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The Yevgeny Kafelnikov Thread

07-18-2002, 10:25 AM
go Zhenya go !!!!!!!!!
time to pick up your game and win the DAVIS CUP :)

07-18-2002, 10:34 AM
Davai Zhenya!!! :bounce: :bounce:

Chloe le Bopper
07-19-2002, 09:25 AM
Go Kafelnikov :)

He better feel like winning round one in Toronto his year, or I might never get to see him live :sad:

07-19-2002, 12:25 PM
Becca.......... why don't you go and watch his 1st rd ;)

07-20-2002, 12:21 AM
You'll see him at US Open, Becca..:)

Chloe le Bopper
07-20-2002, 08:36 AM
TBE - Because I didnt make plans to go to round one ;)

I go to all of round two, and the day session of round three- the rest times I've round :)

YS - this is true, I am a the Open the first two days, so I can see him there. I know I don't talk about him much, but I just LOVE to watch him play - when he decides to play ;) here is to hoping he does it one of those tournaments!

07-24-2002, 08:38 AM
I love Yevgeny. he's, ahm, a bit rough around the edges, but I'm crazy about him. so answer me this, is he or is he not married? someone told me he has a little girl... what do you know about this? thanks:) .

Chloe le Bopper
07-24-2002, 08:55 AM
i-girl - he is divorced from his wife, or at least split from her.

He was married, and he does have a little girl :)

There are pics of him with her somewhere, from what I can tell he is a very caring father ":)

Chloe le Bopper
07-24-2002, 08:55 AM
ON an unrelated note, ys reminds me of Kafelnikov hehe

07-24-2002, 05:34 PM

07-25-2002, 12:31 AM
Nina, thank you! I *love* pictures of Yevgeny with his daughter :)

Chloe le Bopper
07-25-2002, 01:07 AM
THanks Nina :wavey:

07-25-2002, 01:22 PM
she's got her mum's eyes by the look of things
and his hair color

07-26-2002, 05:56 AM
Just read on one of his websites, that Yevgeny has a new girlfriend, a German top model. Dun know if it's true. :p

07-28-2002, 10:58 AM
thanks for the info, Bec, and thanks Nina for the picture:) . you're right Becca, ys does have that "bad tempered russian" thing going on:D . I mean that in a good way;) .

08-01-2002, 03:19 AM
good luck in your next match, Zhenya!:)

08-01-2002, 03:21 AM
what a precious photo of Zhenya with his daughter.:)

thanks Nina:)

08-01-2002, 09:23 AM
go Zhenya and got to beat Canas today :)

good luck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

08-01-2002, 03:32 PM
Canas is a tough nut to crack.. But Yevgeny needs this match, few precious points for CR to qualify for Masters. If he plays Marat in quarters, I don't even know who would need it more.

08-01-2002, 07:22 PM
Zhenya got crushed, very convincingly. Similarly to US Open semis last year. Canas is through, Nalbandia is through. Our guys will have their hands fuill in DC in September.

08-01-2002, 07:23 PM
The Masters Cup is slipping away... Looks like we will not get to see Zhenya in Shanghai.

Zhenya, make sure you take your revenge during DC against Canas. :mad:

Chloe le Bopper
08-02-2002, 06:04 AM
I watched Kafelnikov play his first and second rounds - just a set of both.

And only the end of the Canas match ( I had heat illness).

I'm just happy I got to see him before he retired.

I got an excellent pic of him close up, I'll post it when i scan it in a few weeks.

08-02-2002, 01:54 PM
Zhenya :(
Canas has got the potato jinx on him as well :(

as for the Davis Cup
Zhenya will only play Canas if its a LIVE 5th rubber as #1 plays #2 on day 1

and that will be Marat vs Canas by all looks of things
Marat will remain Russia #1 even after US Open

I just hope Canas doesn't get to #1 in ARG
that would be pretty bad ( still Zhenya has overcome his Hrbaty and Johansson jinxes in Davis Cup)

Chloe le Bopper
08-02-2002, 07:00 PM
I will see him at the US Open I think too - I'm so glad they put him on court one, where I could sit wherever I want, and get decent pictures.

Sorry to ramble again, Im just to happy I got to see him before he retires!

08-05-2002, 01:32 PM
go Zhenya in Cincinatti

best wishes and go all the way !!!!!!!!!

Chloe le Bopper
08-06-2002, 01:05 AM
He lost his first round :( to Schuettler :(

08-06-2002, 03:49 PM

Even in his post interview, he sounded really low in morale. :(

08-18-2002, 11:13 AM
Originally posted by Bubble
Just read on one of his websites, that Yevgeny has a new girlfriend, a German top model. Dun know if it's true. :p

Didn`t hear about it, but it may be true. Zhenya has a passion for top-models ;)

08-26-2002, 08:07 AM
Zhenya is playing his first round match at the US Open against Sanguinetti today (it's 2nd match on Armstong). Not an easy draw for him at all. If he wins that match he'l play either Ancic or Hrbaty, then probably Max, then maybe Roger (or even more likely Malisse) and in the quaters he has Andre :(

08-27-2002, 09:22 AM
At least he won the first!!!!!

Do you have a pic of her sister who sometimes go to his matches?

08-29-2002, 10:49 AM
no I don't, I didn't even know he had a sister :confused:

well anyway Zhenya's next opponent is Hrbaty, even though he's not in the best shape, Zhenya never liked playing him, it will probably be a tough match. Plus his foot injury is bothering him again :(

08-29-2002, 02:25 PM
I have seen his sister before on tv last year when she was at his matches in the Paris masters seriers. She's quite a pretty blonde.

Good luck Zhenya!

08-30-2002, 06:51 PM
On the Sport-Express site they confirmed that Zhenya confirmed his retirement at the end of the season :(

08-31-2002, 02:06 PM
he keeps saying it all the time as well :(

but I guess it's better if he retires when he's still ranked high than continues playing like he did in his match against Hrbaty :(

09-01-2002, 09:07 PM
I think this is the right thing to do for him. He still has all shots, he still has his physique. He no longer seems to have a drive to compete. If you won't do something any longer, especially if you are no longer doing it for living, what's a point? Of course, DC would be great icing on the cake, and 6th straight KC would be a little extra. But we'll have enough to celebrate his great career anyway.

09-14-2002, 06:42 PM
I'm so happy that yevgeny won tashkent! :D :D :D

It's ironic that the 2 titles he has won this year are affected by injuries...

BY winning Tashkent finally, he has fufilled one of his goals and the next will be DC. :)

09-14-2002, 08:48 PM
Congrats Zhenya :D
What a great win :bounce:

09-15-2002, 11:41 AM
congrats Zhenya on the Tashkent title :)

he did promise he would win it in 2003 last yr and he did it :)

09-15-2002, 07:26 PM
Well done Zhenya!

