Alexandr Dolgopolov is one in all a handful of former athletes who’ve gone to combat on the frontline in Ukraine to defend their dwelling nation from the invasion of Russian forces regardless of not having any navy coaching.
Whereas Rafael Nadal was out on the court docket on Sunday making an attempt to win the Indian Wells Masters, his opponent at the exact same stage within the competitors in 2014 was in Kyiv with a gun in hand.
The 33-year-old had sufficient cash to keep away from preventing however that’s not one thing he wished to do, as a substitute he made certain his household have been secure in in Turkey, he underwent every week of personal coaching with a former navy gunman and traded “rackets and strings” for weapons.
Though Russian tennis gamers have been sending messages of peace, together with Andrey Rublev writing ‘No warfare please’ on the digicam after one in all his matches, Dolgopolov doesn’t assume that is doing sufficient and they need to be taking a stronger stance towards the warfare.
Was once rackets and strings, now this🙄🙏🏻🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/hdYjMDlMuo
— Alex Dolgopolov (@TheDolgo) March 16, 2022
“They’re good guys, they don’t have anything to do with it, however my place – this has gotten to a magnitude the place Russia is admittedly threatening world warfare and the dying toll could be very excessive, tens of hundreds of individuals, they’re getting murdered so that is getting nearer to a genocide and for this I feel that each response attainable must be deployed. I hope tennis will take a stronger stand like FIFA has completed,” the Australian Open quarter finalist advised Sports activities Illustrated.
“I do know that Russian gamers have mentioned, ‘No warfare,’ however no warfare shouldn’t be actually a robust sufficient place for me in the mean time, it’s not condemning their nation’s actions, if the tennis world needs to maintain them enjoying they need to actually publicly condemn their authorities of doing the fallacious actions.
“That’s the solely approach the Russian individuals can cease President Vladimir Putin and from what we’re seeing now he has an unbelievably excessive acceptance stage, it’s as much as like 70%, they really assume the warfare in Ukraine is nothing, this can be a joke, their brains are washed with propaganda.”
Dolgopolov hasn’t seen any preventing but however he’s ready to, and even is ready to die for safeguarding his nation if that’s what it takes.
“You combat in sport, you combat in right here, you need to put your life on it,” he defined.
“I can’t inform you the way it feels whenever you’re getting shot at.
“Perhaps I’ll be killed, possibly I’ve to kill. What can I say? That is warfare.”
The warfare in Ukraine continues to be ongoing.