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Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete in U.S. Open

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Players from Russia and Belarus will be allowed to compete in this year’s U.S. Open under a neutral flag

The move comes after the ATP and WTA stripped Wimbledon of ranking points after the tournament banned athletes from the two nations.

Both parties have condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which is being supported by Belarus.

They banned the countries from international team competitions and have issued directives that players from those nations compete under a neutral flag in their other competitions.

But Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky is condemning the U.S. Open’s decision.

The 36-year-old gave up professional tennis earlier this year and has joined Ukraine’s reserve forces in Kyiv.

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Bombshell pro-Russian video emerges from Australian Open

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A bombshell video has emerged of the father of tennis star Novak Djokovic, amplifying the Russian controversy the Australian Open

 
Djokovic’s father was seen posing for pictures with a group of Putin supporters after his son won against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, to qualify for his 10th semi-final.

Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open, but that didn’t stop one fan.

A man was seen holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it and wearing a t-shirt with the pro-war ‘Z’ symbol on it.

Four spectators were questioned by police and evicted from Melbourne Park.

After losing her semi-final, Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka hit back at media when pressed on tennis’ relationship with Russia’s war on Ukraine.

She told reporters incidents like Novak’s father posing with Russian fans have nothing to do with players.

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Sex noises interrupt BBC FA Cup coverage

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The BBC has been forced to apologise to viewers after its live coverage of the FA Cup was interrupted by sex noises.

The moaning you just heard was played as Gary Lineker presented the third-round replay between Wolves and Liverpool.

BBC is now investigating the incident which appears to be an act of sabotage.

Lineker says a mobile phone was found taped to the back of the set and was responsible for the sex noises.

After the incident, the broadcaster said the sound being made in the studio was so loud it was “quite difficult” to carry on.

But he still saw humour in the incident calling it a “good” prank and questioning why the BBC felt the need to apologise in the first place.

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Russian controversy at the Australian Open

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Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open following match controversy

As the Australian Open heats up, organisers have been forced to ban Russian flags from the venue.

It follows the red, white and blue flag being spotted behind fans during a match between a Russian and a Ukrainian.

Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia condemned the act and called on organisers to take action.

Tennis Australia has since made changes to its tournament regulations.

In a statement, the organisers say they will “continue to work with the players and fans to ensure the best possible environment to enjoy the tennis.”

The ban is effective immediately.

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