Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer, Spain's Rafael Nadal and Serbian Novak Djokovic are the latest tennis players to take a stand against racism amidst the protests that are currently sweeping across the United States.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic support Blackout Tuesday on Twitter
The killing of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis has sparked protests and riots across the United Stand. After the incident and resulting protests, several athletes, including tennis stars, have showed their support against racism and urged everyone to support #BlackLivesMatter.
These include Serena Williams, Coco Gauff, Naomi Osaka and Fraces Tiafoe. Tiafoe had created a video in which several tennis players had participated, including Osaka, Williams, Gauff, Gael Monfils, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, MaliVai Washington, Lori McNeil and Zina Garrison.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have also joined the list and and showcased their support against racism. The Grand Slam champions posted a picture of a black square on their social media accounts to support Blackout Tuesday on social media.
Roger Federer has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles—the most in history for a male player—and has held the world No.
1 spot in the ATP rankings for a record total of 310 weeks (including a record 237 consecutive weeks). He was the year-end No. 1 five times. The Swiss legend has won a record eight Wimbledon men's singles titles, six Australian Open titles, five US Open titles and one French Open title.
He is one of eight men to have achieved a Career Grand Slam. The Swiss player has also won a record six ATP Finals titles, 28 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, and a record 24 ATP Tour 500 titles and was a member of Switzerland's winning Davis Cup team in 2014.
He is also the only player after Jimmy Connors to have won 100 or more career singles titles (currently at 103 ATP titles). Besides his on-court success, Roger Federer has received the tour Sportsmanship Award 13 times. He has also been part of the ATP Players Council for many years to take up issues related to the players and has his own foundation through which he has supported various charitable causes, with a focus on children in Africa.
Federer's record of 20 Grand Slam singles titles is being chased by Rafael Nadal, who has won 19 Grand Slam titles, and Novak Djokovic, who has won 17 Grand Slam titles.