Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev has made a plea for peace after his match at the Dubai Tennis Championship by writing “No war please” on the camera lens.
After winning against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz on Friday Feb. 25 to qualify for the finals, Rublev, who is currently ranked No. 7 in the world, walked up to the camera filming the match and scribbled the message on the lens.
“In these moments you realize that my match is not important,” the 24-year-old said during a press conference after the match. “So it’s not about my match, how [it affects] me. Because what’s happening is much more terrible. You realize how important it is to have peace in the world and to respect each other no matter what and to be united.”
“We should take care of our earth and of each other. This is the most important thing,” he added.
Speaking on Thursday Feb. 24, when Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, world No. 1 Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev also made a call for peace.
“In this moment, you understand that tennis sometimes is not that important,” he said. “By being a tennis player, I want to promote peace all over the world.”