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I just saw that Timea and Viktor both posted several pictures of their day together in which they seemed to have a wonderful time and Timea was especially thankful for the getting to meet him. As I am politically centered, my post is not meant to criticize but to inform and discuss. Orban by some is known as a dictator, a fascist, and makes Donald Trump look like a liberal. Would be great to get the thoughts of our Hungarian friends on the board.

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He sucks.

This is not the first time we've seen tennis players socialise with and endorse - or at least not reject - politicians and celebrities we find distasteful.

Vika+Sabalenka with Lukashenko, Pavlyuchenkova+Vesnina+almost all Russian players with Putin, Swiatek+Duda...the list goes on.

It's not really surprising. In a lot of countries, tennis is only available to the middle class and above. A lot of times you need connections to get anywhere. I'm not at all surprised that they would associate with these people - they probably benefit from the system that these politicians put in place.

Besides, it's not like they can say no a lot of the time. You'd have to be pretty strong in your views to reject a request to hang out with the president. You might even be risking your safety in some places (Belarus, Russia, Middle East et al).

I'm gonna assume this wasn't a real choice for her and that she's just doing what she perceives she has to.
 

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So bad.

Ban her from the tour.
 

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So bad.

Ban her from the tour.
Give me a break. Tennis players, like everyone, are free to believe what they want. We're free to criticize those beliefs but banning someone from the tour because she hung out with the leader of her country is insane.
 

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Nasty.
 

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She needs to be eradicated from WTA Tournaments
 

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So bad.

Ban her from the tour.
Give me a break. Tennis players, like everyone, are free to believe what they want. We're free to criticize those beliefs but banning someone from the tour because she hung out with the leader of her country is insane.
I would ban all extreme right-wing supporters from any kind of publicity without any hesitation.
 
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I just saw that Timea and Viktor both posted several pictures of their day together in which they seemed to have a wonderful time and Timea was especially thankful for the getting to meet him. As I am politically centered, my post is not meant to criticize but to inform and discuss. Orban by some is known as a dictator, a fascist, and makes Donald Trump look like a liberal. Would be great to get the thoughts of our Hungarian friends on the board.

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who gets to decide which politicians are "far right" though? Is there some special naming committee?

Orban to me seems like a pretty mainstream right-winger, at least by today's standards. I'd be a lot more put off by Azarenka buddying up with Lukashenko or Pavluchenkova with Putin (real dictators) than Babos with Orban.
 

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I didn’t like Timea anw. The grunt, the very ugly game. Either she likes him and support his policies or she is seriously a very dumb person to post these pictures with what all is happening in Hungary. Bye!
who gets to decide which politicians are "far right" though? Is there some special naming committee?

Orban to me seems like a pretty mainstream right-winger, at least by today's standards. I'd be a lot more put off by Azarenka buddying up with Lukashenko (a real dictator) than Babos with Orban.
What? Orban is very far right. Basically as far as a right wing party can go in Europe. I’m actualy not against moderate parties (left or right) and I consider myself a centrist also and I think is good parties from different wings (but only if in the center/moderate spectrum of politics) are alternating in government but then Orban is very far from being a moderate right-winger, he as trashy human being as is Bolsonaro or Trump
 

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my post is not meant to criticize but to inform and discuss. Orban by some is known as a dictator, a fascist, and makes Donald Trump look like a liberal.

Personally i don't agree that Orban makes Donald Trump look like a liberal, i think that Trump is way worse than Orban in terms of fascist tendencies. Maybe you just said this to troll though.
 

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There is nothing disappointing about this. I think it is only a disappointment for those who hold rich, celebrity jocks to be some kind of paragon for morality and humanistic idol.
 

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Timing is helpful. I have been looking for places to fill in for my 10 least favourite players list when I get round to posting in the "Who're your faves & who do you hate/dislike? 2020 edition" thread. I always find it difficult finding 10 players I dislike to make those lists. At least I have one extra name to include now.
 

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Personally i don't agree that Orban makes Donald Trump look like a liberal, i think that Trump is way worse than Orban in terms of fascist tendencies. Maybe you just said this to troll though.
Or maybe you don't follow European politics sufficiently to have an informed opinion. I wouldn't say Orban is a lot worse than Trump or that Trump is a lot worse than Orban. There's not a lot in it. They are in the same ballpark and both are pretty sinister Autocratic leaders who care for no one but themselves and their personal grip of power.
 
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