In an interview to Eurosport the two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova recalled when she met Lionel Messi prior to the match between Barcelona and Espanyol earlier this year in March. The Russian said: "To say the truth we have not really spoken.
I was asked who my favorite football is. I said I like Neymar. And he told me to go play with him! I just took a picture with him. Many people were waiting for him. I did not understand if he knows me or not. It did not matter. That photo was just for Instagram."
On her difficulties in getting VISA to go to the United States in late July, Kuznetsova said: "I gave my passport -- well, it's not a secret. Everybody, like in Russia, many players have, like, two passports. Like this you can swing them, like, I went to play tournaments and I gave my passport to embassy of America.
I went myself. It's embassy and Canadian first year that you have to go personally, and British, and do the fingerprints, picture, whatever. So I stood the line in February. It was really cold. They ask me couple questions. So I said, Yeah, I'm professional player.
I know, what you can see everything, the tournaments. I think it's really transparent. Like, you can have questions to me. He ask how I earn money or something like this. I never paid any attention. I said whatever it was. And then passes two, three, four months.
I'm, like, What's going on? Each mail I sent to embassy, they were saying the case is under review. Then it was closer and closer and closer. Then I write again, and then, I don't know, it was no answer."