Elina Svitolina, Dayana Yastremska locked in dispute with Ukrainian Tennis Federation over Fed Cup

Svitolina, who is ranked seventh in the world, says she can't play upcoming Fed Cup matches in Poland because she is injured. But the federation says she and Dayana Yastremska originally agreed to play but withdrew after their agent made unreasonable financial demands

The Associated Press January 29, 2019 22:35:28 IST
Elina Svitolina, Dayana Yastremska locked in dispute with Ukrainian Tennis Federation over Fed Cup
  • Australian Open quarter-finalist Elina Svitolina is in a dispute with the Ukrainian Tennis Federation and has withdrawn from her country's Fed Cup team

  • Svitolina, who is ranked seventh in the world, says she can't play upcoming Fed Cup matches in Poland because she is injured

  • The federation says she and Dayana Yastremska originally agreed to play but withdrew after their agent made unreasonable financial demands

Kiev: Australian Open quarter-finalist Elina Svitolina is in a dispute with the Ukrainian Tennis Federation and has withdrawn from her country's Fed Cup team.

Elina Svitolina Dayana Yastremska locked in dispute with Ukrainian Tennis Federation over Fed Cup

Ukraine's Elina Svitolina reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, where she was beaten by eventual winner Naomi Osaka. AP

Svitolina, who is ranked seventh in the world, says she can't play upcoming Fed Cup matches in Poland because she is injured. But the federation says she and Dayana Yastremska originally agreed to play but withdrew after their agent made unreasonable financial demands.

The federation says "playing matches for your national team should be a matter of patriotism, dedication and respect for the sporting honor of Ukraine."

Writing on Facebook, Svitolina says financial "negotiations" did take place, but the deciding factor was the neck and shoulder problem which hampered her in her Australian Open quarter-final loss to eventual champion Naomi Osaka.

Without Svitolina and Yastremska, the Fed Cup team will instead include Lesia Tsurenko, Kateryna Kozlova, Marta Kostyuk and Nadiya Kichenok.

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