The Belarusian ex n.1 in the world, competing in Indian Wells, crushed by the emotional weight of the conflict in Ukraine. Without flag and nationality, he bursts into tears against Rybakina and she is eliminated
Victoria Azarenka’s tears are the mirror of a dramatic and emotionally devastating situation in the weeks of horror for the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The tennis player forced to compete without a flag and without nationality in the Indian Wells tournament – as established by the ATP and the WTA for athletes of Russian and Belarusian nationality – suddenly froze while she was serving against the Russian naturalized Kazakh Elena Rybakina and she burst into tears. Lost the first set 6-3, after a double foul on 2-2 Azarenka covered her face with one hand and started to cry. “I’m sorry, I’m so sorry,” she said several times to the judge who came to her aid.
After calming down, the 32-year-old resumed playing but her comeback attempt did not go well with Rybakina winning with a score of 6-3 6-4. At the end of the match, the Belarusian champion, who defended the final reached last year in the Californian 1000, has completely disappeared from the social networks. A choice probably aimed at her personal protection is to delete her Twitter and Instagram accounts where she is active on a daily basis.
Vika exposes herself
Although her country openly supports Putin’s actions, after Sunday’s debut match, Azarenka had bravely chosen to expose herself to spread a message of peace. “One thing that’s missing in the world is mutual compassion, empathy. I hope people start putting it into action because taking care of others is the most important thing. Life is made of this. The foundations of humanity should not be lost in any conflict. Violence is never justified and will never be in my eyes ”, the words of the 32-year-old champion, in perfect harmony with those of the Russian colleague Andrey Rublev, who wrote“ No War Please ”on the Tour cameras a few weeks ago.
March 15, 2022 (change March 15, 2022 | 20:21)
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