12 December 1982 |
Moscow, Soviet Union
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Coach(es)||Vitaly Gorin (2000–present)|
|Career record||229–206 (52.64%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 20 (2 October 2006)|
|Current ranking||No. 254 (16 May 2016)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2007)|
|French Open||3R (2006, 2008, 2014)|
|Wimbledon||4R (2005, 2006)|
|US Open||3R (2003, 2006, 2008, 2013)|
|Olympic Games||1R (2008, 2012)|
|Highest ranking||No. 36 (16 June 2008)|
|Current ranking||No. 265 (11 January 2016)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2009)|
|French Open||SF (2008)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2007, 2008, 2011, 2014)|
|US Open||3R (2008)|
|Davis Cup||W (2006)|
|Hopman Cup||W (2007)|
|Last updated on: 2 November 2015.|
Dmitry Igorevich Tursunov (Russian: Дми́трий И́горевич Турсу́нов (help·info); born 12 December 1982) is a professional Russian tennis player. He was 12 years old when he came to the United States to train and further his prospects of becoming a professional player. Tursunov's career-high singles ranking is world No. 20, achieved in October 2006.
Tursunov is an offensive baseliner with excellent groundstrokes from both sides and prefers to play on faster surfaces; he jokes about his lack of ability and success on clay courts. He is sponsored by Fila and Wilson. He helped the Russian Davis Cup team win the 2006 Davis Cup and reach the finals of the 2007 Davis Cup.
- 1 Tennis career
- 2 Awards
- 3 ATP career finals
- 4 Singles performance timeline
- 5 Doubles performance timeline
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Tursunov began playing tennis in Moscow at the age of five when his father made him play a few hours a day. He came to the United States to train with Vitaly Gorin.
I practiced a few hours a day. My dad realized fairly early that I had a lot of potential. A lot of people criticize him for basically choosing that career for me. He understood that I didn’t have many options to make money and since he really liked tennis, he decided that I was to be a tennis player. It just happened that I was naturally good at it.
Tursunov played his first match in June 1998 against Chris Groer in a Futures event in Los Angeles and won, but lost in the following round. In 1999, the Russian played in the Futures events in Philippines and United States and was able to reach two semifinals and a quarterfinal. In 2000, he broke a leg in January, which forced him to miss four months of the season. When he came back, he continued playing in Futures events in the United States. He reached his first Futures final in Haines City, Florida, but lost to Australian Jaymon Crabb. He then won his first Futures title the following week, defeating another Australian Peter Luczak. He reached another final in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, losing to Scott Barron and won two more Futures events in Malibu, California over José de Armas and in Scottsdale, Arizona over Stefan Wauters.
In 2001, Tursunov won the Futures event in Boca Raton over Jeff Morrison, then the Dallas Challenger defeating Justin Bower. After these two lower-level tournament successes, Tursunov qualified for his first ATP event in 2001 Kroger St. Jude International and made the quarterfinals, earning his first top-100 win over then world no. 51 Greg Rusedski along the way, before losing to eventual champion Mark Philippoussis. He continued playing on the Challenger circuit, reaching three quarterfinals, but his form suffered after his impact in Memphis because of what doctors believed was a bulging disk in his back. He returned after two months away, and then suffered a stress fracture in his leg. As the back pain continued, Tursunov went to see a doctor in Sacramento and the extent of his injury problems were misdiagnosed as he was suffering from not one, but two fractures in his L–2 vertebrae. Tursunov was forced to miss six months and did not come back to tennis until June 2002, That year, he won another title on the United States Futures circuit and reached a Challenger semifinal and two quarterfinals.
After making two finals on the Challenger circuit in Aptos losing to Jeff Salzenstein and in The Bronx, New York to Ivo Karlović, Tursunov qualified for his first Grand Slam event at the US Open defeating former world number one and then World No. 14 Gustavo Kuertenin five sets, earning his first top 20 win before losing in the third round to Xavier Malisse. Continuing on after the US Open, he won two consecutive Challenger titles: in Mandeville over Jan Hernych, and in San Antonio, Texas over Sébastien de Chaunac, and then the semifinals of his next two challenger tournaments. At the end of 2003, he finished the year ranked in the top 100 for the first time in his career.
