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Re: Evgueni KOROLEV - future of Russian tennis
Teenagers turn heads in Parisian talent show
From Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent in Paris
Evgeny Korolev will be turning heads and not because he is a distant cousin of Anna Kournikova, who made a habit of that herself.
There is something very Kafelnikov about Korolev, and Yevgeny of that ilk became the world No 1 and lifted this championship ten years ago before setting out on a new career as a poker player. Korolev has the same square face — although Kafelnikov’s has filled out enormously since he became a former player — blond hair and inquisitive eyes as his compatriot and, at 18, is blessed with all the requisite athletic attributes.
Yesterday, when clouds scudded and branches bent, Korolev kept his nerve strong and senses sharp to come from two sets to one down and defeat Andreas Seppi, of Italy, 6-3, 3-6, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. Already this spring he has defeated Carlos Moyà, the champion at Roland Garros in 1998, on his native Spanish clay.
Korolev is at present based in Germany, though he is looking at whether he should move to Saddlebrook in Florida, where tennis courts and sunshine are as common as fresh running water. A stopover in Roehampton, the home of the near-completed LTA National Tennis Centre, has not been contemplated, but bids should be placed because if Britain’s teenagers are to appreciate the levels required to succeed, they should be brushing shoulders with players of Korolev’s physical and mental disposition.
Marat: Last question: what do you think of me? Dinara: You are my god! When you play, I love
to see you. When you lose, I am even sadder than when it is me. When you are wounded, I suffer.
When you speak to me, I drink your words. When you come to see me playing, I am with the angels.