Tennis: World No 1 mobilizes for Ukraine

Tennis: World No 1 mobilizes for Ukraine

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TennisWorld No 1 mobilizes for Ukraine

Iga Swiatek has organized exhibition matches in his native Poland. She invited Agnieszka Radwanska, Elina Svitolina, Ukrainian football legend Andrei Shevchenko and the very committed Sergiy Stakhovsky.

Iga Swiatek believes that the public is forgetting Ukraine

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World No 1 Iga Swiatek has set up a charity event in Krakow, the proceeds of which will go to young people affected by the war in Ukraine. The Polish took the opportunity to speak about the war raging in this country.

Former Ukrainian tennis player Sergiy Stakhovsky played doubles with the world No 1.

Former Ukrainian tennis player Sergiy Stakhovsky played doubles with the world No 1.

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She felt that the world was starting to forget about the war in Ukraine. “In a sense, the memory faded and many players removed the ribbons (Ukrainian blue and yellow) that they had worn in early February for, say, a few matches,” she said.

“I find it a bit inconsistent, but my main focus is on what I can do to help,” added the 21-year-old. “I also know a lot of players don’t quite feel like speaking up… We can each decide to share our thoughts or keep them to ourselves and I respect that,” she added.

Stakhovsky ‘disappointed’ with Russian players

Former Ukrainian tennis player Sergiy Stakhovsky (36) said on Saturday he was “disappointed” by Russian tennis players who, for fear of reprisals according to him, did not denounce the invasion of his country by Russia .

“They are all afraid for their own fate. They don’t want to go to jail, but they accept children and women dying,” Stakhovsky told reporters in Krakow, Poland. He participates in the exhibition tournament organized by Iga Swiatek.

“I would rather trade, go to jail for a few weeks or even a month if I could save a life doing this. I also know that a lot of players don’t quite want to speak up… We can each decide to share our thoughts or keep them to ourselves and I respect that,” she added.

Polish player Martyn Pawelski, Iga Swiatek, Elina Svitolina, Agnieszka Radwanska, former Ukrainian player Sergiy Stakhovsky and Ukrainian football legend Andrei Shevchenko were present in Krakow.

Polish player Martyn Pawelski, Iga Swiatek, Elina Svitolina, Agnieszka Radwanska, former Ukrainian player Sergiy Stakhovsky and Ukrainian football legend Andrei Shevchenko were present in Krakow.

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Other participants include former world No 2 Agnieszka Radwanska, Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina and Ukrainian soccer legend Andrei Shevchenko.

Andrey Rublev and Daria Kasatkina stand out

Stakhovsky, who ended his career at the start of the year and joined the Ukrainian forces, regretted that the Russian players had suddenly gone silent.

“I met Russian players in Paris during Roland-Garros. Virtually all of them left or turned their heads away when they saw me.”

Sergiy Stakhovsky

“I met Russian players in Paris – I’m not going to name names – during Roland-Garros. Almost everyone left or turned their heads away when they saw me coming,” he said.

“I have known them all for a very long time. I have seen their careers develop. And I’m disappointed, that’s the least we can say,” lamented the man who won four ATP titles in his career.

Stakhovsky, on the other hand, presented Andrey Rublev and Daria Kasatkina as the only exceptions to this rule and praised them for having expressed their opposition.

“Rublev is perhaps the only player to have spoken publicly and said stop the war, from the first week”

Sergiy Stakhovsky

“Heroine in her own way”

Daria Kasatkina did not hesitate to criticize the Russian government.

Daria Kasatkina did not hesitate to criticize the Russian government.

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“Rublev is perhaps the only player to have spoken publicly and to have said stop with the war, from the first week”, declared Stakhovsky, in reference to the gesture of the Russian during the tournament of Dubai, where he had registered on a camera lens the message “No war, please”.

Kasatkina called the war a “nightmare” in a recent YouTube interview and also criticized Moscow’s attitude towards homosexuality after revealing that he was in a relationship with a woman.

“I have great admiration for Daria…She is a hero in her own way,” Stakhovsky said. “If there were more Russians like her, this war would never have started.”

(AFP)


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