Former World No 1 Victoria Azarenka has shut down her social media presence after her exit from the Indian Wells Masters.
Azarenka struggled to carry again tears all through her third spherical match towards Kazakhstan’s Elina Rybakina.
Rybakina and the chair umpire had been clearly flustered by the show from Azarenka.
The Belarusian is competing beneath no flag, as per the necessities set out by tennis’ governing our bodies.
In a message posted forward of Indian Wells, Azarenka posted a message denouncing the warfare.
“I’m devastated by the actions which have taken place during the last a number of days – towards – and in Ukraine,” Azarenka wrote on Twitter.
“It’s heartbreaking to see what number of harmless individuals have been affected and proceed to be affected by such violence. Since my early childhood, I’ve all the time seen and skilled Ukrainian and Belarusian individuals, in addition to each nations, pleasant and supportive of each other.
“It’s arduous to witness the violent separation that’s at present going down as a substitute of supporting and discovering compassion for one another.
“My coronary heart is with everybody instantly and not directly impacted by this warfare that’s inflicting such ache and struggling for therefore many. I hope and need for peace and an finish to the warfare.”
Rybakina appeared a bit bemused by the affair after the match, however gave her opponent credit score for placing up a giant struggle.
“For positive, powerful match,” Rybakina stated.
“I’ve to concentrate on my serve as a result of it’s actually a giant weapon for me. Be bodily prepared, be affected person. Right here the circumstances are sluggish. Rallies may be longer than you anticipate. So simply be affected person and attempt to struggle and focus for each level.”
After the match Rybakina questioned the umpire’s dealing with of the state of affairs, feeling they need to have handed out a warning.
“Nobody understood what occurred,” she stated.
“If she would name physio or physician, it’s one factor. However we cease for couple of minutes, then we proceed to play. I suppose the principles will not be like this.
“You must give warning or one thing.”