Ukrainian tennis player Illya Marchenko has urged the world to be aware of what impact Russia's invasion of Ukraine could have. In the early hours of Thursday, Russia officlally started their invasion of Ukraine. "In 2014 they brought their 'peace' to Crimea, Lugans and my hometown Donetsk," Marchenko said in a note posted on his Twitter account.
"Now they are bringing it it to the whole country of Ukraine. "To the rest of the world: If you think this won't affect you or your alliance will protect you... Just think about this - Ukraine has a population of around 40 million, over 250000 in military forces, and yet it doesn't stop him (Russian president Vladimir Putin).
So take a look at the defence power of YOUR country and remind yourself how united everyone was at the beginning of the pandemics... SANCTIONS ARE NOT ENOUGH."
Marchenko not currently in Ukraine
Marchenko competed at this week's ATP event in Doha.
Marchenko teamed up with Qatar's Issa Alharrasi for the Doha doubles event. Unfortunately for Marchenko and Alharrasi, they didn't enjoy a strong run. Marchenko and Alharrasi met Botic van de Zandschulp and Mackenzie McDonald in their Doha doubles opener.
Van de Zandschulp and McDonald didn't have much problems against Marchenko and Alharrasi as they claimed a routine 6-3 6-2 win. Van de Zandschulp and McDonald claimed the first break in the match in the fourth game but got broken back in the seventh game.
However, getting broken back in the seventh game didn't impact van de Zandschulp and McDonald as they broke Marchenko and Alharrasi again in the eighth game and served out for the opener in the following game. Marchenko and Alharrasi saved three break points in the opening game of the second set but got broken in the fifth game.
After claiming the first break of the set in the fifth game, van de Zandschulp and McDonald claimed their fourth break of the match in the seventh game and served out for the match in the following game.