Former world number one, committed to the WTA Players Council, the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka (33) had committed to the American federation (USTA) to participate in the evening “Tennis Plays for Peace Exhibition”intended to show general support for Ukraine.
But the USTA issued a statement on Wednesday morning explaining that, ultimately, she would be absent from the program: “Over the past 24 hours, after carefully considering the elements and talking with all parties involved, (it has been established that) Victoria Azarenka will not be taking part in our Tennis Plays for Peace exhibition tonight. Vika is a strong leader on the circuit and we appreciate her willingness to participate. Given the sensitivities of the Ukrainian players, and the ongoing conflict, we consider that we are making the right decision. »
Marta Kostyuk was back
The player Marta Kostyuk (72nd WTA), in particular, had expressed strong reservations three days ago vis-à-vis her presence and had declined, for this reason, the invitation to participate in the event. Are announced, on the Central bis of Flushing Meadows, the Louis-Armstrong Stadium, for this evening whose all profits will go to a solidarity fund intended for Ukraine, Rafael Nadal, Coco Gauff, Taylor Fritz, Leylah Fernandez, Iga Swiatek, and John McEnroe.