The world’s oldest tennis participant Ukrainian Leonid Stanislavskyi, 97, practices on courtroom in Kharkiv, Ukraine July 7, 2021. Image taken July 7, 2021. REUTERS/Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy
July 16, 2021
By Anna Brovko and Margaryta Chornokondratenko
KHARKIV, Ukraine (Reuters) – For 97-year-old Leonid Stanislavskyi, a Ukrainian who has been taking part in beginner tennis for over half a century, it’s subsequent to inconceivable to discover a worthy adversary in his age group.
That has not stopped him from taking part on this planet and European championships for seniors and outplaying youthful rivals, though he isn’t shifting across the courtroom as quick as he used to.
Stanislavskyi was 30 when his colleague, then a Soviet champion in gymnastics, launched him to tennis. Since then, he has educated thrice every week in his hometown of Kharkiv in japanese Ukraine.
“It’s a sublime sort of sport. It’s good bodily train. It’s a lovely recreation. And there’s another factor about tennis – you’ll be able to play it doesn’t matter what age you’re,” he advised Reuters.
A Guinness World Document holder because the world’s oldest tennis participant, Stanislavskyi has been coaching laborious forward of the 2021 Tremendous-Seniors World Championship as a result of be held in October in Mallorca, Spain.
For the primary time, the Worldwide Tennis Federation has launched a 90-and-over age group within the 2021 match after Stanislavskyi despatched a written request to the federation asking for the brand new class to be added.
“After I was 95 years previous, I felt a lot better than now,” mentioned Stanislavskyi, who strikes at his personal tempo attempting to return each shot. “It’s even laborious to stroll if you find yourself 97 years previous.
“Individuals underneath 70 say: ‘Thank goodness I lived one other yr.’ Individuals between 70 and 90 say: ‘Thank goodness I lived one other month.’ I depend on daily basis and say: ‘Thank God I lived one other day.’”
Stanislavskyi mentioned the key to his longevity was a combination of fine genes and common sport.
He begins every morning with gymnastics and a sequence of push-ups and pull-ups. Apart from tennis, Stanislavskyi is a passionate fan of swimming and snowboarding and goals of creating a parachute leap.
He says his final aim is to dwell to 100 years previous and tackle Roger Federer.
(Enhancing by Mike Collett-White)