Sergiy’s story

Sergiy Stakhovsky’s foray into tennis was triggered by his grandfather. When he was six years old his grandfather would bring him to the Tennis Centre in Kiev, Ukraine. Tennis coaches started to notice Sergiy's great talent and big future at the age of nine. It was then he was removed from the group clinics and given one-to-one coaching. Sergiy competed in swimming until he was 14 but realized his dream was to become the best tennis player in the world. Sergiy believes the best is yet to come and will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals.

Best Singles Ranking (27-Sep-10)

Best Doubles Ranking (6-Jun-11)

Career Timeline


  • On 26 June, recorded one of the biggest upsets in Wimbledon history by beating seven-time champion and World No. 3 Federer in 2R (it was Sergiy's first-ever victory over a Top 10 player in 21 meetings)
  • Reached quarterfinals in Montpellier
  • Reached second rounds in Moscow, St. Petersburg, London (Queen's Club), Nice, Bucharest and Chennai
  • In challenger play, won the tournament in Kazan and finished runner-up in Le Gosier
  • W-L: 11-17


  • QF in Stockholm (he beat F. Lopez along way losing to No. 7 Tsonga)
  • Qualified in Winston-Salem and reached 3R with wins over Muller and Andujar (l. to Tsonga)
  • Went 0-5 vs. Top 10 opponents during season
  • In Grand Slam play, won a round at Australian Open (lost to Anderson) and Roland Garros (lost to Haas)
  • In limited Challenger play, reached final at Furth in June
  • W-L: 16-28


  • QF: Sydney (lost to Gulbis); Dubai (lost to Federer); Winston-Salem (lost to Benneteau).
  • YTD W-L: 25-27 (5-4 in Slams, 0-4 vs. Top 10 players)/Career W-L: 81-83
  • YTD Titles: 0/ Career Titles: 4
  • YTD Doubles Titles: 1/ Career Doubles Titles: 3
  • South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 62
  • Stako's best Grand Slam results were 3rd RD exits at Australian Open (lost to Robredo) and Roland Garros (lost to to Ferrer).
  • He also represented Ukraine in two Davis Cup ties. Together with Mikhail Youzhny, he won his third ATP World Tour doubles title at Dubai, beating Chardy and F. Lopez 4-6, 6-3, 10-3 in the final.


  • In May, reaches Nice QFs (l. to Verdasco)
  • Captures Halle doubles title with Youzhny
  • In June, wins third career ATP crown at 's-Hertogenbosch (doesn't drop a set in five matches!)
  • In late August, improves to 4-0 in ATP World Tour finals after beating Istomin in final (New Haven)
  • Becomes first Ukrainian to win two titles in a season since Medvedev in 1994
  • On 30 August, reaches career-high of No. 36
  • At US Open, reaches third round (l. to Lopez, retired due to a right toe infection)


  • Opens season with QF in Doha (l. to eventual champion A. Murray)
  • Reaches QF in Zagreb
  • Captures his second career ATP World Tour title in St. Petersburg (where he saved a match point in final against Zeballos)
  • In Challenger play, compiles a 15-12 record, finishes runner-up in Mons, Belgium (l. to Tipsarevic) and SF in Trnava
  • Earns a career-high $380,583


  • First player from Ukraine to finish in Top 100 since Andrei Medvedev (ATP # 58) in 2000
  • In March, captures his first ATP title as lucky loser (and becomes first lucky loser to win an ATP title since Christian Miniussi in November 1991) after posting wins over Karlovic, Troicki, Tipsarevic, Bolelli and Ljubicic
  • After his first ATP trophy, jumps from ATP 209 to 123 in South African Airways ATP Rankings
  • In a four-tournament stretch, he is a finalist in Penza (l. to Dorsch), winner at Segovia (d. Alves), and semifinalist at Stanbul and Cherkassy
  • Reaches career-high ATP 74 on November 17
  • Wins an ATP doubles title at Moscow (w/Starace)
  • Wins Challenger doubles titles at Ostrava (w/Zib) and Orleans (w/Zovko) and is a runner-up at Zagreb (w/Zib) and Cherkassy (w/Bubka)
  • Earns a career-high $252,563


  • Qualifies for Delray Beach International Tennis Championships Main Draw and the SAP Open in San Jose, California
  • Reaches final at Kuala Lumpur Challenger, semifinal at Recanati and quarterfinal at Waikoloa and Cherbourg Challengers


  • Reaches semifinals in Cordoba and Istanbul Challengers
  • Posts the best win of the year over Tursunov (ATP 21) in the 1st round of Moscow before losing to Clement in the 2nd round
  • Ends the season ranked #180 in the world


  • In February, for the first time in his career, advances to ATP quarterfinals with wins over C. Rochus and Mario Ancic (ATP 29) before losing to Soderling
  • Defeats Alexander Popp in the 1st round in St. Petersburg before losing to Carlsen in three tie-break sets in next round
  • Reaches three semifinals in Challenger play


  • Advances to Futures final in Ukraine (l. to Bruthans)
  • Loses to Davydenko in ATP Debut in Moscow
  • Reaches two Challenger quarterfinals at Dnepropetrovsk and Milan
  • Finishes runner-up at US Open juniors (l. to Andy Murray)


  • Reaches quarterfinals at Futures event in Uzbekistan
  • Reaches quarterfinals at Samarkand Challenger

Fast Facts

Kiev, Ukraine
Bratislava, Slovakia
193 cm
82 kg
Favorite Surface
Turned Pro
Fitness Coach
Age Started Tennis
Trains at
National Tennis Centre, Bratislava, Slovakia
Tennis idols
Patrick Rafter, Pete Sampras, Andrei Medvedev
basketball, football, swimming, movies
reading Russian classics, spending time with friends, music
Ukrainian, English, Russian, Slovak, Czech
Mum Olga (university teacher of Economics),
Dad Eduard (professor of Urology),
brothers Aleksandr (physician) and
Leonard (tennis player)
Supports Ukrainian Institute of Cancer