It has been 9 years since Sergiy Stakhovsky surprised Roger Federer at Wimbledon in a Centre Courtroom seismic shock.
This weekend Stakhovsky is 2,500km away from London, wearing fatigues relatively than tennis whites.
The 36-year-old is armed, desperately combating to carry again Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“This was once us…. Now that is our @Wimbledon …. Final evening 62 rockets have been launched to assault totally different cities in Ukraine.. #stoprussia #boycottrussia #helpukraine @TheDolgo,” tweeted Stakhovsky.
In his tweeted images, Stakhovsky is seen shaking palms with Federer after his 2013 victory.
Additionally pictured is Ukrainian compatriot Alexandr Dolgopolov after his match towards Federer at Wimbledon in 2017.
Each males are retired from tennis; each are actually within the army.
Wimbledon, which begins on Monday, has banned all Russian and Belarusian gamers from this yr’s event.
That dominated out males’s world primary Daniil Medvedev and eighth-ranked Andrey Rublev.
On the ladies’s facet, three of the highest 20 are lacking — Aryna Sabalenka, Daria Kasatkina and two-time main winner and former primary Victoria Azarenka.
Stakhovsky needs Russians banned from all sports activities.
Nonetheless, six-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic believes that will be a step too far.
“I simply do not see how they’ve contributed to something that’s actually occurring. I do not really feel it is honest,” mentioned Djokovic, including that Russian and Belarusians be allowed to play beneath 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.
“By way of the response from the ATP, I did not actually agree with it. I simply do not see who it helps,” mentioned 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 shifting forwards.”
In an additional transfer, Wimbledon mentioned it’s going to present event tickets to Ukrainian refugees residing within the native areas of south-west London.
All England Membership officers will even 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 suppose it was a good suggestion to ban the Russian gamers. Medvedev is the very best we’ve in our sport proper now,” mentioned the Australian participant.
“Each 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 disenchanted 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 amazing quantity of politics, from what I perceive, and authorities. I’ll step away from that,” mentioned the seven-time Wimbledon champion.
Regardless of the official ban, there are nonetheless loads of Russian-born gamers participating at Wimbledon.
Alexander Bublik was born in Gatchina and Mikhail Kukushkin hails from Volgograd however they characterize Kazakhstan.
Yulia Putintseva and Elena Rybakina additionally play for Kazakhstan regardless of being born in Moscow.
One participant has bought 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 ladies’s doubles at Wimbledon with Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic.