Roland Garros will sanction any player who praises Russian president Vladimir Putin, in sport’s latest act of censorship for political ‘wrongthink’.
Amelie Mauresmo, former World No.1 and director of Roland Garros, has warned that if a tennis player taking part in the Paris tournament praises Russian leader, he or she will be subject to sanctions.
“We are in line with the decision of the EU sports ministers. We will not welcome teams, but we will welcome individual athletes (Russian or Belarusian),” Mauresmo said in an interview on France Inter radio.
“Obviously, if an athlete shows himself to the pro-Putin press there will be sanctions.”
She stressed that “the principle of neutrality” would prevail at the tournament, with no Russian or Belarusian anthems or flags.
The 42-year-old former tennis player assumed that “there is no fair decision” on such a thorny issue as the war in Ukraine.