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Walking (almost) alone… – or why Sashka needs 2,323 Twitter followers right now

10.04.2017
Sashka in Firenze

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.
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Tournaments & Trips

Two Days of Hope

15.12.2016
#TeamSashka, we need your advice

Last two days were really amazing – with lot of contacts, media requests and new friends we found. Thank you, #TennisTwitter! While most of Sashka’s challenges are still open & waiting for their solutions, now we’ve got the most important asset – hope. As promised, we made a detailed report for #TeamSashka – please read to know what’s (unexpectedly) happened, and what to be ready for in the nearest future.
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Life Beyond Tennis

7 Ways To Survive – For A Despaired Tennis Family

11.12.2016
7 Ways to Survive - for a Despaired Tennis Family

How to rebuild your life from the scratch, if you are in your 40s, lost everything & has a tennis kid (actually two)?

I am writing this NOT to provoke a compassion for our family. At some sense, it is our fault (I mean adult family members) that this situation happened. We created it. We should solve it.

I am writing this because we continue to fight. An important part of this process is to identify the ways we can use to rebuild a normal life. So we deeply talked inside the family and wrote down what directions we can move to find a solution.

Another point is we definitely need an outside push/help for most of the ways we have identified. It is very easy to write in motivational books / speeches that “everything is in your hands” – but what if not? What if a one, but magic push can only help?

We are ready to work hard to normalize everything. But we DO need that push. If you can help – help. If you can’t – please share, may be somebody who can help is among your readers/followers.
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Life Beyond Tennis

An incredible story about tennis, Norway (!!), big fishing boat (!!!) & one crazy tennis parent

27.11.2016
HERMES - a modern fishing vessel where I hoped to work

Hi, it is Sashka’s father writing.

You probably heard before some amazing stories about insane things tennis parents can do for their kids. Let me tell you my story as well.

While it failed with no results, I still believe I did not waste my (last) money, time and faith. I do not know why, but I am sure that one day this experience & strong determination to help Sashka continue her tennis career will pay off. What if not? Well, at least I will regret about those things I did – but not about those I didn’t.

So once upon a time, one tennis family faced with big problems. A father’s company just got bankrupted – burying his savings and professional reputation. This family lived in a non-native country, with refugee passports. They were (actually, they are) significantly limited in their rights and couldn’t count on any help from the state or local authorities. Nobody wanted to give them a job – as they are refugees speaking not-so-good local language, not having local working experience etc.

The most important thing was they must finance their daughter junior tennis perfomance. They all together – a girl and her family – spent 10 years to reach quite a good tennis level. She is a promising young sportsperson. So they decided to fight…
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Acknowledgements

“Thank You” Saturday – Vol. 1

26.11.2016
Thank you, Sashka's global team!

Every Saturday morning I am going to do a very pleasant thing – say “thank you” to everybody who made (and still are making) Sashka’s life-long tennis trip possible. Let’s make it a good tradition of this blog. Thank you, Sashka’s global team! You motivate all of us: Sashka – to work harder and believe in herself, and our family – not to give up & “knock all doors”, every single day.
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Tournaments & Trips

Withdrawal from ITF Juniors in Otocec: no money – no party :(

17.11.2016
Withdrawal from ITF Juniors Grade 4 - Otocec, Slovenia

Today we have withdrawn Sashka from ITF Juniors Grade 4 tournament in Otocec, Slovenia – KRKA Open 2016.

Sashka was #10 in acceptance list. Her chances to perform well on this tournament were quite high, counting the progress she demonstrated during latest practices. Sashka almost recovered from the leg muscle injury. She lost several kilograms, became more mobile and flexible. Her mental stance is far from perfect – but you need to take into attention that she is 15, it is a “hard age”… for any parents :).

We did not find 250 EUR to finance her trip to Otocec. No pain, no regret – it is just a reality of current days. What`s next? To play where she really can (Zagreb). To work harder. To pray… harder & harder.
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