The American tennis player Tennys Sandgren denied that he was an extreme right wing supporter, as he was questioned about his beliefs after reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.
The world number 97 spoke after a [dramaticvictoriaencincosets on the fifth favorite Dominic Thiem at Melbourne Park on Monday.
Sandgren, a 26-year-old presence on social media, was asked specifically about his activity around the publication of figures & # 39; alt-right & # 39; in the U.S.
Earlier this month, a video posted by Nicholas Fuentes, who says he attended a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville – was retweeted on Sandgren's Twitter account.
"Who you follow on Twitter, I think, it does not matter a bit," Sandgren said.
"What information you see does not dictate what you think or beli … I think it's crazy to think that, I think it's crazy to assume that."
"Say: & # 39; Well, he's following X person, so he believes all the things that this person believes. … I think that's ridiculous. "
Sandgren had never won a Grand Slam match before the Australian Open this year, and is the second man in the last 20 years to reach quarterfinals. final in his debut in Melbourne.
He beat Thiem 6-2 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (7-9) 6-3 in three hours and 55 minutes, and will face Chung Hyeon of South Korea for a place in the semifinals.
Sandgren was trained and educated at home by his mother born in South Africa until he went to university, and "touching his head" with her for years as a "fighter" and a "more negative version" of his current self.
When the journalists asked him if he supported something of the alternative movement of the right, he said: "No, no. I think some of the content is interesting.
"But no, I'm not No, not at all, as a firm Christian, I do not support things like that, I support Christ and I follow him, that's what I support."