Belarusian tennis player Arina Sobolenko acknowledged that there ‘great tension’ between tennis players over Russian invasion of Ukraine and argued that BTA you are doing your best to deal with this situation.
Sobolenkowho reached the final this Friday Indian Wellsasked at a press conference about how relations between Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian tennis players and if the WTA has done a good job in that regard.
It was also mentioned that the same issue is the withdrawal of Ukraine Lesya Tsurenkonot jumping onto the court against Sobolenko in the third round and subsequently securing suffered a panic attack.
Victim of crisis of panic and loss for son 3rd round against Belarus A. Sobalenko, in Indian Wells, in Ukraine Lesia Tsurenko vit très mal une Discussion qu’elle avait eue, Avec Steve Simon, WTA patron, à propos de la guerre in Ukraine https://t.co/pg4e2KwnSY pic.twitter.com/xPek3i7omE
— L’EQUIP (@lequipe) March 17, 2023
“No one can control the emotions of others. I think the WTA is doing everything they can to control this,” said the number two tennis player in the world.
Yes, of course, there is a lot of tension between us. I mean, I still have the conviction that I did nothing wrong to the Ukrainians. Neither I, nor the Russian athletes, nor the Belarusian athletes, none of us did something wrong. Some of us even help. Not publicly, so to speak.
The Belarusian said that she also passed unpleasant situations relative to this voltage in the circuit.
On the other side, Sobolenko hinted that, in addition to the panic attack and the “political situation” in Ukraine, Tsurenko’s decision may be related to his coach.
“I think there is something else. I had a very difficult situation with his coach and the way he behaved towards me. I think so this man puts a lot of pressure on her“, he thought.
None of us have power in this situation. We all try to keep the dressing room as calm as possible and we understand that this is not our fault and that we all understand the Ukrainians and are very worried about them. That’s all. I think I talked a lot.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has crept into the talk these days about Indian Wellswhere several tennis players spoke about the war and its aftermath in front of media microphones.
For example, Tsurenko explained about his departure, on the portal Big tennis of Ukrainewho had panic attack after talking to WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon.
Lesya Tsurenko: “I spoke with WTA CEO Steve Simon and was shocked by what I heard. He said that he does not support the war, but if the players from Russia and Belarus support it, the opinion of others should not upset me. But he noticed that if he were in my place, he would feel terrible. pic.twitter.com/ZkOf8sDDx4
— Tennis Letter (@TheTennisLetter) March 13, 2023
“I was completely shocked by what I heard from him. He told me that he does not support the war, but if the players from Russia and Belarus support it, then this is only his personal opinion. and someone else’s opinion should not worry me, ”the tennis player explained.
In an interview with BBC this friday, simon confirmed that the WTA’s “solidarity” is “at the highest level”. with all Ukrainians.
We continue to talk (with Russian and Belarusian players) to make sure they understand the delicacy here and compete as neutrals. What is happening in Ukraine deserves condemnation. There is no way you can support this or what the Russian government is doing.
A very audible voice on the track is Polish Iga Swiateknumber one in the world and publicly supported Tsurenko.
I completely understand why she refused, because honestly I have a lot of respect for the women of Ukraine, and because if a bomb falls on my country and my house is vandalized, I don’t know if I can handle it, play and compete in WTA.
Christmas timewho called on the tennis world to support Ukrainian tennis players more, also defended this Athletes must “set a good example” and implicitly criticized the Russian Anastasia Potapovaworn in Indian Wells T-shirt Spartak Moscow. football before one of their matches.
Also in the men’s competition, the war was discussed through Russian. Daniil Medvedevthe best player so far with 18 consecutive wins and three consecutive tournament victories (Rotterdam, Doha and Dubai).
Yes, this is a difficult question. First of all, I definitely feel sorry for all the Ukrainian players and what they are going through.. As for the “top” players, then, of course, we have responsibility and depends on what each person or individual does with This. I’ve always said the same thing: I’m for world peace, and honestly, that’s all I can say,” he said.
(According to information from EFE)
Source: Aristegui Noticias
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