to Alena Rybakina, who moved to Kazakhstan in 2018, but she lives in Moscow, her parents live in Moscow… she is Russian! And she deserved to win!” wrote another.
Another user said: “Not sure if it’s funny or ironic that Wimbledon is banning Russian players from this year’s competition (resulting in the #1 ranked person not being allowed to compete) but a player born and living in Moscow wins the title in Russia women’s singles. Ironically?
Men’s world number one Daniil Medvedev, who beat Novak Djokovic in last year’s US Open final, was ruled out of this year’s event due to the ban.
The 23-year-old came from behind to beat Tunisian world number two Onsa Jabeur (R) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
Since the 23-year-old lives with her parents in Russia, the nation will surely recognize the Grand Slam victory as hers.
Before the match, the president of the Russian Tennis Federation, Shamil Tarpishchev, said: “It’s nice that Alena will play in the Wimbledon final, she is our product. Of course, we will root for her.”
The player herself made it clear that she is here to represent Kazakhstan and that she wants Russia’s war in Ukraine to end.
The ATP and WTA tours stripped Wimbledon of ranking points in May after the tournament banned Russian and Belarusian players tennis players because of the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Men’s are not. 1 Daniil Medvedev was not allowed to compete due to the rules set by the All England Club
Representing Kazakhstan since 2018, the 23-year-old is proud of her heritage.
In her Instagram post last September, Rybakina was smiling while holding a Kazakhstani flag.
She wrote: “For the first time in a couple of weeks, the WTA 250 tournament will take place in Kazakhstan!
“I am very happy for this event and I want to say thank you very much [to the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation].’