"I'm not going to sell my country": Svitolina responded to fans who booed her after her match with Sobolenko
The famous Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina is calm about the fact that she is booed by spectators for refusing to give hands to opponents from Russia and Belarus. The 28-year-old from Odessa said that she was not going to do what the fans liked, but would stand firm in support of her country, which continues to fight against the aggressor countries.
Svitolina said this after losing to Belarusian Arina Sobolenko in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros-2023, reports sportskeeda.com. Commenting on the provocation of her rival, who for some unknown reason was demonstratively waiting for Elina's greeting, despite the categorical statements of the Ukrainian to refuse shaking hands with representatives of Russia and Belarus, our tennis player stressed that she did not pay attention to the bleachers.
"I have a firm position, and I am loud about it. I'm not going to try to win people's sympathy by betraying my strongest belief and strongest stance on my country. I mentioned earlier that I don't want everyone to like me. You know, I'm not a buck for people to like me in every way. Like I said, I have my position. I stand by that position. I'm not going to sell out my country for the liking of people," Svitolina said.
Earlier, Elina commented on Sobolenko's act after the match Roland Garros-2023 with the words "what are you doing?". Before the match, the organizers of the tournament cut the flag of Ukraine, and then commented on the incident.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, at Roland Garros-2023 there was a historical event related to Ukraine. And Elina Svitolina's victory over Russia's Darya Kasatkina caused hysteria in Russia.