Yevgeny Kafelnikov

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Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Kafelnikov Lagardere 2009.jpg
Yevgeny Kafelnikov playing an exhibition match in France, 2009
Full nameYevgeny Aleksandrovich Kafelnikov
Country (sports) Russia
ResidenceSochi, Russia
Born (1974-02-18) 18 February 1974 (age 47)
Sochi, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro1992
Retired2010 (last match 2003)
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$ 23,883,797
Int. Tennis HoF2019 (member page)
Singles
Career record609–306 (66.6%)
Career titles26
Highest rankingNo. 1 (3 May 1999)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (1999)
French OpenW (1996)
WimbledonQF (1995)
US OpenSF (1999, 2001)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsF (1997)
Grand Slam CupSF (1995, 1996)
Olympic GamesW (2000)
Doubles
Career record358–213
Career titles27
Highest rankingNo. 4 (30 March 1998)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1995, 1999)
French OpenW (1996, 1997, 2002)
WimbledonSF (1994, 1995)
US OpenW (1997)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (2002)
Medal record
Olympic Games – Tennis
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Singles

Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Kafelnikov (Russian: Евгений Александрович Кафельников, IPA: [jɪvˈɡʲenʲɪj ˈkafʲɪlʲnʲɪkəf] (About this soundlisten); born 18 February 1974) is a Russian former world No. 1 tennis player. He won two Grand Slam singles titles, the 1996 French Open and the 1999 Australian Open, and a gold medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. He also won four Grand Slam doubles titles, and is the last male player to have won both the men's singles and doubles titles at the same Grand Slam tournament (which he accomplished at the 1996 French Open). In 2019, Kafelnikov was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.[1]

Career[edit]

In his breakthrough year in 1994, Kafelnikov won three titles, reached the Hamburg Masters final and beat world top-5 players on six occasions. His ranking rose from 102 at the beginning of the year, to a year-end ranking of 11.

In 1995, he reached his first Grand Slam semifinals, beating world no. 1 Andre Agassi in straight sets in the quarterfinals. He also defeated three top-10 players (Michael Stich, Goran Ivanisevic and Boris Becker) on his way to the title in Milan.

At the 1996 French Open, Kafelnikov became the first Russian to ever win a Grand Slam title, defeating Michael Stich in the final in straight sets, having beaten world no. 1 Pete Sampras in the semifinals.[2]

Kafelnikov was finalist at the 1997 ATP Tour World Championships, and won three titles during that season. In doubles, he won both the French Open and US Open partnering Daniel Vacek.

At the 1999 Australian Open, 10th seed Kafelnikov won his second singles Grand Slam title, defeating Thomas Enqvist in the final in four sets. He also won in Rotterdam and Moscow, was runner-up at the Canadian Open and reached the semifinals of the US Open.

Seeded fifth, Kafelnikov won the gold medal in the men's singles tournament at the 2000 Olympic Games, beating second seed Gustavo Kuerten in the quarterfinals and Tommy Haas in the final in five sets. He also reached the final of the Australian Open and the quarterfinals of the French Open.

In 2001, he defeated world no. 1 Gustavo Kuerten in the quarterfinals of the US Open for the loss of just seven games, before losing to Lleyton Hewitt in the semifinals. Kafelnikov was also a finalist at the Paris Masters, quarterfinalist at the Australian Open and French Open, and won a record fifth consecutive title in Moscow.

Kafelnikov won his fourth and final doubles Grand Slam at the French Open in 2002, partnering Paul Haarhuis, and his final career singles title, in Tashkent. He was also a member of Russia's Davis Cup-winning team in 2002.

Kafelnikov played his last ATP-tour match in October 2003 (in St Petersburg). In total, he won 53 titles across singles and doubles during his career, and he remains the last male player to win both singles and doubles titles at the same Grand Slam.[3]

Kafelnikov in the Kremlin, 2002

Post-retirement[edit]

Since retiring from tennis, Kafelnikov cashed three times at the 2005 World Series of Poker.[4] He also played golf on the European Tour at the 2005, 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Russian Open, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Austrian Open, and the 2014 Czech Masters, plus several Challenge Tour events, without making any cuts. During the 2008 Miami Masters, Kafelnikov coached Marat Safin (in the absence of Safin's usual coach, Hernán Gumy). In 2009 and 2010, he participated in the ATP Champions Tour (for retired ATP-professional tennis players), finishing in third place in tournaments in Chengdu, Bogota and São Paulo.