Tursunov started the season of 2004 losing in the first rounds of 2004 Chennai Open and 2004 Australian Open, but won Waikoloa Challenger over Alejandro Falla. He then reached the quarterfinals of the 2004 Kroger St. Jude losing to Mardy Fish. He then played in his first Masters event but lost in the first rounds of 2004 Pacific Life Open and 2004 NASDAQ-100 Open. He then reached the quarterfinals of 2004 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships losing to eventual champion Tommy Haas. He then lost in the first round in his next three ATP Tour in the 2004 Torneo Godó, 2004 French Open, and 2004 Stella Artois Championships. However, he rebounded in the 2004 Wimbledon upsetting 19th seed and compatriot Marat Safin in the first round and eventually fell to 9th seed Carlos Moyá in the third round. At the 2004 TD Waterhouse Cup, he was able to reach his first ATP Tour semifinals retiring against Lleyton Hewitt. After the US Open loss to Fabrice Santoro in the second round, Tursunov was forced out of tennis again for seven months with a broken vertebra suffered in a boating accident.
He came back at the 2005 Indian Wells Masters tournament losing to Agustín Calleri. In his next ATP Tour tournaments he reached the second rounds of 2005 French Open and 2005 Stella Artois Championships, and the first round of 2005 10tele.com Open. At Wimbledon 2005, Tursunov achieved his best ever performance in a Grand Slam event by making the fourth round. In his second-round match against then World No. 9 Tim Henman, he had to play in a Wimbledon club shirt as two of his shirts were stolen from the locker room before the match. He eventually defeated the local hope in five sets, earning his first top 10 win of his career. He eventually lost in the fourth round to Sébastien Grosjean in another five-setter. It was the first time Tursunov had ever lost a five-set match, having previously compiled a 5–0 record in five-set matches.
He then reached the second rounds of 2005 RCA Championships and 2005 Mercedes-Benz Cup, the first rounds of 2005 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and 2005 Pilot Pen Tennis and reached also the second round of his next 4 tournaments including the US Open. At the 2005 ATP Kremlin Cup, he was able to reach the semifinals losing to compatriot Igor Andreev. He then won the challenger event in Kolding, Denmark defeating Steve Darcis. In his last tournament of the year he reached the third round of 2005 BNP Paribas Masters losing to Nikolay Davydenko.
2006 was a successful year for Tursunov as he achieved his highest ever ranking thus far, he began by reaching the quarterfinals of 2006 Qatar ExxonMobil Open and 2006 Medibank International losing to eventual finalists Gaël Monfils and Igor Andreev respectively. He then reached the second round of 2006 Australian Open to Tommy Robredo. At the 2006 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships he lost in the quarterfinals to Tommy Haas. He then won a challenger event in Sunrise, Florida defeating Alberto Martín. At the 2006 NASDAQ-100 Open he was able to reach the fourth round of a Master Series for the first time losing to World No. 1 Roger Federer.
He then went 1–6 in his next six events only earning a victory over Gastão Elias at the 2006 Estoril Open. At the French Open, Tursunov lost to David Nalbandian after having a 2–0 set lead in the third round. He then reached the quarterfinals of the 2006 Queen's Club Championships losing to local hero Tim Henman and the first round of 2006 Nottingham Open losing to another local hero Andy Murray. He defeated then World No. 4 Ivan Ljubičić in the third round of 2006 Wimbledon coming back from two sets to love, before losing in the next round, 9–7 in the fifth set to Jarkko Nieminen, after coming back two sets to love. After losing his serve in the fifth set to give Nieminen an 8–7 lead, he hit a ball at the chair umpire's chair. He was given a point penalty and later fined £4,000 ($7,500) for "unsportsmanlike conduct". He called the chair umpire, Fergus Murphy, an "idiot" in the news conference he had after the match.
