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Elina Svitolina says she will not play Russians as Ukrainian gamers search motion | Tennis Information

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PARIS: The highest-ranked Ukranian girl tennis participant Elina Svitolina on Monday mentioned she would refuse to play Russian and Belarusian tennis gamers in tournaments.
She additionally criticised the governing our bodies of tennis, shortly after two of her compatriots aimed a swing on the WTA once they criticised the organisation for not taking a place on the Russian invasion of their nation.
Svitolina, ranked fifteenth on the earth, is the highest seed within the WTA match in Monterrey the place she is drawn to play Russian Anastasia Potapova in her first match. Two different Russians, Kamilla Rakhimova and Anna Kalinskaya, are additionally within the draw.
“I need to announce that I cannot play in Monterrey, nor some other match, in opposition to Russian or Belarusian tennis gamers till our organizations take the mandatory actions,” Svitolina wrote on Twitter.
“I don’t blame Russian athletes,” she wrote. “I want to pay tribute to all gamers, particularly Russians and Belarusians, who bravely acknowledged their place in opposition to the conflict. Their help is crucial.”

However, she wrote, the governing our bodies of males’s (ATP), ladies’s and worldwide (ITF) tennis wanted to behave.
“I consider the present state of affairs requires a transparent place from our organizations: ATP, WTA and ITF,” she mentioned.
Svitolina was echoing two different Ukrainians, Marta Kostyuk, ranked 54th on the earth, and Lesia Tsurenko, a former top-25 participant now ranked 127, who each posted a letter on social media expressing “our nice shock and dissatisfaction with the shortage of any response with the state of affairs in our Motherland”.
“It’s particularly unusual that in prior instances of social justice and sexual harassment the response of the WTA was immediate, applicable and daring,” they wrote.
“We demand that WTA instantly condemn the Russian authorities, pull all tournaments out of Russia and method the ITF to do the identical.”
They urged the WTA to “observe the steering of the IOC”, which has known as for a sporting ban on Russia.
However Kostyuk and Tsurenko stopped wanting calling for a ban on Russian gamers.
“We totally help our colleagues from Russia and any Russian-speaking tennis participant as we perceive the unprovoked assaults occurred with out their data and participation.”
“Cease the Warfare. Cease Russian aggression. Convey Peace to our properties. Be HUMAN,” they concluded.

The WTA did on Monday tweet a video of Ukrainian sisters Dayana and Ivanna Yastremska taking the courtroom for a doubles match in Lyon.
“Sending love again house,” mentioned the WTA caption.
The pair misplaced 6-2, 6-4 to Spaniard Georgina Garcia-Perez and Xenia Knoll of Switzerland.
Dayana mentioned her household had wanted to shelter from bombs underground final week, earlier than her and her 15-year-old sister launched into a tiring journey to France, leaving their mother and father behind in Ukraine.
“We had been woken up by bombs,” the 21-year-old, who mentioned she went three nights with out sleep, advised a press convention. “We did not realise or perceive what was occurring… It was loopy…
“My father advised me ‘I do not understand how every little thing will finish, however you must deal with one another. It’s important to construct your new life’.”
Yastremska mentioned they travelled away from Odessa by automotive, earlier than finally crossing the Danube by boat to achieve Romania.
On Sunday, the Ukrainian tennis federation wrote to the European Tennis Federation and the Worldwide Tennis Federation demanding they expel Russia and Belarus.

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