Anastasia Potapova reacts to Elina Svitolina refusing to play Russian players

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Anastasia Potapova reacts to Elina Svitolina refusing to play Russian players

Russian tennis player Anastasia Potapova admits she doesn't know much about politics but acknowledged that she is against 'grief, tears and wars." On Monday, Ukrainian tennis star Elina Svitolina announced she will not play any Russian or Belarusian tennis player until the WTA meets some demands.

Potapova and Svitolina were drawn to face each in the Monterrey first round. "As a rule, even in childhood, we choose our own path of development. Even when I was a kid I dreamed of playing tennis without choosing a match, a country or a partner in the game.

It is difficult to explain to people from politics that for me there is no opponent from any country. "I am fighting for victory, my best game, for my result," Potapova wrote in a message posted on her Instagram Story.

"Unfortunately, now we, professional athletes, are essentially becoming hostages of the current situation. Playing and professional sports is our choice and our dream, to which we go daily, practicing, and constantly trying to be better in our results.

"I'm sorry, but even though I'm a stranger to the politics, I'm against grief, tears and war. "The world unites us all, and everyone should remain human in it. And children should continue to dream."

Svitolina wants action but has nothing against Potapova

"Dear all," Svitolina wrote in a statement posted on her Twitter account. "I believe the current situation requires a clear position from our organizations: ATP, WTA and ITF.

As such, we - Ukrainian players - requested to ATP, WTA and ITF to follow the recommendations of the IOC to accept Russian or Belarusian nationals only as neutral athletes, without displaying any national symbols, colours, flags or anthems," Svitolina wrote in a message posted on her social media.

"Accordingly, I want to announce that I will not play tommorow in Monterrey, nor any other match against Russian or Belarusian tennis players until our organizations take this necessary decision. "I do not blame any of the Russian athletes.

They are not responsible for the invasion of our motherland. Moreover, I wish to pay tribute to all the players, especailly Russians and Belarusians, who bravely stated their position against the war. Their support is essential."