'18 Months Too Late': Azarenka On No-Handshake Announcement From WTA

'18 Months Too Late': Azarenka On No-Handshake Announcement From WTA

by Balasz Virag

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Victoria Azarenka battled Elina Svitolina at the 2023 Citi Open, and she was once again asked about the no handshake repeating her earlier comments.

Azarenka and Svitolina had a tremendous battle at Wimbledon last month, and while the match was spectacular, the end was a bit disappointing for both players. Azarenka was booed while leaving the court as the players didn't shake hands, and it started a very big conversation about whether the WTA should intervene.

Svitolina herself asked them to so fans know what is going on in order to prevent players from being booed after battling for hours. Wimbledon declined to do that, while the WTA ultimately released a statement in hopes of those things not happening again.

Washington went even further as they opted to announce before the match that there wouldn't be a handshake. The match went well and Svitolina won once again and there wasn't a handshake. Asked about it, Azarenka confirmed that she didn't care.

I don't care. I mean, how long are we going to talk about that, really? I mean, it's just, to me, I don't care. We just move on. We play tennis match. As I said in Wimbledon, I accept, respect somebody's position. That's it. No more.

Azarenka on not shaking hands

The announcement would have been nice a long time ago because the practice has been in action for a while now. It's a recommendation by the Ukrainian Tennis Federation, which all players from the country have so far followed.

Well, I think we are about how many, 18 months too late with making this? So, happy? I don't know (smiling).

Either way, Azarenka now looks to Canada and the Canadian Open next week. The hope is that things go better than in her opening match at the WTA 500 tournament in Washington.


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