Tennis legend Chris Evert has come out to support WNBA star Brittney Grinner, who has been sent to a Russian penal colony. Griner was sentenced to 9 years of imprisonment on charges of drug smuggling.

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Chris Evert (US Open Tennis – Twitter)

Brittney Griner was detained in Russia earlier this year after the police found small amounts of cannabis in her luggage. By August, a Russian court had sentenced her to 9 years in prison after convicting her on drug charges. Her appeal was rejected on October 25 and now she has been transferred to the Russian penal colony where she will serve out her sentence.

I am determined to get her home and get her home safely,” American President Joe Biden said Wednesday after the news came out regarding Russian authorities transferring the basketball star to a penal colony. However, it is going to be a difficult task to get Grinner out of trouble.

Former American tennis player, Chris Evert, tweeted a message of support for Griner. She wrote:

“That’s NOT OK….It’s a horrendous situation for Brittney and her family. She does not deserve this treatment, it’s a nightmare…#BringBrittneyHome 🙏🙏🙏”

Chris Evert congratulates Iga Swiatek and Caroline Garcia

Iga Swiatek and Caroline Garcia had a great season. Both women amassed a combined total of 12 titles during the year.

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Iga Swiatek and Caroline Garcia pose for a picture during their match at the 2022 WTA Finals (USTA Texas – Twitter)

Chris Evert put out two separate tweets to hail the achievements of Swiatek and Garcia. For Swiatek, the 67-year-old wrote:

“And what a year it was! 8 tournament wins, 37 match streak, 2 majors…..dominant…time for a well deserved rest! Congratulations 👏👍❤️”

The 29-year-old Garcia also received a special message from the former world No. 1. Evert tweeted the following for the 2022 WTA Finals champion:

“You worked hard for it…👏👍💪keep going @CaroGarcia”

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