Nice pic of Marat and Zhenya in Moscow :)

09-16-2002, 02:24 AM
Thanks for the pic jessi! :D

09-16-2002, 04:39 PM
it's not Moscow, it's St Petersburg :)

09-22-2002, 01:42 PM
yevgeny should not yet retire
----says I

09-24-2002, 07:44 AM
Kafelnikov Gets Close to His Final Goal

Mon Sep 23,11:59 AM ET
By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - Yevgeny Kafelnikov ( news - profile - photos) has had only one thing on his mind all year -- to win the Davis Cup for Russia before hanging up his racket for good.

Reuters Photo

While the 28-year-old has been chanting his Davis Cup mantra at every opportunity throughout the year, the trophy is at last within touching distance after Kafelnikov and Marat Safin steered Russia into their third final with victory over Argentina at the weekend.

Hoping to spoil Kafelnikov's farewell party will be the likes of Sebastien Grosjean, Arnaud Clement, Fabrice Santoro or any other willing candidate picked by captain Guy Forget, who will be hoping to lead France to their 10th Davis Cup triumph.

The French will host the final but the venue has yet to be decided.

"Davis Cup keeps me going as I want to win it badly before I retire," Kafelnikov said as far back as February during the Rotterdam ATP tournament.

Having bagged the French and Australian Open ( news - web sites) crowns, the often outspoken Russian feels he has little left to prove, except perhaps in the sport's premier team competition.

Despite guiding Russia into the finals twice during the 1990s, Kafelnikov clearly feels he will have unfinished business in his career unless he manages to land a first Davis Cup title for his country this year.

"I want it so badly that it puts pressure on me," admitted the world number seven. "I have won majors so there is nothing left to prove there but the Davis Cup remains the main focus."


Kafelnikov's commitment to Russia's Davis Cup cause was apparent Friday after he hung on to win a five-set thriller in his opening singles match against Argentina's Gaston Gaudio.

If that was not enough to test Kafelnikov, he and Marat Safin were then embroiled in a marathon six hours 20 minutes doubles clash -- the longest ever doubles match in the tournament's history -- before losing out to Argentina's Lukas Arnold and David Nalbandian 19-17 in the final set.

Safin's four-set win over Wimbledon ( news - web sites) runner-up Nalbandian on Sunday gave the Russians a winning 3-1 lead in the semi-final and thankfully spared Kafelnikov the dilemma of whether to test his reserves in a nerve-jangling deciding rubber.

Kafelnikov's desire to win the event has also put extra strain on Safin.

"Yevgeny keeps telling me all the time 'I want to retire, I want to quit, let's go and win the Davis Cup this year,"' Safin said. "Of course, I want to win it for him, but it gives you so much extra pressure that can harm you at the last minute."

Although Kafelnikov has geared his whole year toward the November 29-December 1 final by drastically cutting down on his ATP schedule to preserve himself for the Cup, his French counterparts are in buoyant mood to defend their title on home turf.

Having disposed of the United States without much trouble in the semifinals, Forget's troops -- who spectacularly upset the Australians in the final last year -- will be looking to extend their hold on the event after reaching their third final in four years.

"It's going to be really tough. The French team can play on any surface and have many different players they can use," said Russian number one Safin.

"However, we don't have anything to lose, and if we are confident, who knows what can happen."

09-24-2002, 07:45 AM

Russia's Yevgeny Kafelnikov lifts the hand of teammate Marat Safin after Safin defeated David Nalbandian of Argentina in the Davis Cup semi-final match in Moscow, September 22, 2002. Safin won 7-6, 6-7, 6-0, 6-3, winning the match for Russia 3-1. (Grigory Dukor/Reuters)

09-27-2002, 12:55 PM
the cutest pic :) :hearts:

09-28-2002, 03:20 AM
thanx Nina :)

go Zhenya hope he and Marat are on opposite halves
"they will surely fix the draw" to make sure of this i hope ;)

10-07-2002, 09:09 PM
Marat & Zhenya at some event

10-07-2002, 10:37 PM
Here are some pics of Zhenya i found on a Russian website.

In Moscow last week

10-07-2002, 10:41 PM

10-07-2002, 10:43 PM
she's an angel! :angel: :)

10-08-2002, 01:04 PM
cute :) thanks Jessi. what site is it from?

10-08-2002, 01:16 PM
thanx Jessi for the pics :)

good luck Zhenya in Lyon :)

10-08-2002, 09:56 PM
you're welcome! :)

Nina, i got the pics from this website:

10-21-2002, 02:56 PM
Kafel's daughter is sooo cute!! Imagine how Marat's kids will look like?!? hehe.

10-22-2002, 01:31 PM
Wow, thanks for the pics jessi!

Little Kafelnikova is indeed cute.... :kiss:

10-23-2002, 09:20 AM
Zhenya's interview after the first round match

-I didn't start very well because I had to wait for a long time that's why I wasn't focused.

-With whom did you come to St. Petersburg? Is it true that you spend a lot of time with her lately (*I guess this Q was about his daughter)
- Yes, we came together so the whole family is here. Btw tomorrow is my daughters birthday, she's turning 4.

- What's your reaction to Spartak's loss to Liverpool?
- I didn't see the match, but I knew the result when I went on court. I hope the team's coaches will do some corrections to their game.

- Today you practiced with Andre. How useful was it, they can't be a substitute to an official match, can they?
-Sometimes a practice like this can be more useful than a match, you have to give 100 percent all the time or you will not be invited to train again.

- So how did you find his form?
- Fantastic

- Did you get upset about your loss in Madrid?
- Lately I don't get upset about my losses. The only exception are the upcoming DC matches, they can become a tragedy. That's why I try not to waste energy on ATP matches.

10-23-2002, 09:21 AM
in St Petersburg that is of course

10-24-2002, 12:29 PM
Thanks nina for posting! :D

Good luck Zhenya against Hrbaty!

10-25-2002, 05:17 PM
he lost :sad: but didn't look upset

10-31-2002, 04:14 PM
An interview with: YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV
After defeating Nicolas Lapentti in the second round at TMS Paris

Q. Are you satisfied with your game today to win this match after three set points against you?

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: I'm satisfied with the results. The game wishes to be better.

Q. It was difficult to focus on tennis after what happened in Moscow, was it difficult for you?

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: To a certain degree, yes, it was difficult. But, you know, obviously if we can avoid such accidents, I'll do everything I can to avoid it.

But, you know, it's not up to my hand ‑ unfortunately.

Q. Have you followed this? On TV?

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: I did, yeah. Unfortunately, it happened on the birth of my daughter, on the 23rd of October. So that day was kind of ruin a little bit.
But, you know, I follow every step, every news throughout three years ‑‑ throughout three days.

Q. Did you know anyone who was involved?

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: I don't know exactly because it's been 700 people in there. Many people still don't know where their relatives are inside or not. And I don't know to be honest if there are some friends or some member of the friends there ‑ has been there, no.

