Russian tennis player writes heartbreaking message on camera after winning match

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A Russian tennis player took the time to make his thoughts known after winning his latest match.

Tennis star Andrey Rublev was not in the mood for celebrating following his victory over Hubert Hurkacz of Poland in the semi-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Championships on Friday.

Rublev - a 24-year-old professional tennis player from Moscow, Russia - instead opted to share a message of peace with the viewers watching at home.

Per the Daily Mail, following his 3-6 7-5 7-6 victory, Rublev grabbed a marker pen and approached a nearby cameraman.

You can watch the heartbreaking moment below:
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Despite the tradition of tennis players signing their name on the camera lens, Rublev decided to share a simple message: "No War Please".

As the message was revealed, the commentator can be heard saying: "And he might just have a message, Andrey Rublev... and we can get behind that."

The crowd can also be heard cheering and applauding as the scrawling was revealed.

Rublev's semi-final victory means that he is now through to the finals of the tournament on Saturday, where he will aim to claim the 10th title of his career.

The tennis ace certainly isn't the first Russian to voice their opposition to the invasion of Ukraine - which was initiated on Thursday by land, sea, and air.

Per Sky News, more than 1,700 anti-war protesters across 54 Russian cities were arrested by police after taking to the streets to protest Putin's "special military operation". It has been reported that at least 957 people were detained in Moscow, as people took to the streets to demonstrate.

[[imagecaption|| Russian police detain a demonstrator holding a sign with a message reading 'No To War' during an unsanctioned anti-war protest in central St Petersburg on February 24. Credit: Peter Kovalev/ ITAR-TASS News Agency / Alamy /Alamy]]

Overnight, CNN has reported that explosions and gunfire have continued to be heard throughout the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

In a national address on Friday night, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed that the people of Ukraine would stay and fight for their country. He also said: "I will stay in the capital. My family is also in Ukraine."

Zelensky also accused Russia of targeting civilian infrastructure.

In response, the US, EU nations, and Canada have all announced sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Featured image credit: Juergen Hasenkopf / Alamy

Russian tennis player writes heartbreaking message on camera after winning match

vt-author-image

By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

A Russian tennis player took the time to make his thoughts known after winning his latest match.

Tennis star Andrey Rublev was not in the mood for celebrating following his victory over Hubert Hurkacz of Poland in the semi-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Championships on Friday.

Rublev - a 24-year-old professional tennis player from Moscow, Russia - instead opted to share a message of peace with the viewers watching at home.

Per the Daily Mail, following his 3-6 7-5 7-6 victory, Rublev grabbed a marker pen and approached a nearby cameraman.

You can watch the heartbreaking moment below:
[[twitterwidget||https://twitter.com/TSN_Sports/status/1497234776905842688]]

Despite the tradition of tennis players signing their name on the camera lens, Rublev decided to share a simple message: "No War Please".

As the message was revealed, the commentator can be heard saying: "And he might just have a message, Andrey Rublev... and we can get behind that."

The crowd can also be heard cheering and applauding as the scrawling was revealed.

Rublev's semi-final victory means that he is now through to the finals of the tournament on Saturday, where he will aim to claim the 10th title of his career.

The tennis ace certainly isn't the first Russian to voice their opposition to the invasion of Ukraine - which was initiated on Thursday by land, sea, and air.

Per Sky News, more than 1,700 anti-war protesters across 54 Russian cities were arrested by police after taking to the streets to protest Putin's "special military operation". It has been reported that at least 957 people were detained in Moscow, as people took to the streets to demonstrate.

[[imagecaption|| Russian police detain a demonstrator holding a sign with a message reading 'No To War' during an unsanctioned anti-war protest in central St Petersburg on February 24. Credit: Peter Kovalev/ ITAR-TASS News Agency / Alamy /Alamy]]

Overnight, CNN has reported that explosions and gunfire have continued to be heard throughout the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

In a national address on Friday night, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed that the people of Ukraine would stay and fight for their country. He also said: "I will stay in the capital. My family is also in Ukraine."

Zelensky also accused Russia of targeting civilian infrastructure.

In response, the US, EU nations, and Canada have all announced sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Featured image credit: Juergen Hasenkopf / Alamy