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Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Country  Russia
Residence Sochi, Russia
Date of birth February 18, 1974 (1974-02-18) (age 35)
Place of birth Sochi, Soviet Union
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 84 kg (190 lb; 13.2 st)
Turned pro 1992
Retired 2003
Plays Right-handed; two-handed backhand
Career prize money $23,883,797
Singles
Career record 609–306
Career titles 26
Highest ranking No. 1 (May 3, 1999)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open W (1999)
French Open W (1996)
Wimbledon QF (1995)
US Open SF (1999, 2001)
Major tournaments
Tour Finals F (1997)
Olympic Games Gold medal.svg Gold medal (2000)
Doubles
Career record 358–213
Career titles 27
Highest ranking No. 4 (March 30, 1998)
Australian Open QF (1995, 1999)
French Open W (1996, 1997, 2002)
Wimbledon SF (1994, 1995)
US Open W (1997)

Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Kafelnikov (Russian: Евгений Александрович Кафельников, Russian pronunciation: [jɪvˈɡenʲɪj ɐlʲɪˈksandrəvʲɪtɕ ˈkafʲɪlʲnʲɪkəf]; born 18 February 1974) is a retired and former World No. 1 tennis player from Russia. He won two Grand Slam singles titles (one French Open and one Australian Open), four Grand Slam doubles titles, and the men's singles gold medal at the Sydney Olympic Games. He also helped Russia win the Davis Cup in 2002. He is the last man to have won both the singles and men's doubles titles at the same Grand Slam tournament, which he did at the 1996 French Open.

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Life after tennis

Since retiring, Kafelnikov has had a few impressive finishes at the 2005 World Series of Poker. He also played golf on the European PGA tour at the 2005 and 2008 Russian Open. He stated that he was there not to make up the numbers, before finishing last by 20 odd shots in 2005 (and second to last in 2008). [1]

He now works as a commentator for Russian TV covering tennis. During the 2008 Miami Masters, Kafelnikov coached Marat Safin in the absence of Hernan Gumy.

He was participating in the ATP Champions Tour in 2009 and had some impressive results at the Chengdu Open in early November, where he beat Sergi Bruguera, Michael Chang and Pat Cash. As of November 26th 2009, he is ranked 8th on the Champions Tour.

Major finals

Career finals

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Singles: 46 (26-20)

