We made this set of facts to entertain Sashka’s friends & readers. She is for sure not a star to have an autobiography yet :). But as her tennis life now is a little bit boring (practice-tournament-rest-practice-repeat), we found something interesting in her past – so meet Oleksandra a little bit closer :).
I wrote this for individual players & families who are trying to proceed in junior competitive tennis on a tight budget. So if you – just like us – count every dollar/euro while keep going further on tennis trainings & tournaments, may be this will be helpful for you. I will also welcome your own tips & tricks on the matter – below in “Comments” section and on our social network profiles (twi, fb).
Dear friends from The International Olympic Committee,
First of all, I would like to apologize for contacting you through an open letter. It is just a very difficult to reach somebody in the IOC another way.
I hope you will find 5 minutes to read my letter and answer, or connect to somebody who can answer on the matter.
My name is Oleksandra Oliynykova. I am 16 years old.
I am a recognized refugee since fleeing from Ukraine to Croatia in 2011 (given a refugee status in 2012). At the moment I reside in Croatia and play under Croatian flag, though I do not have Croatian citizenship as a refugee.
I am a junior sportsperson – I play tennis.
Last week we met a guy who represents (in South Europe) a very well-known world sports brand… call the brand X :).
While we didn’t aim to get an immediate sponsorship / partnership, our goal was to obtain a kind of targets where we can count on some attention from major junior tennis sponsors. And the answer was… (almost) “nowhere”, except really big wins like junior Grand Slams.
Till that time, Sashka should walk alone, with no hope to get a sponsorship (even a technical one, like rackets, strings etc.) from those companies which widely support young players on national and even regional levels. Below I will describe our negotiations with X-guy in several sentences.
If you are reading this, you are here for the reason.
You like tennis. Or you like us. Or you dislike us (but you should definitely like tennis).
Or you just enjoy watching someone`s else life – just like a reality show. Well, we do not mind :). Actually, we have made this web site to make it easier. So welcome to the show of one (quite common) tennis family – broadcasting uncensored.
Let me introduce myself: I am a Father. This morning I woke up in 6:30 a.m because of feeling cold. I added some woods to our fireplace, but it didn`t change situation dramatically. So I took the only electric heater from my son`s room and moved it to our bedroom. Not for a long time – in an hour I need to put it to the bathroom, so kids have their morning shower in warm space.