A situation that, in some ways, can recall what happened to Novak Djokovic in Australia this year, even if the reasons are different. The news is that Victoria Azarenka of Belarus surrenders at WTA 100 in Toronto.
The reason is the refusal of a visa to enter Canada. As previously written by #1 in the world (today #20 WTA) on Twitter: “Hello all. I wanted to tell you that unfortunately I was forced to withdraw from the Toronto Championship because my visa was not approved. It really is a disappointment. It’s sad to miss one of my favorite tournaments. I love playing in Canada in front of an audience of true fans and in a place where I have made many friends over the years. Good luck to everyone who enters the tournament. See you in Cincinnati“.
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– Victoria azarenka (@vika7) August 7, 2022
Confirmation of Vika’s words came the official note from the Canadian Tennis Club: “Tennis Canada confirms that Victoria Azareka was unable to obtain a visa in time to participate in the tournament. The Federation worked with Team Vika to implement this practice by doing everything possible, but the time required turned out to be too long. We wish Vika all the best for the upcoming tournaments in the US and hope to see her play in Canada again next year.“.
As specified by the regulators, Behind the visa refusal has nothing to do with the political events that characterize contemporary. Referring to the conflict in Ukraine, remember that for this reason, the Belarusian, like other tennis players from her country and Russia, could not play at Wimbledon.
In fact, in the main lottery they are present Daria Kasatkina, Arina Sabalenka and Veronika Kudermitova. The same fate is a solution to the Egyptians Mayar Sharifwas originally also on the scoreboard, but was forced to surrender and was replaced by the lucky loser.
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