More and more athletes have changed their boots, rackets or equipment for weapons in Ukraine . The Russian invasion continues, Putin continues to bomb cities and kill soldiers and civilians, but the Ukrainian people refuse to surrender. A good example is that of Alexander Dolgopolov , a former tennis player who has decided to return to his homeland to take up arms and fight against the Russian army.
The Ukrainian is one of the tennis greats in his country, as he became number 13 in the world and even won a match against Rafa Nadal. Two years ago he decided to retire and hang up his racket, and now he has exchanged it for arms to defend Ukraine from the Russian invasion. Dolgopolov himself has published his new war equipment on his social networks and has told first-hand what he is experiencing.
Used to be rackets and strings, now this🙄🙏🏻🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/hdYjMDlMuo
— Alex Dolgopolov (@TheDolgo) March 16, 2022
After being in Turkey training in shooting ranges, he has now returned to Ukraine, put on his helmet and bulletproof vest and has taken his AK-47 to join the Ukrainian resistance: “This is my home and we will defend it with all our might!” the people who stayed T he war caught me in Turkey, I arrived there a day before it started, bringing my sister and my mother. I have been practicing shooting, I was lucky that someone who was a professional soldier taught me.
“I’m not Rambo in a week, but I’m pretty comfortable with guns and I can hit my head three times out of five from 25 meters,” explains the former tennis player, who tells his story like this: “We took some bulletproof vests for ourselves and for the army, we flew to Zagreb, bought everything we needed and drove across Europe, entered the Ukraine through Poland, and finally arrived in Kiev.’
“Before it was rackets and ropes, now this,” he writes, referring to the photo showing a bulletproof vest, an assault rifle, ammunition and a helmet. “This is my home and we will defend it. With all the people who stayed here! I have a lot of respect for everyone and a lot of pride in how united the country is under the pressure of a crazy dictator, “he concludes.
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