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Tennis: Bubka ‘lucky to be alive’ after horror fall


Ukrainian Sergei Bubka. AFP FILE PHOTO

PARIS – Ukraine tennis player Sergei Bubka said he is lucky to be alive after suffering multiple fractures in a horrifying fall from a fourth-floor Paris apartment.

The 25-year-old son of Ukraine’s former Olympic and world champion polevault legend, and boyfriend of current women’s number one Victoria Azarenka, plunged to the ground from the flat in the French capital’s plush 16th arrondissement last month.

“The circumstances leading to the fall were all so unlucky, but since the accident I feel I have been really lucky,” Bubka told www.atpworldtour.com.

“I was lucky to be alive and not have damaged anything major. I was lucky my friends found me and took me to a great hospital where they took great care of me.”

Bubka was attending a friend’s party when the accident happened.

After getting locked inside a bathroom, he leaned to look outside a window, hoping to reach the next room but lost his footing and crashed to the ground.

Bubka, the world number 186, underwent nine hours of surgery to repair the damage.


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  • akramgolteb

    He is not as sensible as his father.

    • Don Dee

      • akramgolteb

        Sergei Bubka Senior is a 1988 Olympic gold medalist in the pole vault as mentioned in the article. But this was not really his most memorable feat in the event. He broke the world record 35 times in a span of a decade & is still the current world record holder to date. To be able to do what he has done, you need discipline but it looks like Sergei Jr does not posses this. Falling out of a window of a building during a party tells us something. When Sergei Jr fell, he was either running away from the KGB or demons inside him.



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