Aryna Sabalenka: "I received so much hate in the locker room"

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Aryna Sabalenka: "I received so much hate in the locker room"
Aryna Sabalenka: "I received so much hate in the locker room" (Provided by Financial World)

The WTA number one Iga Swiatek, who spoke on the much discussed Anastasia Potapova's issue, described in a few simple words the climate that the tennis world is experiencing due to the war in Ukraine. Potapova, wearing the Spartak Moscow shirt before taking the court at Indian Wells, did nothing but fuel the controversy in the locker room.

One of the most criticized tennis players was Aryna Sabalenka, who won her first Grand Slam at the Australian Open. The Belarusian has been attacked several times in recent months and, in California, both Lesia Tsurenko and her coach Nikita Vlasov have not spent many nice words towards the WTA number 2.

Aryna Sabalenka's outburst: "Never received so much hate"

Sabalenka, during the Media Day at the Miami tournament, vented and described the state of mind that is characterizing her journey on the Tour. "I've often experienced haters on social media after a loss, but I've never had to face so much hate in the tennis locker room.

Yet I didn't do anything. I've had strange conversations. It was really hard to understand that there are so many people who hate me for no reason. I had conversations that I wouldn't call real fights, but really hard: I don't mean with the other players, but with their staff yes…It was hard, even if now it goes a little better." Sabalenka reached the final of the WTA 1000 tournament in Indian Wells, where she was beaten by Elena Rybakina, and she will participate in the Miami Open.

Tournament that she will have to do without world number one Swiatek, forced to cancel the American event due to a rib problem. We recall Iga Swiatek said: "I think we should all focus more on helping Ukrainian athletes, providing them with everything they need and taking care of their families.

I'm going to work hard because I don't think everything is done right now. I think Russian tennis players should be more sensitive when it comes to their behavior."