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Anyone for tennis? Not just yet, as oldest player stays put in ...

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Anyone for tennis? Not just yet, as oldest player stays put in Ukraine

Leonid Stanislavskyi, who wants to reach 100, says he hopes the war ends so he can play his beloved game again

Sophie Penney

Four months after 97-year-old amateur Leonid Stanislavskyi’s dreams came true when he played with 21-times Grand Slam champion Rafa Nadal, the Ukrainian is enduring his worst nightmare in Kharkiv as Russian forces bomb the city.

Stanislavskyi, who holds the Guinness World Record as the world’s oldest tennis player, also had dreams of playing Swiss great Roger Federer, but now he has only one simple wish, survival.

“I hope I live to reach 100. I have to survive this frightening situation,” he said...

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