View from the tennis court: “I have no experience, but I know how to use a gun” –

Sergij Stachovsky won a prize money of five million euros as the best athlete and is happy with his family. But a month after retiring as a professional tennis player, he goes to Kiev to fight for his country.

“I signed up for reserve last week,” says Stachovsky. “I have no military experience, but I know how to use a weapon.”


And of course I’d fight, that’s the only reason I tried to come back.

Sergij Stachovsky goes to Kiev to help his compatriots in the war.

Stachovsky tells his story via a video link to Sky Sports. At the other end of the line is a fragile person who becomes visibly emotional when he conjures up his father and brother in Ukraine. They sleep in the basement. For their own safety now that the Russians have invaded their country.

After his wife and children are brought to safety, Stachovsky goes to help his compatriots. “And of course I would fight. That’s the only reason I’m trying to go back.”

At the moment you are not as outspoken as 36-year-old Stachovsky is in top sport. He also defended Novak Djokovic when he was banned from the Australian Open. Stachovsky, who was entitled to participate in the same tournament, played his last game professionally.

On the tennis court, Stachovsky was also a player who chose to attack. He reached the top 31 of the world ranking as the winner of four ATP tournaments.

Unforgettable how he wiped Roger Federer off the field in the second round of Wimbledon in 2013. Since 2002 (!) the Swiss have not reached the quarterfinals of the tournament on grass from London.

Sergij Stachovsky sends Roger Federer home at Wimbledon


And now it is not hidden. When he heard about the Russian occupation during his vacation, he didn’t have to think twice.

An appeal from the army to anyone who wanted to do their part did not fall on deaf ears. Each in his own way can count on the help of the Stachovsky family. “My father and brother are surgeons. They are stressed, but I speak to them often.”

Source: NOS