The american tennis player Frances Tiafoe has posted a video on the social network Instagram, where numerous players, between them, Serena Williams, Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Naomi Osaka or Coconut Gauff, say “Enough”, as a reaction to the death of the african-american of 40 years, George Floyd in Minneapolis, may 25.
In two minutes and thirty seconds, the recording picks up the petition of about thirty players active and others retired as Maliavai Washington and James Blake, plus coaches and managers, as the former president of the USTA Zina Garrison. All of them raise their hands in solidarity with the death of Floyd.
“Enough is enough”, he says in the video. “Our lives begin to end the day we remain silent about things that matter”, writes Tiafoe, who quotes Martin Luther King.
“We wanted to make a small gesture to raise awareness about the wrongful deaths of many african americans here in this country,” adds his companion, the player canadian Ayan Broomfield.
“This is much bigger than the tennis. We need to unite, regardless of our social status, gender or background,” he added.
“Today, we put our rackets on the ground and our hands in the air”, follows the 81 in the world, before giving way to the statements and requests of the other participants. (D)