The Russian-Ukraine conflict issues have often sparked a number of controversies in the entire tennis community. Further, the ban on Russian and Belarussian players has also become a debatable subject for various athletes along with the governing bodies in tennis.
Taking note of all this, recently, Iga Swiatek opened up about how the interests of the players from the war-affected country, are being neglected by the authoritiesThe current world No.1 had further urged the officials to provide more support to Ukrainian players rather than focusing on the drama surrounding the ban imposed on the Russian players. However, there is another WTA superstar, Victoria Azarenka, who has a contradicting opinion on the same.
Speaking about it, the former Australian Open champion recently fired back at Swiatek.The Polish tennis player previously threw some criticism on the Russian star Anastasia Potapova, who walked on the court while wearing the soccer jersey of a Russian club. Further, Iga Swiatek has been quite vocal since the Ukrainian tennis player, Lesia Tsurenko controversially pulled out of a match. Her withdrawal caught the attention of many in the tennis community as it was linked to the WTA CEO, Steve Simon.
According to a report from Ubitennis, he allegedly told her that shouldn’t be upset if some players support the Russian invasion of her country. Taking note of Tsurenko’s withdrawal, Swiatek came forward to support her by saying that she honestly respects all the Ukrainian stars given the adverse phase in their countryThe current world No.1 further believes that the Ukrainian players should be given more attention and support amidst the debates surrounding the ban on Belarusian and Russian players. However, there are some in the tennis community who haven’t been impressed with Swiatek’s latest remarks on the matter.