the ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolin stated that he will give up competing in the Monterey Openinstead of facing a Russian rival in the mexican tournamentunless the governing bodies of tennis follow the guidelines of the International Olympic Committee and insist that the athletes of Russia and Belarus play as “neutral athletes”.
Svitolinfirst seeded in Montereyhe wrote on Monday in Twitter that he did not intend to play in the first round against Anastasia Potapova “or in any other match against Russian or Belarusian players until the women’s tour of the WTAthe male circuit of the ATP and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) comply with the recommendations of the IOC“and prohibit competitors from those countries from using the national symbols, colours, anthems or flags.
The invasion of Russia on Ukraine entered its fifth day. “I do not blame any Russian athlete,” he wrote. Svitolin. “They are not responsible for the investment of our mother country.” Svitolin27, has twice reached the semi-finals in tournaments Grand Slam.
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He has also won 16 titles on the tour of the WTA, came to have a top ranking of number three and is currently ranked 15th. Another Ukrainian tennis player, Lesia Tsurenkowrote on Twitter that she and others “want to express our great surprise and anger at the lack of response regarding the situation in our motherland.”
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Tsurenko, 32, who reached the quarterfinals of the US Open in 2018, he asked the WTA immediately condemn the Russian government. The WTA, ATP and ITF They did not immediately respond to inquiries from The Associated Press.