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Re: The Yevgeny Kafelnikov Thread

Former tennis star Kafelnikov to play in Russian Open golf
Tue 09 Aug, 4:40 PM

MOSCOW (AFP) - Retired Russian tennis star Yevgeny Kafelnikov was set to play at the Russian Open golf tournament, a 500,000-dollar European PGA Tour event, which gets underway here on Thursday.

The organisers said they were expecting the 31-year-old Kafelnikov would play in the event at the Moscow country club as a wildcard.

Kafelnikov, who has made a name for himself as poker player since retiring from tennis, won the French Open in 1996, the Australian Open in 1999 and the 2000 Olympics at Sydney. He was also briefly ranked as world No.1,

He will not be the first former tennis star to tee-up with the golf pros, however.

Former World No. 1 Ivan Lendl birdied his first hole on his debut in the 1996 Czech Open but then crashed to an 82 and failed to make the cut.

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