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Russia’s Anastasia Potapova “formally warned” by WTA for wearing a Spartak Moscow soccer jersey in Indian Wells

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Russia’s Anastasia Potapova got tangled in a controversy during the Indian Wells after she wore a Spartak Moscow soccer jersey before her match against Jessica Pegula.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Mar 17, 2023 08:28 IST

Anastasia Potapova “formally warned” for wearing a Spartak Moscow soccer jersey. Courtesy: AP

Anastasia Potapova “formally warned” for wearing a Spartak Moscow soccer jersey. Courtesy: AP

By India Today Sports Desk: Russian tennis star Anastasia Potapova was “formally warned” by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) for wearing a Spartak Moscow soccer jersey during the ongoing Indian Wells Masters.

The 21-year-old wore the jersey before her Round of 32 match against USA’s Jessica Pegula on Monday, March 13. The youngster has been spotted wearing the jersey for quite some time.

“Regarding the Russian soccer team shirt, the WTA has formally warned the player that this was not acceptable nor an appropriate action. We do not expect to see any reoccurrence of this in the future,” WTA spokesperson Amy Binder was quoted as saying in an email to CNN.

After her match, which she lost 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, Potapova mentioned that she has been an ardent follower of Spartak since she was 13 years old.

Back on Tuesday, World No.1 Iga Swiatek said that “more should be done to help Ukrainian players because everything we discuss in tennis is about Belarusian and Russian players.”

Earlier in the tournament, Ukrainian player Lesia Tsurenko pulled out of her match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka, who will be facing Greece’s Maria Sakkari in the semi-final on Saturday.

On being asked about Tsurenko not playing against Sabalenka, Swiatek said, “I totally understand why she withdrew, because honestly I respect the Ukrainian girls so much, because if like a bomb landed in my country or if my home was destroyed, I don’t know if I could handle that.”

As per the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), at least 8,231 civilians have lost their lives in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The OHCHR, however, reckoned that the actual figures are “considerably higher”.

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