Welcome to The Changeover’s very first NSFW post!
Aleksandr Dolgopolov, also known as The Dolgo, got an Instagram account* last December.
Social media is great for players because they get to show another side of their personality to fans. All I knew about Dolgopolov before he joined social media was that he was a flashy but inconsistent player who has Gilbert’s Syndrome and really likes cars. I was excited to find out more!
In the beginning it was mostly fun and games. He drinks coke while practicing, how adorable!
He found his bar, how funny!
He takes a lot of selfies and updates people on his travels, how original!
But somewhere along the line, things took a turn for the…inappropriate.* (Thanks to Sona Avagyan for the translation help.)
The caption on this one reads, “It’s like giving ‘likes’ to yourself.” His caption says, “Agreed.”
The Russian part of the picture reads, “Note in the toilet.” Dolgo’s caption is, “Such a horrible toilet ))))).”
The text above the…cartoon on this one reads, “I’ll cheat and you’ll like it!” Dolgo comments, “Cool guy!”
This interesting…ad says, “Take the maximum out of piston.” The advertising sure worked on Dolgo, who responds, “I use this oil Motul! What’s this? Destiny?”
To this horribly offensive photo, Dolgo adds, “Girls need to be loved and respected.”
Here the caption reads, “ You don’t become a man, you should be born a man” Dolgo agrees. “That’s it! Apparently a juvenile scorpion.”
And, just to prove that he can be inappropriate even with a normal picture and that he was inappropriate even before his account was locked, here is the second picture he ever put on Instagram. You can read the caption yourself.
Perhaps social media isn’t beneficial to everyone.
(*In fairness, apparently around the time his photos got sketchy Dolgopolov also made his account private. However, since I was already one of his more than 1,000 followers, I guess I was grandfathered in. I did not even know his account was private until this post was nearly finished, because all of his photos still show up in my feed. I am not a close and personal friend.)
Beyond disturbing. Yuck.
Misogyny is rampant within the ATP but I guess that why most of them are “unique characters” (sigh…).
Kudos to The Changeover for this story.
I don’t think many tennis correspondents would’ve done the same.
It’s so disturbing…I have no words how I am surprised and disapointed! Well done for writing about that. Thank you!
Huh, not sure I wanted to know this about Dolgopolov. Will I ever the able to look at him the same way?
what a class act!
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