Wins (26)
Legend
Grand Slam (2)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
Olympic Gold (1)
ATP Championship Series (4)
ATP Tour (19)
Titles by Surface
Hard (9)
Grass (3)
Clay (3)
Carpet (11)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 10 January 1994 Adelaide, Australia Hard Russia Alexander Volkov 6–4, 6–3
2. 7 March 1994 Copenhagen, Denmark Carpet (i) Czech Republic Daniel Vacek 6–3, 7–5
3. 29 August 1994 Long Island, USA Hard France Cédric Pioline 5–7, 6–1, 6–2
4. 20 February 1995 Milan, Italy Carpet (i) Germany Boris Becker 7–5, 5–7, 7–6(6)
5. 27 March 1995 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet (i) France Guillaume Raoux 6–2, 6–2
6. 17 July 1995 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Switzerland Jakob Hlasek 6–3, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
7. 28 August 1995 Long Island, USA Hard Netherlands Jan Siemerink 7–6(0), 6–2
8. 8 January 1996 Adelaide, Australia Hard Zimbabwe Byron Black 7–6(0), 3–6, 6–1
9. 6 May 1996 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Czech Republic Bohdan Ulihrach 7–5, 1–6, 6–3
10. 10 June 1996 French Open, Paris, France Clay Germany Michael Stich 7–6(4), 7–5, 7–6(4)
11. 7 October 1996 Lyon, France Carpet (i) France Arnaud Boetsch 7–5, 6–3
12. 16 June 1997 Halle, Germany Grass Czech Republic Petr Korda 7–6(2), 6–7(5), 7–6(7)
13. 18 August 1997 New Haven, USA Hard Australia Patrick Rafter 7–6(4), 6–4
14. 10 November 1997 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) Czech Republic Petr Korda 7–6(2), 6–4
15. 2 March 1998 London, UK Carpet (i) France Cédric Pioline 7–5, 6–4
16. 15 June 1998 Halle, Germany Grass Sweden Magnus Larsson 6–4, 6–4
17. 16 November 1998 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) Croatia Goran Ivanišević 7–6(2), 7–6(5)
18. 1 February 1999 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard Sweden Thomas Enqvist 4–6, 6–0, 6–3, 7–6(1)
19. 22 February 1999 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet (i) United Kingdom Tim Henman 6–2, 7–6(3)
20. 15 November 1999 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) Zimbabwe Byron Black 7–6(2), 6–4
21. 2 October 2000 Summer Olympics, Sydney, Australia Hard Germany Tommy Haas 7–6(4), 3–6, 6–2, 4–6, 6–3
22. 30 October 2000 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) Germany David Prinosil 6–2, 7–5
23. 19 February 2001 Marseille, France Hard (i) France Sébastien Grosjean 7–6(5), 6–2
24. 8 October 2001 Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) Germany Nicolas Kiefer 6–4, 7–5
25. 17 June 2002 Halle, Germany Grass Germany Nicolas Kiefer 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
26. 16 September 2002 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard Belarus Vladimir Voltchkov 7–6(6), 7–5
Runner-ups (20)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 9 May 1994 Hamburg, Germany Clay Ukraine Andrei Medvedev 6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
2. 24 April 1995 Nice, France Clay Switzerland Marc Rosset 6–4, 6–0
3. 11 March 1996 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet Croatia Goran Ivanišević 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
4. 1 April 1996 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet Sweden Magnus Gustafsson 6–2, 7-(4)
5. 24 June 1996 Halle, Germany Grass Sweden Nicklas Kulti 6–7(5), 6–3, 6–4
6. 22 July 1996 Stuttgart, Germany Clay Austria Thomas Muster 6–2, 6–2, 6–4
7. 4 November 1996 Paris, France Carpet Sweden Thomas Enqvist 6–2, 6–4, 7–5
8. 11 November 1996 Moscow, Russia Carpet Croatia Goran Ivanišević 3–6, 6–1, 6–3
9. 17 November 1997 Year-End Championships, Hanover, Germany Hard United States Pete Sampras 6–3, 6–2, 6–2
10. 9 February 1998 Marseille, France Hard (i) Sweden Thomas Enqvist 6–4, 6–1
11. 21 September 1998 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard United Kingdom Tim Henman 7–5, 6–4
12. 2 November 1998 Stuttgart, Germany Hard (i) Netherlands Richard Krajicek 6–4, 6–3, 6–3
13. 9 August 1999 Montreal, Canada Hard Sweden Thomas Johansson 1–6, 6–3, 6–3
14. 23 August 1999 Washington D.C., USA Hard United States Andre Agassi 7–6(3), 6–1
15. 30 January 2000 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard United States Andre Agassi 3–6, 6–3, 6–2, 6–4
16. 28 February 2000 London, UK Hard (i) Switzerland Marc Rosset 6–4, 6–4
17. 27 November 2000 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Sweden Thomas Johansson 6–2, 6–4, 6–4
18. 17 September 2001 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard Russia Marat Safin 6–2, 6–2
19. 5 November 2001 Paris, France Carpet France Sébastien Grosjean 7–6(3), 6–1, 6–7(5), 6–4
20. 3 February 2003 Milan, Italy Carpet Netherlands Martin Verkerk 6–4, 5–7, 7–5

Doubles: 41 (27-14)

