Former world No. 10 Ernests Gulbis has spoken against the war as he has stated that the world has to do everything it can to bring the peace back. "I think it is very important now to talk publicly about what is happening in Ukraine," Gulbis told LTV, per Sportskeeda.
"For my part, I can almost always understand the geopolitical games played by politicians and governments. Often these games have been necessary, but there is a limit. I think that is the limit. It was violated when Russia invaded Ukraine and a war broke out there.
People are dying and we have to do everything we can to stop the war."
Gulbis: Blaming every Russian isn't fair
Russia's leading players Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev have both called for peace in the world.
Top-ranked Russian player on the WTA Tour, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, also spoke out against the war. "We must all watch together what we want to blame in this regard," Gulbis added. "We must be very careful about inciting hatred, we must not allow some people to condemn all Russians.
I think there are a huge number of people, both in Russia and outside Russia, who are against this insanity. "I believe that not all people who speak the same language as the aggressor should be blamed for the war. There are all extremist organizations around the corner that think and justify blowing up innocent people.
We have to try to protect our children, we have to think about how to present it all to them. We have to do it through tolerance and love." Ukrainian tennis player Sergiy Stakhovsky returned to Ukraine so he could join the army and fight the Russian invasion.
"I have no way to comment on it," Gulbis said of Stakhovsky's decision. "It's insanity. It causes tremendous respect, but insanity as it has come so far."