The most successful Russian / Soviet tennis players. Top 7
This rating presents the most successful domestic tennis players of the 20th and 21st centuries. Criteria for assessing the success of athletes were participation in the finals and semi-finals of the Grand Slam tournaments and the total number of victories in the singles category of the ATP series( English Association of Tennis Professionals - Association of Tennis Professionals).
7th place: Dmitry Tursunov ( born December 12, 1982, Moscow) is a Russian tennis player who won 7 tournaments in men's singles. In tournaments of the Grand Slam series, Tursunov is not very successful, his highest achievement is only 1/8 finals at Wimbledon. Dmitry has been living and training in the US since the age of 12, but he acts under the Russian flag.
6th place: Andrey Chesnokov ( born February 2, 1966, Moscow) is a Soviet and Russian tennis player who won 7 tournaments in men's singles. In the Grand Slam series, the highest achievement for Chesnokov was the semifinal of Roland Garros in 1989.
5th place: Mikhail Yuzhny ( born June 25, 1982, Moscow) is a Russian tennis player who won 10 tournaments in men's singles and twice( in 2006 and 2010) qualified for the semi-finals of the US Open.
4th place: Alexander Metreveli ( born November 2, 1944, Tbilisi) is a Soviet tennis player who has won 5 tournaments in men's singles. Metreveli was the first Soviet tennis player to play in the final of the Grand Slam tournament - in 1973 at Wimbledon. He also qualified for the semi-finals at the French Open( 1971) and Australia( 1972).Since 1991, Metreveli is a citizen of Georgia, but constantly lives in Moscow and works as a tennis commentator on NTV +
3rd place: Nikolay Davydenko ( born June 2, 1981, Severodonetsk) is a Russian tennis player who won 21 tournaments in men's singles. In the Grand Slam series, Davydenko's highest achievements were the semi-finals at Roland Garros( 2005, 2007) and the US Open( 2006, 2007).
2nd place: Marat Safin ( born January 27, 1980, Moscow) is a Russian tennis player who has won 15 tournaments in men's singles. Safin is the second Russian after Yevgeny Kafelnikov, becoming the first racket of the world. Marat most often( 4 times) domestic tennis players played in the finals of the Grand Slam series. In two finals, Safin won( at the US Open in 2000 and at the Australian Open in 2005) and lost in two( at the Australian Open in 2002 and 2004).Marat is the brother of tennis player Dinara Safina, who also became the first racket of the world. They are the only brothers and sisters in history who became the first rackets of the world.
Marat Safin and Dinara Safina
The most titled Russian tennis player - Evgeniy Kafelnikov ( born February 18, 1974, Sochi), who won 26 tournaments in men's singles and became the first Russian - the first racket of the world. Kafelnikov - Olympic champion in tennis in 2000.Eugene played three times in the finals of the Grand Slam tournaments, twice won( the French Open in 1996 and the Australian Open in 1999) and lost once( Australian Open in 2000).After retiring from professional tennis, Kafelnikov took up golf and in 2011 became the champion of Russia in this sport.
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