Sergiy Stakhovsky worried for Ukraine: "It will be very hard to get back on its feet"

The former tennis player, engaged at the front in the war between Ukraine and Russia, shared the critical situation his country finds itself in

by Lorenzo Ciotti
SHARE
Sergiy Stakhovsky worried for Ukraine: "It will be very hard to get back on its feet"
© Matthew Stockman / Staff Getty Images Sport

Sergiy Stakhovsky enlisted two years ago as a reservist in his country's army. And in an interview with the BBC he now declares that it will be very difficult for his country to get back on its feet. Stakhovsky, in the same interview for BBC, also explained what he thinks about the presence of Russian and Belarusian athletes at the Paris Olympics in 2024.

Stakhovsky
Stakhovsky© Matthew Stockman / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

Stakhovsky criticized the IOC's decision for this decision, despite the fact that the athletes would be present even if under a neutral flag. The former Ukrainian tennis player also praised the behavior of the Russian tennis player Daria Kasatkina. After calling the decision taken by the IOC a joke, Stakhovsky said he was sure that if all athletes and people in Russia who are against this conflict took a stand as Kasatkina did, the picture would be completely different.

After calling the decision taken by the IOC a joke, Stakhovsky said he was sure that if all athletes and people in Russia who are against this conflict took a stand as Kasatkina did, the picture would be completely different.

Sergiy Stakhovsky worried about Ukraine

The former number 31 in the ATP rankings, best ranking achieved on 27 December 2010, states that especially in this phase every Ukrainian athlete must now be cultivated even more, as he could be the last shining star of his country.

Stakhovsky listed all the athletes of his compatriots who died during the conflict, adding that it will be very difficult for Ukraine to get back on its feet: "All Russian athletes say they fear for their lives and those of their families, the truth is that no one Most of them live in Russia.In my opinion they don't want to fuel criticism or risk losing their fans in Russia." 

We recall the former Ukrainian tennis player is best known for sensationally beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon 2013 in 4 sets. Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, he enlisted in the Ukrainian army reservists and was deployed in military operations to defend Kiev.

Sergiy Stakhovsky
SHARE