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Ukrainian Tennis Star Discusses Her Meeting with President Zelenskyy

Written by Edda Bevilacqua

Ukrainian tennis star Elina Svitolina talked about meeting her nation’s President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Her first question to him was, “How can I help?” Svitolina described Zelenskyy as very professional and as a leader who knew what to do to help his country.

Svitolina met with Ukrainian families, talked about the construction of a building designed to help them and talked of the courage of the Ukrainian people. She spoke of the contributions of fellow Ukrainian tennis players Sergei Stakhovsky and Alexsandr Dolgopolov, who are fighting on the front lines. She concluded her meeting by speaking of her refusal to shake hands with Russian and Belorussian players, stating it was her way of supporting the fight for her homeland. Svitolina wants “to make Ukraine proud for her efforts to help her people.”

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