Former Israeli Grand Slam champion Andy Ram has called out Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and the entire tennis world because he feels they have not done enough to show support for Israel amid the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Ram, who won the 2008 Australian Open men's doubles title with fellow compatriot Jonathan Erlich, specifically mentioned Djokovic because he feels the Serb should have publicly sent very strong support to Israel considering the Serb's ties with Israel.
Last year, Djokovic won the Tel Aviv Open and also played doubles with Erlich in the Israeli's farewell in Tel Aviv. "I'm sure they (tennis players) have heard of the stories. They know what happened... It's disappointing a little bit because Djokovic as a father, parent, thinking of little kids kidnapped, murdered, burned alive...
I mean, he should be a little bit sensitive for the situation," Ram said during his appearance on I24News.
Erlich calls out Djokovic, the entire tennis world
Following the escalation of the Israel-Palestine conflict, the ATP canceled the Tel Aviv Open scheduled to take place between November 05-11.
“The violence and acts of terror witnessed in Israel are beyond comprehension. We strongly condemn any form of terrorism and mourn the loss of innocent lives across this conflict. We hope and pray for peace in the region," ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said in a statement.
The WTA also issued a statement, in which they said they were "mourning the loss of innocent lives in Israel." "The WTA mourns the loss of innocent lives in Israel, grieves with those still searching for loved ones, and condemns the horrific acts of terrorism and violence in the region.
We stand with our Israeli athletes -- and all WTA athletes including those from areas of conflict around the world. We pray for the recovery of the wounded, the healing of communities impacted, and peace in the region," the WTA said in a statement.
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