Svitolina shares a beautiful message to her fellow Ukrainians in difficulty

The former No.3 player talks about her feelings, during a long interview with Forbers

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Svitolina shares a beautiful message to her fellow Ukrainians in difficulty
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The former world No.3 Elina Svitolina recently gave a long interview with Forbes, in which she left a message to her fellow Ukrainians in difficulty. The country is faced with an exhausting war following the Russian invasion.

Svitolina was one of the tennis players most affected by the conflict. The Ukrainian tennis player has always been very explicit about this sad situation, refusing on several occasions to shake hands with her Russian or Belarusian opponents, which has obviously created a lot of controversy.

"I feel like I have a mission right now in many different ways. A lot of Ukrainians message me on Instagram and contact me when I'm in Ukraine. It's very beautiful. They tell me: I watch your games. These are difficult days for them, with 80 or 90 missile attacks, but they find time to watch my games.

It's an incredible feeling," she said. "Whenever I find myself in a difficult situation, I try to remember what my friends and family in Ukraine are going through, the horrible situations they are facing. I have to be grateful for the moments I have now, playing big tournaments in front of so many people.

As Billie Jean King says, pressure is a privilege. That's how I take it," explained the 29-year-old.

Elina Svitolina is on a mission

Svitolina, as told in the Interview, feels a great responsibility towards her people. "No one really tells you how to behave, how to continue living your life.

In the first months, people didn't know where to live, where to stay. Our city is known as the city of humor. It was very sad to see how people go through their day. It was a complete blackout. I know that every game I feel like it's my fight, not only to bring happiness and headlines, but also to continually remind people that we still need help for kids and schools," she told.