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Tennis fans seen hoisting Russian flag at Australian Open despite ban

Tennis Australia had earlier announced a policy reversal on Russian and Belarusian flags following criticism from Ukrainian ambassador

Tennis fans have been spotted hoisting a Russian flag at the Australian Open despite a ban introduced by Tennis Australia earlier on Tuesday in response to strong criticism from the Ukrainian ambassador.

As in many other sports, Russian and Belarusian tennis players are competing under a neutral banner at this year’s tournament due to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Fans had initially been allowed to show their support for players from both countries, but not in a way that “could cause disruption”, according to TA.

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