Kafelnikov was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2019, not counting enough votes in his previous nominations in 2012 (compared to Gustavo Kuerten and Jennifer Capriati), in 2015 (compared to David Hall and Amélie Mauresmo), and in 2018 (compared to Michael Stich and Helena Suková).[5] In May 2017, Kafelnikov was extensively interviewed by the most popular Russian website Sports.ru considering his current political preferences.[6] In August 2020, Kafelnikov announced his plans to settle in Western Europe.[7][8]

In March 2021, Kafelnikov faced another wave of rumors about his retirement in 2003 as really being caused by ATP's desire to avoid a betting scandal considering his match in Lyon against Fernando Vicente.[9] Russian volleyball player Aleksey Spiridonov said in an interview: "Kafelnikov is corrupt. He made bets against himself during his career. And then he finished abruptly when being grabbed by the ass. I know. My friends work in the offices. And someone in an interview also said that Kafelnikov offered him to bet against himself and lose the match. Who pinned him down? There was no tennis federation at that time. I think, the gangsters".[10] One week after his match in 2003, Kafelnikov said about the accusations: “This is a complete bullshit, but now in the locker room, they [players] look at me like at an enemy of the people. Even in my country where I have always been a role model they [people] have begun to look at me that way. I talked to Fernando and he said his mother was crying on the phone because of this. Those who made this mess should be punished. The article says Kafelnikov has been involved in match-fixing and it rips me to pieces. I do not want to be associated with betting in any way".[11]

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments[edit]

Singles: 3 (2–1)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 1996 French Open Clay Germany Michael Stich 7–6(7–4), 7–5, 7–6(7–4)
Win 1999 Australian Open Hard Sweden Thomas Enqvist 4–6, 6–0, 6–3, 7–6(7–1)
Loss 2000 Australian Open Hard United States Andre Agassi 6–3, 3–6, 2–6, 4–6

Doubles: 5 (4–1)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1996 French Open Clay Czech Republic Daniel Vacek Switzerland Jakob Hlasek
France Guy Forget
6–2, 6–3
Win 1997 French Open Clay Czech Republic Daniel Vacek Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
7–6(7–1), 4–6, 6–3
Win 1997 US Open Hard Czech Republic Daniel Vacek Sweden Jonas Björkman
Sweden Nicklas Kulti
7–6(10–8), 6–3
Win 2002 French Open Clay Netherlands Paul Haarhuis The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
7–5, 6–4
Loss 2003 French Open Clay Netherlands Paul Haarhuis United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–7(3–7), 3–6

Olympic Games[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 gold medal)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Win 2000 Sydney Olympics Hard Germany Tommy Haas 7–6(7–4), 3–6, 6–2, 4–6, 6–3

Year-End Championships[edit]

Singles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1997 ATP Tour World Championships Hard (i) United States Pete Sampras 3–6, 2–6, 2–6

Masters 1000 tournaments[edit]

Singles: 5 (0–5)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1994 Hamburg Masters Clay Ukraine Andrei Medvedev 4–6, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6
Loss 1996 Paris Masters Carpet Sweden Thomas Enqvist 2–6, 4–6, 5–7
Loss 1998 Stuttgart Masters Hard (i) Netherlands Richard Krajicek 4–6, 3–6, 3–6
Loss 1999 Canadian Open Hard Sweden Thomas Johansson 6–1, 3–6, 3–6
Loss 2001 Paris Masters Carpet France Sébastien Grosjean 6–7(3–7), 1–6, 7–6(7–5), 4–6

