No handshake between Russian and Ukrainian tennis players at Internazionali BNL d’Italia
In the last few days, the tennis world has been rocked by an episode that has caught the attention of fans and insiders alike: no handshake between the Russian and Ukrainian tennis players at the end of an Internazionali BNL d’Italia match.
The episode took place in Rome during the first qualifying round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, which featured Alexander Shevchenko and Oleksii Krutykh. The former, a citizen of Russia, won the match 2-0 and secured a place in the next round of the tournament.
However, it wasn’t the result of the match that stood out, but what happened immediately after the match point. In fact, contrary to sporting etiquette, the two tennis players did not shake hands at the end of the game. This missed gesture, unusual among athletes who normally show respect and sportsmanship to their opponents, quickly went around the world, sparking a wave of controversy and discussion.
The International Tennis Federation could launch an investigation into the incident and sanction the two athletes for unsportsmanlike conduct.