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Booed Azarenka blasts 'unfair' Wimbledon crowd after Svitolina defeat

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Azarenka clearly is mentally unstable, lashing out at the fans. They have a right to cheer for whomever they like - and boo those they do not. Perhaps if she focussed more on the game at hand instead of being so emotional she'd have more success.

Great job by Svitolina! Here's hoping she can go all the way!

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So, the crowds from the UK- a nation that invaded and enslaved people from multiple nations, boos players from Russia, a nation that is currently trying to follow in their footsteps --

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"It wasn't fair. It is what it is. What can I do?" said Azarenka. "I haven't done anything wrong, but I can't control the crowd. I'm not sure that a lot of people were understanding what's happening.

Azarenka didn't do anything wrong. This is just supposed to a sports competition. Politics should be left out the door in cases like this. She's just trying to be nice.

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 "I already said multiple times that until Russian troops are out of Ukraine and we take back our territories, we are not going to shake hands. So I have a clear statement."

But Azarenka isn't Russian.

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But Azarenka isn't Russian.

She is Belarusian. Belarus is a puppet state of fascist Russia, and is a staging ground for Russian troops to attack free Ukraine. Hence the rightful sanctions.

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Azarenka didn't do anything wrong.

Many of those who attend Wimbledon are elderly, white Daily Mail readers.

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She is Belarusian. Belarus is a puppet state of fascist Russia, and is a staging ground for Russian troops to attack free Ukraine. Hence the rightful sanctions.

Don't shake hands with Japanese players, and boo them too, because Japan buys oil from Russia and Russia uses that money to fight against the US/Ukraine.

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It was a helluva match. And I sympathize with Azarenka. And with Svitolina. It's just sad that politics can't leave them both alone. But that's life. Still, it was a helluva match, and I appreciated their efforts. Don't like the crowd's reaction, though. Rather boorish. But Brits can be like that.

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Shame on the fans. Unfortunately, a few rotten apples give England a bad name. First, it was the football hooligans (remember how scared of them Japan was in the 2002 World Cup?), and now it is tennis hooligans. Just because she is a woman and probably won't fight back is no reason to harass her. The audience should be held liable. Security cameras could identify who was booing so the can be arrested.

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Azarenka clearly is mentally unstable, lashing out at the fans. They have a right to cheer for whomever they like - and boo those they do not.

Yes, they do have a right to cheer or boo.

But she also has a right to her feelings and her opinions about it.

You are in no position, nor presumably are you in any way qualified, to declare that she's mentally unstable.

She's "mentally unstable" because she said something that you don't like? Sounds awfully narcissistic.

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She is Belarusian. Belarus is a puppet state of fascist Russia, and is a staging ground for Russian troops to attack free Ukraine. Hence the rightful sanctions.

What sanctions are you talking about? What sanctions is she under?

What did she do wrong? Declaring her guilty of something by association -- simply because of her nationality or ethnicity -- is discrimination at its worst.

When 9/11 happened, we were finger-wagging-lectured to not blame all Muslims for it.

But Russian and Belarusian people -- even if they don't support what their countries' leaders are doing -- are allowed to be blamed for what's happening in Ukraine.

Talk about a double standard.

And to heck with it, I'm going to say it -- I think one big reason for this is that Russians and Belarusians are white. And it's okay these days to hold white people guilty by association even when they've individually done nothing wrong.

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