Semi-finalist Khachanov defends Australian Open 'Artsakh' messages


Karen Khachanov defended himself Tuesday after his support at the Australian Open for a contested Armenian enclave sparked a strongly worded complaint from Azerbaijan tennis officials.

The Russian, who has Armenian roots, wrote a message on a television camera lens after his fourth-round win at Melbourne Park that said: "Keep believing until the very end. Artsakh, hold on!"

In a previous round, the semi-finalist wrote: "Artsakh stay strong."

They were referencing the contested region of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-populated enclave of Azerbaijan over which Baku and Yerevan have fought two wars.

"I have Armenian roots. From my father's side, from my grandfather's side, even from my mum's side. I'm half-Armenian," he said after reaching the semi-finals, with an Armenian flag seen in Rod Laver Arena.

"To be honest, I don't want to go deeper than that and I just wanted to show strength and support to my people. That's it."

In a letter posted online, the Azerbaijan Tennis Federation said it had protested to Australian Open organisers and the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

It demanded he be "punished" with "harsh measures".

"Writing heartfelt wishes on the camera lens is a kind of tradition in tennis but Khachanov abused this, using it in his dirty plans," it added.

Khachanov said he was not aware of the letter and had not been told to stop his post-match messages "so far".



Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


  • Annemnani
    (2023-01-27 06:40:37Z)

    Emerging endoscopic treatments for nonvariceal upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage propecia

  • Annemnani
    (2023-01-31 19:20:52Z)

    So it was quite the balancing act some days diarrhea, other days constipation clomid 50mg buy online

  • Annemnani
    (2023-02-05 10:52:51Z)

    T Aihara, Y Takatsuka, S Osumi, etal Phase III randomized adjuvant study of tamoxifen alone versus sequential tamoxifen and anastrozole in postmenopausal women with hormone responsive breast cancer N SAS BC03 study Presented at the 31st Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium December 10 14, 2008 San Antonio, TX abstr 1138 Google Scholar 9 liquid viagra cephalexin will decrease the level or effect of biotin by altering intestinal flora

  • Allomycle
    (2023-03-17 20:41:22Z)

    Given their critical role in hematopoietic stem cell maintenance and function, vessel associated reticular CAR cells in the BM were a focus of these studies buy cheap cialis discount online Villaseca P

  • Allomycle
    (2023-03-21 06:26:52Z)

    5 times greater than creatinine clearance, which indicates that tubular secretion is the major route of metformin elimination how much is accutane with insurance Monitor Closely 1 rabeprazole decreases effects of budesonide by increasing gastric pH


Top News: Tennis