Russian tennis player banned from tennis club in Paris after verbal fight with police officer

Russian teenager banned from tennis for nine months following anti-doping breach was involved in an abusive verbal fight with a police officer

An unnamed Russian woman was denied membership of a prestigious tennis club in Paris last night after admitting she had been involved in an abusive verbal fight with a police officer.

Yulia Skripnik, 22, was banned for nine months from playing in or attending any tennis club in France after failing a three-month drug test.

She appeared to suffer a severe allergic reaction to the second night of the punishment – which was said to have been prompted by an earlier incident in which she had been asked to leave a restaurant – and was treated by ambulance personnel before being taken to a clinic.

An unidentified police officer was forced to take the teenager to hospital. The unnamed man also received treatment.

The first incident occurred at the end of March this year, when Skripnik, who has been studying at a top tennis academy in Paris, was banned from attending the École du Real Club in the French city.

The news, which was first reported by French sports daily l’Equipe, sparked outrage on social media.

The French tennis federation suspended the teenager for three months, while the Kremlin said they wanted to punish her for not reporting the incident immediately.

Doping cases at the highest level of tennis, which Skripnik was thought to be interested in, were also discussed.

The 22-year-old was believed to have been given the banned substance hGH, by the Russian tennis federation, following the first incident.

Speaking after her ban was confirmed by the French tennis federation, Skripnik said: “I am furious and disappointed. I am not the one that provoked the quarrel but I feel like I did something terrible to the police officer. He was a very nice man.”

Her father, a tennis coach, has since said her expulsion has made his family deeply upset.


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