Duel with Bencic Burst
Canadian officials deny entry to tennis star Azarenka
The visa of tennis player Victoria Azarenka (33) was not approved by the Canadian authorities. The reasons for this could not be ascertained. Duel with Belinda Bencic (25) does not happen.
Indeed, Victoria Asrenka (33, WTA 20) will have served at the WTA Masters in Toronto, Canada on Tuesday. But there will be no first round game against Belinda Bencic (25, WTA 12). Belarusians were refused entry.
“I want to inform you that unfortunately I had to withdraw from the tournament in Toronto because my visa was not accepted,” the former world number one announced on Twitter. “It’s really disappointing. It’s so sad that I’m missing one of my favorite tournaments.” She loves to play in front of great fans in Canada.
cause is unknown
The reason why the visa of the two-time Grand Slam winner (Australian Open 2012 and 2013) was not approved is not known. Players from Russia and Belarus are still allowed to participate in ATP and WTA tournaments under neutral flags. His compatriot Aryna Sabalenka (24, WTA 6) remains in the tournament tree, so cannot be tied to the nation.
The 33-year-old also feels a necessary COVID vaccination for North America, as she played at the Citi Open in Washington last week. As is well known, there is a directive in the United States that all foreign tennis professionals must be vaccinated. This circumstance is now preventing Novak Djokovic (35) from participating in the US Open.
Bencic. no goodbyes for
In her announcement, Asarenka announced she would be back in action next week in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Incidentally, there is no goodbye for her de facto Toronto rival, Bencic. Since the cancellation took place before the start of the tournament, a lucky loser goes into the main draw.
The Eastern Swiss will now meet the Czech Tereza Martinkova (27, WTA 71) on Tuesday evening or Wednesday night (Swiss time). Jill Tekman (25, ATP 21) already faces American tennis legend Venus Williams (42) on Tuesday night. (che)