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Federer, Djokovic, Nadal show support for ‘Blackout Tuesday’

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Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic were among the sports stars showing their solidarity with ‘Blackout Tuesday’ across social media

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ByEurosport
02/06/2020 at 20:14 | Updated 02/06/2020 at 21:39

Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic were among the sports stars showing their solidarity with ‘Blackout Tuesday’ across social media.

The sporting world joined in on the blackout - which originated in the music industry - as protests across the USA continue following the death of George Floyd.

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Federer, Nadal and Djokovic all posted the simple but powerful image on their respective Twitter and Instagram pages on Tuesday.

NBA star LeBron James and Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford also posted the image.

On Monday, Naomi Osaka added her voice to protests, criticising people for tweeting more about lootings than Floyd’s death.

Osaka, who was born in Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mother, has previously passed her time in quarantine posting lighthearted selfies in stylish clothes or by the side of a pool.

But her social media feed changed following Floyd's death, as she posted news footage of his death and the statement "There comes a time when silence is betrayal" as well as tweeting "Just because it doesn't happen to you doesn't mean it isn't happening."

"When you tweet about the lootings before you tweet about the death of an unarmed black man," she posted on Monday.

Additional reporting from Reuters

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