London: Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky was the toast of Wimbledon when he knocked out Roger Federer last year, but 12 months on he finds himself torn between tennis and keeping an eye on the political situation in his home country.
“The past 12 months were not that bad; they were not that great,” Stakhovsky told reporters after easing to a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 first-round victory over Argentine Carlos Berlocq on Monday. “It (beating Federer) didn’t change my life entirely. It is one win; what can change? Nothing. Tennis is like this.”
While his life on the court may not have changed over the past year, his life off it certainly has. With the crisis in Ukraine rumbling on following Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Stakhovsky admitted that focusing on his game is not always easy.
“It was kind of distracting until I got used to it actually happening. It’s hard to focus,” said the Ukrainian.