Dolgopolov: "Russian tennis players must not play"

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Dolgopolov: "Russian tennis players must not play"

After Sergiy Stakhovsky, Alexandr Dolgopolov also decided to join the Ukrainian army reserve list to fight the Russian invasion personally: "It was my decision and no one could stop me. My father was sad. It was tough when we separated.

He was very worried and obviously no one wanted me to be here. But this is the reality. It is war. I'm sure none of our kids want to die or be in this war, but it's our land." Several Ukrainian athletes have expressed their disappointment at the choice made by the leaders of world tennis, which allow Russian and Belarusian tennis players to compete without representing their countries.

Russia and Belarus have been excluded from the most important team events, but according to Dolgopolov this is not enough.

Alexandr Dolgopolov against Russian tennis players: "They must not play"

Dolgopolov explained in an interview with Le Parisien: "The organizers of Roland Garros do not have the courage to make the only right decision at the moment: to ban Russian and Belarusian tennis players from participating in the tournament.

I am too impressed with what is happening to worry about it, but I think tennis has to make very different decisions than they are today. They are taking very soft measures. We are undergoing a war against our nation, against our values.

It is not enough to say No to war. I know many Russian tennis players and they are good people. I've talked to some of them and told them they can't do what they're doing right now. Russia has no right to the privileges of the free world and one of them is to play tennis internationally.

If Russian tennis players do not clearly condemn the actions of their government and recognize that what is happening is a mass murder of the Ukrainian civilian population, they should not be able to compete." Dolgopolov also shares the same opinion as Sergiy Stakhovsky and Marta Kostyuk.