- Ukrainian refuses handshake after Belarusian’s 6-3, 6-2 win
- ‘I didn’t expect it. People should honestly be embarrassed’
The Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk believes the French Open crowd should be embarrassed after they booed her off court at Roland Garros when she refused to shake hands with Aryna Sabalenka following the Belarusian’s 6-3, 6-2 win in the first round of the French Open.
Since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine last year, which has been supported by Belarus, Ukrainian players have opted not to shake hands with Russian and Belarusian opponents after their various meetings. As Kostyuk walked directly to shake the umpire’s hand, however, a significant portion of the crowd on Court Philippe Chatrier immediately booed.
Written by Tumaini Carayol at Roland Garros
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/may/28/tennis-french-open-kostyuk-calls-out-crowd-who-booed-her-for-snubbing-sabalenka under the title “French Open: Kostyuk calls out crowd who booed her for snubbing Sabalenka”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.