Sergiy Stakhovsky Y Alexander Dolgopolov they have decided to enlist to defend their country from the Russian invasion; both are registered in the reservist lists of the Ukrainian army. The two former tennis players have been dating for about eight months at the front and in an interview with the newspaper L’Equipe they spoke about the new reality they are forced to live with every day.
Stakhovsky explained: «The decomposing bodies littering the streets, including smashed facades, scattered rubble, freshly dug trenches and anti-tank obstacles, clothe a city of 70,000 once known for its sparkling wines.
Seeing the bodies no longer matters to us. force of habit Unfortunately, humans can adapt to anything. So we adapted to the bombardment. We adapt to fear. And we adapt to death.»
Stakhovsky and Dolgopolov: «We adapt to death»
Dolgopolov, for his part, launched a hard attack against the upper echelons of tennis: «It was very difficult at first, but if you try to stay strong, it will pass.
If you worry too much, you’ll end up in an asylum.» Dolgopolov currently works as a drone operator in a Ukrainian military intelligence unit and has the goal of signaling the presence of enemies or imminent danger: «I gather information, I give targets to our artillery.
The enemy can be 500 meters or five kilometers away. But I am sure that soon we will have missions where there will be direct contact. I’m ready. Reaction from the world of tennis? Many organizations choose dollars by staying on the sidelines, pretending the Russians have nothing to do with Putin, or even sanctioning war supporters.
History will judge your actions. The truth is that the majority of Russians support Putin and his war.» a Ukrainian flag during the Russian derby between Anna Kalinskaya and Anastasia Potapova, in this case, the former Ukrainian tennis player tried to organize a real protest through her social accounts.