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The Belarusian claims against the background of the ongoing war in Ukraine: "It was really difficult for me, I have never encountered such hatred in the dressing room"

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Arina Savalanka, who lost at the weekend in the final of the Indian Wells tournament to Lelena Rybakina and is now preparing for the Miami tournament, says that she faces displays of hatred from other tennis players because she is Belarusian.

Belarus is an ally of Russia and allows it to attack Ukraine from its territory.

Savalanka and other tennis players from Belarus have never voiced an opinion against Russia's violent invasion of Ukraine, nor have they expressed solidarity with Ukrainian tennis players.

But the Australian champion from a few months ago nevertheless finds it difficult to understand the negative feelings towards her.

"It was really hard for me because I have never encountered such hatred in the locker room," Sabalenka said regarding the recent period.

She also talked about conflicts she had with team members of female tennis players from Ukraine and added: "There are a lot of haters on Instagram and the networks, but in the dressing room? I've never seen anything like that. It's hard for me to understand why so many people hate me for no reason. I didn't do anything."

"I did not do anything".

Savalanka (Photo: Reuters)

Earlier in the tournament, Ukrainian tennis player Lesia Tsurenko withdrew before a match against Savalanka.

She said that she experienced an anxiety attack after playing with the WTA CEO, Steve Simon, regarding the association's response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Recently, the Polish Iga Shabiontek expressed very broad support for the Ukrainian female tennis players and claimed that the heads of world tennis are not helping them enough in the current period.

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Source: walla

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