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Former world No. 3 Elina Svitolina and several other Ukrainian tennis players shared a lengthy message in which they demanded the ATP and WTA to ask Russian and Belarusian players three questions before they are allowed to continue competing in international events. 

Previously, the ATP, WTA and ITF banned Russia and Belarus from competing in team events and also suspended all tournaments that had been scheduled to take place in Russia. 

However, Russian and Belarusian players were allowed to continue competing but not under the name or flag of their respective countries. 

Svitolina and several other Ukrainian tennis players want Russian and Belarusian players to make their position clear on three specific questions. 

The statement Svitolina shared 

"Dear Tennis Community, Ginetta Sagan once said, "Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with the oppressor." This could not be any more true right now," the message Svitolian posted read. "On 24th February 2022, Russia, with the support of Belarus, attacked Ukraine. Now there is a war in our country, in our home. All Ukrainians are forced to leave their homes and fight for their lives.

"As athletes we live a life in the public eye and therefore have an enormous responsibility. Some of our posts and opinions on social media reach an audience larger than those of regional television stations. In times of crisis, silence means agreeing with what is happening.

"We noticed that some Russian and Belarusian players at some point vaguely mentioned the war, but never clearly stating that Russia and Belarus started it on the territory of Ukraine. The very silence of those who choose to remain that way right now is unbearable as it leads to the continuation of murder in our homeland.

"We demand that the WTA, ATP and ITF make sure that players who represent Russia and Belarus answer the following questions: 1. Do you support Russia's and Belarus invasion in Ukraine's territory and as a result of that the war started by those countries? 2. Do you support Russia's and Belarus military activities in Ukraine? 3. Do you support Putin's and Lukashenko's regime?"




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