MIL OSI – Source: President of the Republic of Belarus – Press Release/Statement
Headline: Meeting with President of International Tennis Federation David Haggerty
12 November 2017
The Belarusian tennis will soon make itself known, Belarus
President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with President of the
International Tennis Federation (ITF) David Haggerty and heads of several
national tennis federations and international sports associations on 12
The head of state held the meeting during the Fed Cup final in Minsk. The President
emphasized the teams’ truly fighting spirit. “I promise you that the Belarusian
tennis will soon make itself known. I hope Victoria Azarenka will have her say,
too,” Alexander Lukashenko said.
“As for the current game, I would like to say that it is great that the
best tennis players of the United States
are visiting Belarus
today. I have told our girls that they have made great progress by bringing the
best players to our country,” the President said.
He emphasized that this event would give an impetus to tennis
development in Belarus
and provide a strong incentive to a young generation of tennis players.
Alexander Lukashenko cited Arina Sobolenko’s performance against Coco
Vandeweghe as an example. According to the President, the lack of experience
restrained the Belarusian from winning the match, although she had all the
chances. “She has a great future ahead if she works hard,” the President is
Attending the meeting, apart from David Haggerty, was Chairman of the Belarusian
Tennis Federation Sergei Teterin, President of the United States Tennis
Association Katrina Adams, President of the French Tennis Federation Bernard
Giudicelli, President of the Russian Tennis Federation Shamil Tarpishchev,
President of the European Tennis Federation, Chairman of the Board of Trustees
of the Russian Tennis Federation Vladimir Dmitriev, and President of the
Association of Summer Olympic International Federations Francesco Ricci Bitti.
Alexander Lukashenko thanked the sports officials for their visit to Belarus during
the Fed Cup final, adding that it was a good opportunity to discuss the most
important sports issues.
The head of state was given a replica of the Fed Cup trophy as a gift.