Lesia Tsurenko has been a player who has hit the headlines during Indian Wells due to having a panic attack which saw her withdraw from a tie with Aryna Sabalenka after comments made by Steve Simon, the WTA CEO.
Her coach, Nikita Vlasov has now spoken out but about another situation being Srdjan Djokovic, the father of Novak Djokovic who was seen with a Russian flag at the Australian Open and in his opinion, he believes he didn't have the 'courage' to step in and denounce his fathers' behaviour.
Tsurenko's withdrawal due to panic attack triggered by comments made by WTA CEO Steve Simon surrounding Russian and Belarusian players
"It was a stupid situation. This is my personal opinion," Vlasov told Tribuna. "Djokovic's father said 'Glory to Russia' on camera and then claimed he was misunderstood. It's not even a human act."
"If you said so, take responsibility for your words. Djokovic also didn't have the courage to say frankly that he didn't support his father's behavior," he added.
"At no point in his interviews did Novak directly condemn Russia's actions in Ukraine, or call for the horror in our country to stop. Would it be a good time to use his status to put an end to all this, to call for peace? No, they support Russia."
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