- 03 Jun 2020
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.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) June 2, 2020
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) June 2, 2020
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) June 2, 2020
— Coco Gauff (@CocoGauff) June 2, 2020
— Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka) June 2, 2020
— Karolina Pliskova (@KaPliskova) June 2, 2020
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.
"I want to share a personal story that proves that there's a lot of types of racism – and it can be in your neighbourhood…"
— Tennis Canada (@TennisCanada) June 2, 2020
On Monday night, Serena Williams also took part in a video which featured many players, including Frances Tiafoe, with hashtags #racquetsdownhandsup and #handsupdontshoot.
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) June 1, 2020