Tennis Player Stakhovsky Joins Ukraine Military
Sergiy Stakhovsky, a Ukrainian tennis star, said on Saturday that he had joined the military reserves of his nation to combat the Russian invasion.
Stakhovsky, who was formerly ranked 31st in the world and notably beat Roger Federer on Wimbledon’s Centre Court in 2013, said he would gladly answer a call to arms after he had assisted his wife and kid to safety in Hungary.
“Of course, I would fight, it’s the only reason I’m trying to get back,” he told Sky News.
“I signed up for the reserves last week. I don’t have military experience but I do have experience with a gun privately.
“My dad and brother are surgeons, they are stressed out, but I speak to them frequently – they sleep in the basement.”
Meanwhile, fellow Ukrainian tennis professional Dayana Yastremska, 21, said she and her family spent two nights sheltering underground in Odessa.
“After spending two nights in the underground parking, my parents made a decision at any cost to send me and my little sister out of Ukraine! Mom, Dad, we love you very much, take care of yourself!!! I love you my country,” the former top-25 player wrote on Instagram.