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Day 1: Maribor, Slovenia: bad weather, empty streets… and a new experience!

12.09.2017

We will remember this day for a long… as it was a hell difficult just to come to the street, assemble the net and say: “Hey, people, let’s play tennis”.

But Sashka did it – despite all her shy nature. She talked to people, she said them “Bravo!”, she was smiley and honest. She talked about junior tennis common problems rather than her personal ones. I am SO proud of her.

We were unlucky to catch a bad weather in Maribor. Plus we arrived that day Slovenia basketball team played a very important match. So we met & play with just a few people, but those people were nice and friendly.

Please find out more from Sashka’s videoblog – below. Enjoy!

 

Tournaments & Trips

Current update: “Big Tennis Trip 2017” – start in 10 days!

03.09.2017
Sashka is on the court

It is less than two weeks before Sashka’s unprecedented action, “Big Tennis Trip 2017”.

Just to remind – she is going to travel for almost 2 months without a break (!), playing street tennis on central squares of biggest European cities. We are doing an intensive preparation now, with some successes and some fails already. This is a small update on how everything’s going on by now.
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Sashka’s letter to tennis clubs of Slovenia, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France & Switzerland

09.08.2017
Sashka during her quali match at Santa Croce ITF Juniors Grade 1 international tournament

Dear tennis friends,

Dear players, coaches, captains & managers of tennis clubs & teams,

My name is Oleksandra Oliynykova. I am a refugee & junior tennis player.

Honestly speaking, I am the least probable person to become a pro tennis player.

My family does not have enough money to support my practices & tournament travels though they work hard to supply me with necessary basics (racquets, balls, shoes etc.).

I am a refugee, a person without citizenship (full story here) – so I can’t count on big help of domestic tennis federation or local sponsors.

Finally, I do not have an outstanding, phenomenal talent – all my wins & achievements happened because of hard work and full devotion, day after day.

The only thing I definitely have with me all the time through is my belief & desire to become a tennis player – despite all obstacles.

That’s why I am departing to the “Big Tennis Trip 2017” – to play street tennis on central squares of 50 European cities, promote tennis among wider public (including those people who can’t access it now) and support my crowdfunding campaign.

That’s why I am writing this to ask for your assistance – as my colleagues in playing & loving tennis.
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7 Questions & Answers about Sashka’s “Big Tennis Trip” in September-October 2017

03.08.2017
Big Tennis Trip 2017 - preparation started

Yes, we are trying to do this again! This time, we take more timeframe to prepare ourselves and make this experience even more exciting for us & interesting to follow for our friends & readers (we will blog, tweet, youtube & live-broadcast every single day of our trip!).

So what is the “Big Tennis Trip”? For 2 months, day by day, Oleksandra (accompanied by her coach Mate) is going to play street tennis on central squares of European cities. One day – one city (with several days off, for sure)! So everybody can join Sashka and play a couple of points vs. her – no need to go to a tennis club!

Why are we doing this? How exactly is it going to look like? What cities do we plan to visit? How can you participate in this breathtaking event organisation? Why do we think this trip is REALLY important not only for Sashka, but for many people around the world? Read 7 Q&As below (and do not forget to ask more questions if you have them).
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