Mentioning Ferro, Azarenka said: "I applaud her for being brave. I hope this situation, she's going to come out of it stronger and tennis is not ruined for her because of that. That's, I think, a very, very heavy topic. But it's the topic that has to come out more."
In March, a tennis player held a news conference after suing the U.S. Tennis Association, saying the governing body failed to protect her from a coach who she says sexually abused her at one of its training centers when she was 19.
Kylie McKenzie said that coach Anibal Aranda touched her inappropriately at the USTA's training center in Orlando, Florida, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in central Florida. The lawsuit says Aranda, who was employed by the USTA for about seven years and later fired, used his position as a USTA coach to get access to vulnerable female athletes.
In April, former tennis player Pam Shriver, now a TV commentator, revealed in a first-person account published by British newspaper The Telegraph that she "had an inappropriate and damaging relationship with my much older coach" that began when she was 17 and he was 50.
After word of Ferro's accusation emerged, Shriver tweeted: "Sending my best support to Fiona Ferro. The best way to improve safeguarding, is to tell our stories."