Elena Rybakina. (Photo by Robert Prange/Getty Images)
Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev hailed Elena Rybakina’s victory at Wimbledon on Saturday as a triumph for Russia, describing the player as “our product”.
Moscow-born Rybakina, who beat Ons Jabeur in the final, switched allegiance to Kazakhstan in 2018.
As a result, she avoided the ban imposed by Wimbledon on Russian players this year in the aftermath of the invasion of Ukraine.
“It’s very good! Well done Rybakina! We won the Wimbledon tournament,” Tarpischev told Russian news agency Ria Novosti.
When Rybakina, 23, booked her place in the final after beating former champion Simona Halep, Tarpischev had been equally optimistic.
“It’s good that Elena is playing the Wimbledon final, it’s our product. Of course, it’s good that she wins. We will cheer her on in the final,” said Tarpischev, president of the Russian Federation of Wimbledon. tennis.
Rybakina said she quit the Russian tennis team after Kazakhstan promised better financial and training support.
She is just one of many players to have moved to Kazakhstan in recent years.
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