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'It's very nice that we won Wimbledon,' says Russian Tennis Federation after Elena Rybanina win

Wimbledon trolled as president of Russian Tennis Federation boasts 'we won Wimbledon' following Elena Rybakina triumph.
Elena Rybakina in Wimbledon press conference

Wimbledon endured a very difficult moment on Saturday as the president of the Russian Tennis Federation claimed his nation had won the tournament.

Elena Rybakina came from a set down to overcome Ons Jabeur on Centre Court to win her first major, with the atmosphere oddly muted on match point.

Wimbledon took the controversial decision to ban all Russian and Belarusian players from playing this year due to the crisis in Ukraine. It was a decision that brought plenty of backlash, with the ATP and WTA stripping the tournament of its ranking points.

Elena Rybakina represents Kazakhstan, although she was born in Moscow and her parents still live in the Russian capital.

That was a fact not lost on Shamil Tarpishchev, the president of the Russian Tennis Federation, who made a boastful claim after the match.

"It's very nice that we won Wimbledon," Tarpishchev told RIA Novosti.

The heritage of the new champion was a hot topic for the press after the match too, although Elena Rybakina dismissed the questions after the match by saying she has represented Kazakhstan since long before the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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"I've been playing for Kazakhstan for a very, very long time, representing them at the biggest tournaments, at the Olympics, which was a dream come true," she said.

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"I don't know what's going to happen. I mean, there's always some news, but I cannot do anything about this.

"From my side, I can only say that I'm representing Kazakhstan. I didn't choose where I was born. People believed in me.

"Kazakhstan supported me so much. Even today I heard so much support. I saw the flags. So I don't know how to answer these questions."

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