World's oldest tennis player Leonid Stanislavsky comments on Russia - Ukraine war



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World's oldest tennis player Leonid Stanislavsky comments on Russia - Ukraine war

Leonid Stanislavsky reveals he has been staying at home since the war began as he is hoping to make it to 100. Stanislavskyiholds a Guiness World Record for being the oldest tennis player at 97. Stanislavsky began playing the game at 30 and he continues to play professionally to date.

"I hope I live to reach 100. I have to survive this frightening situation," Stanislavskyitold Reuters. "The war started on (February) 24th. From the 24th till now I have practically not gone out. I've stayed at home... I have supplies, the fridge is full.

I'm sitting at home, not going anywhere."

Stanislavsky decided to stay in Ukraine

"My daughter Tanya is in Poland, she wants to take me there. But I decided to stay here. I have bad hearing so I sleep at night and don't hear anything.

Last night there were bombings, in the morning there were air-raid sirens again," said Stanislavsky. Stanislavsky, who worked as an engineer during the Second World War, admitted he didn't expect to live another war during his lifetime.

"I never thought that I would have to live through another, more frightening war where people from both sides are dying -- mothers are losing their children, wives are losing their sons and their husbands.What is this? What good is it? In the 21st century there can't be war.

The war needs to be stopped, an agreement has to be reached." Stanislavsky said. Last year, Stanislavskyi played against Rafael Nadal at the academy of the former world No. 1. "Tennis is my life, my destiny. I've played tennis at a serious level since I was 90, I've played abroad, I've played in World Championships, I've played in the European Championships.

I'm not afraid of anyone... I'm hoping that the war will end and I will be able to play tennis. If I could get (to Poland) I would play there. But I decided to stay at home and wait for the end of the war," Stanislavkyi said.