Q. Must be scary if you see that.

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: When you do realize what could have happened, 800 people could have blown away, makes you feel a little scared, you know, that perhaps, you know, there is no guarantee you go to such a show and things like that happen. I could have been there.

Q. But are you happy the way the Russian government handles this?

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: I am definitely behind them one million percent what they did. They had no choice. Like I said, I told to many people, much more than people could have died. I'm sure they did best what they could and they did the right thing.

Q. You don't like the criticism on the Russian government in this?

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: What many foreigner agencies talking, what many TV agency criticizing that they could avoid such thing; no, they could not. Because those people are fanatic and lunatics. Like I said, they prepare to do worst than that.

Like I said, they've done a great job, even though about 200 people died. But I'm sure that's the best what they could do.

Q. Last year after the disaster in Sochi, you made it a point to win the tournament in Moscow and give half of your prize money ...

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: All of my prize money.

Q. All of your prize money, sorry. Is it something you're thinking about doing if you win here, to help those families?

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: Absolutely. Absolutely.

Q. Do you know the building? Have you ever been to a show in it?

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: Unfortunately, it's a bit far of the downtown. It's perhaps ten miles away.

But I never been to that neighborhood, no.

Q. Changing the subject and looking ahead, we're not too far away from the Davis Cup final. What are your thoughts at this stage?

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: Obviously, to do as well as I could. But like I said, results would not affect on my approach to the Davis Cup, even if I lose next match. I won't be disappointed as much as perhaps the outcome of the Davis Cup will be.

So saying differently, I'm going to prepare three weeks before, go somewhere where basically no one can find me (smiling). Not many people could distract me with the way that I want to dedicate myself for the Davis Cup final.

Q. Will you be obviously looking for an indoor clay court to practice?

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: No, no, not an indoor clay. Would be outdoor clay. It's gonna be either south of Spain or south of France, one of those two places.

Q. You still think France made a big mistake choosing the surface?

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: I don't say they make a big mistake, but definitely by chosing the clay they completely equalize the chances to both team ‑ I think.

Q. If you win the Davis Cup, you will stop your career or...


Q. If you lose?

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: I'll make a second thought on what I'm gonna do.

Q. Is it a bit difficult to focus on Davis Cup?


Q. Is it the only thing you live for basically all year?

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: Right now, yes. Right now, yes. Well, perhaps after we won the quarterfinal match after Sweden, and then with the outcome of the other matches ‑ you know, playing Argentina at home ‑ it's change all the approaches.

Q. It means Davis Cup has been the most important thing, you're not that disappointed about your results on the tour?

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: No, not at all. Not at all.

Q. How difficult is it then to play these kind of tournaments if your mind is already somewhere else?

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: The mind, yes. But all I know is I have to keep my body in shape. I have to stay in the competitive spirit, you know. If I would not play the tournaments, I will lose basically the confidence, and this is an important thing to me.

Throughout playing, you know ‑‑ I obviously always didn't like to lose any matches in any tournament. But, you know, right now I'm not putting any pressure on myself with the results on the regular tour.

So all I'm thinking is to win the Davis Cup.

Q. Are you sure Safin has the same approach as you?

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: That's the question you have to ask him, but Marat has been very helpful to me throughout this year. He understand that this is important to me. Perhaps he also started to realize that, you know, this thing also could be important to him. If we do accomplish what we have wanted to, you know, his image will be even bigger than it is right now. He'll be No. 1 player in the country and he'll be the star there.

Right now we have two ‑ me and him. When I stop, he will be the only one. There is a big difference.

Q. Argentina, they showed a lot of character.

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: They did, and Marat also showed a lot of character by winning two singles matches. To be honest, I'm really proud what he did.

Q. How did you find the public today?

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: Public was spectacular. For the second day of the tournament, you have almost full stadium. It's extraordinary. Imagine what's gonna happen in one month when we play on Friday against France (smiling). Not even comparable.

Q. Did you feel they were behind you?

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: You know, throughout the years, playing here in France, I have, I think, earned many, many fans here in France. I'm sure, you know, there will be many of them in a month's time supporting me as much as they can because they do understand how important this event will be for me.

Q. We've been so used to seeing you in the Top 10 seeds. Here you are at 14. Does it sometimes surprise you to look so far down the list to find out where you are?

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: For the first time, I really thought about it, and it's been, what, eight or nine years since I have seen myself so low in the ranking.

But it's logical process, you know. The results never says different. I've been playing poorly, and nothing I can do about it.

Q. Are you encouraged by the quality of the talent that's coming through the ranks at the moment? Do you think tennis has a healthy future, the men's game?

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: Definitely. Definitely. I think young guys are ‑‑ you know, Mathieu, he's won the last two tournaments he played. It's very unfortunate he got injured here and could not play. But he's the one who could challenge in the future all those guys. He's got a good natural game, and he can be the one.

Q. Do you prefer to play against Hewitt or Nieminen?

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: It's not that important to me anymore, believe me. You know, of course, you know, if I were destined to lose, I'd rather lose to the No. 1 player in the world tomorrow ‑‑ Thursday.

So to be honest, I'd like to play Lleyton, yes.

10-31-2002, 04:26 PM
thanks for posting the interview :) btw Zhenya was at Marat's match yesterday, great to see they get along well :) .

11-02-2002, 03:19 AM
I feel it.. :( He is approaching his last dance..:(
My favourite player... Is about to retire...:(

11-02-2002, 04:48 AM
But he teases us, y_s! Not that I think Russia won't win the Cup ;)

Q. If you win the Davis Cup, you will stop your career or...


Q. If you lose?

YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: I'll make a second thought on what I'm gonna do.

11-02-2002, 01:10 PM
Metreveli was talking about his retirement and he refuses to believe it, neither does Tarpishev. Both of them are close to and know Zhenya well so there is still some hope. Metreveli also said that Zhenya told him in St Petersburg that his foot injury is really bothering him, he said it was even painful to drive :( He isn't playing badly at the moment though

11-03-2002, 07:24 PM
what's the name of Kafel's daughter?!?!

11-04-2002, 08:12 AM

11-05-2002, 04:39 PM
Originally posted by Nina
Metreveli was talking about his retirement and he refuses to believe it, neither does Tarpishev. Both of them are close to and know Zhenya well so there is still some hope. Metreveli also said that Zhenya told him in St Petersburg that his foot injury is really bothering him, he said it was even painful to drive :( He isn't playing badly at the moment though

Ahh, that tease! ;) I really hope he doesn't hang it all up this year :(

I also hope his foot is better! :eek: Thank goodness the DC final is still a few weeks away. And it's on clay, which always helps.

11-10-2002, 06:11 AM
I like this pic of Marat and Zhenya. Anybody know when it was taken?

11-10-2002, 08:38 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack

Ahh, that tease! ;) I really hope he doesn't hang it all up this year :(

I also hope his foot is better! :eek: Thank goodness the DC final is still a few weeks away. And it's on clay, which always helps.

