Ukrainian tennis player Marta Kostyuk has revealed that Paula Badosa approached her in Indian Wells to ask how she was doing after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began.
Kostyuk thanked Badosa for checking on her and asked the new World No.2 if she was interested in playing doubles with her. Badosa apparently replied that she “doesn’t play doubles at all”, but later teamed up with Aryna Sabalenka in Miami and Stuttgart.
It was then that Kostyuk decided that he would never ask Badosa to be his doubles partner again. “In early March, when we arrived in Indian Wells, it was the first time Paula and I had seen each other.
He came up to me and asked how I was, if everything was okay in my family. And that’s it. In Indian Wells or Dubai, I asked her if she wanted to play doubles with me because I thought we could play well together.
She replied: “Let’s try to play in Madrid, let’s try somewhere else, but in fact I don’t play doubles at all.” Then I saw that she was playing doubles with Aryna Sabalenka in Miami and Stuttgart.
It really surprised me. I realized that I would not ask her to play doubles together again,” Kostyuk told btu.org.ua.
Kostyuk on Badosa’s comments
Asked about the Wimbledon decision, Badosa suggested that sports should not be mixed with politics.
“It was strange for me, but she is not the only one who feels this. Many players are not in the triangle we are in. They are very afraid to think that there is some kind of criminal liability in Russia for ‘spreading fake news’. about the war’, as it is called there.
It scares them and they refer to that, they say that there are those laws, that they also have families and so on,” Kostyuk said. Meanwhile, Kostyuk has reached the second round in Madrid, where he faces Emma Raducanu.