Chilean Tennis Star Marcelo “Chinese” Rivers Supports Javier Milei’s Victory
The renowned Chilean tennis player, Marcelo “Chinese” Rivers, has always been a prominent figure. Not only did he achieve the top spot in the tennis world rankings in 2000, but he also garnered attention for his explosive career despite not winning any Grand Slam titles. Even after retiring in 2004, Rivers continues to make headlines. Recently, he surprised many by expressing his support for Javier Milei, the newly elected president of Argentina.
Rivers, now 47 years old, had a successful tennis career, winning 18 ATP titles between 1995 and 2001, including five Masters 1000 titles. Taking to his Instagram account, he celebrated Milei’s victory over Sergio Massa in the recent elections. In his post, Rivers congratulated the Argentine people and praised Milei for his accomplishments, stating that his leadership could bring about significant changes for a country that has endured much suffering. He expressed gratitude towards Milei for his outstanding work.
Furthermore, Rivers used Milei’s success as an opportunity to criticize the Chilean government led by Gabriel Boric. He expressed hope that Milei’s victory would serve as a catalyst for positive change in South America and help Chile overcome its current challenges. Rivers emphasized his strong bond with the Argentine people, stating that he has always felt loved by them. He expressed his desire for both Argentina and Chile to experience true freedom and prosperity.
Rivers is known for his outspoken nature, often risking controversy with his opinions. In a 2020 interview with the Chilean newspaper “Third,” he made controversial remarks about homosexuality. While acknowledging the criticism he may face, Rivers expressed his personal discomfort with homosexuality, stating that it goes against how he was raised. However, he clarified that he does not advocate mistreatment of individuals based on their sexual orientation.
In the same interview, Rivers also discussed the social crisis in Chile and the role of the State. Drawing comparisons to Venezuela, he expressed disbelief at the deteriorating situation in his home country. Rivers emphasized the importance of equality and equal opportunities for all individuals, rather than solely focusing on increasing salaries. He shared his experiences in the United States, where his son’s classmate is the son of a gardener, highlighting the inclusivity of public schools. Rivers advocated for a fairer society without resorting to wealth redistribution.
Rivers also criticized former Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, describing him as “soft” in his approach to governance.
Rivers’ Supportive Post for Milei
Martina Navratilova’s Disapproval
Javier Milei’s victory in the presidential elections caught the attention of the international tennis community, including legendary player Martina Navratilova. However, unlike Rivers, Navratilova expressed criticism of Argentina’s new political direction on social media.
Navratilova, a former world number 1 and winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles, responded to a post by Argentine historian and professor Federico Finchelstein. In the post, Finchelstein expressed concerns about Milei’s victory and its potential impact on democracy. Navratilova shared her disappointment, stating that Argentina’s political shift was a step in the wrong direction.