Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov ended his career in Rome in 2018 with a 1st round loss to Novak Djokovic. On Tuesday, he reacted to the controversy ignited by the Serb, after his victory in the 1st round of Roland-Garros on Monday, about the situation in Kosovo ("Kosovo is the heart of Serbia. Stop the violence").
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Is it already politics or sport, "said Dolgopolov on Twitter. Far from the circuit, engaged since the beginning of the Russian invasion in Ukraine, the former 13th player in the world (winner of three tournaments on the ATP circuit), took up arms to defend his hometown Kiev.
Determined to assume the consequences of his actions, Novak Djokovic, in Serbian, summarized: "This is a very sensitive subject. I am very touched as a Serb by what is happening in Kosovo and by how our people have been practically forced to leave our municipalities (...). I am the son of a man born in Kosovo, I feel an additional responsibility to give my support to our people and to all of Serbia.»
Guest of France Televisions "Evening Court", on Twich, Amélie Mauresmo, the director of the tournament, in comments reported by France Info, stressed: "The goal, given the current context in Ukraine, was to ask neutrality from the players. There, we are waiting to see even an exact translation, because we have several versions that go back to us. We'll see. And talk to him to find out what he really meant. No rush. We're going to put things down."