Criticized by other tennis players and called "selfish", Roger Federer defended his conduct during the qualifying round for Australian Open. The first round of the main bracket, with his participation, starts in this domino (19).
The 38-year-old Swiss, the biggest tournament winner in Grand Slam in the history of tennis (20 titles), he heard complaints that he did not support his colleagues who participated in the qualifying phases, in which tennis players with the worst ranking seek a place among the main names in the sport.
The organization of the tournament made the matches go ahead despite the smoke caused by the fires that happen in Australia since November and the poor air quality. Only after much complaints did the games stop.
Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic was ill on the court and others needed assistance. Canadian Brayden Schnur called stars of the sport like Federer and Spanish Rafael Nadal selfish for not taking action. Days later, he apologized.
"I don't think I could have done more than I did. I can't go on the court and tell people to stop. We all care about each other," said Federer, who says he talked to the Australian Open organization about the matter and said to them that communication needs to improve.
Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Serena Williams and other tennis players participated in an exhibition match last Wednesday (15) to raise funds to be used in fighting fires and to help victims. According to the organizers, almost US $ 5 million was obtained (about R $ 20 million). Before that, Federer and Nadal had already donated R $ 700 thousand for the same purpose.
Although rains that have fallen in recent days have improved the climate, the situation is still worrying. Canadian Denis Shapovalov, 13th in the ranking of the ATP (Association of Professional Tennis Players), said he will not enter the court this Sunday night (from Brasília) if the air quality is considered poor.
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