Russian tennis players quiet about anti-gay legislation

USA Today
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August 30, 2013
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NEW YORK — Russia's recent antigay legislation has caused an international backlash with talk of boycotting everything from vodka to next year's Sochi Winter Olympics.

But in some corners, it appears to have attracted little attention.

Six Russian players interviewed at the U.S. Open the last two days either said they were uninformed or they were tight-lipped about the "propaganda" legislation.

"I have my own opinion about this but I don't know if I should comment," Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova said following her first round win on Monday.

WTA Player Council member Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the USA said she'd heard no chatter among players in the locker room about it.