The canadian Milos raonic, semifinalist in the tournament CincinnatiHe declared on Thursday that the only way that major changes can be seen in society regarding racism is with a “real boycott.”
Raonic, 20 years old and 30th in the world, insisted to reporters on the need to take stronger action and challenged the tennis community to do so through “unity” between the ATP and the WTA.
“They must unite in the fight against racial inequality and social injustice, but with much stronger actions than those shown so far,” Raonic said.
The Canadian said that the stance shown by the sport on Wednesday, of not competing, in protest of the police shooting he suffered Jacob blake, a 29-year-old black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is not the only way to go.
In tennis, the Japanese Naomi osakaThe third seed said she would not play the women’s semifinal of the Cincinnati tournament on Thursday, against Belgian Elise Mertens, a decision she hopes “can start a debate in a mostly white sport.” Yes it will on Friday, said the Japanese after the suspension of the day on Thursday as an act of joint protest.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA), along with the ATP and WTA, which administer men’s and women’s tennis, respectively, announced that the semifinals at the Cincinnati tournament were canceled on Thursday, which this year is played in the bubble of Flushing Meadows, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It is expected that this Friday the tournament can be resumed and all the matches that were scheduled for this Thursday will be played.
Among them Raonic’s against Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, fourth seeded and now big favorite to be in the final.
Raonic insisted that actions like Wednesday’s are not going to do much to bring about change and that the time has come to take a position that has financial implications, which he described as a “real boycott.”
“I think having a poster somewhere, supportive, banners in a tournament or wearing a jersey in a warm-up in a match of the NBAIt can’t do much, “Raonic told reporters.
He insisted that only a real action to “break” normality will be the way in which change can be achieved, since it would affect people in the monetary field and then they would begin to think seriously about racial inequality and injustice. Social.
“I hope that I can continue the unity and support of the athletes in the search to provide solutions to many people who are not being treated fairly, disrespect them, have to live in fear and many more things, which I have never had to experiment, but they happen, “added Raonic.
And he also recognized that the change will not be overnight and that the process will take time until the results can really be seen, as long as the unity is maintained, something that, in his opinion, will not be easy.