"Shame, pathetic, they want black money," Dolgopolov rips his collegues players

The former Ukrainian tennis player, engaged at the front in the war between his country and Russia, said he was disgusted by the choice of some European tennis players to play an exhibition tournament in St. Petersburg

by Lorenzo Ciotti
"Shame, pathetic, they want black money," Dolgopolov rips his collegues players
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The former Ukrainian tennis player Alexandr Dolgopolov declared that he no longer has the time or desire to follow tennis, as he is busy at the front. The former tennis player gave an interview to the DailyMail, reflecting on his colleagues' choice to participate in the tournaments organized by Russia.

"We see the decisions that have been made. There's not much to say about it. I see what happens in tennis, some results, because I'm on X, but I don't know when I last watched a match. It seems like a lifetime different," Dolgopolov said.

The 35-year-old from Kiev then harshly criticized some colleagues for his choice to take part in the exhibition tournament scheduled for St. Petersburg. "It's a shame, especially for European players. I can't understand it, I don't know what they have in mind.

They only hoard black money. The Russians threaten Europe daily with nuclear attacks, with energy blackmail, and they still choose to go there to make money. These guys aren't desperate for money. Bautista has been on Tour for fifteen years and Mannarino more or less the same.

For me it's a joke. He is pathetic," the Ukrainian said.

Dolgopolov, from the court to the war

Since the beginning of the conflict between his Ukraine and Russia, Alex Dolgopolov's life has totally changed. From playing against Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, to the battles, off the court, against the Russian army.

Long gone are the days when the former world number 13 enjoyed expressing his eccentric playing style on the tennis courts. In fact, a few months ago the 35-year-old Ukrainian decided to join his nation's army, risking his life for the good of his country.

Dolgopolov, in some recent interviews, has recounted the horrors of war seen up close, raising awareness of the dramatic situation that all the soldiers committed to the front experience every day, among whom there are also very young boys.

St. Petersburg