The Ukrainian retired tennis player Alexandr Dolgopolov – who once ranked world number 13 – has arrived in Kyiv to help defend the country.
In a message shared on Instagram, Dolgopolov said he had been practising shooting and undergoing weapons training with an ex-soldier before travelling to Ukraine.
“I’m not Rambo in a week, but quite comfortable with the weapons,” he wrote. “This is my home, and we will defend it! With all the people that stayed!”
Dolgopolov, 33, who won three ATP titles before retiring last year, also posted a picture of a gun and military gear on Twitter with the caption: “Used to be rackets and strings, now this.”