He then reached his first ATP final at the 2006 LA Tennis Open losing to Tommy Haas and followed it up with a semifinal performance at the 2006 Legg Mason Tennis Classic losing to Andy Murray. He then fell in the third rounds of 2006 Rogers Cup and 2006 US Open, and the second rounds of 2006 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and 2006 BCR Open Romania. He then won his first career title at the 2006 Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open defeating Tommy Robredo in the semifinals and Tomáš Berdych in the final. He then lost four consecutive matches in the third round of 2006 Japan Open Tennis Championships and the first rounds of 2006 Kremlin Cup, 2006 Mutua Madrileña Masters Madrid and 2006 St. Petersburg Open. He then reached the third round of 2006 BNP Paribas Masters losing to eventual champion Nikolay Davydenko. At the end of the year, he won a challenger event in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine defeating Benjamin Becker in the final.
On 6 January 2007, Tursunov won the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, while representing Russia alongside Nadia Petrova. In the final, Tursunov defeated Tommy Robredo in straight sets, after teammate Nadia Petrova's victory over Anabel Medina Garrigues. Following this match was a proset mixed doubles between Russians Tursunov and Nadia Petrova and Spaniards Tommy Robredo and Anabel Medina Garrigues. This match was a clear show of the playful nature of Tursunov and the other players. The match was relaxed since the outcome of the mixed doubles proset match did not matter. At one stage, Anabel Medina Garrigues switched with Tursunov so that Tursunov and Robredo were on one side, while Medina Garrigues and Petrova were on the other. The umpire assigned points to Spain regardless. [clarification needed]
At the 2007 Australian Open, he reached the third round, losing to Tomáš Berdych. He lost in the first round of his next 4 ATP Tour tournaments. He then fell in the second rounds of 2007 Estoril Open and 2007 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, and the first round of the 2007 Hamburg Masters. At the 2007 French Open he fell to Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. During the grass season he reached the semifinals of 2007 Queen's Club Championships and 2007 Nottingham Open to big servers Andy Roddick and Ivo Karlović.
In Indianapolis, Tursunov won his 2nd career title, defeating surprise finalist Frank Dancevic while losing only 10 points on serve and never facing a break point. He then lost 3 consecutive matches at the Masters event of the 2007 Rogers Cup and 2007 Cincinnati Masters, and the 2007 US Open. Tursunov then rebounded by winning his second title of the year at the Thailand Open, dominating Benjamin Becker. He then reached the third round of 2007 AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships losing to Feliciano López. He then lost early in 2007 Kremlin Cup and 2007 Madrid Masters. At the 2007 St. Petersburg Open he fell in the quarterfinals to Andy Murray. At the 2007 BNP Paribas Masters, he lost to Mardy Fish. As the defending champion, Tursunov lost in the final of the Challenger in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine to Mischa Zverev.
Tursunov played his first tournament of 2008 at the 2008 Qatar Open falling to Nikolay Davydenko in the quarterfinals. 2008 Medibank International in Sydney, Australia. He defeated Stanislas Wawrinka, top seed and no. 8 in the world Richard Gasquet, Sébastien Grosjean, and Fabrice Santoro. In the final, Tursunov defeated Australian Chris Guccione. This was his fourth career title. At the Australian Open, Tursunov beat Xavier Malisse in the first round in five sets, after being down two sets to love. However, he then lost his second-round match against Sam Querrey in four sets.
