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Elina Svitolina: Ukrainian tennis star boycotts WTA event and asks ATP, WTA and ITF tennis bodies to take a firm stance |  Tennis News


“Ukrainian players have asked the ATP, WTA and ITF to follow IOC recommendations to accept Russian or Belarusian nationals only as neutral athletes, without national symbols, colors, flags or anthems . I want to announce that I will not be playing in Monterrey” – Elina Svitolina

Last update: 02/28/22 7:47 p.m.

Ukrainian Elina Svitolina has withdrawn from a WTA event where she was to face Russian Anastasia Potapova

Ukrainian tennis star Elina Svitolina has pulled out of a WTA Tour event and urged the ATP, WTA and ITF tennis organizations to follow the IOC’s recommendation to accept Russian or Belarusian nationals only as athletes neutral.

Svitolina was scheduled to play Russian Anastasia Potapova in a WTA Tour event in Monterrey, Mexico on Tuesday, followed by one of the biggest tournaments in the United States in Indian Wells from March 9, but confirmed on Monday that she had withdrawn from the first.

The 2019 Wimbledon and US Open semi-finalist spoke on social media: “I think the current situation requires a clear position from our organisations: ATP, WTA and ITF.

“As such, we – Ukrainian players – have asked the ATP, WTA and ITF to follow the ICO recommendations to accept Russian or Belarusian nationals only as neutral athletes, without displaying national symbols, colors, flags or anthems.

Elina Svitolina: Ukrainian tennis star boycotts WTA event and asks ATP, WTA and ITF tennis bodies to take a firm stance |  Tennis News

Svitolina called on the ATP, WTA and ITF tennis organizations to take a tough stance

“As a result, I want to announce that I will not be playing tomorrow in Monterrey, or any other match against Russian or Belarusian tennis players until our organizations make this necessary decision.

“I don’t blame any of the Russian athletes. They are not responsible for invading our homeland.

“Furthermore, I want to pay tribute to all the players, especially Russians and Belarusians, who have courageously asserted their position against the war. Their support is essential.”

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“It’s a terrible nightmare”

Svitolina had previously said his people were living a “terrible nightmare” and called on the sports world to do all they could to help.

The world number 15 made an emotional post on Instagram after Russia attacked her homeland on Thursday, saying her heart was bleeding after watching the events unfold back home.

And talk with Sky Sports Newsthe 27-year-old, married to French tennis star Gael Monfils, has called for an end to the war.

“I am shocked by this terrible nightmare,” Svitolina said in an exclusive interview. “I really pray every minute for my family, for my friends, for all the people of Ukraine and all over the world for security, for peace.

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Ukraine’s number one tennis player and world number 15 Svitolina has previously said that she prays for her people and that the situation in Ukraine is a terrible nightmare.

Ukraine’s number one tennis player and world number 15 Svitolina has previously said that she prays for her people and that the situation in Ukraine is a terrible nightmare.

“Given what people are going through in Ukraine and what my family is going through being in Ukraine and with my friends, I try to keep in touch with them to see what’s going on there.

“I’m very safe with them so. To be honest with you, I only think about them and for me it’s a very stressful time because I can’t do anything. I can’t really help them. I wish I could help them “It’s extremely hard mentally for me. I can’t imagine what they are going through. I just pray.

“It’s a horrible situation for Ukrainians, what they have to go through without sleepless nights, without food or electricity, it’s horrible. For me, it’s heartbreaking to hear that.

“War is something we have to stop and it is something better than anything else. What is happening is very hard for me to imagine.”




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