Denis Golovanov

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Denis Golovanov
Country (sports) Russia Russia
Born (1979-03-27) 27 March 1979 (age 38)
Sochi, Russia
Height 188 m (616 ft 9 12 in)
Turned pro 1998
Plays Left-handed
Prize money $223,998
Career record 0–5
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 152 (10 Jun 2002)
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon 1R (2002)
Career record 10–11
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 104 (23 Sep 2002)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2002)
US Open 1R (2002)

Denis Yuryevich Golovanov (Russian: Дени́с Ю́рьевич Голова́нов, born 27 March 1979) is a former professional tennis player from Russia.[1]


Golovanov failed to make it through qualifying for the 2002 Wimbledon Championships but was given entry into the main draw as a lucky loser, after British wild card James Auckland withdrew with an injury. He faced fellow lucky loser George Bastl in the first round. Bastl, who went on to upset Pete Sampras, defeated Golovanov in straight sets.[2]

The Russian would never win a singles match on the ATP Tour.[2] One of his losses was to Roger Federer at the 2002 Kremlin Cup.[2]

Golovanov did however have some success as a doubles player, with the highlight of his career coming in 2001, when he and Yevgeny Kafelnikov won the St. Petersburg Open.[2] The wild card pairing benefiting from a walkover in the quarter-finals, with top seeds Jiri Novak and David Rikl withdrawing.[2]

He was also a doubles semi-finalist twice, both times partnering his childhood friend Marat Safin, in the 2000 Kremlin Cup and 2002 President's Cup.[2] Safin would later hire Golovanov as his coach.[3]

ATP career finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 2001 St. Petersburg, Russia Hard Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov Georgia (country) Irakli Labadze
Russia Marat Safin
7–5, 6–4

Challenger titles[edit]

Singles: (1)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 2002 Hull, Great Britain Carpet United Kingdom Arvind Parmar 6–4, 3–1 RET

Doubles: (2)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
1. 2001 Andorra Hard Finland Tuomas Ketola Spain Julian Alonso
Spain Jairo Velasco, Jr.
6–3, 6–4
2. 2001 Samarkand, Uzbekistan Clay Russia Vadim Kutsenko Uzbekistan Oleg Ogorodov
Uzbekistan Dmitri Tomashevich
6–1, 4–6, 6–4