Svetlana Kuznetsova says Czechs ‘are against Russian people’

The Russian tennis player’s reaction came after Petra Kvitová opposed Russian and Belarusian athletes at the Olympics. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 12.04.2023 11:09:00 (updated on 12.04.2023) Reading time: 1 minute

Russian former tennis player Svetlana Kuznetsova spoke out against Czech Petra Kvitová, who opposed the participation of Russian and Belarusian tennis players at the Olympics.

Kuznetsova, who retired three years ago, said it was “clear Czechs are against the Russian people.” She added that, while there was “propaganda and Russophobia all over the world,” athletes should not get involved in such matters, given that they “have to play tennis” after all, according to

Earlier this month, Czech tennis star Petra Kvitová defeated reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina to win the Miami Open. The victory gave Kvitová her first title of the season, 30th career title, and ninth career title at a WTA 1000 tournament.

Kvitová was vocal about her stance against the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in international competitions, saying they “shouldn't even compete in the Olympics.”

The Czech tennis player said she was “more on the Ukrainian side on this,” adding “I feel like the Olympics are here because we don't want war in the world. So that worries me. And I really appreciated when Wimbledon didn't invite them last year."

The International Olympic Committee has recommended that international sports federations allow the return of neutral Russian and Belarusian athletes to competitions, but Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala and cabinet have expressed their opposition.

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