Elina Svitolina to miss French Open

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Former World No.3 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine said on Wednesday she will skip the French Open, telling AFP the Russian invasion of her country had been “draining.”

“Unfortunately this year is going to be the year that I’m going to miss it,” Svitolina replied when asked if she would play at Roland Garros, which runs from May 22 to June 5. Svitolina, 27, has not played since announcing at the end of March she was taking a break from tennis because of mental and physical exhaustion. She lost in her opening match at both Indian Wells and Miami.

“Right now my focus is my family and my foundation [for children and tennis],” said Svitolina, whose home city of Odessa has come under Russian missile strikes this week.

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