Doubles: 11 (7–4)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1994 Monte Carlo Masters Clay Czech Republic Daniel Vacek Sweden Nicklas Kulti
Sweden Magnus Larsson
6–3, 6–7, 4–6
Win 1994 Rome Masters Clay Czech Republic David Rikl South Africa Wayne Ferreira
Spain Javier Sánchez
6–1, 7–5
Win 1995 ATP German Open Clay South Africa Wayne Ferreira Zimbabwe Byron Black
Russia Andrei Olhovskiy
6–1, 7–6
Win 1995 Canadian Open Hard Russia Andrei Olhovskiy United States Brian MacPhie
Australia Sandon Stolle
6–2, 6–2
Loss 1996 Paris Masters Carpet Czech Republic Daniel Vacek Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
4–6, 6–4, 6–7
Win 2000 Monte Carlo Masters Clay South Africa Wayne Ferreira Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
United States Sandon Stolle
6–3, 2–6, 6–1
Loss 2000 Rome Masters Clay South Africa Wayne Ferreira Czech Republic Martin Damm
Slovakia Dominik Hrbatý
4–6, 6–4, 3–6
Win 2001 Indian Wells Masters Hard South Africa Wayne Ferreira Sweden Jonas Björkman
Australia Todd Woodbridge
6–2, 7–5
Win 2001 Rome Masters Clay South Africa Wayne Ferreira Canada Daniel Nestor
Australia Sandon Stolle
6–4, 7–6(8–6)
Loss 2002 Monte Carlo Masters Clay Netherlands Paul Haarhuis Sweden Jonas Björkman
Australia Todd Woodbridge
3–6, 6–3, 7–10
Win 2003 Indian Wells Masters Hard South Africa Wayne Ferreira United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 7–5, 6–4

ATP Career finals[edit]

Singles: 46 (26 titles, 20 runner-ups)[edit]

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

Doubles: 41 (27–14)[edit]

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

Performance timelines[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 SR W–L
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
US Open A A 4R 3R A 2R 4R SF 3R SF 2R 3R 0 / 9 24–9
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 2 / 38 99–36
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics A Not Held A Not Held G Not Held 1 / 1 6–0
Year-End Championship
Tennis Masters Cup A A A RR RR F RR SF RR SF A A 0 / 7 11–14
Grand Slam Cup A A A SF SF QF A QF Not Held 0 / 4 5–4
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
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 0 / 77 117–77
Year End Ranking 275 102 11 6 3 5 11 2 5 4 27 41

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 SR W–L
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
US Open A A 1R 2R A W 2R 1R SF 2R 3R 1R 1 / 9 15–8
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 4 / 35 80–29
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics A Not Held A Not Held 2R Not Held 0 / 1 1–1
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
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 7 / 70 94–61
Year End Ranking 484 156 12 9 5 6 19 46 12 28 15 17

Top 10 wins[edit]

