The past month has not been easy for Ukrainian tennis star Elina Svitolina and it will take some time before she returns to the court. After retiring from the FA Cup and Charleston, Elina Svitolina also retired from Stuttgart.
Svitolina was scheduled to start her season on clay in Charleston and then play in Stuttgart. Instead, Svitolina decided to skip Charleston and Stuttgart because the next tournament on her schedule is the Madrid Masters.
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Elina Svitolina made her Stuttgart debut four years ago when she reached the quarter-finals before losing to Caroline Garcia.
Elina Svitolina returned to Stuttgart last year and reached the semi-finals before losing to Ashleigh Barty in three sets. Elina Svitolina last played in Miami, where she was beaten by Heather Watson in her first match of the tournament.
Elina Svitolina shared her announcement on Instagram
“It’s been a very difficult two months for me, not only mentally but also physically,” Elina Svitolina wrote on Instagram. “I’ve been struggling with my back for a long time.
Pain did not allow me to prepare optimally for tournaments. Watching with unbearable pain in my heart what is happening in my homeland Ukraine and how brave and courageous our Ukrainian people are defending our country gave me a huge boost to keep fighting on the field.
Now my body can’t take it anymore and I need to rest. As such, I regret to announce that I will be skipping the FA Cup and some of my favorite tournaments in Europe. But I’m sure we’ll see each other again soon.”
It remains to be seen when Elena Svitolina will be ready to return to work. On the other hand, her husband Gael Monfils surprisingly lost to Argentine Francisco Cerondolo in the third round in Miami.