Western & Southern Open fan asked to remove Ukrainian flag during Russian tennis match

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A woman was asked to remove a Ukrainian flag she was wearing Sunday at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament due to its size, according to tournament officials.

Video surfaced on Twitter Sunday of an interaction between an audience member and a chair umpire during a qualifying match at the annual tennis tournament in Mason.

Russian players Anna Kalinskaya and Anastasia Potapova were competing when one reportedly approached the umpire.

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In a video posted to Twitter, the umpire then starts speaking to the audience member wearing the flag around her shoulders.

The woman was asked to remove the flag from the grounds, according to a Western & Southern Open spokesman. She was then allowed to return to the tournament.

A woman was asked to remove a Ukrainian flag she was wearing Sunday at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament due to its size, according to tournament officials.
A woman was asked to remove a Ukrainian flag she was wearing Sunday at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament due to its size, according to tournament officials.

The spokesman said per the Western & Southern Open's bag policy, as stated on the tournament's website, flags or banners larger than 18 inches by 18 inches are prohibited.

The spokesman said any inquiries regarding the players or chair umpire should be directed to the WTA Tour. Tour officials did not respond to The Enquirer's request for comment.

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