Marta Kostyuk Reveals What Wta Told Ukrainians About Russian Players

Marta Kostyuk reveals what the WTA told Ukrainians about Russian players


Ukrainian tennis player Marta Kostyuk said the WTA assured Ukrainian players that not a single Russian player supported Russia’s actions in Ukraine, but the Cincinnati controversy suggests otherwise. During a Cincinnati qualifying match between two Russian players, Anna Kalinskaya and Anastasia Potapova, a woman carrying a Ukrainian flag was ejected.

After the incident, the woman said that Kalinskaya and Potapova were upset about the flag and asked the chair umpire to tell her to remove the flag. When she refused to remove the flag, a security guard approached her and told her that she would call the police if she did not leave the stadium.

«I can’t even understand it. More than cynical to post photos with other flags, but to act like this with the Ukrainian flag. We know from the beginning that the support of the tour is not on our side, unfortunately, but this was just something else, unimaginable Kostyuk told Russian Tennis.

«The thing is, the WTA told us, not a single player supports Russia, they are all good. But do we see that the Ukrainian flag activates them in some way? And the players who support the war/Putin activate us Nobody cares about that.» .

All our requests to do something were ignored.»

Kostyuk on the upcoming charity event at the US Open

10 days ago, the US Open announced that a charity event for Ukraine will be held on August 24.

Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz, Iga Swiatek and Cori Gauff are expected to stand out in the exhibition event. Victoria Azarenka, Grand Slam champion from Belarus, is also ready to play. Kostyuk revealed that she also received an invitation, but added that she will not play if any player from «the aggressor countries plays».

«I have an invitation to join, I think, all Ukrainian players have it. No one asked Ukrainian players if they would be okay to see players from Russia/Belarus there. I will not play if players from aggressor countries play.» Kostuk said.

«Nobody asked our opinion on the idea of ​​inviting Russian and Belarusian players. Nobody is interested in that. It is Ukraine’s independence day.» [& also the six-month mark of Russia’s invasion]but what the Ukrainians really think, no one is interested in that too.»



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