Alexandr Dolgopolov accuses WTA CEO of 'intimidating Ukrainian women'
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Former Ukrainian tennis player Alexandr Dolgopolov is accusing WTA CEO Steve Simon of "intimidating Ukrainian women." On Monday, Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko told Ukrainian media BTU: "He (Simon) told me that he himself does not support the war, but if the players from Russia and Belarus support it, then this is only their own opinion, and the opinion of other people should not upset me." Tsurenko, who was scheduled to play Belarusia's Aryna Sabalenka in the Indian Wells third round, also said she had to withdraw from the match because Simon's comments triggered her a panic attack.
Dolgopolov is urging Simon "to be a man" and now make his comments public. "Steve, instead of intimidating Ukrainian women, be a man and take this to the public. Conversation happened with you on duty, people deserve to know, it’s OK, to support genocide," Dolgopolov tweeted.
Steve Simon, @WTA CEO to @LTsurenko :“I don’t support the war, but it’s OK if ð·ðºð§ð¾ players support it”.
Steve, instead of intimidating Ukrainian women, be a man and take this to the public.
Conversation happened with you on duty,people deserve to know,it’s OK, to support genocide https://t.co/2fcIgmzTwj — Alex Dolgopolov (@TheDolgo) March 13, 2023
Dolgopolov not buying Simon's statement after the Tsurenko comments
The Tsurenko story quickly went viral and the WTA responded by issuing a statement a couple of hours later.
"First and foremost, we acknowledge the emotions Lesia and all of our Ukrainian athletes have and continue to manage during this very difficult period of time. We are witnessing an ongoing horrific war that continues to bring unforeseen circumstances with far reaching consequences that are affecting the world, as well as the global WTA Tour and its members.
The WTA has consistently reflected our full support for Ukraine and strongly condemn the actions that have been brought forth by the Russian Government. With this, a fundamental principle of the WTA remains, which is ensuring that individual athletes may participate in professional tennis events base on merit and without any form of discrimination, and not penalized due to the decisions made by the leadership of their country," the WTA said in their statement to The Tennis Podcast.
But the statement didn't change much in how Dolgopolov was looking at the situation.
1- say some nonsense
2- reply with water, not addressing a single word your CEO was so brave to say.
You won’t fool us, @WTA .
Answer on the subject.
Is supporting the invasion ok for tennis players or not?
What’s the official policy on this subject, people deserve to know!
https://t.co/WEhKsfIWAb — Alex Dolgopolov (@TheDolgo) March 14, 2023