State Duma deputy Roman Teryushkov criticized Russian tennis players who opposed the military special operation of the Russian Federation in Ukraine. He dedicated a big post on his telegram channel to tennis player Daniil Medvedev, who is the first racket of the world and plays under a neutral flag. So, on March 1, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) banned Russian and Belarusian athletes from playing under the national flag and using the anthem of their country.
Firstly, I congratulate Daniil Medvedev on a well-deserved victory (the tennis player reached the final of the tournament in Los Cabos. — Note ed.). I, like most Russians, did not watch his final match. After the tennis player removed the Russian flag at the request of the West, he became of little interest to me and the population of our country.
Secondly, I don’t really understand what “Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev” means. If he lives in France and probably has the citizenship of a country officially defined by Moscow as unfriendly, then it would probably be more correct to write “French tennis player of Russian origin.”
Teryushkov added that he proposes to call the athletes who made concessions in order to participate in the competition “patriots with a neutral status.” “Everyone who supported the special operation in Ukraine should be subject to sanctions”, — so the head of the IOC, Thomas Bach, explained the removal of Russian athletes from international competitions. It should be logically concluded that those athletes who are now competing in international tournaments do not support CBO. Daniil Medvedev is one of those who play under a neutral flag, he does not feel any discomfort from this.
The MP added that tennis is a “super-political sport”, noting that it is of little importance in Russia.
Tennis — wonderful sport. But for Russia, it cannot be a leader, let alone the main one. Russians are much more fond of checkers and chess. And it is symbolic that tennis acquired a sound in our country together with Yeltsin, who through this decided to integrate Russia into the world community. Otherwise, you will fly somewhere to the US Congress, say thank you to America for killing the Soviet Union & nbsp; (that is, Russia, by the way), and then the American president or congressmen will invite you to play tennis, and you will be disgraced here, and will not accept you into the “world community”. But you really want to be taken to yourself.
Former tennis player Yevgeny Kafelnikov stood up for Medvedev.
Since the deputy claims that Mr. Medvedev is a citizen of France, let him answer for his words and provide the relevant documents. Then we will think. And so his words can be called nothing more than an empty shaking of the air. All the world's leading tennis players live and train in different countries. This is absolutely normal practice. Therefore, such claims from Teryushkov — complete nonsense. It's just stupid to accuse Daniil of some kind of betrayal,— Kafelnikov told RT.
The deputy's statement is discussed in social networks. And I kept wondering when tennis would be declared an agent of foreign influence. And here it is — through the mouth of the newsmaker of recent months, deputy Teryushkov (do not be too lazy to read). That's why on the weekend we celebrated 104 years since the first championship of Moscow on the courts of Belokamennaya, — wrote in her telegram channel Ksenia Solovieva.
Teryushkov did not ignore Kafelnikov himself, as well as Maria Sharapova: both former tennis players condemned the military special operation of the Russian Federation in Ukraine and do not live in Russia. Teryushkov called them “examples of “patriotic education and the formation of civic identity” among patriotic tennis players with a neutral status.”
Earlier, Teryushkov spoke sharply about Russian tennis player Daria Kasatkina, who came out and advised young Russian athletes change citizenship. Teryushkov suggested bringing the girl to criminal liability for such statements. Having publicly admitted her non-traditional sexual orientation, the first racket of Russia Daria Kasatkina called on young athletes to change their citizenship. I see in such appeals the promotion of the transition of our athletes to the national teams of other countries, in fact — crime against the state, — the deputy wrote after the interview with Kasatkina.
Earlier, the Russian tennis player won the tournament in the United States, and her girlfriend, figure skater Natalya Zabiyako, came to support her on the court.