Dolgopolov: "Nobody of Russians asked me if I'm alive"

“Nobody of Russians asked me if I’m alive”

Russia’s offensive against Ukraine has been going on uninterrupted for almost two months. The nation headed by Vladimir Putin has no intention of giving in to a tug-of-war with the rival country, an action that has provoked and provokes not insignificant consequences against Russia.

The major sectors that move the world have taken steps to damage the image and the economy of the Soviet Union and that of its ally Belarus, and the world of sport has not escaped this. In fact, the much discussed decision taken by the Wimbledon organizers to close the doors to Russian and Belarusian tennis players took place just two days ago, which met with great popular support but also attracted criticism.

In the meantime, several Ukrainian players or former players have bravely chosen to take their own initiative to defend their country brutally attacked on February 24th. It is worth mentioning Sergiy Stakhovsky – who spoke several times in connection with Italian televisions – and Aleksandr Dolgopolovparticularly active in seeking humanitarian aid.

And it is precisely through his social profiles that the former world number 13, responding to a user, launched a rather piqued dig at Russian tennis players.

Dolgopolov: “None of them asked me if I’m alive”

Yesterday Alexandr Dolgopolov posted a message on Twitter informing his followers of the purchase of part of the equipment to be allocated to the Ukrainian fighters, found by resorting to donations made by them.

Curious is the response that the former tennis player gave to a user, who asked if any Russian players had contacted him in these difficult days in which he risks his life. Dolgopolov did not miss an opportunity to reply in a piquant way: “He is hilarious. They haven’t even asked me if I’m alive.

Not one. The organizers of Roland Garros do not have the courage to make the only right decision at the moment: to ban Russian and Belarusian tennis players from participating in the tournament,” explained Dolgopolov in an interview with Le Parisien.

“I am too impressed with what is happening to worry about it, but I think tennis has to make very different decisions than they are today. They are taking very soft measures. We are undergoing a war against our nation, against our values.

It is not enough to say No to war. I know many Russian tennis players and they are good people. I’ve talked to some of them and told them they can’t do what they’re doing right now. Russia has no right to the privileges of the free world and one of them is to play tennis internationally.

If Russian tennis players do not clearly condemn their government’s actions and recognize that what is happening is a mass murder of the Ukrainian civilian population, they should not be able to compete.”

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