Ukrainian star Elina Svitolina admits tennis in her home country has been “set back 10 years” due to Russia’s war after clubs were destroyed by missiles… but says the sport has helped lift spirits Of the youngs
- Elina Svitolina has spoken about the role that tennis is playing in her country Ukraine
- The 28-year-old said the sport has been helping to lift spirits amid the war.
- He also talked about the relationship between the players from Ukraine and Russia.
Elina Svitolina of Ukraine has spoken movingly about the role tennis is playing in lifting spirits in her troubled country.
Svitolina will feel the support at home when she takes on Venus Williams on Monday, having returned to kyiv in February for children’s tennis camps.
“Tennis in Ukraine is 10 years behind,” said the 28-year-old. Many clubs have been destroyed by missiles and I can’t imagine when it will return to normal.
‘Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukrainian male tennis player) and I did a clinic for children again and many of them enjoyed it.
“It was like a spark of magic for them to play with us because things were so intense with the war.
Svitolina has spoken about the positive impact tennis has had in her home country of Ukraine.
He also spoke about the relationship between Ukrainian players and those from Russia and Belarus.
“With my tennis foundation, I have tried to give them a life where they can continue to dream and practice.”
Svitolina was a Wimbledon semifinalist in 2019 but missed out last year because she was pregnant.
She reached the quarterfinals on her Grand Slam return in Paris, but was booed by fans after she refused to shake hands with her Belarusian opponent, Aryna Sabalenka.
On the relationship between the Ukrainian players and those from Russia and Belarus, he said: ‘We are more distanced from each other. That’s a really obvious thing.