Sergiy Stakhovsky: atmosphere was fantastic!
Master-class for young tennis players at the ‘Sport&Court’ Center passed smoothly. It was so interesting and full of content. After two press-conferences for young players and for journalists Sergiy gave an interview for sapronov-tennis.org.
- Sergiy, share your emotions after the master-class in Kharkiv. By the way, has it been your first master-class ever?
- My impressions are positive. Actually, I’m for the first time in Kharkiv and I hope I’ll have time to see the city… this master-class was the first I held. A long time ago I and Orest Tereshchuk gave some classes to the young tennis players in Zaporozhye but it definitely was not a master-class itself as there were less than ten children and no officials and media. Nowadays in Kharkiv it was completely different – two big player teams who managed to make me almost “dead” (laughing). The atmosphere was great, I enjoyed it. I hope that children liked it too.
Did you notice among young players anyone with outstanding game, technical skills? Are there any perspective players?
- Everyone tries to demonstrate the best skills so every child attracts attention. Of course, someone can show the best conditions at the moment but it doesn’t really matter during the master-class. When I started my career I hadn’t possibility to match with the TOP-players but to have it means a lot. Conducting a class I just want to help them, to show that hard-working let your dreams come true. Impossible is nothing.
- What is the most vivid tennis memory from your childhood? What is it hard to forget: first serves, first tournaments or the first victory?
- I have a lot of memories (laughing). For example, about my first tournament among the first formers. Then I attended the second class but was seven years old. So I was eligible to participate. I and my mother went to the upper courts of the Republic Stadium and I asked her to say that I attended the first class. But eventually, it became clear that I attended the second and I was not allowed to participate. I was very disappointed and cried on the way home. So this was my first tournament. Another vivid memory is when I was a ball-boy on the Kyiv Open tournament. I was happy to be near a real tennis stars.
- Now you are an idol for young players. Who was the first professional you started to communicate with when you became a high-level player? How did you meet Andrej Medvedev to start with?
- Many years ago, I don’t remember for sure when, I started to look for a coach in Kyiv and Medvedev offered to work with Andriy Rybalko. We met and played with Medvedev at the Meridian Center. It was the first and the latest meeting with him. No cooperation followed.
- With who did you contacted when you moved to Slovakia?
- With Thomas Berdyh. I’m still in touch with him. We were the same age, played in Prostejov, met for dinners and spent a lot of time together. Also I have a relationship with Irdzi Novak. He has already finished his career but that time he was in TOP-5. I was amazed how open, modesty and ordinary he was. There was no “star” disease or distance between him and others though he was a great player. He easily could take a taxi if he somehow was not met at the airport by tournament representatives.
- Tell us about the next season start.
- As usual I’m going to play in Doha, then in Australia. I’m not going to play in Sydney but if somebody withdraws in Kuyong, I’ll play there. I want to show my best at the Australian Slam.
- What is your forecast for final tournament in London?
- I’ve seen Djokovic vs Davydenko and I really don’t know what to say… My forecast – Davydenko, Murray, Djokovic and Federer go to the semis. Next it depends on the draw. Now it’s rather hard to predict but I’ll give my priority to Djokovic as he plays fantastic. Whether he can keep his conditions, it depends on him but he is confident, ready. He has won two titles recently so he can be a bit tired but still he is my favorite.
- Thank you, Sergiy, good luck!
Andrew Romanyuk, sapronov-tennis.org