Ukraine tennis star Sergiy Stakhovsky has called out tennis icons Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal – while praising Novak Djokovic – after the pair remained silence when he contacted for support over Russia’s invasion of his homeland.
Recently retired tennis player Stakhovsky left his wife and kids in Hungary to join other Ukrainian athletes in taking up arms to defend his homeland from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion.
The barbaric invasion has seen world leaders and icons unite in speaking out against Russia’s actions.
Sporting bodies have taken action with Russia and Belarus (helping Russia) banned from codes, including FIFA competition and tennis.
And Stakhovsky reached out to tennis’ three biggest names for support during these difficult times.
The Ukrainian said World No.2 Djokovic responded and shared his support.
However, he was left disappointed when Federer and Nadal chose to remain silent.
“The messages from the world to unite and stop this mess. All the sanctions, I can see the support from people all around the world. I have received messages from friends and non-friends,” he said.
“Even the restrictions and sanctions, it’s great, it’s working…but it doesn’t stop him [Putin] from what he is doing.”
Stakhovsky retired from tennis this year after he failed to qualify at the Australian Open.
Elina Svitolina’s defiant statement over Russia twist
Another Ukraine tennis player making waves is Elina Svitolina.
The World No.15 made a huge statement for her homeland after a convincing 6-2, 6-2 victory, which came after she had initially refused to play against opponents from Russia or Belarus, due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The WTA was able to convince the 27-year-old to play eventually, after announcing players from Russia or Belarus would compete under a neutral flag.
Additionally, the WTA has suspended the 2022 Kremlin Cup in Russia, which was due to be held in Moscow this October.