The first racket of Ukraine and the oldest tennis player in Europe met in a friendly match
92-year-old Leonid Stanislavsky, the oldest tennis player in Europe, and the first racket of Ukraine Elina Svitolina played at the Lokomotiv sports ground. The mini-competition took place before the start of the Women's Tennis Federation match.
Aviation engineering engineer Leonid Stanislavsky on the tennis court - about 60 years. He started playing as an amateur athlete in the 1950s, and today he represents Ukraine on the international stage. However, even at world-class tournaments, says Stanislavsky, he has never found a worthy contender in his age category.
Despite his great age, 92-year-old Leonid Stanislavsky spends three and a half hours on the tennis court three times a week. He says: this sport allows you to keep yourself in great shape.
"I'm the most average fan, but lately I've improved my technique a little bit, porch, left-handed," says Stanislavsky.
Titled tennis player Elina Svitolina competed on more than one occasion with men. However, says the athlete, with such a rival will play for the first time. He adds that this tournament is an exception when victory is not the main prize.
"To have fun is the most important thing. And to get positive from such a person. Because at such an age to go out and play tennis, play sports is an incredible motivation," Elina Svitolina said.
Throughout the competition, Europe's oldest tennis player holds the bar. Friendly match between the athletes ends in a draw.
In March this year, Leonid Stanislavsky will turn 93. And now the athlete has a new goal: to play with former Federer Roger Federer at the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament, which is held annually in England.