Victoria Azarenka explains what forced her to withdraw late from Toronto

Belarusian tennis star Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the National Bank Open in Toronto due to visa issues.

Azarenka, 33, won’t be making her 11th appearance at the National Bank Open this year. 

Azarenka, a former world No. 1, was drawn to face Belinda Bencic in the Toronto first round. 

Azarenka has had several deep runs at the National Bank Open throughout her career, having reached three semifinals at the tournament. 

Azarenka expects to return to action in Cincinnati, which starts on August 15.

“Hello everyone. I wanted to inform you that I unfortunately have to withdraw from the tournament in Toronto due to my visa not being approved. It’s truly disappointing. It’s very sad to miss one of my favorite tournaments. I love to play in Canada with great fans and a place where I made many friends over the years. Good luck to everyone at the event! See you in Cincinnati,” Azarenka wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. 

Azarenka reflects on missing Wimbledon 

Azarenka didn’t hide that she wasn’t happy at all after Wimbledon imposed player bans on Russian and Belarusian players. 

In a recent conversation with, Azarenka revealed she tried her best to come up with solutions but Wimbledon simply wouldn’t listen.

Azarenka is a WTA Player Council member and she tried to find a solution with Wimbledon through a conversation. 

“I always try to find a solution that is beyond myself and what can be better because I love to help people,” Azarenka said. “I love to find solutions from difficult situations. I think what was hard was the absolute ignorance and carelessness from the other parties. I think that was a tough part to digest, because you’re coming in with options, opportunities and your heart, and it’s met with basically a ‘We don’t care.'”