Elina Svitolina proudly HAILS young Ukrainian kids who didn’t give up on their ‘tennis’ dream despite a full-scale war
Svitolina comments on young Ukrainian athletes in testing war times.
Svitolina on her Instagram story wrote in length about kids not giving up playing their tennis and not stopping to dream even in such a full-scale war. It is an inspiring model for the rest of the world and certainly a way for the people of Ukraine to attain some happiness during such gloomy times.
The Olympic medallist praised fellow Ukrainian athletes to continue playing on the tour and showing their passion for their sport. She also gave a special mention to one such athlete Semen Aginsky and applauded his efforts in such times. Her Instagram story read, “Stories of young tennis players who have been living in full-scale war for more than a year…But the most important thing is that they don’t stop and continue their way in tennis,” Svitolina wrote on Instagram.”
Last year the former world no. 3 had confidently said that she would want the sport to be the healer for the war-affected countries. She would want tennis to play a major role in doing the needful. Semen Aginsky and other young stars have certainly proved their idol’s words right.
Elina Svitolina refuses the customary post-match handshake in Madrid
In her recent loss in Madrid, Elina Svitolina refused to shake hands with Russian tennis star Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Sasnovich beat the Ukrainian 6-4 7-5 in their first-round meeting at the Mutua Madrid Open. Many Russian and Belarusian matches show us that players avoid shaking hands with each other. This is due to the ongoing tensions between the two countries.
Svitolina’s return to the court after becoming a mother hasn’t been the most impressive one. The Olympic medalist will certainly want to improve in the coming week as she takes part in the L’Open 35 de Saint Malo in France. Her first-round match-up is versus Greek player Despina Papamichail.
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