Her daughter was a tennis player of the century. Martina Hingis won five Grand Slam tournaments and was also number one in the world rankings for 209 weeks. Her mother Melanie Molitor runs a tennis school in Wollerau (Switzerland). Now she caused outrage among the parents with a text message that made the rounds this week. Accordingly, children should stay at home if they are Russian citizens. Molitor (65) urged parents to keep their children away from school.
The “Tagesanzeiger” has the wording of this SMS: “It is an affront for the community, openly lived discrimination, as it increasingly occurs these days against citizens of Russian origin. The full text of the message goes like this: «I don’t even know if you are Russian citizens or citizens of a former Soviet state. But I have to protect our innocent Bambini playgroup from problems caused by Russia’s war. So I ask you, if you are a Russian citizen, to refrain from visiting the Bambini group until the war is over. I’m sorry,” Molitor wrote in the text.
In an interview with the “Tagesanzeiger”, Molitor justified the SMS by saying that she had to protect the children “in the current hysteria against all Russians in sports from any public hostilities”. It later turned out that the affected families did not have Russian passports. Accordingly, the children can continue to train in the said tennis club. The tennis coach herself comes from a country that was oppressed by the Soviet Union. Her father Milan was a freedom fighter who was imprisoned first by the Nazis and later by the Communists.