Djokovic on Kosovo: “Political statements” are not prohibited, says ITF

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) stressed on Wednesday May 31 that “ political statements ” of players were not prohibited, while the exit of Novak Djokovic on Kosovo ” heart of serbia has caused controversy. ” The rules of conduct for players during a Grand Slam tournament are defined by the Grand Slam regulations, issued by the organizer and the regulator concerned. There is no provision in this regulation prohibiting political statements from the players, the ITF said. The international body confirms having received a letter from the Kosovo Tennis Federation and says it has “ forwarded to the authorities managing the Grand Slams “. Monday, at the end of his first round match and while Kosovo has been the scene for several days of clashes between members of the international force led by NATO (KFOR) and Serb demonstrators, Djokovic had written on the Philippe-Chatrier court camera: “ Kosovo is the heart of Serbia! Stop the violence. “He had explained in the wake of feeling” additional responsibility, as a public figure and as the son of a man born in Kosovo, to bring (son) support for all the Serbian people ».  « It’s the least I can do. I am not a politician and I have no intention of engaging in a debate “, he added. Nevertheless this Wednesday, the French Minister of Sports Amélie Oudéa-Castéra criticized Djokovic’s message judging that it was ” not appropriate » and that it was not necessary « not that it starts again ».

Novak Djokovic in his first match, the first day of Roland Garros. © Pierre René-Worms / RFI


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