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"It really hurts": a Ukrainian player denounces the actions of Djokovic's father

2023-01-27T07:39:25.060Z


Marta Kostyuk felt that the behavior of Novak Djokovic's father in Melbourne regrets the actions of the player's father, at the heart of the controversy after being displayed in the company of pro-Russian supporters.


It is "

very upsetting

" to see Novak Djokovic's father alongside supporters waving pro-Russian flags, Ukrainian tennis player Marta Kostyuk said Friday at the Australian Open.

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"

It doesn't matter who you are, nobody has the right

" to wave those flags, said Kostyuk, 20, who was speaking after losing the women's doubles semi-final at Melbourne Park, where Russian and Belarusian flags are prohibited.

Things like this cannot stay in the shadows

,” she insisted.

"

It's very upsetting

."

On Wednesday evening, a group of Russian fans defied the ban at Melbourne Park, even chanting pro-Russian and pro-Putin slogans.

Srdjan Djokovic, Novak's father, was filmed outside the stadium on Thursday with a man holding a Russian flag with President Vladimir Putin's face on it, according to a video posted on an Australian pro YouTube account. -Russian.

The man was dressed in a t-shirt bearing the pro-war Russian symbol "

Z

".

The young player was hesitant to comment further on the Djokovics, fearing a backlash from the tennis star's fans.

No matter what I say, I will be hated for the rest of my life, especially by very aggressive Novak fans

,” she said.

"

I know it and I have experienced it in the past

."

As a Ukrainian, Kostyuk said she was surprised and hurt to see Russian flags in the stands despite the ban in place.

"

I don't know, I don't understand, it really hurts and I don't understand how it can be possible

," she said, stressing once again "

that it was forbidden

" to wave these flags.

Source: lefigaro

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