The oldest tennis player in Europe, 93-year-old Kharkivite Leonid Stanislavsky, took part in the Super-Seniors World Team Tennis Championship in Orlando, Florida, the USA in October. He reached a quarter-final in doubles in the category of 85 years and older.
Leonid was the oldest participant among single players. The next oldest rival was three years younger.
Players from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Switzerland, Argentina, Spain, Uruguay, and other countries participated in the event.
Stanislavsky’s sponsor Yuri Sapronov shared Leonid’s impressions about the tournament on his Facebook page.
“The original hard courts are black with good drainage and don’t dust up when it’s windy.
The game times schedule was not easy. Participants in the age category of 85 years and older played mostly in the morning at 10-11 a.m., and younger athletes over 65 started playing after 2 p.m. Temperature in the shade was scorching, 34 C, and it was very humid.
So-called younger Ukrainian players in the age category of 65 years and older achieved remarkable results. Yuri Krolenko from Odesa reached the quarter-final in singles. Volodymyr Nazarenko from Kyiv and Yuri Krolenko won silver in doubles the first time for Ukraine.”
Leonid Stanislavsky is going to further improve by playing at a higher level with tennis champions. He regularly trains and leads an active lifestyle. Next year he hopes to play a mini-set with Roger Federer.
Text: Natalia Ivanova
Photo: Yuri Sapronov