Sabalenak has had a very tricky Roland Garros so far with several controversial which started at day one when she thought she was being booed instead of Kostyuk. The Ukranian declined to shake hands with Sabalenka which earned her booes. After that, she clashed with a reporter during a press conference and then she skipped a press conference opting for a closed with a select few reporters. Then she skipped it altogether and then finally after the match against Svitolina, Sabalenka opted to do a press conference.
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Dolgopolov slams Sabalenka
The Belarussian waited on the net after the match seemingly anticipating a handshake however there wasn't any. Svitolina was quite stunned after the match explaining that she had no idea what Sabalenka was doing because she made her position quite clear. Sabalenka herself explained that she instinctively waited for a handshake which is believable, I guess.
Dolgopolov didn't like though as he slammed the Belarusian player calling it disgusting:
"Oh yeah, that surely was as disgusting as it gets. While Russia blows up a dam, with the help of her mini dictator friend, the “ unsafe on a press conference, no comments drama queen” stands on purpose at the net, making fun of everything that Ukraine is going thru. Pathetic."
It's not the first time Dolgopolov called out Sabalenka or other players as the former professional is back home in Ukraine as part of the county's military using social media to promote the Ukranian cause. It's been a few years since he held a racquet but still follows the sport and actively comments on it on social media. He was a loud cheerleader for Svitolina as she was having her run in Paris in recent days.