‘Our KIDS! I’m Sick’- Martina Navratilova, Andy Roddick, and Others Show Remorse Over Texas’ Tragedy

Published 05/25/2022, 2:42 PM EDT

The Texas shooting incident has shaken the world as 19 lives of innocent children were lost. People from numerous backgrounds have been pouring their feelings about the tragedy on social media, including several current and ex-players in the tennis world.

Navratilova, Roddick, and Mardy Fish were among those who voiced their strong opinions on Twitter.


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Tennis legends Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King’s reaction

18-time grand slam winner Martina Navratilova tweeted about the gun laws in the USA. She wrote, “Our country has a terminal violence illness… so sad and for the most part preventable… just so sad #guncontrol NOW!!! Register every damn gun out there or go to prison!!!!”


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Moreover, founder of WTA and former world no. 1, Billie Jean King, also shared her regret over the loss of innocent lives. She called out for action against such incidents in the country, tweeting, “My heart breaks for the 18 elementary school children and 2 teachers who lost their lives in a horrific shooting today in TX. Many details are unknown, but one thing is clear: These shootings regularly happen in the U.S. & very rarely elsewhere. The time for action is now.”

Tennis celebrities voice their concern over the substantial loss of lives

Andy Roddick, a former world no. 1, also showed his grievance over such tragic incidents happening frequently in the US.

He tweeted, “Heartbreak ….. Over and over and over again. Insanity is going about things the same way and expecting a different result. The same isn’t working”

In addition to that, renowned American tennis player Mardy Fish also showed his concern over the incident. Being a father himself, he wrote, “I drop my kids off at school almost daily. Never in my wildest dreams would I think that would be the last time I saw them. These are our kids man. Our KIDS! I’m sick.”


World no. 11 Jessica Pegula also reacted similarly to the incident.


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She tweeted, “Waking up with the horrible news in Texas only a week or so after what happened in Buffalo. I feel sick and disturbed and just heartbroken for all families involved.”

What happened in Texas?

The tragic incident took place in the Robb Elementary School in the city of Uvalde in South Texas. Children in the age group of 7 to 10 years old attend the school. A Border Patrol official shot the culprit down.


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We pray for the peace of the victims and the wellbeing of their families who have suffered great loss.



Shivali Sharma

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Shivali Sharma is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. She has pursued her Master's in history from Himachal University, but her love for the game has driven her to write about tennis. Shivali is a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires Osaka not only for her on-court performances, but also for her off-court actions.