According to Elina Svitolina, Ukrainian players are not receiving enough support from the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) in response to the invasion of their country by Russia. Speaking in support of fellow Ukrainian athlete Lesia Tsurenko, who withdrew from the Indian Wells tournament due to a panic attack brought on by a conversation with WTA chief executive Steve Simon, Svitolina criticized the governing body for failing to provide sufficient aid. She noted that many people do not fully comprehend the severity of the situation, and that the current neglect is adding to the fear and despair that Ukrainian players are experiencing. Svitolina also expressed her disappointment with the WTA, stating that they had failed to take necessary actions regarding several issues, including the Russian invasion. However, despite this lack of support, she remains optimistic about the future and focused on her job as a player, indicating that any decision regarding the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in future competitions is up to the relevant authorities.
Ukrainian tennis player criticizes WTA for taking a pro-Russia stance
- 6 May 2023
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