American Tennis Legend Chris Evert’s Massive Wimbledon Blunder Gets Exposed as Her Commentary Stint Leaves 25-Year-Old Russian WTA Star in Splits

Published 07/05/2023, 2:01 PM EDT

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Wimbledon is going on in full swing and while the highlight of the beginning of the grass-court season was a tribute to Roger Federer, Chris Evert too was in the limelight. However, that is where the similarities ended. Taking the seat of the commentator, she made a blunder. Evert confused the nationality of Elena Rybakina with that of the Russian player Daria Kasatkina, who was not even in the match.

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However, that was not it. The blunder turned into quite an embarrassing moment as she gave rise to a new controversy after she went on with her commentary.

Chris Evert gets trolled for confusion between Elena Rybakina and Daria Kasatkina 

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Evert has put on the shoes of a commentator after having a glorious on-court legacy with 18 Grand Slam titles under her name. However, she has time and again become a target of criticism because of what she says during commentary.

This time, however, the blunder turned out to be a controversial one. She confused the nationality of the defending champion Elena Rybakina with that of Daria Kasatkina.

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She stated, “Rybakina is a Russian, played for Russia.” Following this statement, things became even more bizarre as she mispronounced her adopted country. She stated, “Rybakina is a Russian, played for Russia, moved to Kasatkina.” 

 

Noticing how she made the slip, even the Russian player could not help but comment on the same.

Daria Kasatkina on mixing things up with Elena Rybakina 

The World No.10 Russian player hit the headlines not only because of her astounding performance on the court, but also because of her bold views on the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

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Despite being someone with strong opinions about her country, she saw the hilarious side of the mistake by Evert. She took to her Twitter and shared the video where Evert made the statement. She stated, “They just created a new country.” 

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The silver lining of it all is that tennis now boasts champions from multiple nationalities. This shows that tennis has its hold outside the European nations too.

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Shivali Sharma is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports, who specializes in off-court topics and has a particular focus on the legendary ‘Queen of the Court’, Serena Williams. With a wealth of experience in the industry, Shivali has authored numerous articles covering varied topics concerning the 23-time Grand Slam champion, including her personal life, career, and more. In addition to her work on Serena Williams, Shivali is also a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires the four-time Major winner, particularly for her advocacy for mental health.
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