Ukrainian Tennis Star Wins Championship, Refuses To Shake Russian’s Hand

  • In January, at the Australian Open, Kostyuk acknowledged it had been “very upsetting” to see Novak Djokovic’s father, Srdjan, posing next to a Russian flag emblazoned with Russian president Vladimir Putin’s face.
  • Prior to that, at the 2022 US Open 2022, she refused to shake hands with former world number one Victoria Fyodarauna Azarenka, from Belarus, who had won the match, instead tapping rackets with her.
  • She explained she would not shake hands because Azarenka had not condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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