Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko, forfeited in Indian Wells before facing Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, said on Monday that she suffered a “panic attack” after a conversation with the WTA boss about the consequences of the war in his country. “The reason for my withdrawal is a panic attack,” said the Ukrainian to the Ukrainian site “Big Tennis”, “officially, it was for ‘personal reasons’, but in reality I was having trouble breathing. We can speak of hysteria”.
“A few days ago, I had a conversation with the CEO of the WTA Steve Simon, says Tsurenko, and I was absolutely shocked by what I heard. He told me that he himself was against the war, but that if Russian or Belarusian players supported it, it was their own opinion, and that the opinion of others should not bother me”. The player adds that she and several of her fellow Women’s Tour compatriots have requested a meeting with the Women’s Tour Board, “to ask how someone like Steve Simon could be a top WTA executive.”