Yevgeny Kafelnikov

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  • Name: Yevgeny Kafelnikov ( Kafelnikov Yevgeny )
  • Date of birth: 18 February 1974
  • Age: 42 years
  • Place of birth: Sochi
  • Height: 190
  • Activities: the most titled tennis player in the history of Russia, Honored master of sports of Russia
  • Marital status: divorced

    Yevgeny Kafelnikov: biography

    The legendary Russian tennis player, who is known as the most successful in the country’s history, was born in the South, in the Krasnodar region. In Sochi childhood and adolescent years, Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

    First noticed excellent sports data father son volleyball. In 5 years Eugene picked up a tennis racket and soon demonstrated an amazing «feeling of ball». This was confirmed by his first coach Valeri, Peschanka and Valery Shishkin. 6 years boy participated in tournaments. 7 included it in the composition of the group of Olympic reserve of the Soviet national tennis team.

    Reaction speed and skill that have demonstrated Yevgeny Kafelnikov, amazed. The young athlete was very quickly learned all the secrets of the game. At age 11 he already showed his own highly intellectual style.


    The prospect of a 13-year-old Kafelnikov was estimated incredibly high, but coach Valery Shishkin did not want to force the issue and were «holding back» of the athlete for a decisive breakthrough. And so it happened: in 1990, the year Eugene won the youth world Cup.

    Next year young athlete has been training at the legendary Academy Nika Bolleteri in Florida. Then Yevgeny Kafelnikov returned to the country and finally moved to the capital. It took «Dynamo». Coach Kafelnikov for years has become one of the leading masters of Russia Anatoly Lepeshin. Young tennis received higher education in the Kuban Academy of physical education.

    Sports biography Yevgeny Kafelnikov like soaring missiles. If in 1991, the tennis player was ranked 423 in the world rankings of the sport, then after 2 years he was accepted into the elite of world tennis. Kafelnikov won and reached the finals and quarterfinals of the tournament «Kremlin Cup», the Grand slam and the Davis Cup».

    Career takeoff athlete can be judged by the fact that in 1993, he took 104 place in the world ranking, and the following year was on the 11th. Since 1995 Yevgeny Kafelnikov was consistently one of the top ten players in the world. His rivals were the famous Pete Sampras, Patrick Rafter, Michael Stich, Andre Agassi, Thomas Muster and others.

    But the main victory happened Yevgeny Kafelnikov in 1996. The Russian tennis player was the first among compatriots won in singles of the tournament «Roland Garros».

    In 1998, the athlete has set an ambitious goal: to achieve leadership position in the world ranking. To do this, he changed coaches. Place Lepechin took American Larry Stefanki.

    The goal Kafelnikov achieved. Soon he won 2 tournament of «Grand slam», and in the spring of 1999 Eugene was named the first racket of the world. But the real triumph has brought to the tennis player of the XXVII summer Olympiad in Sydney. Yevgeny Kafelnikov became the champion, having managed to bypass the final of the German tennis player Tommy Haas.

    In 2002, another landmark win: the Russians were the leaders at the prestigious tournament in world tennis – «Davis Cup». Since then he is considered a true legend of the sport. Kafelnikov is famous for its unique attacking style of play, for which he received the nickname «Kalashnikov».

    Reaching unprecedented heights, the athlete has gone from «good». He did not declare it and did not arrange any farewell events. Kafelnikov simply ceased to participate in tournaments. But he, failing to get to the top, could not quite give up the sport. Eugene switched to Golf, which also managed to achieve considerable victories. Since 2005 he participates in competitions of the highest level. In 2011-m were leading in the championship of Russia.

    And Yevgeny Kafelnikov excellent piloting planes and brilliantly plays poker. Don’t forget the legendary athlete and charity. For example, in 2001, he won the «Kremlin Cup» and the entire your winnings, which is more than 100 thousand dollars, handed over to the relatives of those killed in a plane crash over the Black sea.

    Personal life

    Very busy with the tennis player did not allow him to be distracted by all that is not related to sports. But in 23 years of personal life Yevgeny Kafelnikov has changed. He met the beautiful model Maria Tishkov. Masha has long traveled with Eugene to different cities and countries where he has participated in tournaments and competitions.

    In 1998, the news of the pregnancy Masha «hurry» a couple with marriage. In the same year was born the joint daughter Olesya. For Maria, she was the second child, because she already grew up the daughter of Diana born in the first marriage with singer Christian ray.

    After the appearance of the second daughter of the time traveling with the man Mary left. She and her daughters waited for her husband at home. Among other things, Mary became interested in one of the religious movements, a prominent adept of which was her father. The woman sacrificed to the needs of the canadian sect a considerable amount of what person would not accept. The relationship collapsed and led to divorce.

    The separation of the pair turned out to be painful and scandalous. Kafelnikov sued her daughter for a wife. Today Olesya Kafelnikov lives with his father and is making progress in the modeling career.


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