97-twelve months-veteran Leonid Stanislavskyi holds the Guinness World File as the sphere’s oldest tennis player.
97-twelve months veteran tennis player Leonid Stanislavskyi with Rafa Nadal (Supply: Twitter)
Four months after 97-twelve months-veteran newbie Leonid Stanislavskyi’s dreams came merely when he performed with 21-cases Huge Slam champion Rafa Nadal, the Ukrainian is enduring his worst nightmare in Kharkiv as Russian forces bomb the metropolis. Stanislavskyi, who holds the Guinness World File as the sphere’s oldest tennis player, also had dreams of playing Swiss tall Roger Federer but now he has handiest one straightforward need — survival.
“I am hoping I dwell to prevail in 100. I if truth be told must continue to exist this scary gather 22 situation,” he told Reuters. “The war began on (February) 24th. From the 24th except now I if truth be told dangle nearly no longer gone out. I’ve stayed at dwelling… I if truth be told dangle provides, the fridge is fat. I am sitting at dwelling, no longer going any place,” he talked about.
35-years-veteran Rafael Nadal welcomed 97-years-veteran Leonid Stanislavskyi to his academy in Manacor at the present time.
The Ukranian is the sphere’s oldest competitive male tennis player and visiting the academy changed into once one in every of his dreams. pic.twitter.com/O8j4iogD57
— Gaspar Ribeiro Lança (@gasparlanca) October 29, 2021
“My daughter Tanya is in Poland, she wants to lift me there. But I optimistic to preserve right here. I if truth be told dangle a frightful hearing so I sleep at evening and construct no longer hear one thing. Closing evening there had been bombings, in the morning there had been air-raid sirens again.”
Stanislavskyi survived the Second World War when he changed into once an engineer who helped construct Soviet warplanes to fight the Nazis.
“I never notion that I’d must dwell via one other, more scary war where folks from every aspects are dying — moms are shedding their young folks, wives are shedding their sons and their husbands,” he added. “What’s this? What superb is it? In the 21st century, there can’t be war. The war wants to be stopped, an settlement has to be reached.”
For Stanislavskyi, an cease to the warfare would also imply the likelihood to resume playing tennis – and perhaps to dangle a examine the next seniors World Championships, in Florida subsequent month. He changed into once 30 when he changed into once offered to the sport and historic to prepare three cases per week.
“Tennis is my lifestyles, my future. I’ve performed tennis at a extreme stage since I changed into once 90, I’ve performed in another country, I’ve performed in World Championships, I’ve performed in the European Championships.” “I am no longer unnerved of anyone… I’m hoping that the war will cease and I will be in a situation to play tennis. If I may perchance well to find (to Poland) I’d play there. But I optimistic to preserve at dwelling and wait for the tip of the war,” he talked about.