Yevgeny Kafelnikov, the Russian tennis player was born on 18th February 1974. His caliber and skills in then game of tennis has brought lot of name and fame for the Russian country. He was the former World No 1 tennis player from Russia who had won the Grand Slam singles twice, one being the French Open and the other was the Australian Open. He had also won the four Grand Slam doubles and also the men’s singles gold medal in the Sydney Olympic Games. His presence had helped Russia win the Davis Cup in the year 2002. After him there has been none from Russia to have won both the singles and doubles titles in the Grand Slam tournament.
His skill for the game can never be discarded and the fame which his presence had brought for Russia would always remain in the pages of tennis history. The remarkable capability and patience he had exhibited at the age of 28 to take his team to victory in the Davis Cup is one of the most notable achievements in his tennis career. Apart from this, the four grand slam wins which had had was the other remarkable feature in his tennis career.
After his retirement, Kafelnikov had cashed almost three times at the 2002 World Series of Poker. He was a gifted versatile sportsman with skills to grasp and learn new things fast. He also played the game of golf. He was seen featuring in the European PGA Tour which was held in the year 2005 and also in the Russian Open which was held in the year 2008. He did make his presence felt there. He finished off last with about twenty shots in 2005 and was the second to last in the Russian Open of 2008.
Currently he works as for the Russian television as the live commentator for tennis. He had also coached Marat Safin who played for Miami Masters. He had to coach Marat as the latter’s actual coach; Herman Gumy was not present due to some reasons.
His participation in the ATP champions Tour of the year 2009 had really remarkable and striking results. In the Chengdu Open, he exhibited an excellent performance where he won the match playing against Sergi Bruguera, Pat Cash and Michael Chang. He was ranked seventh on 29th May 2011 after the Champions Tour.
He retired from the game in the year 2003. He was aright handed player. His records are simply worth the praise and glory he receives from the tennis fans world over. His singles career record stands with a winning average of 66.56 percent, with more than twenty career titles received. Currently you would find this tennis prodigy also playing the poker games, and had finished ninth in the 36th Annual World Series of Poker held in the tear 2004.
His father was an ex-volley ball player had taught Kafelnikov to love sports. He was popularly known as the ‘Grand Duke’ for the weight he had of 5 kilograms (11 lbs.).