Moscow-born Wimbledon 2022 champion withdraws from Roland Garros

Maksym InshakovSport
Elena Rybakina
Elena Rybakina refused to participate in the tournament

World number four Elena Rybakina has refused to continue her performance at the French Open tennis tournament. The 23-year-old native of Moscow, who has been playing for Kazakhstan since 2018, withdrew from Roland Garros before her third-round match against Sara Sorribes-Tormo.

According to the tennis player herself, she felt unwell the day before. She had a fever. She had a headache. The situation only got worse in a few days. During a visit to the doctor, she was told that she most likely had a virus that was going around Paris.

"It's hard for me to play, run, even just breathe. I can't stay on the court for more than 10 minutes. After the second match, I suddenly felt sick. Of course, I have medication and I drank everything I could as soon as I felt sick. But the body needs time. Besides, I've been playing a lot. Now I need a few days of rest," Rybakina said at a press conference.


Last July, in the Wimbledon final, Elena defeated Tunisia's Uns Jaber 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.


Afterwards, the president of the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF), Shamil Tarpishchev, said that Rybakina's victory in London was a merit of Russia.


In response, the Kazakh federation actually accused the official of fascism.


Rybakina herself also responded to the pro-Putin official, saying that she did not consider herself "a product of the Russian tennis school.


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