Sergiy Stakhovsky reveals why he posted screenshot of convo with Novak Djokovic

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Sergiy Stakhovsky reveals why he posted screenshot of convo with Novak Djokovic

Ukrainian tennis player Sergiy Stakhovsky revealed Novak Djokovic gave him the permission to post a screenshort of their conversation. A week ago, Stakhovsky posted a screenshort of his WhatsApp conversation with Djokovic.

Djokovic reached out to Stakhovsky to check out on his well-being. "I put out Novak's (message) with his permission because I know for Ukrainians, that would matter,” Stakhovsky told Eurosport. “Not all the Ukrainians would know Richard Gasquet or Lucas Pouille or Aljaz Bedene, or all the other guys, but they will see that he is supportive, that he understands that he condemns what's going on, that's the most important part - raise the spirit of the Ukrainians a bit.

“Although maybe they are already high with having finally a normal president who is willing to put himself where his words are and put his life on the line alongside all the other Ukrainians. “It was, of course, special to hear messages from players.

Novak is different because Novak lived through hell when he was young. “He completely understands what our kids are going through right now in Ukraine, when they live in the metro stations. So, you know, it's something that I wish no one would have to go through”.

The message Djokovic sent to Stakhovsky

"Stako, how are you man? Are you on the field? Thinking of you... hoping all calms down soon. Please let me know what would be the best address to send help, financial help, any other help as well," Djokovic's message read.

"Nole thanks a lot, I'm on the ground, Kyiv is pretty silent," Stakhovsky replied.

After ensuring that his wife and three kids safely got to Hungary, Stakhovsky returned home and joined the military reserve. Stakhovsky admitted his wife was against him joining the war but he felt it was the right thing to do.