Sunday, September 24

Banning Russian players from tournament makes no sense

The Libema Open, a pro tennis tournament in the Netherlands, had a major announcement Wednesday: Daniil Medvedev, the reigning US Open champion, is coming to play at their grass court event in June.

That’s a big deal for their tournament, which doesn’t usually draw many A-listers. They even tweeted a big graphic of the Russian smashing a backhand, with a press release full of quotes about how he loves the “relaxed atmosphere that Libema Open is known for,” which is often code that appearance fee money was involved. Hey, you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do these days.

Of course, the irony of the timing was too hilarious even for a tennis, a sport so disjointed that it can’t get its story straight on much these days whether it’s vaccines or invasion of sovereign nations.

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