Ukrainian tennis star Elina Svitolina has announced that she plans to skip the French Open. Svitolina, ranked at No. 27 in the world, is set to miss the whole clay season as she hasn’t played since Miami. However, Svitolina will go to the French Open as she plans to accompany her husband Gael Monfils during the tournament.
“I will not be playing Roland Garros unfortunately,” Svitolina told insidethegames. “This is a decision that I made a couple of days ago. For me I just need to take time to settle down and be ready when I am [ready].
I will be at the Roland Garros with Gaël [Monfils, her husband]. I will be supporting him every step of the way but performing is a very different thing. You have pressure, you have pressure from yourself, you want to perform well but when I am not 100 per cent this is a very tough for me to perform at the very best level.”
Svitolina not sure when she will play again
Russia launched their invasion of Ukraine on February 24. The past few months have been extremely difficult for Svitolina and she is not in the right mental space to go out and perform.
“The decision is going to come when the motivation is there,” Svitolina added. “With the war happening you never know what to expect. Just one day at a time for now.” Svitolina was clearly not where she needed to be in March as she suffered surprise losses in Indian Wells and Miami.
After Miami, Svitolina announced an indefinite break from tennis. “When I was playing in Indian Wells and Miami it was impossible to focus, I didn’t perform as good as I wanted,” Svitolina explained. I couldn’t focus properly on practice and on the match.
This was devastating for me. I was mentally drained, and this is not good. I cannot perform at the highest level.”