Dimitri Poliakov

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This article is about the tennis player. For the Soviet spy, see Dmitri Polyakov.
Dimitri Poliakov
Country (sports) Soviet Union Soviet Union (1989–1991)
Ukraine Ukraine
Residence Kharkov, Ukraine
Born (1968-01-19) 19 January 1968 (age 47)
Kiev, Soviet Union
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro 1989
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $438,529
Career record 35–47
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 93 (10 June 1991)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1992)
French Open 2R (1994)
Wimbledon 1R (1990)
US Open 2R (1993)
Career record 22–35
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 119 (13 July 1992)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (1992)
Wimbledon 1R (1992)
US Open 1R (1991)

Dimitri Poliakov (born 19 January 1968) is a former professional tennis player from Ukraine.


Poliakov, a clay court specialist and the Soviet singles champion in 1990, had his breakthrough year in 1991, when he won the Yugoslavia Open, an ATP Tour event. This saw him break into the top 100 for the first time. He was also runner-up in the Austrian Open, with partner Pablo Arraya. These would be the only two ATP Tour finals that he reached during his career.

In 1993 he made it into the semi finals of the Kremlin Cup, as qualifier. He defeated number three seed Amos Mansdorf in the opening round and then best Zimbabwean Byron Black 6–0, 6–3 and Martin Damm of the Czech Republic. His tournament ended when he was defeated by Marc Rosset in three sets.[1]

He had one of the best wins of his career in 1992 when he defeated world number 12 Carlos Costa in Vienna in straight sets.

From 1993 to 1998, Poliakov was a regular fixture in the Ukraine Davis Cup team. He had a 10–2 record in singles. His doubles record was 9–5 and seven of those wins came with Andrei Medvedev, which is a national record. He had also played in two Davis Cup campaigns for the Soviet Union team in 1990 and 1991.[2]

He reached the second round of a Grand Slam singles draw on three occasions, twice as a qualifier. In the men's doubles he appeared in three Grand Slam tournaments but never progressed part the first round.[3]

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 1991 Umag, Yugoslavia Clay Spain Javier Sánchez 6–4, 6–4

Doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 1991 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Peru Pablo Arraya Spain Tomás Carbonell
Spain Francisco Roig
7–6, 2–6, 4–6

Challenger titles[edit]

Singles: (4)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 1989 Fürth, West Germany Clay Italy Federico Mordegan 6–2, 6–1
2. 1990 Neu Ulm, West Germany Clay Belgium Bart Wuyts 3–6, 7–5, 6–3
3. 1991 Bielefeld, Germany Clay Germany Lars Koslowski 6–4, 6–1
4. 1993 Bruck, Austria Clay Germany Simon Touzil 6–4, 6–1

Doubles: (5)[edit]

No. Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
1. 1989 Fürth, West Germany Clay Soviet Union Vladimir Gabrichidze Italy Cristiano Caratti
Italy Federico Mordegan
6–4, 6–7, 6–4
2. 1990 Knokke, Belgium Clay Soviet Union Andrei Olhovskiy Belgium Xavier Daufresne
Belgium Denis Langaskens
6–4, 4–6, 6–3
3. 1990 Verona, Italy Clay Czechoslovakia Slava Doseděl Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Menno Oosting
6–0, 6–7, 6–4
4. 1991 Oporto, Portugal Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Anzari Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
Netherlands Mark Koevermans
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
5. 1993 Eisenach, Germany Clay Sweden Christer Allgardh Georgia (country) Vladimir Gabrichidze
Russia Andrei Merinov
6–7, 6–4, 6–4