Tursunov on Wikipedia
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Dmitry Igorevich Tursunov (born December 12, 1982 in Moscow, Russia) is a professional male tennis player from Russia. Tursunov, like his countrymen Marat Safin and Igor Andreev, had left Russia at an early age. In Tursunov's case, he was 12 years old when he moved overseas to further his prospects of becoming a professional player, unlike Safin and Andreev who went to Valencia, Spain. Tursunov went to live in the USA and has been there lived ever since, like fellow Russian Maria Sharapova.
Tursunov is an aggressive baseliner with excellent groundstrokes from both sides and prefers to play on faster surfaces; he jokes about his lack of ability and success on clay courts. After winning his first match on clay for 2006, Tursunov said that "It happened!!! They told me, “Just keep pluggin’ alone and you will win a match!!!” and it happened! Of course the kid was 15 but c’mon! I’m blond! We all have our excuses… I don’t care what anyone says. I matched my best clay court season record so from now on it can only get better!"
Tursunov turned professional in 2000, but has suffered many major injuries in his career to date. The first of these was a broken leg in January and was forced to miss four months because of the injury. He came back and won 3 ATP Futures events and also made 2 finals.
In 2001 Tursunov won the Futures event in Boca Raton over Jeff Morrison, then the Dallas Challenger defeating Justin Bower. After these 2 lower level tournament successes Tursunov qualified for his ATP event in Memphis and made the quarter finals defeating Kevin Kim, Greg Rusedski, George Bastl before losing to the eventual champion Mark Philippoussis.
Tursunov's form suffered after his impact in Memphis because of what doctors believed was a bulging disk in his back and he came back after two months away and then suffered a stress fracture in his leg and as the back pain continued. Tursunov went to see a local doctor in Sacramento and the extent of his injury problems were misdiagnosed and he was suffering from not one, but two fractures in his L-2 vertebrae. Tursunov was forced to miss 9 months and did not come back to tennis until June, 2002 and in the year he won another title on the US Futures circuit.
After making two finals on the Challenger circuit in Aptos and the Bronx losing to Jeff Salzenstein and Ivo Karlović. Tursunov qualified for his first Grand Slam event at the 2003 US Open defeating former world number one Gustavo Kuerten and John van Lottum both in 5 sets before losing in the third round to Xavier Malisse. Continuing on after the US Open, he again showed his fondness for the hardcourts and won 2 consecutive Challenger titles in Mandeville over Jan Hernych and in San Antonio over Sebasiten de Chaunac. For the first time his career he finished the year of 2003 ranked in the top 100.
Tursunov started the season of 2004 with another title in the Waikoloa Challenger over Alejandro Falla and for the first time in his career he was able to play in all of the 4 Grand Slam events. His best performance was a 3rd round appearance at Wimbledon defeating his friend and compatriot Marat Safin in the first round and then played a marathon 5th set winning 15-13 over Sargis Sargsian before falling to Carlos Moya in the next round.
After the 2004 US Open loss to Fabrice Santoro , Tursunov was forced out of tennis again for 7 months with a broken verbatrae after a boating accident and did not play until the 2005 Indian Wells tournament. At Wimbledon Tursunov achieved his best ever performance in a Grand Slam event by making the fourth round and he had to play in a Wimbledon club shirt, as two of his shirts were stolen from the locker room before the Henman match, he defeated the local hope Tim Henman in 5 sets in the second round before losing to Sebastien Grosjean the first time Tursunov had ever lost a match when it to 5 sets after previously compiling a 5-0 record in 5 set matches.
As Tursunov's form started to improve and he came into calculation for selection in the Russian Davis Cup team, the problems he was having obtaining US citizenship apparent. Tursunov had for years attempted to become a US citizen, but the process has stalled and Tursunov travels with a Russian passport, but an American visa. In his own words "It's frustrating, but what can you do? In spite of this Tursunov was selected for Russia in the Davis Cup semi final against Croatia and won his dead rubber match against Ivo Karlović. Tursunov made the semi finals of the Moscow tournament losing to eventual champion Igor Andreev and then won a challenger in Kolding and finished the year ranked inside the top 100 again.
In 2006 Tursunov has achieved his highest ranking so far and while his first ATP title has eluded him so far, he has been successful again on the Challenger circuit winning the Sunrise, Florida title over Alberto Martin and has played in both ties for Russia in the Davis Cup and defeating French young starlet Richard Gasquet in the fourth rubber to send the Russians into the semi finals of Davis Cup.
Most recently, Dmitry Tursunov played David Nalbandian a close match before losing after a two sets to none lead at the French Open. He upset Ivan Ljubicic in the third round of Wimbledon before losing 7-9 in the fifth to Jarkko Nieminen. After losing a game to give Nieminen a 7-8 lead he hit a ball at the chair umpire. He was given a point penalty and later fined £4,000 ($7,500) for 'unsportsmanlike conduct'.He called the chair umpire, Fergus Murphy, an 'idiot' in the news conference he had after the match.
Personal and Quotes
Tursunov has a quick wit and he was the ATP blogger of the week for the Estoril Open in May 2006. The blog was warmly received by tennis fans for his writing style and observations of the tennis world including: breakfast time, the tournament itself, the local drivers, and fellow players personalities, especially Marat Safin. 
When asked about the Russian and the US tennis federations: "I was frustrated with both federations. When ever you need help, there is no help. Whenever you're doing well, people will offer you help," he confides. "It's like that in anything, not just tennis. In an ideal world, you would have a federation watching over you, pick players up early and lead them along."
Whether he is American or Russian: "I never really thought of myself as fully Russian or fully American," he says. "I was Russian, but then I left for a year and everyone was calling me an American. When I came back to America, everyone was calling me a Russian. It's a different position to be in."
On his game: "I do have a lot of weapons, but they misfire a lot."
On his Wimbledon performance and what it will mean for his exposure: "Well, I didn't make any money other than the prize money. That's always good. Hopefully I can buy a new stereo for my car. You know, other than that prize money, I don't think there's any sponsors knocking on my door."
"I think it's changed. Maybe a couple years ago it would have happened. Now I'm 22. By prodigy standards, I'm pretty old. Neither fish nor fowl. I'm not an up-and-comer and I'm not a veteran either. It's very difficult for me to understand why I wouldn't have a sponsor. Technically there are a lot of people who get free clothes, like Justine Henin's husband, he gets sponsored by adidas even though he doesn't play tennis. I guess to them it means more in terms of exposure. I guess I'm not a big enough exposure for certain companies."
On what he gets for free: "I get my racquets for free, yes. I only have two actually, believe it or not."
On agents: I don't think that agents can make money if there's no one to pay the money. But, yeah, I have an agent.
On beating British Tennis players "It's actually a lot of fun to see people in tears, leaving the stadium and vowing never to come back to Wimbledon."