Yevgeny Kafelnikov

Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Kafelnikov (Russian: Евгений Александрович Кафельников, scientific transliteration Evgeny Alexandrovich Kafel'nikov; born February 18, 1974 in Sochi, Soviet Union ) is a former Russian tennis player.

  • 4.2.1 Tournament Win
  • 4.2.2 finals


Kafelnikov graduated from the State Institute of Sport in Krasnodar and in 1992 was pro. His greatest successes were wins at the French Open in 1996, the Australian Open in 1999 and the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He was for a short time, the number 1 in the world rankings and was also celebrated many successes in doubles. He was also a member of the victorious Russian Davis Cup team of 2002. He was among the players who have experienced the most tournaments on the ATP Tour in a calendar year, where he holds several records. His strengths included direct points without the opponent making mistakes, and that he could still turn previously forgotten games. He had a very good success rate in " Best of 5" matches. His weak point was a relatively high rate of unforced errors.

Questionable were his relations with the betting mafia. One rumor there should have been discussions with Fernando Vicente and Hugo Armando, as the Mavericks won their games smoothly.

Since his retirement from professional tennis he dedicated himself increasingly to his passion poker (he was seen already at poker competitions on TV too ) as well as the golf game ( 2005, he missed the cut, however, clear in Moscow ).

Kafelnikov is divorced and has one daughter.


  • On 9 June 1996 he defeated in the finals of Roland Garros Michael Stich with 7:64, 7:5, 7:64.
  • On 3 May 1999 Kafelnikov was the first player in his country the number one in the ATP world rankings.

Grand Slam statistics

VF = quarter-finals, semi-finals HF =, F = Final, W = Win



Tournament Win



Tournament Win



2004 Yevgeny Kafelnikov reached at the UK Poker Open, the then highest prize poker tournament in the United Kingdom, the third place behind the snooker player Matthew Stevens of Wales and the darts player Phil Taylor.

Once for himself, he had the Russian Championships in 2011 in the Gulf may decide he cherished the hope of being able to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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