Aryna Sabalenka, one of this year's dominant players on the WTA circuit, spoke ahead of the start of the Internazionali di Tennis in Rome.
The Belarusian returned to her nationality: 'Those who used to hate us, if only because of the country we come from, still hate us.
"That hasn't changed and I don't think it will change because of the current situation. I am happy that we are allowed to play, that Wta is doing everything it can to handle this to the best of its ability. I stopped thinking about it and started to focus on myself, I understand that I didn't hurt Ukraine, it's not my fault, it's not the fault of Russian and Belarusian athletes. People expect something from us but we can't do anything, that's the sad thing about the situation'.
Roland Garros is one of the most famous tournaments in the world. Its origin dates back to 1891, when the first Championnat de France International de Paris was held.
Until 1933, the tournament was reserved only for French and foreign players registered with a French club. In 1925, the tournament changed its name to Internationaux de France de tennis amateur. In 1930, a parallel tournament reserved for professional tennis players started and lasted until 1967. In 1968 the two tournaments merged and the winner, Ken Rosewall, won a prize of 100,000 francs.
Roland Garros was inaugurated in 1928 and was named after the French aviator Roland Garros. The tournament is played on a clay surface, a mix of clay and limestone, which requires a different playing style than other surfaces. The 1970s saw the great rivalry between Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. In the 2000s, Rafael Nadal won nine editions of the tournament. In 2010, Francesca Schiavone became the first and only Italian to win Roland Garros. The tournament is also famous for its marathon matches lasting several hours and the fact that the fifth set does not include a tie-break. The main court at Roland Garros is the Philippe Chatrier.
Sebastian Vettel could return to Formula 1, but as an executive.
In the paddock, in fact, rumours are chasing each other that would have the former driver replacing the 80-year-old Helmut Marko, with the colours of Red Bull, to manage and discover new talents.
For now, however, Vettel will be in England to take part in the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where he will drive Mansell's historic Williams (world champion in 1992) and Ayrton Senna's 1993 McLarens, both powered by e-fuel and part of the former champion's collection.