Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk refuses to shake hands with Russian opponent at Miami Open

Marta Kostyuk made the stand after 6-1, 6-3 defeat to PotapovaRussian was warned by WTA for wearing Spartak Moscow shirt

Tensions in the sporting world around the conflict in Ukraine spilled over into the tennis arena when the Ukrainian player Marta Kostyuk refused to shake hands with Anastasia Potapova after she was beaten 6-1, 6-3 by the Russian in their second-round match at the Miami Open.

It wasn’t the first time the war had made a recent impact in the tennis world as the game came after Potapova was warned by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) for turning up to her Indian Wells match against Jessica Pegula while wearing a Spartak Moscow football shirt.

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