Paris, tension at Roland Garros: the Ukrainian Kostyuk does not shake hands with the Belarusian Sabalenka. Boos from the audience

Paris, tension at Roland Garros: the Ukrainian Kostyuk does not shake hands with the Belarusian Sabalenka.  Boos from the audience


The war between Russia and Ukraine again enters the world of sports. This time the episode, another missed handshake, happened in the red clay temple of tennis, at Roland Garros in Paris. At the end of the match between the Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk and the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, the Ukrainian tennis player refused to greet her opponent as a Belarusian in protest against the invasion of Ukraine by Russia flanked by Belarus. Already at the US Open, the Ukrainian had chosen not to greet another Belarusian, Victoria Azarenka, preferring to touch her opponent's racket.

Roland Garros, the Ukrainian Kostyuk does not shake hands with the Belarusian Sabalenka in the 2nd round who comments: "I understand her"


And even today she didn't want to say goodbye to Sabalenka (who won the match 6-3 6-2), unleashing boos from the audience. "It doesn't matter if she hates me," Sabalenka said. "As for the lack of a handshake, I can understand that," she added.

Two episodes of this kind had recently occurred at the Internationals in Rome.

Kalinina: "I can't shake hands with a Russian, her country bombed my family home"

Stephen Semeraro



Anhelina Kalinina had refused to shake hands with her Russian opponent, Veronika Kudermetova. In fact, Shevchenko also approached the net to shake hands with Krutykh, who didn't shake his hand, going straight to shake the referee's hand.



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