Elina Svitolina needs a break. Despite her determination to represent her country, invaded by the Russian army, at the Billie Jean King Cup (ex Fed-Cup) on April 15 to 16, the 27-year-old Ukrainian announced on Tuesday her withdrawal from the WTA circuit during several weeks due to a recurring back injury.
She will therefore not be part of the Ukrainian team that will face the United States in Asheville, North Carolina. Svitolina added that she would also miss some of her tournaments. favorite in Europe, but did not provide any details.
Extremely difficult last months
Worn out” mentally, but also physically “, the wife of Gaël Monfils will put away the racket for an indefinite period, she announced on her Twitter account, Tuesday March 29. “I have had back pain for some time. The pain did not allow me to prepare myself as well as possible for the tournaments. Now my body can’t take it anymore.” she wrote, while specifying that she needed a rest after the last few months “extremely difficult”.
Since the start of the war in Ukraine, the 20th player in the world, who openly supported her country in the midst of the Russian invasion, has participated in the tournaments of Monterrey (quarter-finals), Indian Wells and Miami (first round). She had pledged to donate the earnings received to the Ukrainian army.
“I watched with unbearable pain in my heart what was happening in my homeland, Ukraine, and with what bravery and courage the Ukrainian people were fighting. It gave me a huge boost to continue and fight on the pitch,” she said on Twitter.