Ukrainian tennis player refused to shake hands with a Russian after winning a tournament in Germany
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The second racket of Ukraine Vitaly Sachko in the final of the Challenger qualification in Koblenz, Germany, beat Russian tennis player Alibek Kachmazov.
The two-set match ended with the victory of the Ukrainian tennis player with a score of 6:4, 6:3 . This allowed Sachko to reach the main draw of the tournament.
Tennis players spent an hour and a half on the court, during which Sachko made five aces and converted six break points out of eleven. The Russian twice filed for relegation and made three breaks.
However, the most memorable moment after the match, where the opponents traditionally thank each other with a handshake for the game. After the final winning game Sachko did not come to the net for a handshake and was heading towards the referee of the match.
The Russian, halfway to the center of the court, realized that no one was going to greet him, and also went to shake hands with referee of the meeting.
In the ATP tennis rankings, 25-year-old Sachko ranks 345th and is the second racket of Ukraine. But the highest position among Ukrainian men is occupied by Oleksiy Krutykh (176), who managed to break into the main draw of the Australian Open-2023, but covered his racket in the first round against the experienced Argentinean Diego Schwartzman.
BAGNET< /strong> recalls, At last year's US Open, Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk refused to shake hands with an athlete from Belarus Victoria Azarenka. Leaving the court, the athletes limited themselves to touching the rackets instead of the traditional handshake.
In early August, Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska also resisted shaking hands with Azarenka at the tournament in Washington.
Prepared by: Sergey Daga