Even Marat also has mentioned in his interview about Zhenya's anke foot... :sad: IT muz be pretty serious....

11-12-2002, 08:39 AM
Zhenya is now practicing in Moscow but caught a cold :(

11-18-2002, 07:56 AM
Kafelnikov may delay retirement to chase Davis Cup dream

By Gennady Fyodorov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Yevgeny Kafelnikov will put his retirement from tennis on hold if Russia fail to win the Davis Cup final in Paris this year.

"I have said several times that I want retire at the end of the year," the 28-year-old Russian told a news conference on Friday.

"But in all honesty nobody knows what is going to happened, not even myself.

"All I can at the moment that I will retire only if we win the Davis Cup, but if we lose the show must go on."

Kafelnikov desperately wants to bring Russia their first ever Davis Cup trophy after losing back-to-back finals in 1994 and 1995.

Russia face defending champions France in the final which starts on November 29.

"So far, it has been my worst season ever," said the former world number one. "But if we win the Cup it will definitely make up for all the disappointments this year."

Kafelnikov said that although Russia have a stronger side on paper, he nevertheless expects a tough tie.

"If you look at the titles, the grand slams, that we, myself and Marat (Safin), have won, the French don't even come close to what we have achieved over the years," said the former French and Australian Open champion.

"But they have a very strong team, they're playing at home, so it will be a very, very difficult match for us to win."


Kafelnikov also predicted that Safin would bounce back from a disappointing showing in this week's season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai, where the Russian number failed to win any of his three group matches.

"Please, don't make a tragedy out of Marat's three defeats there," said Kafelnikov.

"I want to look at it from a positive side -- he should be extra motivated to do well in Paris."

Russia's Davis Cup captain Shamil Tarpishchev added: "It's the end of the season and everyone is mentally and physically tired.

"So whichever team is fitter and fresher that team will have the edge.

"The only problem is that the French have five players to choose from while we can basically rely on just two.

"The French are known for their great team spirit. We all remember how they beat Australia, playing away from home in the final last year."

France won their ninth Davis Cup title by edging Australia 3-2 in the Melbourne final.

"Nevertheless, we have a good chance against the French in any of the five rubbers, so I like our chances," the Russian captain said.

In preparation for the final, which will be played on clay in Paris Bercy sports hall, the Russians will depart for a week-long training camp in Monte Carlo on Sunday.

"We'll train there for a week and on November 24 we plan to leave for Paris," Tarpishchev said.

"We also expect Marat back in Moscow from Shanghai later today and hopefully he will be able to fly with us to Monte Carlo on Sunday."

11-19-2002, 03:44 AM
Originally posted by Nina
Zhenya is now practicing in Moscow but caught a cold :(

:sad: no No NO!!

11-19-2002, 11:31 AM
I'm sure he'll be fine for the DC :)

11-20-2002, 02:04 AM
Kafelnikov hides from the media

Russia's Yevgeny Kafelnikov began his preparation for the Davis Cup final with his partner Andrei Cherkasov at the Monte-Carlo Country Club on Monday. Kafelnikov is fully concentrated and wants to stay away from the media. Marat Safin and Mikhail Youzhny will join them on Wednesday.

The Russian squad has stated that they want to concentrate on the task at hand and they are not going to waist their time with the media.

In a rare interview, Kafelnikov told France's daily l'Equipe that he was very satisfied with his first day of training. He explained that the team had chosen Monaco for their preparation because "it's a direct flight from Moscow and the weather is nice".

He also said that from now on he just wants to train and that it's going to be hard for journalists as they "are going to say no" to any interview.

For the moment Marat Safin is taking a well-deserved rest after last week's Masters Cup in Shanghai while Mikhail Youzhny, who has had back problems, is undergoing therapy to overcome them. Both players will fly in from Moscow in the middle of the week.

At 28 and 26 titles under his belt, the Russian told the French Tennis Federation that the Davis Cup has become " a goal after I won the gold medal at the Olympics".

Kafelnikov reached the finals in 1994 and 1995 but the team failed to pull through and he has announced that a victory over France will complete his trophy cabinet and therefore he will retire, "It's the best thing that can happen to me at the end of my career".

But if Russia fails to grasp the title, Kafelnikov said he might come back on his decision but "to be honest I'm starting to lack energy". For the moment he is focused on his preparation and he will give everything he's got. After that "I will like to take a long break and think things over".

Eurosport : AS

11-20-2002, 03:07 PM
Can anyone help me with following DC final? I will be in the area where it will not be covered, I will have no PC, nothing. But I will have my cellphone, from which I can read Hotmail. Would someone be kind enough to send me some updates with scoreline in the subject?

11-21-2002, 03:49 PM
I can try if you tell me how to do it :)

11-21-2002, 06:36 PM
All I would need is for someone to send me emails to hotmail email address specified in my profile, preferably with scoreline updates in the subject ( the more frequent, the better, say once in 10-15 minutes would be perfect ) - because it is more difficult to get the content of emails from cellphone, but getting "subjects" is easy. It's likely though, that I won't be able to reply immediately:). I am going for skiing trip, so I would check the scores when riding the skilift:). Thanks.

12-01-2002, 11:04 PM
Well, people, DREAMS DO COME TRUE!!! WE made it!!! I just really hope that this win will help Yevgeny to come back to big tennis and find a new motivation!!!! He wanted this DC so badly and he has it!!!! But about the rest? US open, Wimbledon??? Yevgeny, you still have the golas to achieve........ Come on!!!

12-02-2002, 01:47 AM
plus he's still got to win a damn Masters Series title :D

12-02-2002, 02:23 AM
I couldn't resist :)

12-02-2002, 02:24 AM
Watching the Safin-Grosjean match with his daughter :) g

12-02-2002, 02:25 AM
Passing the reigns?

12-02-2002, 04:22 AM
I am very happy to see Russia wins its first Davis Cup title!! Congrats Marat, Zhenya, Misha and the rest of the team!!!

But on the other hand my mind keeps saying:

"Don't quit, Zhenya!!! Please don't!!!" :sad:

12-02-2002, 07:24 AM
Very nice article from

Will Kafelnikov truly retire?

Now that Yevgeny Kafelnikov has backed himself into a corner, it will be interesting to watch carefully as he makes a decision in coming weeks about retiring from tennis.

All year long, the two-time Grand Slam champion has been saying if he is part of the first team to bring a Davis Cup title back to Russia, he would retire from the game. It is true that the 28-year-old has lost his focus and too often his touch when playing this year, which led to his retirement pronouncement. But as it turns out, Kafelnikov's being a member of the Russian squad that conquered the French defending champions 3-2 in Paris this past weekend turned into a very bittersweet moment for the Russian star.

