It has been 9 years since Sergiy Stakhovsky shocked Roger Federer at Wimbledon in a Centre Court docket seismic shock. This weekend Stakhovsky is 2,500km away from London, wearing fatigues moderately than tennis whites. The 36-year-old is armed, desperately preventing to carry again Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “This was us…. Now that is our @Wimbledon…Final night time 62 rockets have been launched to assault completely different cities in Ukraine.. #stoprussia #boycottrussia #helpukraine @TheDolgo,” tweeted Stakhovsky.
In his tweeted pictures, Stakhovsky is seen shaking palms with Federer after his 2013 victory.
Additionally pictured is Ukrainian compatriot Alexandr Dolgopolov after his match in opposition to Federer at Wimbledon in 2017.
Each males are retired from tennis; each at the moment are within the navy.
Wimbledon, which begins on Monday, has banned all Russian and Belarusian gamers from this 12 months’s event.
That dominated out males’s world primary Daniil Medvedev and eighth-ranked Andrey Rublev.
On the ladies’s aspect, three of the highest 20 are lacking — Aryna Sabalenka, Daria Kastakina and two-time main winner and former primary Victoria Azarenka.
Ban ‘not truthful’
Stakhovsky desires Russians banned from all sports activities.
Nevertheless, six-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic believes that might be a step too far.
“I simply do not see how they’ve contributed to something that’s actually taking place. I do not really feel it is truthful,” stated Djokovic, including that Russian and Belarusians be allowed to play underneath impartial flags.
That is what occurs within the week-in, week-out ATP and WTA excursions.
When Wimbledon introduced its ban, the 2 excursions retaliated by stripping the event of rating factors.
“When it comes to the response from the ATP, I did not actually agree with it. I simply do not see who it helps,” stated two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.
“All of the gamers have nonetheless confirmed as much as play right here, so I do not see the way it places the ATP in a stronger place transferring forwards.”
In an additional transfer, Wimbledon stated it can present event tickets to Ukrainian refugees dwelling within the native areas of south-west London.
All England Membership officers may also donate £250,000 (290,000 euros/$306,000) to the refugees’ charity.
That humanitarian gesture, nevertheless, hasn’t softened Nick Kyrgios’ perception that the ban was ill-advised.
“I do not assume it was a good suggestion to ban the Russian gamers. Medvedev is the very best we’ve in our sport proper now,” stated the Australian participant.
“Every time we’ve cameras on and lots of people tuning in, you need our greatest gamers to be on showcase for the game to develop.
“I am upset they are not right here. It is bizarre not seeing Medvedev right here.”
US famous person Serena Williams opted to sidestep the controversy.
“One other heavy topic that includes an incredible quantity of politics, from what I perceive, and authorities. I’ll step away from that,” stated the seven-time Wimbledon champion.
Regardless of the official ban, there are nonetheless loads of Russian-born gamers collaborating at Wimbledon.
Alexander Bublik was born in Gatchina and Mikhail Kukushkin hails from Volgograd however they symbolize Kazakhstan.
Yulia Putintseva and Elena Rybakina additionally play for Kazakhstan regardless of being born in Moscow.
One participant has received around the Russia-Belarus ban with a last-minute change.
Moscow-born Natela Dzalamidze, a 29-year-old doubles participant, final week modified her nationality from Russian to Georgian and can compete within the girls’s doubles at Wimbledon with Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic.
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