Russian tennis player Gracheva explained her desire to play for France
Tennis player Gracheva said that she began to apply for French citizenship before the SVO
MOSCOW, 29 Mar – Russian tennis player Varvara Gracheva expressed her readiness to represent France in sports competitions.
Earlier it became known that the 22-year-old tennis player completed the filing of documents for changing sports citizenship. Also, Gracheva has already passed language tests – one of the necessary conditions for obtaining French citizenship. Gracheva has been training at the tennis center in Cannes since 2016.
“But the decision is not up to me, there are other people who will decide my future. We have completed all the paperwork this month. I am doing well and my main job is to play tennis. I will be happy to represent, perhaps both (countries ),” added the tennis player.
It is also noted that Gracheva can start speaking for France at Roland Garros, which will be held from May 28 to June 11. She is ranked 54th by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). This season, Gracheva reached the final of the WTA tournament for the first time in her career – in Austin she lost to Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk. On Tuesday, the Russian lost to Czech Petra Kvitova in the fourth round of the WTA 1000 tournament in Miami.
Currently, Russian and Belarusian tennis players are allowed to participate in the tournaments of the Association of Tennis Professionals and the WTA in a neutral status in all countries except the UK.