Tursunov lost in the first round of the 2008 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament to Rafael Nadal, but combined with Tomáš Berdych to win the doubles title, defeating Mikhail Youzhny and Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final. This was his second doubles career title. In the 2008 Dubai Tennis Championships, he fell to Richard Gasquet. At the 2008 Pacific Life Open, he fell to Juan Ignacio Chela. At the 2008 Sony Ericsson Open, he defeated Richard Gasquet in their third encounter of the year in the second round, but lost in the fourth round to Tomáš Berdych. In the Monte-Carlo, he lost to Igor Andreev. At the 2008 Open Sabadell Atlántico Barcelona, he reached the quarterfinals, losing to German Denis Gremelmayr. He lost two consecutive first round appearances at the 2008 Rome Masters and the 2008 Hamburg Masters. At Roland Garros, Tursunov won his first two matches against Daniel Brands and Guillermo García-López, and then lost to Jérémy Chardy in straight sets. However, Tursunov paired up with Igor Kunitsyn in the men's doubles event. They reached the semifinals, losing to Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjić. This performance lifted Tursunov to a career high doubles ranking of No. 36.
In Nottingham, Tursunov walked off the court when losing by a set and a break in a first-round doubles match after disagreeing with a line call. The next morning, the ATP announced that he had been thrown out of the tournament because of his actions. This included the singles tournament, handing second round opponent Thomas Johansson a walk over into the quarterfinals. At Wimbledon, Tursunov beat Nicolas Mahut and Chris Eaton, but lost to Janko Tipsarević in the third round. At the 2008 Indianapolis Tennis Championships, Tursunov upset top seed James Blake to make it to the final. He was unable to defend his title, losing to Gilles Simon in the championship match. At the 2008 Rogers Cup, Tursunov lost in the third round to Blake. He lost to eventual champion Andy Murray, also in the third round, at the 2008 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, after earning his third victory of the year over Richard Gasquet. Tursunov represented Russia for the first time at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He lost in the first round to top seed Roger Federer. At the US Open, Tursunov reached the third round by beating Eduardo Schwank and Victor Hănescu. He was beaten by his compatriot Nikolay Davydenko.
Tursunov then celebrated his fifth ATP title win at the 2008 Open de Moselle in Metz, beating Paul-Henri Mathieu in the final. He then suffered three consecutive losses at the 2008 Kremlin Cup, 2008 Madrid Masters, and 2008 St. Petersburg Open. At the 2008 BNP Paribas Masters he retired in his second-round match against Novak Djokovic. He then won a Challenger event in Helsinki in his last tournament of the year.
The Russian began 2009 by losing his first three matches at the 2009 Qatar ExxonMobil Open, 2009 Medibank International Sydney, and 2009 Australian Open. He then qualified for the 2009 PBZ Zagreb Indoors, but lost to Ernests Gulbis. He then fell in the second round of the 2009 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, 2009 Open 13, and 2009 Dubai Tennis Championships, losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Feliciano López, and Igor Andreev, respectively. He then reached the third round of the 2009 BNP Paribas Open to Rafael Nadal and the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open to Andy Roddick. He then missed the European clay-court season due to an ankle surgery.
He came back at the 2009 French Open, losing in the first round to Arnaud Clément. On grass, he reached the second round of the 2009 Gerry Weber Open, losing to Philipp Kohlschreiber, and won the 2009 Aegon International, defeating Canadian Frank Dancevic in the final, his first grass court title. He then retired in his first-round match of the 2009 Wimbledon against Mischa Zverev due to an ankle injury. He reached the quarterfinals 2009 Indianapolis Tennis Championships, losing to Frank Dancevic. He then lost four consecutive matches at the 2009 LA Tennis Open, the 2009 Legg Mason Tennis Classic, the 2009 Rogers Cup, and the 2009 US Open. He then missed the rest of the year due to an ankle injury.
Dmitry missed most of the first part of 2010 due to the left ankle injury, and he had ankle surgery in February. He played his first tournament of the year at the 2010 French Open, falling to Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the first round. He then played on the Challenger tour. He fell in the first round of 2010 Wimbledon to Rainer Schüttler. He then fell in the second round of the qualifying draw in the 2010 Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships and the 2010 Farmers Classic. He won his first ATP match of the year at the 2010 Legg Mason Tennis Classic, defeating Teymuraz Gabashvili before falling to Tomáš Berdych. He again lost in the first round of the 2010 US Open to Jürgen Melzer in five sets. He then played in Bangkok, losing in the first round and quarterfinals of the Challenger events, and in the qualifying competition 2010 PTT Thailand Open. At the 2010 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tursunov produced two upsets defeated world No. 25 Ernests Gulbis and world No. 30 Richard Gasquet, before falling in the quarterfinals to the world No. 1, and eventual champion Rafael Nadal.
