Marta Kostyuk booed for not shaking Aryna Sabalenka's hand at French Open - ESPN

2023-05-28 11:27:21  • 3 mins

PARIS -- At first, Aryna Sabalenka thought the boos and derisive whistles coming from the French Open crowd were directed at her after a first-round victory Sunday. Instead, the negative reaction was aimed at her opponent, Marta Kostyuk, for not participating in the usual post-match handshake up at the net.

Kostyuk, who is from Ukraine, avoided so much as any eye contact with Sabalenka, who is from Belarus, after the match, instead walking directly over to acknowledge the chair umpire. Sabalenka walked toward the net as if expecting some sort of exchange.

But this is something Kostyuk has been doing whenever she has faced any opponent from Russia or Belarus since her country was invaded by Russia, with help from Belarus, in February 2022.

Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk, left, refused to shake hands with Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus at the end of their first round match at the French Open. Sabalenka won in two sets, 6-3, 6-2. AP

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