Marta Kostyuk, a Ukraine player, refused to shake hands with Anastasia Potapova after losing to the Russian at the Miami Open. Kostyuk has been voicing her disapproval of Russian and Belarusian players being allowed to continue to play on the WTA Tour and has also refused to shake hands with Russia’s Varvara Gracheva and the Belarusian player Victoria Azarenka. Potapova was warned by the WTA after wearing a Spartak Moscow shirt at Indian Wells earlier this month. Kostyuk claims that Ukrainian players have yet to hear from the WTA after requesting the chance to discuss their concerns. The head of the WTA, Steve Simon, told the BBC at Indian Wells that the organisation is doing all that it can to support Ukrainian players during the invasion of their country. However, the Ukrainian players are still waiting for a meeting with the board to express their grievances with Russian and Belarusian players playing on the Tour. The Lawn Tennis Association and All England Club are currently considering whether to allow players from these two countries to play at this summer’s grass events in the United Kingdom. Last year, Russian and Belarusian players were banned from Wimbledon which resulted in the stripping of ranking points from the tournament and a fine.
Refusal to Shake Hands After Defeat: Ukrainian Tennis Star vs Russian Opponent
- 7 May 2023
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