Season 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Total
Wins 0 2 11 6 3 6 3 7 3 3 0 2 46
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score KR
1993
1. Germany Michael Stich 10 Barcelona, Spain Clay 3R 4–6, 6–3, 6–3 253
2. Germany Michael Stich 4 Lyon, France Carpet (i) 1R 6–3, 7–6(7–4) 127
1994
3. Sweden Magnus Gustafsson 10 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet (i) 2R 6–1, 6–3 51
4. Germany Michael Stich 2 Monte-Carlo, Monaco Clay 3R 7–6(7–3), 6–4 41
5. Croatia Goran Ivanišević 5 Hamburg, Germany Clay 2R 7–6(7–1), 6–0 29
6. Germany Michael Stich 2 Hamburg, Germany Clay SF 6–3, 6–4 29
7. United States Jim Courier 7 Halle, Germany Grass QF 6–1, 6–4 19
8. Austria Thomas Muster 10 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay QF 7–6(11–9), 3–6, 7–6(7–4) 15
9. United States Michael Chang 6 Long Island, United States Hard QF 3–6, 7–6(7–1), 6–4 14
10. Germany Michael Stich 2 Davis Cup, Hamburg, Germany Hard RR 7–5, 6–3 12
11. Sweden Stefan Edberg 5 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet (i) 3R 7–6(7–4), 6–2 13
12. Spain Sergi Bruguera 4 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet (i) QF 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 6–2 13
13. Sweden Stefan Edberg 7 Davis Cup, Moscow, Russia Carpet (i) RR 4–6, 6–4, 6–0 11
1995
14. United States Todd Martin 10 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard 4R 6–1, 6–4, 6–2 12
15. Germany Michael Stich 8 Milan, Italy Carpet (i) QF 7–6(7–4), 4–6, 6–0 10
16. Croatia Goran Ivanišević 4 Milan, Italy Carpet (i) SF 7–5, 6–7(4–7), 6–4 10
17. Germany Boris Becker 3 Milan, Italy Carpet (i) F 7–5, 5–7, 7–6(8–6) 10
18. United States Andre Agassi 1 French Open, Paris, France Clay QF 6–4, 6–3, 7–5 9
19. United States Jim Courier 8 Davis Cup, Moscow, Russia Clay (i) RR 7–6(7–1), 7–5, 6–3 6
1996
20. United States Pete Sampras 1 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 6–3, 6–2 7
21. United States Pete Sampras 1 French Open, Paris, France Clay SF 7–6(7–4), 6–0, 6–2 7
22. Sweden Thomas Enqvist 9 ATP Tour World Championships, Hanover, Germany Carpet (i) RR 6–3, 7–6(7–5) 3
1997
23. Sweden Thomas Enqvist 8 Montreal, Canada Hard QF 7–5, 6–7(7–9), 6–1 7
24. Spain Sergi Bruguera 6 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet (i) 1R 6–4, 6–3 4
25. United Kingdom Greg Rusedski 5 Paris, France Carpet (i) QF 6–4, 3–6, 6–3 6
26. Sweden Jonas Björkman 4 ATP Tour World Championships, Hanover, Germany Hard (i) RR 6–3, 7–6(8–6) 6
27. United States Michael Chang 2 ATP Tour World Championships, Hanover, Germany Hard (i) RR 6–3, 6–0 6
28. Spain Carlos Moyà 7 ATP Tour World Championships, Hanover, Germany Hard (i) SF 7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–3) 6
1998
29. United Kingdom Tim Henman 10 Paris, France Carpet (i) 3R 6–3, 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–2) 8
30. Chile Marcelo Ríos 2 Paris, France Carpet (i) QF 6–3, 6–2 8
31. Slovakia Karol Kučera 7 ATP Tour World Championships, Hanover, Germany Hard (i) RR 6–7(3–7), 6–3, 6–2 10
1999
32. United Kingdom Greg Rusedski 9 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet (i) SF 6–4, 6–2 2
33. United Kingdom Tim Henman 7 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet (i) F 6–2, 7–6(7–3) 2
34. United States Todd Martin 9 Montreal, Canada Hard QF 7–6(10–8), 6–7(3–7), 6–4 4
35. United States Andre Agassi 3 Montreal, Canada Hard SF 6–1, 6–4 4
36. United Kingdom Tim Henman 5 Cincinnati, United States Hard QF 7–5, 7–5 2
37. United States Todd Martin 7 ATP Tour World Championships, Hanover, Germany Hard (i) RR 6–4, 1–6, 6–1 2
38. Sweden Thomas Enqvist 4 ATP Tour World Championships, Hanover, Germany Hard (i) RR 7–5, 3–6, 6–4 2
2000
39. Australia Lleyton Hewitt 9 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 6–1, 6–2 4
40. Brazil Gustavo Kuerten 3 Summer Olympics, Sydney, Australia Hard QF 6–4, 7–5 8
41. Sweden Magnus Norman 4 Tennis Masters Cup, Lisbon, Portugal Hard (i) RR 4–6, 7–5, 6–1 5
2001
42. Brazil Gustavo Kuerten 1 US Open, New York, United States Hard QF 6–4, 6–0, 6–3 7
43. Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 4 Tennis Masters Cup, Sydney, Australia Hard (i) RR 4–6, 6–1, 7–6(7–5) 6
44. Brazil Gustavo Kuerten 1 Tennis Masters Cup, Sydney, Australia Hard (i) RR 6–2, 4–6, 6–3 6
2003
45. Russia Marat Safin 7 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) 2R 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–4 25
46. Spain Carlos Moyá 4 Rome, Italy Clay 3R 6–4, 7–6(7–4) 24

Team titles[edit]

2002 – Davis Cup winner with Russia

2000, 2001, 2002 - World Team Cup finalist with Russia

Tennis records[edit]

