Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev wrote “No War Please” on a TV camera shortly after advancing to the final at the Dubai Championships on Friday.
Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev wrote “No War Please” in a TV camera.
Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev wrote “No War Please” on a television camera shortly after reaching the final at the Dubai Championships on Friday.
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Rublev, seventh in the table, had just beat Hubert Hurkacz from Poland 3:6, 7:5, 7:6 (5) in the semifinals before he wrote his message on the camera – as is customary after games.
Russian troops invaded the Ukrainian capital on Friday, invading a democratic country, stoking fears of a wider war in Europe and sparking global efforts to stop Russia.
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Rublev was not asked about the news during his on-pitch interview immediately after the game.
Compatriot Daniil Medvedev spoke about waking up to the news that his country had invaded Ukraine at the Mexico Open on Thursday.
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“Watching the news from home, waking up here in Mexico, wasn’t easy,” said Medvedev, who will be the No. 1 men when the rankings are announced next week.
“As a tennis player, I want to promote peace around the world,” Medvedev continued. “We play in so many different countries. It’s just not easy hearing all this news. I am all for peace.”
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