Differing treatment of “Russian” tennis players sparks questions

Photo: Michal Kamaryt, ČTK

International headlines were made at the weekend when Czech police stopped a Russian player from entering the country to appear at a tennis tournament. However on Monday the police said they would take no action against players with Russian passports taking part in a different competition. Why the discrepancy?

Czechia’s biggest tennis event, the Prague Open, is currently taking place in the capital.

However the start of the women’s tournament was rather overshadowed by events surrounding Russian and Belarusian players who had registered to participate.

Last Friday the police refused to allow a Russian player to enter Czechia, prompting organisers to say no citizens of either state would be taking part in the Prague Open.

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Author: Ian Willoughby