Ukrainian golfer comes to Cape with the help of Falmouth tennis coach

FALMOUTH – About a month ago, Maryna Bilonozhko hid in a bomb shelter when the city of Kiev was attacked by Russian invaders.

Now, thanks to the kindness of a Cape tennis coach, Bilonozhko is preparing to take his son Timur Alalin, 16, a skilled golfer, to the West Coast, where he will join the Junior Golf Association of Northern California.

Kevin Pease, who runs a tennis school in Falmouth, cleared their way to a new life in the United States.

When Bilonozhko sought refuge in Kiev, she received an email from Pease. He had reached out to several tennis professionals in Ukraine, including Bilonozhko, hoping to help in some way.

Golfer Timur Alalin, right, and his mother, Maryna Bilonozhko, are from Ukraine and have lived with West Falmouth resident and tennis teacher Kevin Pease.

“I’m a professional tennis player and I see it as a kind of fraternity all over the world, and anyone who’s a global tennis coach or an ITF coach, you know we’re related spirits. I just reached out, it started like that,” said Pease.

Athletes as related spirits

Pease urged Bilonozhko to go to the United States as she has an international visa. Bilonozhko had not thought about leaving Kiev, where her whole life is centered.

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