  • He played exclusively with and endorsed racquets from Austrian company Fischer throughout his career.
  • One of eleven players to beat Roger Federer at Wimbledon (2000); the other ten being Jiří Novák (1999), Tim Henman (2001), Mario Ančić (2002), Rafael Nadal (2008), Tomáš Berdych (2010), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (2011), Sergiy Stakhovsky (2013), Novak Djokovic (2014, 2015, 2019), Milos Raonic (2016) and Kevin Anderson (2018).
  • In the episode of Sports Night "Shane", Dan and Jeremy spend over an hour recording and rerecording a ten-second commercial voiceover because Dan cannot say Yevgeny Kafelnikov.
  • Kafelnikov is the only male player in the open era to have won two or more Grand Slam singles titles without also winning a Masters Series title, despite having reached five Masters Series finals.
  • He won the Kremlin Cup in Moscow for a record five consecutive times from 1997 to 2001.

Other interests[edit]

  • Kafelnikov is an avid supporter of Spartak Moscow FC.
  • Kafelnikov is a professional golfer, he has won the Russian Amateur Open Championship of Golf in 2011.[12] Note that this national tournament should not be confused with the Russian Open tournament that wasn't held that year.[13][14]
  • Kafelnikov starred in Virtua Tennis, an arcade tennis game.

Awards[edit]

1994–1999, 2001
The Russian Cup in the nomination Male Player of the Year
2000
The Russian Cup in the nomination Male Player of the Century
2002
The Russian Cup in the nomination Team of the Year (with M. Safin, M. Youzhny, S. Leonyuk, B. Sobkin, A. Cherkasov, V. Okhapkin, S. Yasnitsky, A. Glebov)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yevgeny Kafelnikov". International Tennis Hall of Fame.
  2. ^ Drozdiak, William (9 June 1996). "Kafelnikov Reigns as First Russian With French Crown". Washington Post. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  3. ^ Eichenholz, Andrew (30 May 2020). "Kafelnikov's News: His Roland Garros Run Won't Be Replicated 'For A Very Long Time'". ATP Website. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Yevgeny Kafelnikov: Hendon Mob Poker Database". Pokerdb.thehendonmob.com. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Кафельников тоже будет избран в Международный зал теннисной славы!" [Kafelnikov also will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame!]. rustennisfame.com (in Russian). Russian Tennis Hall of Fame. Retrieved 6 March 2021. Check |archive-url= value (help)
  6. ^ "Евгений Кафельников: «Я был пропутинским до мозга костей. Но в 2014-м радикально поменял мнение»" [Evgeny Kafelnikov: “I used to be pro-Putin to the core. But, in 2014, I changed my mind radically"]. sports.ru (in Russian). 18 May 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Теннисист Кафельников решил уехать из России" [Tennis player Kafelnikov has decided to leave Russia]. mk.ru (in Russian). Moskovsky Komsomolets. 20 August 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  8. ^ Kolodkina, Sofia (18 February 2021). "Кафельников нулевых: влюбил страну в теннис, дружил с Ельциным и голосовал за Путина" [Kafelnikov of the 2000s: made the country fall in love with tennis, was friends with Yeltsin and voted for Putin]. eurosport.ru. Eurosport.
  9. ^ "Yevgeny Kafelnikov is 'Player B' in tennis integrity investigation". stuff.co.oz. Stuff. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Кафельников пригрозил судом Спиридонову — он обвинил его в ставках против самого себя" [Kafelnikov threatens to sue Spiridonov who accused him of betting against himself]. championat.com. Championat (website). 12 March 2021. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  11. ^ "Кафельникова подозревают в сдаче матча. Все серьезно" [Kafelnikov is suspected of match-fixing. Everything is serious]. sports.ru. Sports. 2 May 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  12. ^ "Кафельников и Верченова стали чемпионами России по гольфу" (in Russian). РИА "Новости". 26 June 2011. Archived from the original on 24 August 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Итоги XX Чемпионата России по гольфу". golf.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 30 November 2020.
  14. ^ "Открытый Чемпионат России" [Russian Amateur Open Championship]. golfwiki.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 30 November 2020.

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