The problem stems from the fact that Kafelnikov's dream likely painted a vivid picture where he was an essential ingredient to a Davis Cup victory, but alas, that was anything but the truth. Kafelnikov donned his distracted persona during the weekend tie and, after losing to Sebastien Grosjean in singles on Friday and losing the doubles with Marat Safin to Nicolas Escude and Fabrice Santoro on Saturday, agreed to be released from the reverse singles match on Sunday in favor of young Mikhail Youzhny. The younger Russian took his place and took his opponent, Paul-Henri Mathieu, in the decisive fifth rubber.

The final barely over and Kafelnikov was already wavering as to whether he would truly retire. He announced that a decision will be forthcoming next week, but the only thing he knew for sure is he is about to undergo varicose vein surgery in his leg.

Credit should be given to Kafelnikov, who realized that to use his seniority and insist on playing the final match of the tie could have been disastrous for the Russian squad. His willingness to step aside graciously worked for the good of everyone involved even if it didn't do much for his own self-confidence – maybe this type of selflessness stems from a childhood under a communist regime?

"My ego was saying I should play but I realized that Mikhail would give a better effort than I could," Kafelnikov said. "It was tough but I did everything for the best interests of the team. I am proud of what I did – I sent my ego back to Siberia. Sometimes you have got to put your personal ambitions somewhere else."

You can't help but admire the importance that Kafelnikov places on Davis Cup competition and the great desire to bring home a Davis Cup title for the first time in history, even if the glory behind the victory did not belong to him in terms of his performance. But in a certain way the glory did belong to Kafelnikov because he knew that leaving the final two matches to Marat Safin and Youzhny gave his team the best opportunity to prevail.

Kafelnikov's decision only sadly highlights how a country like the United States misses out when their top players fail to get into the Davis Cup spirit and make the competition a personal priority. How ironic it is that the US is the founding country of Davis Cup – Dwight Davis was a Harvard student when he developed the concept for Davis Cup – and these days it's probably the country that takes the competition the most for granted, even though the Yanks own a record 31 titles.

It's true that young American players such as Andy Roddick and James Blake are answering the call to Davis Cup duty, but the elder statesmen aren't being very supportive these days. Although Andre Agassi anchored many Davis Cup squads during the majority of his career, he's not taken part in the competition since 2000. And Pete Sampras, who rarely played Davis Cup throughout his career, had committed to play for the entire 2002 season. But when it came time to venturing to Paris for the semifinals on clay just a couple of weeks after he won his 14th Grand Slam trophy at the US Open in September, he took a pass. True, clay has never been Sampras' best surface, but just his stature as the greatest player in the game could have helped put the US into the final instead of France.

But back to Kafelnikov, who sat on the sidelines watching the 20-year-old Youzhny escape Mathieu's clutches as he came back from a two-set deficit in the final match, it would seem like a good bet that when the 2003 circuit commences, the Russian will be in the game. Even before this bittersweet Davis Cup result for Kafelnikov, it was hard to see the Sochi native abandoning tennis. What he does need to understand is that after so many years on the tour, it might be advisable to no longer attempt to play almost every week of the year, choosing to formulate a leaner tournament schedule.

Not only is the ATP tour wagering that Kafelnikov will be back – his bio in the 2003 ATP Media Guide will occupy two pages – but his compatriot Safin thinks he'll stay around for another year.

Safin said, "He brings big support for the team and he is very important for us and tennis in Russia. Tennis is his life and his career and he loves it."

12-04-2002, 04:26 AM
Kafelnikov has surgery to remove varicose vein

MOSCOW -- Yevgeny Kafelnikov, replaced during Russia's Davis Cup triumph last weekend, has undergone surgery to remove a varicose vein in his left leg in a Zurich hospital.

"Everything went well and he feels fine right now," said Russian tennis chief and Davis Cup captain Shamil Tarpishchev after a telephone conversation with Kafelnikov.

On Sunday, Tarpishchev dropped Kafelnikov, who had lost his opening singles and doubles, and replaced him with Mikhail Youzhny for the decisive fifth rubber of the Davis Cup final against France in Paris. Youzhny, 20, beat Paul-Henri Mathieu to give Russia a thrilling 3-2 victory,

Tarpishchev said that he expected Kafelnikov to be back in Moscow on Thursday as the Russians plan to honor their Davis Cup heroes the following day.

Kafelnikov, 28, said he would retire from the sport if Russia won the Davis Cup for the first time.

12-04-2002, 01:17 PM
Good news :)

Now get well Zhenia, make your decision and let us all know!

12-05-2002, 03:35 AM
Great pics :)
Zhenya please don't retire just yet
give it one more go :)

glad the op went pretty ok

12-06-2002, 12:27 PM
Zhenya, play onemore year ya? ;)


12-06-2002, 05:30 PM
Today on the news they showed the meeting of Mr. Putin with Misha, Marat and Zhenya. It was in the official out-of-town residence of the president. Misha was very shy, Marat was just staring at mr. Putin and Zhenya always was looking upstairs....... don't know why.... That was fun. But concerning that Misha doesn't have much experience in such meetings (particularly with the president) he was doing great. He said "I wouldn't say that it was me who had done so much for the victory. Not only our team won the DC but the WHOLE country. I'm so happy and proud that I grew up in such a beautiful country and I love it". How cute.... That was so touching =) He is great. Then the journalist asked "what's next?" Misha replied: "Just trainings and new tournaments will start again and again". and hten Marat said "The same problem for me". Isn't it cute???
Mr. Putin got Kafelnikov's racquet as a present and all guys were awarded with orders of "Russian Sport Fame". All this was very fun to watch!!!
Zhenya is still limping a little bit and he said that he doesn't know if he still stays in tennis. He will see how his leg will be going... Hope it's alright.
I've watched all this 4 times in the news!!!! Wanna see it again!!!!

12-06-2002, 07:43 PM
:bounce: Zhenya :bounce: is :bounce: STAYING!! :bounce: :kiss::kiss::kiss:

I hope he plays a modified schedule next year, picking and choosing his events. I'd really like to see him go out on top!

12-07-2002, 07:37 AM
Great News!!! :D

ZHENYA!!! :bounce:

12-10-2002, 08:47 PM
They say, Yevgeny will start some training already this week..:)

12-11-2002, 12:00 PM
that's what I heard too :)

12-13-2002, 01:54 PM
that fast after his operation?

I read somewhere that Yevgeny even wanna go skiing?

01-13-2003, 12:26 PM
Yevgeny is so quiet lately. No interviews in neither Russian media nor international. Very low profile at Australian Open. Quietly moving to the second round. And he is one of only two players who had won this Slam.. Could be a good sign.. He should be able to beat Nieminen. But then it would be his nemesis Canas. If he can get thru Canas, I think he can go all the way. Agassi, as good as he is playing, I think, is no longer capable of physical best-of-five battle.

