Sergiy Stakhovsky responds to Rafael Nadal. The former Ukrainian tennis player has decided to abandon everything and go to the forefront to fight the invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin's Russia. From the front, the new soldier has often commented on the positions taken by his colleagues on this situation.
In an interview with the newspaper La Stampa, in fact, Stakhovsky had revealed that Djokovic had contacted him to provide him with moral and financial support; while no messages had arrived from Federer and Nadal. On the occasion of the Media Day of the Mutua Madrid Open, Rafael Nadal decided to give his opinion: not on the war itself, but on Wimbledon's choice to exclude Russian and Belarusian tennis players from the tournament.
"It seems very unfair to the players, to my teammates. There is little they can do," said the Spaniard on the organizers' decision. "I don't know what their fault is in what is happening right now with the war.
I am very sorry for them and I wish it were not so." Stakhovsky decided to respond to this word via his Twitter profile: "Rafael Nadal we played together, we played together on the tour. Please tell me if it is right that the Ukrainian players cannot go home? Is it right that Ukrainian children cannot play tennis? If it is right that the Ukrainians are dying?"
What said Rafa
Rafa said about the issue: "It seems very unfair towards the players, my colleagues.There is little they can do.
I don't know what their fault is in what's going on right now with the war. I am very sorry for them and I wish it were not so. When the government takes measures, you have to follow them. In this case, the government gives a recommendation and Wimbledon makes its decision, the most drastic possible.
It's a very unfair thing for them, but what happens in our sport practically doesn't matter when there are so many people dying and suffering." To make his comeback, the winner of twenty-one Grand Slam titles has chosen the Mutua Madrid Open.
In the press conference that anticipated the debut match (with the winner between Kecmanovic and Bublik), Nadal could not avoid the theme of the last few weeks: the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian tennis players from the Wimbledon tournament.
After weeks of silence, the number four in the world decided to give his opinion on this choice by the organizers of the English Slam.
@RafaelNadal we competed together.. we’ve played each other on tour. Please tell me how it is fair that Ukrainian players cannot return home? How it is fair that Ukrainian kids cannot ply tennis? How is it fair that Ukrainians are dying ? https://t.co/l3bZtBEfsU — Sergiy Stakhovsky (@Stako_tennis) May 2, 2022