GB News: Ex-Ukrainian tennis ace takes up arms amid Russian invasion – 'Stand my ground!'


Sergiy Stakhovsky, 36, who defeated 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, 40, at Wimbledon in 2013, was on holiday when Russian soldiers marched into Ukraine on February 24. However, Mr Stakhovsky has told GB News’ Mark Dolan that he cut his holiday short and is now armed in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

When asked by Mr Dolan what he is willing to do to defend Kyiv, he said: “I’ll stand my ground by any means necessary.”

He added: “My family are not happy, but I still have family here as well, my brother and my father stayed behind.

“It was a tough choice for me but I would feel guilty if I left them behind and didn’t join to help my country to survive this mess.”

Mr Stakhovsky also provided an update on what the situation was like in the Ukrainian capital.

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He said: “Kyiv is pretty safe in terms of gunfights, but there is shelling and bombs every day.

“Four to seven times a day there is airstrike alarms.

“Some of those we ignore, although we shouldn’t.

“But we expect it to take the course of Kharkiv which has been bombed in recent days, nobody knows what will happen next.

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He also joined boxing brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko in defending Ukraine.

Vitali Klitschko, 50, who was elected Mayor of Kyiv for the first time in 2014, also told the US network: “We’re ready to die for our home country and for our families because it’s our home.”

His younger brother Wladimir 46, who has had notable bouts with both Anthony Joshua and 33-year-old WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, has since described Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as “senseless”.


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