Black Lives Matter: Players and umpires take a knee at Schroders Battle of the Brits | Tennis News


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Last Updated: 23/06/20 6:27pm


Players and umpire James Keothavong take a knee, in solidarity with the Black Lives Movement campaign

Jamie Murray, Neal Skupski, Liam Broady, Cameron Norrie and umpire James Keothavong all required a knee in unification with the Black Lives Matter movements prior to the opening match up at Schroders Battle of the Brits.

In keeping with just about all Premier League players and officials using a knee in assistance of the campaign, the all-British event at the National Tennis Centre found players and umpire Keothavong show their own backing.

Broady and Norrie ended up creating a surprise by beating favourites Murray and Skupski, 3-6 7-5 11-9 following a close up final-set tie-break.

Jay Clarke takes a knee before his match against Dan Evans

Jay Clarke requires a knee before their match towards Dan Evans

Jay Clarke, positioned 167 within the globe, said the Black Lives Matter movements has been “nice to see” and this individual believes it is often making a difference.

The 21-year-old coming from Derby required a knee alongside British No just one Dan Evans and Keothavong before their own opening true romance match.

I haven’t came across any racism in British tennis, yet around the world, sure.

Jay Clarke

“If I had developed the selection then I would certainly [take a knee] yet obviously We support the movement and it’s good to see sportspeople taking a knee,” Clarke mentioned during their press convention on Tuesday.

“I think obviously the movement is really nice to see and everybody’s working together to help support the change. People are actually acknowledging that it is seen as a disadvantage in a lot of different countries and walks of life.”

Clarke extra: “I haven’t encountered any racism in British tennis, but around the world, yes. Playing different events, but in the UK everyone is pretty accepting.”

Clarke said his brother and coach, Curtis, has been a rock

Clarke mentioned his buddy and instructor, Curtis, have been a rock and roll

Clarke also paid out tribute in order to his buddy and their current instructor, Curtis, with regard to helping your pet keep their feet securely on the ground.

“Curtis is unbelievable. He’s my best friend and my brother as well. The fact that he’s able to travel with me always helps keep me grounded,” Clarke mentioned.

“We speak to my parents every night, check-ins, see how they’re doing. To be honest, that’s the reason why I’ve been good, so young, because they’ve always pushed me in the right direction and helped me make decisions. They’re always in my corner.”

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