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Nowadays, he feels as confident as ever about his tennis and says his immediate goal is to pull his ranking up into the top 100.

And eventually, he hopes, he’ll make a name for himself in his sport.

“Everybody, every week, asks me: ‘Oh, are you the son of the famous pole vaulter?’ I just hope that I will continue improving,” he said, “and that I will be known (as) ‘Sergei Bubka the tennis player,’ not ‘the son of the great pole vaulter.’”