Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick told Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev to objectively reflect on his career and ask himself who should be called a “nobody” – he or Elina Svitolina.
On Thursday, Tarpischev shared strong words about Svitolina, calling her “absolutely nobody” and stating that “there is no need” to listen to anything that Svitolina says.
The comments quickly went viral and caught the attention of former US Open champion Roddick.
After seeing Tarpischev’s comments, Roddick checked out Tarpischev’s career results and achievements.
“Tarpischev career high ranking of 164. Career record of 2-3. No titles (obviously) .. @ElinaSvitolina career record of 433-228. 16 singles titles, career high of 3. I’d ask him to define ‘nobody’ and then look in the mirror objectively,” Roddick wrote on Twitter.
Tarpischev career high ranking of 164. Career record of 2-3. No titles (obviously) .. @ElinaSvitolina career record of 433-228. 16 singles titles, career high of 3. I’d ask him to define “nobody” and then look in the mirror objectively https://t.co/igEzoEV9XD
— andyroddick (@andyroddick) May 13, 2022
The comments Tarpischev made about Svitolina
“There is no need to pay attention [to what Svitolina says], this is not only my opinion, but also what lawyers think. Because of any statement, we [Russian players] can be excluded from some competitions. Now we are playing, everything is fine with us. It’s stupid to react at all. Who is Svitolina? Absolutely nobody,” Tarpischev said.
Svitolina and other Ukrainian players want Russian players to make clear their position regarding the war.
If they do not support Vladimir Putin and his regime, Svitolina says she has nothing against them being allowed to compete.
“This is very sad because many athletes from different countries came up to us and showed us their support. That’s why it really hurts us and we don’t understand why exactly [Russian and Belarusian players] didn’t,” Svitolina told the Associated Press. “For us, for Ukrainians, it’s very important that they speak out, that they choose which side they take. We want to know, we want to feel safe about that. Because if they don’t say their opinion on this, we don’t know if they support their government, if they support the action of the army, Because in Russia and Belarus sport is a big propaganda.”