It will be Sergiy Stakhovsky’s last

What were your first impressions upon arriving at Villa Primrose?

I knew Jean-Baptiste Perlant who had left the circuit shortly before. After having played on my arrival in 2012 outside, in particular in doubles with Mika Llodra, I only discovered at the end of 2013 in doubles with Florent Serra this Bordeaux atmosphere that I had never known in German clubs. The Villa had become my second home and will be for a long time even if I no longer play.

After came the titles, what memories did you keep?

I said yes to JB Perlant every season with great pleasure. And I only remember the joy of having been champion of France after the double with Steve Darcis in December 2015 in Sarcelles against Boulogne-Billancourt (4-2). And there was the 2018 final in Lannion where, tied with Blanc-Mesnil (3-3), Chardy feeling tired, Perlant appointed me to play and win the supertie-break (10-7) with Edouard-Roger Vasline. (Smile) Kravchuk makes a mistake on my serve, but as I had a point behind in my head, I don’t immediately understand why the court is invaded by my overjoyed Bordeaux friends… With the matches of the last 2020 trophy, but without the Talence finale, because on well-deserved vacation with my wife, these are my most beautiful pages here.

And why did you choose to continue in Bordeaux this year again?

I haven’t played since January in Australia, apart from two exhibitions in Poland and Slovakia this summer. The rest of the time, I was a reservist in kyiv where my parents live on checkpoints and then some personal missions for my homeland abroad. And I’m leaving tomorrow for Warsaw to embrace my wife and my three children to be incorporated in December in Donetsk as a soldier. So I’m proud of my only match against the Spaniard Andujar on Wednesday against Blanc-Mesnil. Without specific training, I lasted 90 minutes (6/2, 6/3) but I regret the loss of our leader Hugo Grenier (hamstrings) who will be absent.

Is it also Bordeaux that reflects your winemaking vocation?

I never drank wine… As a result of visiting chateaux (smiles), my Bordeaux friends introduced me to the wine trade, which I deepened in a school in London where I was living at the time. My ATP earnings allowed me to acquire a small property in Ukraine near the Hungarian border which suffers from constant power cuts. But my fondest memory is of having promoted my wine “Stakhovsky Wine” last year at the Cité du Vin. So, this last match in singles, doubles or on the bench will be my jubilee!

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