Marta Kostyuk: Mostly feel hopeless, look at what Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic said



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Marta Kostyuk: Mostly feel hopeless, look at what Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic said

Ukrainian tennis player Marta Kostyuk was disappointed with the WTA decision as she thought the WTA acted like Ukrainian players didn't exist. Last week, the WTA sanctioned Wimbledon by removing ranking points from this year's tournament.

The WTA decision to remove ranking points received mixed reaction, with some being unhappy over Wimbledon being stripped of ranking status. "I would say 80-85% of the players had nothing to do with the (WTA) decision," Kostyuk told in an exclusive interview with Reuters.

"It's so ridiculous I couldn't believe it. None of the players' representatives contacted me. None of them asked about my opinion, what I think. It's like Ukrainian players don't exist. I've been trying to be as vocal as possible but you feel hopeless most of the time about the situation.

I'm still 19. What can I say? It's not easy."

Kostyuk: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal made their position clear

Both Djokovic and Nadal called out for their decision to impose player bans on Russian and Belarusian players, describing their decision as "unfair."

Kostyuk acknowledged that it is difficult to get support from the WTA and ATP when big names such as Djokovic and Nadal call out the Wimbledon decision. Also, Kostyuk suggested that it is not fair that Victoria Azarenka, a Belarusian player, gets to have a voice about certain things in this specific situation.

"I want my fellow players to support and understand the situation and be vocal on some things as well," Kostyuk added. "But I mean, look at what Rafa said, look at what Novak said. How can you get the support from the tour when top three players say these things? Victoria Azarenka is in the players' board, making decisions about points in Wimbledon, where she's not even participating.

And saying that she has no personal interest in making decisions. Just the fact that she's present there on the calls, doing whatever. It's ridiculous."