Published On: Mon, Sep 11th, 2017

Rojer, Tecau win US Open Men’s Doubles title

JJ RojerThe reigning Australian Open champions and top seeds have bowed out with a 1-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 loss to Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Romania's Horia Tecau.

Perhaps the most poignant social commentary has come from retired American tennis pro James Blake, who was forced into addressing the issue of race in the United States when he was tackled to the ground in 2015 by an undercover officer with the New York Police Department as he stood waiting for a vehicle. "We love coming here".

In his news conference, Rojer acknowledged that tennis players rarely spoke out about political matters. "I never got to be on Ashe Stadium before". He wore shirts adorned with the Statue of Liberty and shorts emblazoned with the peace sign, in the final and throughout the fortnight.

The Curaçao native said he first traveled to the United States when he was 12 years old. During the trophy presentation, Rojer, who was born and lives in Curaçao, was asked about the outfit he was wearing, which featured a fluorescent yellow shirt with a picture of the Statue of Liberty across the front.

He grew up with a black father and a white mother in Curaçao, but said that the "first time I noticed color was when I came to the USA - sad to say that". I have been here since I'm 12 years.

"On the political side of things, I don't know how much the tennis world gets into it, but I just wanted to have the conversation going", he said. "The idea came after the tragic incident in Charlottesville and we came up with this line promoting peace and freedom and liberty", said Rojer as a small crowd cheered.

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