Kalinina didn’t appear to have any ribbon on her outfit at the start of the match. Wimbledon have made a number of changes to this year’s tournament following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with the main point being that Russian and Belarusian players have been banned.
The decision was made back in April with Wimbledon being the only Grand Slam so far to take a stance against Vladimir Putin. But Wimbledon officials were not supported in their decision by the ATP and WTA, who responded by stripping the tournament of any ranking points.
The sport’s governing bodies felt it “undermined” the integrity of the tour, but the All England Club stuck to their guns.