UBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev wrote “No War Please” on a television camera moments after qualifying for the Dubai Championships final on Friday.
Seventh-seeded Rublev had just beaten Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(5) in their semi-final match before writing his message on camera – as is often the case. case after matches.
Russian troops stormed the Ukrainian capital on Friday in an invasion of a democratic country that has fueled fears of a wider war in Europe and sparked global efforts to shut down Russia.
Rublev was not asked about the message during his on-pitch interview immediately after the game.
Fellow countryman Daniil Medvedev spoke at the Mexican Open on Thursday about waking up to the news that his country had invaded Ukraine.
“Watching the news from back home, waking up here in Mexico, hasn’t been easy,” said Medvedev, who will become the No. 1 men’s player when the rankings are announced next week.
“Being a tennis player, I want to promote peace around the world,” Medvedev continued. “We play in so many different countries. It’s not easy to hear all this news. I am for peace.