In Russia as a wild card, he fell in the first round of the 2010 Kremlin Cup and reached the semifinals of the 2010 St. Petersburg Open, losing to compatriot Mikhail Youzhny in a tight three sets. He then retired in his first-round match at the 2010 Valencia Open 500 against Pablo Andújar due to a left calf injury. Tursunov began 2011 by losing in the qualifying draw of the 2011 Brisbane International to Peter Luczak and the first round of the 2011 Australian Open to Victor Troicki. He then competed in the 2011 Singapore ATP Challenger as a wild card, which he won by dropping only one set in the tournament. In the Rotterdam, Tursunov was able to qualify and beat Andrey Golubev in the first round, before losing to fourth seed Tomáš Berdych.
At the 2011 Open 13, the Russian defeated Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in three tight sets. He then defeated Ivan Ljubičić and then-world no. 10 Jürgen Melzer, his first victory over a top-10 player in over 2 and a half years. He then lost to top seed Robin Söderling in the semifinals. In the 2011 Dubai Tennis Championships, he fell to Spaniard Marcel Granollers. He then competed on the Challenger tour, winning the 2011 Aegon GB Pro-Series Bath. He reached the finals of the 2011 Status Athens Open, a Challenger event, but withdrew due to a knee problem. He then fell in the qualifying draw of the 2011 BMW Open and the first round of the 2011 French Open. On grass, he played at the Challenger 2011 Aegon Trophy falling to Matthias Bachinger. At the 2011 Aegon Championships, he fell in the first round to Feliciano López in straight sets. At his final Wimbledon warm-up, the 2011 UNICEF Open, he had wins over Robert Kendrick, Nicolas Mahut, Santiago Giraldo, and third seed Xavier Malisse in the semifinals. He then faced fourth seed Ivan Dodig in the final and won his seventh ATP title.
As Tursunov's form started to improve and he came into calculation for selection in the Russia Davis Cup team, the problems he was having obtaining United States citizenship became apparent. He had attempted over several years' time to become a United States citizen, but the process has stalled[why?] and Tursunov travels with a Russian passport and an American visa. In his own words "It's frustrating, but what can you do?" In spite of this, Tursunov was selected for Russia in the Davis Cup semi final against Croatia and won his dead rubber match against Ivo Karlović. In 2006 in the first round tie against Netherlands, he won both his matches against Raemon Sluiter and Melle van Gemerden. He defeatied Richard Gasquet in five sets in the fourth rubber of the quarterfinal; consequently sending the Russians into the semi-finals of the Davis Cup. For the second time in 2006, Tursunov sealed victory for Russia in the Davis Cup; this time in the semi-final where he defeated Andy Roddick of the United States in a match that lasted 4 hours and 48 minutes, ending 17–15 in the last set. By virtue of this victory, he earned Russia the spot in the Davis Cup final against Argentina, which took place in December. Despite, earning the winning match in the quarterfinals and semifinals, Tursunov only played doubles partnering with Marat Safin, which they won to give Russia a 2–1 lead. Marat Safin later sealed the 2006 Davis Cup win for Russia with his victory over José Acasuso.
Tursunov was named in the four-man team that played the United States in the Davis Cup final in 2007, in Portland, Oregon, from 30 November to 2 December 2007. He lost the first rubber of the 2007 Davis Cup final against Roddick. Tursunov was on the verge of defeating James Blake, but Blake won in the 4th dead rubber, the USA having won the tie in the previous doubles match. In 2008, Tursunov lost both his matches in the first round tie against Serbia losing in doubles and in singles, however they still won the tie 3–2. In the semifinal tie against Argentina, he won his doubles match, playing with Igor Kunitsyn. In 2009, Tursunov sealed the victory for Russia in the first round tie against Romania defeating Victor Hănescu in five sets. In 2011, he won his singles match against Sweden, however Russia had already lost the tie by losing the first 3 matches.
