Chris Evert mistakenly mixed up Elena Rybakina’s nationality with Daria Kasatkina’s while commentating on the 24-year-old’s Wimbledon opener against Shelby Rogers.
Rybakina, the reigning champion at the grasscourt Major, played the opening match on Day 2 of the tournament and came back from a set down to beat Rogers 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 and book her place in the second round.
Chris Evert was the commentator during the match and accidentally mixed up Rybakina’s country, Kazakhstan, with Daria Kasatkina’s name while stating that she moved for better tennis opportunities.
“Rybakina is a Russian, played for Russia, moved to Kasatkina,” said Evert before being corrected.
Daria Kasatkina found the funny side in the incident and jokingly stated that a new country was created.
“They just created a new country,” the Russian’s tweet read.
After defeating Shelby Rogers, Elena Rybakina will next face either Alize Cornet or Nao Hibino in the second round of Wimbledon