Stakhovsky: "Federer and Nadal in silence, Djokovic contacted me"

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Stakhovsky: "Federer and Nadal in silence, Djokovic contacted me"

Sergiy Stakhovsky, former number 31 in the ATP ranking, has decided to enlist to defend his Ukraine from the Russian invasion and has joined the Ukrainian army reserve lists. "Of course I'd fight, that's the only reason I'm trying to return.

I joined the reserves last week. I have no military experience but I have experience with a pistol privately. My father and brother are surgeons, they are stressed, but I often talk to them: they sleep in the basement. " Stakhovsky was on vacation with his family and saved his loved ones in Hungary before leaving for Ukraine.

In an interview with the Italian newspaper La Stampa, Stakhovsky spoke of the support he received from athletes around the world and revealed that he was disappointed by the non-responses of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, tennis icons.

Stakhovsky said: "Military service is not compulsory in Ukraine. But I am ready to do whatever is necessary to protect my country and prevent Russia from winning.cIf this means that I will have to use a weapon to defend myself by shooting someone, I will.

The truth is, you haven't done anything for seven years. If you had done what you are doing now eight years ago, when Crimea was annexed, we would not be in this trouble. Novak Djokovic sent me a message of support, we also talked a bit.

I tried to contact Roger and Rafa, I'm sorry they preferred silence. I understand them, it's not their war. We have the support of great personalities, the important thing is that it lasts. Otherwise, after he is done with Ukraine, Putin will start bombing Europe.

Medvedev and Rublev? They are good guys, they understand the atrocity of this war. If nothing else they try to do something, others don't. I have already received hundreds of messages from tennis players all over the world, shocked by what is happening.

It is a help. It means that they understand that what Putin says about Nazi Ukrainians is false."

ATP Indian Wells: Novak Djokovic is registered

The show of the 2022 Indian Wells ATP Master 1000 will begin on Monday 7 March, the first ATP tournament of this category in the calendar of the 2022 season of the Tour.

The BNP Paribas Open proved to be an event full of surprises: four non-top-tier tennis players reached the semifinals and in the end British Cameron Norrie took advantage of the opportunity and took home the title, as well as the points needed to get the second place from reserve to the Nitto Atp Finals (participating due to the injury of Stefanos Tsitsipas).

Novak Djokovic is currently registered, although at this moment he does not have permission to enter Florida to play, therefore remaining at the window waiting for further news. Matteo Berrettini is also present at the moment, struggling with a new physical problem.

Novak Djokovic's 2022 didn't start in the best way. The world number 2 was unable to defend the title at the Australian Open due to the well-known vaccination issue, which also caused him serious damage to his image.

The Serbian veteran made his season debut in Dubai last week, but his run was cut short in the quarterfinals at the hands of revived Jiri Vesely. This defeat cost Nole the first place in the ATP ranking in favor of the Russian Daniil Medvedev, who reached the semifinal in Acapulco.

It is unclear when Djokovic will be able to return to the pitch given recent news from the United States and France. If there is no relaxation of restrictions in the coming months, the 34-year-old from Belgrade risks seeing his year jeopardized.

The entry list: Novak Djokovic
Daniil Medvedev
Alexander Zverev
Stefanos Tsitsipas
Rafael Nadal
Matteo Berrettini
Andrey Rublev
Casper Ruud
Felix Auger-Aliassime
Jannik Sinner
Hubert Hurkacz
Denis Shapovalov
Cameron Norrie
Aslan Karatsev
Diego Schwartzman
Pablo Carreno Busta
Roberto Bautista Agut
Gael Monfils
Taylor Fritz
Cristian Garin
Nikoloz Basilashvili
Lorenzo Sonego
Reilly Opelka
Marin Cilic
Grigor Dimitrov
John Isner
Daniel Evans
Karen Khachanov
Carlos Alcaraz
Alexander Bublik
Albert Ramos-Vinolas
Frances Tiafoe
Alex De Minaur
Lloyd Harris
Filip Krajinovic
Dusan Lajovic
Marton Fucsovics
Dominic Thiem
Fabio Fognini
Ugo Humbert
Federico Delbonis
Tommy Paul
Sebastian Korda
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
David Goffin
Ilya Ivashka
Mackenzie McDonald
Benoit Paire
Botic van de Zandschulp
Dominik Koepfer
Soonwoo Kwon
Jenson Brooksby
James Duckworth
Laslo Djere
Adrian Mannarino
Jan-Lennard Struff
Maxime Cressy
Arthur Rinderknech
Pedro Martinez
Tallon Griekspoor
Lorenzo Musetti
Miomir Kecmanovic
Federico Coria
Alexei Popyrin
Gianluca Mager
Benjamin Bonzi
Hugo Gastin
Marcos Giron
Emil Ruusuvuori
Alex Molcan
Pablo Andujar
Sebastian Baez
Mikael Ymer
Facundo Bagnis
Richard Gasquet
Borna Coric PR
Pablo Cuevas PR
Aljaz Bedene PR