Wins (27)
Legend
Grand Slam (4)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (7)
ATP Championship Series (6)
ATP Tour (10)
Titles by Surface
Hard (9)
Clay (13)
Grass (0)
Carpet (5)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. 11 April 1994 Barcelona, Spain Clay Czech Republic David Rikl United States Jim Courier &
Spain Javier Sánchez
5–7, 6–1, 6–4
2. 2 May 1994 Munich, Germany Clay Czech Republic David Rikl Germany Boris Becker &
Czech Republic Petr Korda
7–6, 7–5
3. 16 May 1994 Rome, Italy Clay Czech Republic David Rikl South Africa Wayne Ferreira &
Spain Javier Sánchez
6–1, 7–5
4. 24 October 1994 Lyon, France Carpet Switzerland Jakob Hlasek Czech Republic Martin Damm &
Australia Patrick Rafter
6–7, 7–6, 7–6
5. 10 April 1995 Estoril, Portugal Clay Russia Andrei Olhovskiy Germany Marc-Kevin Goellner &
Italy Diego Nargiso
5–7, 7–5, 6–2
6. 15 May 1995 Hamburg, Germany Clay South Africa Wayne Ferreira Zimbabwe Byron Black &
Russia Andrei Olhovskiy
6–1, 7–6
7. 31 July 1995 Montreal, Canada Hard Russia Andrei Olhovskiy United States Brian MacPhie &
Australia Sandon Stolle
6–2, 6–2
8. 23 October 1995 Lyon, France Carpet Switzerland Jakob Hlasek South Africa John-Laffnie de Jager &
South Africa Wayne Ferreira
6–3, 6–3
9. 1 April 1996 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet Russia Andrei Olhovskiy Sweden Nicklas Kulti &
Sweden Peter Nyborg
6–3, 6–4
10. 6 May 1996 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Czech Republic Daniel Vacek Argentina Luis Lobo &
Spain Javier Sánchez
6–3, 6–7, 6–3
11. 10 June 1996 French Open, Paris Clay Czech Republic Daniel Vacek Switzerland Jakob Hlasek &
France Guy Forget
6–2, 6–3
12. 30 September 1996 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Czech Republic Daniel Vacek South Africa David Adams &
Netherlands Menno Oosting
6–3, 6–4
13. 14 October 1996 Vienna, Austria Carpet Czech Republic Daniel Vacek Czech Republic Pavel Vízner &
Netherlands Menno Oosting
7–6, 6–4
14. 9 June 1997 French Open, Paris Clay Czech Republic Daniel Vacek Australia Todd Woodbridge &
Australia Mark Woodforde
7–6, 4–6, 6–3
15. 14 July 1997 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Czech Republic Daniel Vacek United States Trevor Kronemann &
Australia David Macpherson
4–6, 7–6, 6–3
16. 8 September 1997 U.S. Open, New York Hard Czech Republic Daniel Vacek Sweden Jonas Björkman &
Sweden Nicklas Kulti
7–6, 6–3
17. 23 February 1998 Antwerp, Belgium Hard South Africa Wayne Ferreira Spain Tomás Carbonell &
Spain Francisco Roig
7–5, 3–6, 6–2
18. 19 October 1998 Vienna, Austria Carpet Czech Republic Daniel Vacek South Africa David Adams &
South Africa John Laffnie De Jager
7–5, 6–3
19. 19 April 1999 Barcelona, Spain Clay Netherlands Paul Haarhuis Italy Massimo Bertolini &
Italy Cristian Brandi
7–5, 6–3
20. 24 April 2000 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay South Africa Wayne Ferreira Netherlands Paul Haarhuis &
Australia Sandon Stolle
6–3, 2–6, 6–1
21. 16 October 2000 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) Serbia Nenad Zimonjić Czech Republic Jiří Novák &
