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Russian tennis stars Medvedev, Rublev send messages to Putin

Andrey Rublev and Medvedev with Putin- the tennis stars want peace

Andrey Rublev and Medvedev with Putin- the Russian tennis stars want peace

Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev on Friday penned a simple, but powerful message as his country continued to rain missiles on Ukraine, on the order of President Putin.

He wrote “no war please” on a camera following his match in Dubai.

Andrey, the world’s No.7 ranked tennis player, knocked off his opponent, Hubert Hurkacz, and then made his remark for all to see.

“You realize how important it is to have peace in the world and to respect each other no matter what, to be united,” he said after the match.

“We should take care of our earth and of each other. This is the most important thing.”

Just last week in Marseille, Rublev paired up with Ukrainian Denys Molchanov to win a doubles title.

Russian Daniil Medvedev also said he wanted to promote peace around the world after a “roller-coaster day” when he was confirmed as the world’s top tennis player and his country invaded Ukraine.

U.S. Open champion Medvedev, who took the court in Acapulco, Mexico, hours after Novak Djokovic’s quarter-final loss in Dubai on Thursday meant the Russian would replace him at the top of the men’s rankings on Monday, said it was not easy watching the news.

“By being a tennis player I want to promote peace all over the world,” the 26-year-old said after reaching the semi-finals at the ATP 500 tournament by defeating Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka.

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“We play in so many different countries. I’ve been in so many different countries as a junior and as a pro. It’s just not easy to hear all this news. I’m all for peace.”

Referring to the partnership between Rublev and Molchanov in Marseille, Medvedev said: “This was amazing because I think people need to stay together and that’s the most important.”

“In this moment, you understand that tennis sometimes is not that important,” he said, though adding he wanted to win his match.

“It was definitely not easy to play and I am happy that I managed to win the match. That was a little bit of a roller-coaster day.”

Rublev said he was getting some bad comments online because of the situation in Ukraine.

“In these moments you realise that my match is not important. It’s not about my match, how it affects me. What’s happening is much more terrible,” Rublev said after his victory over American Mackenzie McDonald at the Dubai Championships late on Thursday.

“You realise how important (it) is to have peace in the world and to respect each other no matter what, to be united.

“It’s about that. We should take care of our earth and of each other. This is the most important thing.”

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