Svitolina tired of a same question: "It's frustrating that people don't understand"

The Ukrainian tennis player clashed against Kalinskaya in Rome: a reason to further explain her thoughts on the failure to shake hands with Russian tennis players

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Svitolina tired of a same question: "It's frustrating that people don't understand"
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The Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina had the opportunity to face another Russian tennis player: Anna Kalinskaya, at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia. Elina, at the press conference, explained once again why she does not want to shake hands with her Russian or Belarusian opponents. Obviously the reason depends on the ongoing Russian invasion in Svitolina's home country. After the victory over the Russian Kalinskaya, the Ukrainian tennis player greeted and thanked the Italian crowd, then clarifying the reason for her cold attitude towards her opponent.

Elina Svitolina
Elina Svitolina© Mike Hewitt / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

"It's very sad and frustrating to me that people don't understand this. It's an obvious thing not to shake hands when I have so many friends on the front lines fighting for Ukraine. Can you imagine them watching me compete and seeing me shaking hands? hand as if nothing had happened? People need to understand that sometimes you can't separate politics from sport. They represent their country and I represent mine to the world. In this sense my position must be clear," she told.

Svitolina's words echo what she had previously said in an interview with the Daily Mail a few months ago. Her thoughts are always the same. "Every time I play I think of those who fight, on the pitch I feel like a soldier, it's my war," she said.
A situation destined to last until the peace that everyone hopes for is achieved.

Elina Svitolina
Elina Svitolina© Mike Hewitt / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

The frost on the WTA Tour between Ukrainian and Russian tennis players, the result of the terrible war situation between the two states, has not yet found a solution. For two years now, since the invasion of Ukraine by Putin's Russia, the matches between the athletes of these countries have ended without the usual ritual greeting, demonstrating the fact that sport and politics cannot be separated. Among the players of this tension there is certainly Svitolina, who from the first moment condemned the Russian invasion and underlined how the problem cannot be ignored by the Tour.

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