Czech Republic David Rikl
6–4, 6–4
22. 19 March 2001 Indian Wells, United States Hard South Africa Wayne Ferreira Sweden Jonas Björkman &
Australia Todd Woodbridge
6–2, 7–5
23. 14 May 2001 Rome, Italy Clay South Africa Wayne Ferreira Canada Daniel Nestor &
Australia Sandon Stolle
6–4, 7–6(6)
24. 29 October 2001 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard Russia Denis Golovanov Georgia (country) Irakli Labadze &
Russia Marat Safin
7–5, 6–4
25. 10 June 2002 French Open, Paris Clay Netherlands Paul Haarhuis The Bahamas Mark Knowles &
Canada Daniel Nestor
7–5, 6–4
26. 17 March 2003 Indian Wells, United States Hard South Africa Wayne Ferreira United States Bob Bryan &
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 7–5, 6–4
27. 4 August 2003 Washington D.C., United States Hard Armenia Sargis Sargsian South Africa Chris Haggard &
Australia Paul Hanley
7–5, 4–6, 6–2
Runner-ups (14)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. 7 February 1994 Marseille, France Carpet Czech Republic Martin Damm Netherlands Jan Siemerink
Czech Republic Daniel Vacek
6–7, 6–4, 6–1
2. 25 April 1994 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Czech Republic Daniel Vacek Sweden Nicklas Kulti
Sweden Magnus Larsson
3–6, 7–6, 6–4
3. 27 March 1995 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet Switzerland Jakob Hlasek Czech Republic Martin Damm
Sweden Anders Järryd
6–4, 6–2
4. 26 June 1995 Halle, Germany Grass Russia Andrei Olhovskiy Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
6–2, 3–6, 6–3
5. 26 February 1996 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet Netherlands Menno Oosting Sweden Jonas Björkman
Sweden Nicklas Kulti
6–4, 6–4
6. 24 June 1996 Halle, Germany Grass Czech Republic Daniel Vacek Zimbabwe Byron Black
Canada Grant Connell
6–1, 7–5
7. 4 November 1996 Paris, France Carpet Czech Republic Daniel Vacek Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
6–4, 4–6, 7–6
8. 2 March 1998 London, England Carpet Czech Republic Daniel Vacek Czech Republic Martin Damm
United States Jim Grabb
6–4, 7–5
9. 16 November 1998 Moscow, Russia Carpet Czech Republic Daniel Vacek United States Jared Palmer
United States Jeff Tarango
6–4, 6–7, 6–2
10. 21 February 2000 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) United Kingdom Tim Henman South Africa David Adams
South Africa John-Laffnie De Jager
5–7, 6–2, 6–3
11. 15 May 2000 Rome, Italy Clay South Africa Wayne Ferreira Czech Republic Martin Damm
Slovakia Dominik Hrbatý
6–4, 4–6, 6–3
12. 22 April 2002 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Netherlands Paul Haarhuis Sweden Jonas Björkman
Australia Todd Woodbridge
6–3, 3–6, [10-7]
13. 9 June 2003 French Open, Paris Clay Netherlands Paul Haarhuis United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
7–6, 6–3
14. 21 July 2003 Stuttgart, Germany Clay Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett Czech Republic Tomáš Cibulec
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
3–6, 6–3, 6–4

