Elina Svitolina reveals life lesson tennis has taught her, makes promise to Ukraine

Svitolina has been very outspoken in her support for Ukraine.

by Dzevad Mesic
Elina Svitolina reveals life lesson tennis has taught her, makes promise to Ukraine

Elina Svitolina says tennis has taught her that life is a constant adjustment and that being ready for everything that may come your way is the key. Over the last 15 months, Svitolina experienced one of the biggest joys of her life but at the same time has been going through one the most stressful and toughest periods of her life.

In early 2022, Svitolina learned that she was pregnant and she delivered a baby girl Skai in October. Becoming a mother has been one of the biggest joys of 29-year-old Svitolina's life. But there is another side - Svitolina has been feeling very stressed over the last 15 months due to the horrifying situation in Ukraine.

"Constant adjustment. It can be windy, it can be rainy, you might be waiting for six or seven hours. But you have to be ready for anything that comes your way," Svitolina told the WTA website.

Svitolina: I'll keep making sure Ukraine is in the news

Svitolina has been very outspoken in support of Ukraine ever since Russia invaded her home country on February 24th, 2022.

Svitolina, who returned to action in April after being out for 13 months, vows to continue drawing attention to what is happening in Ukraine. "In every possible way, I want to make sure Ukraine is still in the news. Playing tournaments, trying to organize events on the side, connecting with people around the events -- that's really important.

The war continues, so we need to continue helping people," Svitolina said. In February, Svitolina met with Ukrainian President Volodymir Zelenskyi, who awarded the Ukrainian tennis star for her continues efforts to support Ukraine.

"It was a great moment for me. It was a great sign for my motivation, that I'm doing something good for my country and my people. It motivated me even more to do what I'm doing and to try to do even more. It was great to speak to him and to understand his view and how he sees.

He goes to the frontline and sees what is really happening, so to meet him and speak to him was an unbelievable experience," Svitolina reflected. This week, Svitolina suffered a Rome first-round defeat to Lesia Tsurenko.

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