01-15-2003, 02:02 PM
he lost :(

I saw parts of this match. Zhenya played well in the third and fourth sets (he got very lucky at the end of it) but not stable like in one game he could make a double fault, then an ace, a fantastic winner and then three unforced errors. :( Jarkko was serving well too. I didn't see the fifth set but I guess he was worn out physically :(
I didn't expect him to do very well at the AO but still if he had won that match he would have got more confidence and had some match practice and maybe would have surprised everyone by getting very far :sad:

01-15-2003, 02:19 PM
he did play well in sets 3/4 which were on Eurosport
then he in final set, his serve started to desert him and he was just missing the lines

sets 3/4 was the best i seen him play for some time.

just :sad: i thought he would make it after he won 4th :(

01-22-2003, 05:39 AM
He lost because off his leg.It has left so ltl time.He needs so more rest.!

01-22-2003, 06:03 AM
How to create new thread !
I want to create "Share pictures of kafelnikov"thread

01-22-2003, 06:06 AM
O'k I'll be sending here! :rolleyes:

01-22-2003, 12:59 PM

You have to click on the post a topic button on the bottom right (внизу справа ;) )

01-28-2003, 11:41 PM
C'mon Zhenya!!! All cheers to you in Milan!!!!!

01-30-2003, 01:24 PM
Congrats to Zhenia on reaching QF in Milan !!

He outplayed the young K. Pless 6-4 6-3 :bounce:

01-30-2003, 01:48 PM
Well done, Zhenya.. Unfortunately, the way he plays on indoor carpet is not really indicative of his true form. I remember when he came back from 1998 injury he reached the finals at Marseille in the first very tournament. But after that he struggled till US hardcourts.

01-30-2003, 02:02 PM
Quite true. In addition, the match was played at a relatively slow tempo so Zhenia had quite a lot of time to set up his shots and construct the points. Not to mention, that Pless did virtually nothing on returning Zhenia's serves.

01-30-2003, 06:11 PM
from CNNSI:

Malisse stunned by French qualifier

Posted: Thursday January 30, 2003 11:15 AM
MILAN, Italy (AP) -- Fifth-seed Yevgeny Kafelnikov qualified for the quarterfinals of the $380,000 Milan Indoor ATP tournament by defeating young Dane Kristian Pless 6-4, 6-3 in a second-round match Thursday.

Kefelnikov, a semifinalist in last year's edition of the competition and a Milan champion in 1995, held command of play and collected the points he needed in the key moments on the match on carpet at IOL arena.

The 28-year-old Russian, one of the eight players in Open era to win 25 singles and 25 doubles title, broke the unseeded Dane in the 10th game, to take the first set, and again in the second game of the second set to move 2-0.

On 5-4, Pless missed three break points. Then Kafelnikov rallied to 40-40, served one ace and won the match on an unforced error of the opponent.

Kafelnikov, who underwent vein surgery in his calf following Russia's triumph against France in the 2002 Davis Cup final, said he felt strong again after the operation.

"The operation went very well .... Before that I felt weaker. Now I'm trying to put myself in top shape. I have no goals for the season at the moment. I play because I like to play," he said, refusing to comment on his long rumored decision to retire.

Kafelnikov was included in the Russian team for the 2003 Davis Cup but the player said he was unlikely to play, not even the doubles.

In another second-round, match fourth-seeded Belgian Xavier Malisse wasted two match points in a decisive third set tie-break and tumbled against French qualifier Julien Varlet 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (6).

Malisse had the chance to reach his first quarterfinal of the season when he climbed to 6-4 in the tie breaker. He failed to take advantage of his serve and surrendered four consecutive points to the 25-year-old qualifier in a stunning defeat.

Malisse became the fifth of the seeded players eliminated in the initial rounds. Sixth-seeded Frenchman Fabrice Santoro pulled out of the first round blaming fatigue from Australian Open play, where he won the doubles title.

Meanwhile former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, a wild card entry in Milan, decided to pull out of Thursday's second-round doubles to concentrate on Friday's singles quarterfinal against eight-seeded Finn Jarkko Nieminen.

The 31-year-old Dutchman, who returned to action late last year following a 20-month absence due to elbow surgery, said he didn't want to overburden his operated elbow following Wednesday's tough second round victory, 3,6, 6-3, 7-6 (13), over Czech Radek Stepanek.

01-31-2003, 02:13 AM
Zhenya not gonna play in Davis Cup? :confused:

good luck in the QF 2nite....

02-01-2003, 10:43 AM
Milan revival for Kafel

Former world number one Yevgeni Kafelnikov defeated SwedenХs Jonas Bjorkman 6-3 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the Milan tournament. The 28-year old Russian, who went back on his decision to retire after last season, is now two wins away from his first tournament win of 2002.

Very funny Eurosport reporters :D

Anyway, good luck Zhenia in SF!!

02-01-2003, 10:48 AM
Kafelnikov and Nieminen Meet Again

Jarkko Nieminen ends Krajicek's run and Yevgeny Kafelnikov scores tenth win over Jonas Bjorkman.

Yevgeny Kafelnikov needed only two sets to defeat qualifier Jonas Bjorkman 6-3, 6-4 at the Breil ATP Milano Indoors Friday. It marked the fifth-seeded Russian's tenth consecutive win over the Swede, and he is now in his first semifinal since Moscow last season. ;)

No. 8 seed Jarkko Nieminen came back from being a break down in each set to score a 7-6(7), 7-5 win over wild card Richard Krajicek. The 21-year-old Nieminen meets veteran Yevgeny Kafelnikov in Saturday's semifinals. The two last played in the second round of the Australian Open, and the Finn won that match in five sets.

What the Players Said

Kafelnikov: "I've had a little problem with my confidence lately. It's been a while since I won a few of matches in a row."

"The difference today is that I played more consistently on the big points."

"I think this is a good surface, you can play from the baseline or serve and volley."


Yevgeny Kafelnikov is playing in his first semifinal since Moscow last year (l. to Sjeng Schalken). The Russian lost in the Milan semifinals in 2001 (l. to Roger Federer) and 1996 (l. to Marc Rosset) and captured the title in 1995 (d. Boris Becker in the final).

Get your revenge Zhenia today :D

02-02-2003, 12:46 AM
Kafelnikov, Verkerk advance to final


MILAN, Italy -- Martin Verkerk may be from the Netherlands, but he loves Italy.

After just eight months on the ATP Tour, Verkerk advanced to his first career final Saturday, defeating Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1).

Verkerk's opponent in Sunday's championship match will be veteran Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who nearly retired following the 2002 season but advanced to his 46th career final with a 7-6 (10-8), 6-3 win over Jarkko Nieminen of Finland.

Having won 26 career titles, Kakelnikov likely will be considered the favorite against Verkerk, who began the week just 9-17 in ATP Tour singles action and 78th in this year's Champions Race.

In a meeting between two big servers, the 24-year-old Verkerk recorded 21 aces en route to his second straight win against Ljubicic. He saved a break point early in the second set before cruising in the third-set tiebreaker.

"It's amazing," he said. "You dream about this. I won two challenger events in my career, but I've played on the ATP circuit for only eight months and now I have already reached one final."

