Federer, Nadal, Djokovic join Blackout Tuesday message in fight against racism

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From Roger Federer to Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka, the world's top players joined forces on Tuesday to offer their support to the message of anti-racism with a co-ordinated social media effort.

Amid the backdrop of violence in the United States following the death last week of George Floyd, a black American, in police custody, many players, including Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Coco Gauff and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had already made their voices heard.

Osaka had already posted videos from Minnesota, where Floyd died, and on Tuesday, a host of other leading players joined forces to offer their support on social media.

After a series of players including Gauff, Stan Wawrinka, Karolina Pliskova, Madison Keys, Borna Coric, Noah Rubin, Carla Suarez Navarro, Alize Cornet, Pablo Andujar – all posted similar tweets on Tuesday, posting a black screen and using hashtags including ~blackouttuesday, #blacklivesmatter and #unitednotdivided#, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic all followed suit.

Félix Auger-Aliassime also took part in the movement in a long stance that was published by Tennis Canada’s Twitter account. He shared a racist behaviour his Dad faced. “There is still a long way to go for equality“, he claimed.

On Monday night, Serena Williams also took part in a video which featured many players, including Frances Tiafoe, with hashtags #racquetsdownhandsup and #handsupdontshoot.

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