Performance timelines

Singles

Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slams
Australian Open A LQ 2R QF QF A A W F QF 2R 2R 1 / 8 28–7
French Open A 2R 3R SF W QF 2R 2R QF QF 2R 2R 1 / 11 31–10
Wimbledon A A 3R QF 1R 4R 1R 3R 2R 3R 3R 1R 0 / 10 16–10
U.S. Open A A 4R 3R A 2R 4R SF 3R SF 2R 3R 0 / 9 24–9
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 4 1 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 1 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 2 / 38 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0–0 1–1 8–4 15–4 11–2 8–3 4–3 15–3 13–4 15–4 5–4 4–4 N/A 99–36
Year-End Championship
Tennis Masters Cup A A A RR RR F RR SF RR SF A A 0 / 7 11–14
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A LQ A A A A 1R 1R 2R SF QF 2R 0 / 6 9–6
Miami A LQ A A A A 3R 2R 4R 3R 3R 3R 0 / 6 7–6
Monte Carlo A A SF 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 10 8–10
Rome A A 2R 1R 3R 3R 3R 3R 2R 2R 2R SF 0 / 10 16–10
Hamburg A A F 1R SF SF 1R A 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 8 11–8
Canada A A A QF A SF QF F QF 1R 3R 2R 0 / 8 17–8
Cincinnati A A 2R 1R QF QF SF SF 3R QF 1R 2R 0 / 10 17–10
Madrid (Stuttgart) LQ 2R SF 2R 1R 2R F 2R SF SF 2R 1R 0 / 11 15–11
Paris A LQ 2R A F SF SF 2R 3R F 3R A 0 / 8 17–8
Masters Series SR 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 6 0 / 6 0 / 6 0 / 7 0 / 9 0 / 8 0 / 9 0 / 9 0 / 9 0 / 7 0 / 77 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0–0 1–1 15–6 4–6 11–6 14–7 16–9 9–8 14–9 16–9 8–9 9–7 N/A 117–77
Year End Ranking 275 102 11 6 3 5 11 2 5 4 27 41 N/A

A = did not attend
LQ = lost in qualifying draw

Doubles

Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A 1R QF 3R A A QF 3R 3R 2R 2R 0 / 8 14–8
French Open A A 2R QF W W 2R QF QF 1R W F 3 / 10 34–7
Wimbledon A A SF SF 3R 1R 3R 2R A A 3R 2R 0 / 8 17–6
U.S. Open A A 1R 2R A W 2R 1R SF 2R 3R 1R 1 / 9 15–8
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 4 0 / 4 1 / 3 2 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 1 / 4 0 / 4 4 / 35 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 5–4 11–4 10–2 12–1 4–3 7–3 9–3 3–3 11–3 8–3 N/A 80–29
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A A A A QF 1R SF W 1R W 2 / 6 14–4
Miami A A A A A A QF 2R 2R A A 1R 0 / 4 2–4
Monte Carlo A A F QF QF SF 1R 2R W 1R F QF 1 / 10 19–9
Rome A A W A QF 2R QF 1R F W 2R QF 2 / 9 22–7
Hamburg A A A W 1R SF 1R A 2R 1R SF A 1 / 7 10–6
Canada A A A W A QF 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1 / 8 5–7
Cincinnati A A 1R 1R 1R 1R SF 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R 0 / 10 6–9
Madrid (Stuttgart) A A QF QF 1R 1R QF 1R QF QF 2R A 0 / 9 10–8
Paris A A 1R A F 1R 2R QF 2R A 2R A 0 / 7 6–7
Masters Series SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 5 2 / 5 0 / 6 0 / 7 0 / 9 0 / 8 1 / 9 2 / 7 0 / 8 1 / 6 7 / 70 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 11–4 11–2 6–6 6–7 10–9 3–8 16–8 13–4 9–8 9–5 N/A 94–61
Year End Ranking 484 156 12 9 5 6 19 46 12 28 15 17 N/A

A = did not participate in the tournament.

Team titles

2002 - Davis Cup winner with Russia

Trivia

  • Kafelnikov starred in Virtua Tennis, an arcade tennis game. In that game, he has a strong backhand.
  • He also obtained a wildcard entry into the 2005 Cadillac Russian Open golf tournament, in Moscow, shooting rounds of 88 and 96 to finish 40 over par and missed the cut by 24 strokes.
  • He played exclusively with and endorsed racquets from Austrian company, Fischer throughout his career.
  • Kafelnikov is an avid supporter of Russian football side Dynamo Moscow FC, and was given 'lifetime membership' of the club by Chairman Victor Zakharov in 2003, and as a result is a registered player for both the football team, and the basketball team. He has, however, never played any games for either team as yet.
  • One of five players to beat Roger Federer at Wimbledon.
  • In the episode of Sports Night "Shane", Dan and Jeremy spend over an hour recording and rerecording a ten-second commercial voiceover because Dan can't say Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

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