US Open men's doubles winners push for social, racial justice

Sep 10, 2017, 10:48 IST | AFP

Jean-Julien Rojer (left) and Horia Tecau pose with the US Open men's doubles trophy. Pic/PTI
Jean-Julien Rojer (left) and Horia Tecau pose with the US Open men's doubles trophy. Pic/PTI

Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer and Romania's Horia Tecau pressed for social justice and racial equality on Friday after winning the US Open men's doubles title for their second Grand Slam crown.

The 12th-seeded duo defeated Spanish 11th seeds Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez 6-4, 6-3 to win their first US Open. Their other Slam trophy came at Wimbledon in 2015. After the triumph, Rojer — wearing a yellow shirt bearing a drawing of the Statue of Liberty — said the clothing was inspired by last month's confrontation between extreme right demonstrators and counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one person dead. "The idea came after the tragic incident in Charlottesville and we came up with this line promoting peace and freedom and liberty," Rojer told spectators.

Tecau said: "It's important to see we're not just athletes competing for Slams and prize money and glory. In the locker room, everybody is the same. We're all friends and all compete against each other."

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