Former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus expressed her sadness over the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine in a social media post, as her country is an ally of the war’s initiator.
A day after Russian and Belarusian players were expelled from International Tennis Federation team competitions and restricted from playing under their country’s flag at tournaments, the two-time Grand Slam champion Azarenka voices her sympathy with Ukrainian people:
I am devastated by the actions that have taken place over the last several days against and in Ukraine. It’s heartbreaking to see how many innocent people have been affected and continue to be affected by such violence. Since my early childhood, I have always seen and experienced Ukrainian and Belarusian people, as well as both nations, friendly and supportive of one another. It is hard to witness the violent separation that is currently taking place instead of supporting and finding compassion for each other. My heart is with everyone directly and indirectly impacted by this war that is causing such pain and suffering for so many. I hope and wish for peace and an end to the war.
Top-ranked Belarusian WTA player Aryna Sabalenka, currently positioned third in the world, has still not released a statement on this matter.