The Azerbaijan Tennis Federation has asked the International Federation (ITF) to take sanctions against Karen Khachanov, the Russian player, qualified for the Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesdayafter he sent messages of support to Armenia, from Melbourne.
After two of his matches played in Australia, Khachanov wrote, ” Artsakh stays strong! on a television camera. The term “Artsakh” in Armenian refers to the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, the scene of conflicts between Azerbaijan and Armenia since the fall of the USSR in 1991. By 2020, Azerbaijan had conquered the region, after a military intervention.
Karen Khachanov explained that he had Armenian origins. ” I just wanted to show strength and support for my people. That’s all. To be honest, I don’t want to go any further than that »did he declare.