ATP career finals
Singles: 9 (7 titles, 2 runners-up)
|Runner-up||1.||31 July 2006||Countrywide Classic, Los Angeles, United States||Hard||Tommy Haas||6–4, 5–7, 3–6|
|Winner||1.||25 September 2006||Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open, Mumbai, India||Hard||Tomáš Berdych||6–3, 4–6, 7–6(7–5)|
|Winner||2.||29 July 2007||Indianapolis Tennis Championships, Indianapolis, United States||Hard||Frank Dancevic||6–4, 7–5|
|Winner||3.||30 September 2007||Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand||Hard (i)||Benjamin Becker||6–2, 6–1|
|Winner||4.||12 January 2008||Medibank International, Sydney, Australia||Hard||Chris Guccione||7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–4)|
|Runner-up||2.||20 July 2008||Indianapolis Tennis Championships, Indianapolis, United States||Hard||Gilles Simon||4–6, 4–6|
|Winner||5.||5 October 2008||Open de Moselle, Metz, France||Hard (i)||Paul-Henri Mathieu||7–6(8–6), 1–6, 6–4|
|Winner||6.||20 June 2009||Aegon International, Eastbourne, United Kingdom||Grass||Frank Dancevic||6–3, 7–6(7–5)|
|Winner||7.||18 June 2011||UNICEF Open, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands||Grass||Ivan Dodig||6–3, 6–2|
Doubles: 11 (7 titles, 4 runners-up)
|Runner-up||1.||23 August 2004||Citi Open, Washington, United States||Hard||Travis Parrott|| Chris Haggard
|Runner-up||2.||19 September 2005||China Open, Beijing, China||Hard||Mikhail Youzhny|| Justin Gimelstob
|6–4, 3–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||3.||26 June 2006||Nottingham Open, Nottingham, United Kingdom||Grass||Igor Kunitsyn|| Jonathan Erlich
|Winner||1.||15 October 2007||Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia (1)||Carpet||Marat Safin|| Tomáš Cibulec
|Winner||2.||24 February 2008||Rotterdam Open, Rotterdam, Netherlands||Hard (i)||Tomáš Berdych|| Philipp Kohlschreiber
|7–5, 3–6, [10–7]|
|Winner||3.||28 February 2009||Dubai Tennis Championships, Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Hard||Rik de Voest|| Martin Damm
|4–6, 6–3, [10–5]|
|Winner||4.||26 July 2009||Indianapolis Tennis Championships, Indianapolis, United States||Hard||Ernests Gulbis|| Ashley Fisher
|6–4, 3–6, [11–9]|
|Winner||5.||24 October 2010||Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia (2)||Hard (i)||Igor Kunitsyn|| Janko Tipsarević
|Runner-up||4.||23 June 2012||UNICEF Open, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands||Grass||Juan Sebastián Cabal|| Robert Lindstedt
|Winner||6.||5 May 2013||BMW Open, Munich, Germany||Clay||Jarkko Nieminen|| Marcos Baghdatis
|Winner||7.||25 October 2015||Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia||Hard (i)||Andrey Rublev|| Radu Albot
|2–6, 6–1, [10–6]|
Singles performance timeline
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|ATP Masters Series|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||1R||1R||2R||2R||2R||3R||A||A||A||1R||3R||A||1R||4–9|
|Shanghai Masters||Not Masters Series||A||A||2R||A||1R||A||A||1–1|
|German Open||A||A||A||1R||1R||1R||Not Masters Series||0–3|
Doubles performance timeline
|Grand Slam tournaments|
- Krystle Russin, "Dmitry Tursunov in Miami: From Russia with 40-Love", Tennis-X.com; 26 March 2009; accessed 31 May 2014.
- Tursunov punished over outburst, bbc.co.uk; accessed 31 May 2014.
-  Archived 21 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
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