Frenchman Fabrice Santoro has joined the team of Sergiy Stakhovsky for the next season, becoming his new coach.
This new cooperation was announced during the press conference at Superior Golf & SPA Resort in Kharkov, Ukraine, on Tuesday.
Sergiy will also serve as brand ambassador for the Superior Resort, which is owned by the well-known philanthropist Jurij Sapronov.
The Kiev native held a masterclass for children from Kramatorsk, Slavic, Mariupol, Lugansk, Druzhkovka and Donetsk. The young tennis players were full of positive emotions...
ATP world no.58 Sergiy will hold an official press conference on November 25 at Superior Golf & SPA Resort in Kharkov, Ukraine, where he will announce his new commercial sponsor deal and also reveal the name of his new coach. During the press conference, Stako will reveal the name of a fan who correctly answered his question on Twitter and award him with his tennis racquet. A press conference in Kiev is planned for November 26.
Sergiy will play for Villa Primrose first team in Bordeaux, on November 22 and 29. The club is in Division 1 of the French Championship.
Stako and his partner Sergei Bubka fell to no.1 seeds Sergey Betov and Alexander Bury of Belarus 4-6, 6-3, 7-10 in 69 minutes on Friday in the semi-final action at the Sparkassen ATP Challenger.
Each team broke twice splitting the first two sets, but Betov and Bury prevailed in a super tie-breaker to advance into the Ortisei event final.
Stats: aces (2-8), double faults (3-4), total points won (61-57).
Sergiy made second round exit at the Sparkassen ATP Challenger on Wednesday when he lost to world no.304 Mirza Basic of Bosnia and Herzegovina after three-set battle 6-3, 6-7 (4), 4-6. The second seed fell in one hour and 42 minutes.
It was a tightly-contested clash with both players breaking twice and winning 103 points each.
Stako and his partner Sergei Bubka reached the doubles semi-finals in Ortisei. The Ukrainian pairing came back from a set down to beat Croatian duo of Nikola Mektic and Antonio Sancic 4-6, 6-3, 10-8. They will next take on top seeds Sergey Betov and Alexander Bury of Belarus.
No.2 seed Sergiy advanced into the Sparkassen ATP Challenger second round with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Nikola Mektic of Croatia on Wednesday.
Stako broke five times from eight opportunities and saved four of the seven break points he faced during the one hour, 15-minute encounter. Match statistics: aces (2-3), double faults (1-2), total points won (76-62). The Kiev native will face world no.304 Mirza Basic (BIH) for a place in the last eight on Thursday.
Sergiy and his partner Sergei Bubka reached doubles quarter-finals after they beat no.4 seeds Dominik Meffert and Tim Puetz of Germany 7-6 (5), 7-6 (10). They will meet Croatian duo of Nikola Mektic and Antonio Sancic for semi-final spot.