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'There was a lot of hate'. Poles forced the world's first racket player to remove Ukrainian symbols

Maksym InshakovSport
The best tennis player on the planet gave a frank interview

The world's best tennis player, Polish Iga Szwiątek, has admitted that she no longer wears a brooch in the colors of the Ukrainian flag because of criticism from her compatriots. Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the 22-year-old Warsaw native has regularly taken to the court with Ukrainian symbols on her cap.

According to the world number one, the ribbon helped her a lot at first when she wanted to show that she was consistent in remembering Ukrainians and what was happening around them, as "the memory of society is quite short."

"But lately, there has been a lot of hatred and a lot of comments that just condemned me. People have even told me that I am not Polish. I think it started to cause more negative emotions than positive ones, and we decided that the film was not the best idea now," sport.se.pl quoted Świątek as saying.

'There was a lot of hate'. Poles forced the world's first racket player to remove Ukrainian symbols

At the same time, the tennis player noted that she still intends to support Ukraine.

"And given what has already happened, wearing the ribbon and playing a charity match in Krakow, I hope that I have encouraged Poles to help [Ukraine]. As a nation, we really came together and did a lot," Iga added.

'There was a lot of hate'. Poles forced the world's first racket player to remove Ukrainian symbols

As OBOZ.UA reported, in early June last year, Świątek won Roland Garros for the second time in her career. During the awarding ceremony, the titled tennis player addressed Ukrainians, supporting us in the war against Russia.

'There was a lot of hate'. Poles forced the world's first racket player to remove Ukrainian symbols

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