Victoria Azarenka, during the second set of the match in Indian Wells that saw her against Elena Rybakina, suddenly burst into tears. After losing the first set 6-3, the Belarusian tennis player froze while she was serving at 2-2 in the second set.
Vika tried to serve again but she couldn't. She put a hand on her face and squatted down and burst into tears. To the chair umpire who asked her if she needed help, she said: "I'm sorry, I'm so sorry."
After a few minutes of pause, Azarenka resumed playing, but inevitably losing the match. Many think that Belarus has collapsed due to the events of the war between Russia and Ukraine, where her country is an open ally of Putin and Russia.
Emotions and commotion flowed through the tennis player, who received the applause of the crowd.
Azarenka in tears at Indian Wells: she disappears from social media
At Indian Wells the tennis player competed without nationality after the decision of the ATP and WTA to allow Russian and Belarusian tennis players to compete in individual tournaments without representing their country.
Azarenka, in a press conference after the match said: "One thing that's missing in the world is mutual compassion, empathy. It's something I feel I can offer. I hope others start implementing it because we are all human beings.
most importantly, take care of each one. This is what life is about. I know it is wishful thinking sometimes, but I think the foundation of humanity should not be lost in any conflict. Violence is never justified anyway , it will never be in my eyes.
I hope we can grow more to prevent situations and conflicts from happening in the world." After the match, the Belarusian tennis player's Instagram and Twitter profiles were deactivated: the decision to disappear from social networks right after the tears.
We recall that before starting the BNP Paribas Open, Victoria Azarenka said she was annihilated by grief for the victims of the war in Ukraine.