Elina Svitolina slams tennis bodies for not doing more about Ukraine crisis

Elina Svitolina has revealed her frustration with the world tennis organisations for not doing more to support Ukrainian tennis players.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has far-reaching consequences in the world of sports, with many Russian organisations being banned from international sport altogether.

The WTA, ATP and ITF met in March and delivered a combined statement saying that while they do not support Russia's actions, they would not go as far as to ban Russian players.

Svitolina, who hails from Odesa in Ukraine, revealed shortly after that she is taking a hiatus from tennis, citing emotional stress amidst the invasion as part of her reason the break.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Svitolina revealed her disappointment in the lack of action from the tennis organisations.

"All the Ukrainians, we've been having roundtables with the WTA, the International Tennis Federation, Grand Slams, explaining the help we need, but they chose to go their separate ways," said the former world number three.

"I was sad to find out they took their position. But I have a lot of respect and want to thank Wimbledon for making players feel supported, as well as Ukraine. Our Ukrainian people are dying back home, we lost our homes, we lost our training bases, our families are all in danger.

"Sport has a great responsibility with a lot of media attention, it helps people to understand what is really going on. This is my mission right now."

In May, Svitolina revealed she is pregnant with boyfriend and fellow tennis star Gael Monfils' child.

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