The Dutch 18-under champion in 1995, Verkerk has made a final before in Italy, where he won his first Challenger circuit title.

"I lost seven Challenger finals before winning my first in Turin, so I will never forget Italy," he said. "I really like Milan - the shopping, the good restaurants. The weather has been so good this week and I've enjoyed walking around town with my coach."

Kafelnikov has enjoyed his week, especially after surgery for a varicose vein on his left leg in December nearly led to his retirement. He has not dropped a set this week.

"The week is going to be successful regardless of what happens in the final," said the 27-year-old Kafelnikov, a two-time Grand Slam tournament winner. "But I will try as hard as I can to add another title to my collection."

One of Kafelnikov's 26 career titles came here in 1995, when he was defeating the likes of Michael Stich, Goran Ivanisevic and Boris Becker.

"I'm in a completely different position now," said Kafelnikov, who is seeking his first title since 2001. "I was one of the best players myself, but now I feel like a new player. Whatever happened in the past is now history."

There is no history between Kafelnikov and Verkerk, who will be meeting for the first time. Kafelnikov knows he will have to be at the top of his game.

"He's an aggressive player, he's got a good serve and is very talented," Kafelnikov said. "It's going to be a difficult match. If I am off, he will outplay me."


02-02-2003, 09:35 AM
Well done Zhenia :)

A title would be nice here :D

02-03-2003, 09:12 AM

02-03-2003, 02:48 PM
"I'm in a completely different position now," said Kafelnikov, who is seeking his first title since 2001.


Chloe le Bopper
02-08-2003, 09:50 AM
Have I graced you all with the wonder that IS the Kafelnibutt photo yet?

In case I haven't, I think that it's fair to say that my use of Kafelnibutt is very fitting:

02-11-2003, 10:43 PM
Kafelnikov must put ego aside, says Metreveli
2003-02-11 15:39:11 GMT (Reuters)
By Gennady Fyodorov

MOSCOW, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Former Soviet tennis great Alex Metreveli says that Yevgeny Kafelnikov must put his personal ego aside if he wants to help Russia retain their Davis Cup title.

"The times have changed," Metreveli, who holds almost every national Davis Cup record, including the number of ties played and career wins, told Reuters in a telephone interview.

"It's no longer the case when Kafelnikov was the undisputed leader of Russian tennis and alone could guide our team to victory in Davis Cup ties by winning all three of his matches.

"Now we have a much younger, more balanced team, where even if one key player is missing the others can step in and fill the void."

Metreveli, who now works as a commentator for Russian television NTV, added: "You saw it against France in Paris two months ago and have seen it now against the Czechs in Ostrava."

In last year's final, Mikhail Youzhny, 20, playing as a substitute for under-achieving Kafelnikov, came from two sets down to beat France's Paul-Henri Mathieu in the decisive singles rubber, clinching Russia their first Davis Cup title.

Last week, the Russians edged the Czech Republic in their first round World Group tie 3-2 despite missing their top player Marat Safin with a wrist injury.


This time an out-of-sorts Kafelnikov, originally omitted from the original singles line-up, again failed to help his team as he replaced ailing Youzhny in the first match on the last day.

The former world number one appeared to put in little effort against Jiri Novak, losing 6-2 6-3 7-6.

But another Davis Cup newcomer, Nikolay Davydenko, pulled off a feat similar to Youzhny's final heroics as he fought back to beat Radek Stepanek 1-6 7-6 6-2 3-6 6-0 in the deciding singles to give Russia the win.

Metreveli criticised Kafelnikov's attitude.

"I don't know what was going through his mind," said the man, who became the first Soviet to play in a grand slam final when he reached the Wimbledon title match in 1973.

"He seems to be offended that Russia won the Davis Cup without his help because he is used to seeing himself as a hero. But after the historic win in Paris he was almost a forgotten man as all the accolades went to Youzhny and Safin instead."

"He came unprepared to Ostrava and the team captain had to almost beg him to play on the last day," Metreveli added.

"But his attitude changed after we won. On a plane back to Moscow I saw a different Kafelnikov. He smiled and talked of taking on Argentina in our next Davis Cup tie."

Metreveli said the Russians still need former world number one Kafelnikov if they want to stay among the Davis Cup elite.


"He is by far our best doubles player and with him in the line-up, with a healthy Safin and an inspired Youzhny it will be awfully difficult to beat our team on any surface," he said.

"The only question remains if Kafelnikov wants to put his personal ego aside and play a supporting role because he is not fit to play tough, five-set Davis Cup singles matches especially on clay.

And I'm not sure he still has the motivation or the desire to be the top singles player he once was."

Shamil Tarpishchev, Russian tennis chief and their Davis Cup captain, however, said he was not sure if Kafelnikov will make the team for their quarter-final clash with Argentina in April.

"I hope Safin will be back to his best form by April as he really wants to help the team," Tarpishchev told Russian daily Izvestia on Tuesday.

"But I'm not so sure that Kafelnikov, even if he regains his fighting form by then, will make our team because the Argentines will definitely choose a clay surface."

02-12-2003, 03:28 AM
The article I just posted was also on CNNSI with the following introduction:

"Russia edged the Czech Republic in their first round Davis Cup tie 3-2 on Sunday despite Yevgeny Kafelnikov again failing to help his team. Now former Soviet great Alex Metreveli says Kafelnikov must put his ego aside if he wants to help Russia retain the title."

So much for the doubles point, no? :rolleyes::fiery:

02-12-2003, 12:36 PM
I think they are all taking him for granted just because he's not on his great form and that's the reason why he's not so enthusiastic about winning.

02-12-2003, 08:46 PM
I'm still a champion, says under-fire Kafelnikov
2003-02-12 12:57:19 GMT (Reuters)

MOSCOW, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Yevgeny Kafelnikov, heavily criticised in the Russian media for a perceived lack of effort during last week's Davis Cup action, insisted on Wednesday that he is still a champion and should not be written off just yet.

An out-of-sorts Kafelnikov, omitted from Russia's original singles line-up against the Czech Republic in last week's first round World Group tie in Ostrava, failed to help his team as he replaced ailing Mikhail Youzhny in the first match on Sunday.

The former world number one appeared to put in little effort against Jiri Novak, losing 6-2 6-3 7-6. He was criticised by both the media and fans.

"I don't know what was going through his mind," said former Soviet tennis great Alex Metreveli, who now works as a commentator for Russian television NTV.

"He came unprepared to Ostrava and the team captain had to almost beg him to play on the last day."

But Kafelnikov hit back, telling Sport-Express newspaper: "Let them, whoever they are, write me off... I don't care."

"The most important thing for me is what I feel inside and there I am still a champion," added the man who made history by becoming the first Russian to win a grand slam title when he lifted the French Open crown in 1996.

Despite Kafelnikov's poor showing and injury to Marat Safin, the defending champions beat the Czechs 3-2 to set up a quarter-final clash against Argentina in April.

