The commitment of Marta Kostyuk to continue denouncing the horrors of the Russian-Ukrainian war continues to be very strong. Kostyuk said she is a spokesperson for her country: “I don’t know how to feel about this, to be a spokesperson.
Actually, this role suits me. I represent my country much more than before. When I do something, I don’t just do it for myself, there is an entire country that follows me and supports me. When you know this, you approach things differently.”
Kostyuk who, however, tries at the same time to look ahead and to better face the situation she is experiencing, not feeling any feelings of revenge towards anyone, especially after the issue with Victoria Azarenka at the US Open: “I have no personal revenges against anyone, I have not criticized anyone’s personality.
Viktoria Azarenka is a great competitor and this is an aspect that cannot be canceled, the war cannot cancel it. I will continue to greet other players with my racket: it is the right thing to do, because there are millions and millions of people fighting and dying every moment.
I can’t give high five to people who haven’t shown me support, even in private, beyond the public sphere. I’m looking to enjoy my career, even playing against Vika. I am now much more aware of everything around me, that there is much more to it than tennis.
I like being able to play and be healthy, without injuries, enjoying the privileged environment of tennis. I played the second round of the US Open and told myself to enjoy it, that not many people go that far.”
What was the problem betwee Kostyuk and Azarenka
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine unfortunately continues unabated, as well as the controversy surrounding the war.
Among the protagonists belonging to the world of tennis is Marta Kostyuk, who recently had a dispute with the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, who took part in a fundraiser carried out shortly before the start of the US Open.
Kostyuk said: “Imagine there is a fundraiser for Jews during World War II and a German player wants to sign up. Mind you, during the war, not 70 years later. I don’t think Jews can understand that.” The young tennis player originally from Kiev expected a different attitude from the other players, who, according to her, would have slipped the issue into the background.
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