Elina Svitolina hits out at WTA and ITF for lack of support for Ukraine

Elina Svitolina says she is grateful to Wimbledon for the stance they took against Russia and admits she thought the WTA and ITF could have done more to support Ukrainian players. In early March, the WTA, ATP and ITF said they did not support Russia’s actions in Ukraine, but allowed Russian players to participate in international events.

Since then, Russian players have been competing as neutrals – not under the Russian name or flag – but that’s not something that makes Ukrainian players too happy. “All Ukrainians, we had round tables with the WTA, the International Tennis Federation, the Grand Slam tournaments, explaining the help we need, but they chose to part ways,” Svitolina told the Telegraph. .

“I was sad to hear they took their stand. But I have a lot of respect and want to thank Wimbledon for making the players feel supported, as well as Ukraine.”

Svitolina: Few Russians reached out

When Russia invaded Ukraine, Ukrainian players initially refused to speak out against Russian players.

When they arrived in Indian Wells and didn’t really get any support from their Russian colleagues, that’s when the tension started. “Tennis players pretty much live outside of Russia, training in Europe and the United States.

It is their decision. A lot of players didn’t even come to ask us how our family was doing. It created tension,” Svitolina explained. After Miami, Svitolina announced an indefinite hiatus from tennis. In May, Svitolina announced that she and husband Gael Monfils were expecting their first child.

Now Svitolina is focusing on her pregnancy and also trying to find ways to help Ukraine through its darkest days. “Our Ukrainian people are dying at home, we have lost our homes, we have lost our training bases, our families are all in danger.

Sport has a big responsibility with a lot of media attention, it helps people understand what is really going on. That’s my mission right now,” Svitolina said.

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