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Elina Svitolina wants statement from tennis authorities as Victoria Azarenka is booed off at Wimbledon after no handshake

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Jul 9, 2023
Elina Svitolina wants statement from tennis authorities as Victoria Azarenka is booed off at Wimbledon after no handshake

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Elina Svitolina believes tennis authorities must clarify Ukrainian athletes’ stance on Russians and Belarusians amid the reception Victoria Azarenka received.

Belarusian Azarenka was booed off No.1 Court by some spectators following the conclusion of the epic match, which saw Svitolina win 2-6 6-4 7-6 (11-9).

Svitolina received a wonderful reception by the crowd

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Svitolina received a wonderful reception by the crowdCredit: Getty
While Azarenka was upset to see some fans boo her off court

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While Azarenka was upset to see some fans boo her off courtCredit: Getty

There was no handshake between the pair after the conclusion of the fourth-round contest, although there was an acknowledgement between Azarenka and Svitolina from a distance.

Ukrainian Svitolina had previously made it clear she would not shake the hands of any athlete from Russia or Belarus amid the invasion of her homeland.

Azarenka was then booed by some in attendance and it’s been suggested it was due to her not offering her hand to her opponent.

When asked about what happened at the end of the match Azarenka insisted whatever she did wouldn’t be well-received.

“What can I say about the crowd? There is nothing to say,” Azarenka said at a press conference.

“She doesn’t want to shake hands with Russian/Belarusian people. I respected her decision.

“What should I have done, stayed and waited? There’s nothing I could’ve done that would’ve been right so I just did what I thought was respectful towards her.

“But this conversation about shaking hands is not a life-changing conversation so if you guys want to keep talking about it, bring it out, make it a big deal, a headline, whatever it is, keep going.

“I thought it was a great tennis match and if people are going to keep focusing only on handshakes or crowds, a quite drunk crowd booing in the end, then that’s a shame.

The players didn't shake hands at the end of the match

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The players didn’t shake hands at the end of the matchCredit: BBC
Azarenka made a gesture with her wrists as she exited while being booed off

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Azarenka made a gesture with her wrists as she exited while being booed offCredit: BBC
Azarenka gave her response to the fans who booed her at the press conference

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Azarenka gave her response to the fans who booed her at the press conferenceCredit: bbc

“That’s what it was at the end of the day, it’s a tennis match. We are here to play a tennis match, no one’s changing lives here. We’re playing tennis, we’re doing our jobs, that’s it.”

Svitolina was booed by spectators when she refused to shake the hand of Belarusian world No.2 Aryna Sabalenka at the French Open and has called on the authorities to educate fans about the situation.

When asked about the reception Azarenka received, Svitolina said: “I got the same in Paris where I played three matches…

“For me personally I think the tennis organisations have to come out with a statement that there will be no handshake between Russian/Belarusian and Ukrainian players.

“I don’t know if it’s unclear for some people, maybe they don’t know what’s happening. I think this is the right way.”

Svitolina believes the authorities need to do more

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Svitolina believes the authorities need to do moreCredit: bbc

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