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Victoria Azarenka out of Toronto Open due to visa refusal

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Victoria Azarenka returns a shot against Dayana Yastremska during Day 4 of the Citi Open at Rock Creek Tennis Center in Washington, D.C., Aug. 2, 2022.
Victoria Azarenka beat Dayana on Day 4 of the City Open at Rock Creek Tennis Center in Washington. Return a shot against Yastremska. , D.C., August 2, 2022. Photo by Rob Kerr /Getty Images

Victoria of Belarus next week after Azarenka visa application rejected The two-time Grand Slam champion said on Twitter that he will not be competing in the WTA 1000 tournament in Toronto.

The 33-year-old, who is ranked 20th in the world, also missed his June Wimbledon due to a Belarusian player's ban.

Tennis governing bodies have banned international team competitions between Russia and Belarus in the wake of Ukraine's aggression, but individual players from both countries are allowed to compete as neutrals.

"I will be very sad to miss one of my favorite tournaments. I love playing in Canada, where I have great fans and where I have made many friends over the years," said Azarenka. rice field.

The Belarusian will play at the & Western Southern Open in Cincinnati later in August, he added.

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