Exhausted Svitolina from Ukraine takes a break from tennis

Issued on: 03/29/2022 – 22:38

Paris (AFP) – Former world number three Elina Svitolina of Ukraine announced on Tuesday that she is taking a break from tennis due to mental and physical exhaustion.

She said her compatriots’ opposition to the Russian invasion of her country encouraged her to play through back pain, but said: “Now I can’t deal with it anymore.”

“It’s been an extremely difficult couple of months for me, not only mentally but also physically,” wrote the world number 20 on social media.

“I’ve been struggling with my back for quite a long time. The pain did not allow me to prepare optimally for the tournaments.

“Watching with unbearable pain in my heart what is happening in my native Ukraine and with the bravery and courage our Ukrainian people are defending our country has given me a tremendous impetus to keep going and fighting in court,” the 27-year-old continued . Year old.

“Now my body can’t handle it and I need to rest. Therefore, I regret to announce that I will miss the Fed Cup and some of my favorite tournaments in Europe. But I’m sure I will See you soon! Thank you for your support during this challenging time.”

Svitolina, a winner of 16 WTA titles, has struggled for form since her quarterfinal loss at the US Open.

She lost her opener in Indian Wells to 122nd placed Harriet Dart of Great Britain and withdrew from the current Miami Open.