Kafelnikov vowed to retire at the end of last year if he helped Russia win their first ever Davis Cup title, but after the historic victory over holders France in Paris he changed his mind and chose to carry on.

The 28-year-old, who also won the 1999 Australian Open and the Olympic gold medal in Sydney in 2000, has been hampered by poor form and lack of fitness following surgery to remove a varicose vain in his left leg last December.

02-18-2003, 11:52 AM
Zhenia is playing in Rotterdam this week.

1st round match: he bt. F. Lopez 6-2 6-0 :D

Well done, champ!

02-18-2003, 12:44 PM
Go Zhenya :D

02-18-2003, 01:20 PM
Well done Yevgeny

And happy 29th birthday :kiss:

02-18-2003, 03:54 PM
Happy Birthday Zhenya!

No wonder he won 6-2 6-0... He must be in a happy mood... :D

02-18-2003, 10:25 PM
Great win Zhenya! :D

and Happy B-Day! :kiss:

02-19-2003, 02:44 AM
Kafelnikov fed up with criticism from Russian media
2003-02-18 12:41:32 GMT (Reuters)
By Pritha Sarkar

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who stormed into the second round of the World Indoor Tournament on Tuesday, says he is fed up with criticism from the Russian media.

Newspapers in Russia were extremely critical of Kafelnikov's below-par performance during the team's nailbiting 3-2 Davis Cup victory over the Czech Republic earlier this month.

Former Soviet great Alex Metreveli accused the double grand slam champion of being unprepared for the first round tie.

"No matter what I have done for the country, they are never thankful for what I do," Kafelnikov told Reuters after his first-round triumph over Spain's Feliciano Lopez.

"I don't pay much attention to Russian papers because they always find a way of criticising me even after all these years."

Kafelnikov became the first Russian to lift a grand slam crown at Roland Garros in 1996 and added a second with victory at the 1999 Australian Open.

Having achieved his goal of guiding his country to their first Davis Cup title in December, Kafelnikov feels that he has been unfairly treated when things do not go according to plan.

He denied that he had been omitted from the original Russian singles line-up by Russian captain Shamil Tarpishchev for the tie against the Czechs due to his recent poor form.

"I volunteered not to play because I felt I was physically not fit enough to play best of five set matches," he said. "Whatever decision was made, it was mine."


Despite not playing on the opening day of the tie, Kafelnikov had to step in for an ailing Mikhail Youzhny on the third day and ended up losing in straight sets.

"If I feel I cannot give 100 percent, then I'll take that responsibility and step down and let someone else play," said the former world number one, who was replaced by Youzhny for the deciding clash in the final against France last December.

"Even in the final, I took that responsibility on myself not to play (the fifth rubber).

"It is a team competition and we are all in it together trying to accomplish one goal hence we will all do what is best for the team."

Kafelnikov, 29 on Tuesday, said he had also gone back on his promise to retire at the end of 2002 if Russia won the Cup because he felt rejuvenated following surgery to remove a varicose vein in his left leg last December.

"I was ready to retire but after surgery I was feeling physically strong again and reconsidered," he said. "I believe I can still win tournaments so I decided to play on."

02-19-2003, 05:20 AM
Yeah,the press is so horriable.
It's wierd, how fast everybody forget about everything positive some people do and write only the negative words.I am so angry fro that.When I buy a newspaper with the article about Kafelnikov I usually expect to read something new and positive.
Instead of that I read that "he doesn't play as usuall" or"to lost is so often fro him ...." and evrything like that...I hate that!
But I do not think that people in Russia don't proud of him and everything he did for the sport and country.
But the thing is in the Media-they didn't even showed the Davis Cup 2002 !!!!What I else I can say!???

02-24-2003, 08:51 PM
As I was browsing around on Webshots last night, I found this guy (, who attended the Davis Cup final last year in France! He has lots of pictures from the final, including some adorable ones of Zhenya with his daughter :)

02-24-2003, 08:52 PM
Cute even when she's upset ;)

02-24-2003, 08:53 PM

02-24-2003, 08:53 PM
Upset when taken from Daddy . . . .

02-24-2003, 08:54 PM
. . . but it doesn't take long to see that smile on her face again :)

02-24-2003, 08:54 PM
Hehe :)

02-26-2003, 09:40 AM
thanks for the adorable pics TH. I know Maxim and he has nice pics on his site. From lots of tournaments.

02-26-2003, 12:16 PM
great pics, thanks :) she's very cute

btw the girl in the blue sweatshirt behind her is probably Dinara :)

02-26-2003, 01:47 PM
Originally posted by Ilhame
thanks for the adorable pics TH. I know Maxim and he has nice pics on his site. From lots of tournaments.

This guy has a website?!?!

I used to download his pictures for wallpapers all the time from Webshots! He always seems to have the best ones . . .

And I envy him, both the DC final *and* the Masters Cup . . . .

02-26-2003, 01:51 PM
Originally posted by Nina
btw the girl in the blue sweatshirt behind her is probably Dinara :)

Indeed it is. Upon flipping through the rest of his DC albums, I was able to find a picture of Dinara with the same type of sweatshirt only a different color.

02-27-2003, 05:50 AM
Thanks for the great pics!Olesya is a sweet angel...she will be very beautiful when she grow up!!!!
And would you be so kind to post here the link of Maxim's website!

02-27-2003, 08:31 AM
siberiangirl the link is just above the 1st pic TH posted.

TH I only know the link you have, but I know Maxim is a huge Marat fan and those albums on the site are from all the tournaments he's been to. Check back after DC, cause he might be going to Argentina.

10-13-2003, 05:39 PM
First round
Yevgeny KAFELNIKOV - Thomas Enqvist

12-11-2003, 08:58 AM
Is Kafel retiring or not? I am so happy he has not announced it yet, maybe he will return after all? :bounce:

01-07-2004, 12:54 PM
Kafelnikov to help coach Russian Davis Cup Squad
Yevgeny Kafelnikov is to help coach the Russian Davis Cup Squad for its first round clash against Belarus in Minsk, Russian Tennis Federation Shamil Tarpishchev, also the Davis and Fed Cup captain, has told Reuters.

Kafelnikov's own playing career is currently the subject of some speculation, with an implication that it may already be over. Although he had said he would retire if Russia won the Davis Cup at the end of 2002, which it did, Kafelnikov ontinued to compete in 2003.

At the end of last year he said that people would know whether his career was over by looking at drawsheets for various tournaments this year; so far he is not entered for any early 2004 events, including the Australian Open.

Tarpischev told Reuters that Kafelnikov would assist coaching the Russian team, lilkely to include a fit again Marat Safin as its mainstay alongside Nikolay Davydenko and 2002 Final hero Mikhail Youzhny, while he decided his own future. The squad has a tricky first round clash away in Minsk against Belarus February 6-8, with the winner facing Argentina or Morocco in the quarterfinals and the losing nation having to compete in September's World Group Play-offs.

i don't know what to say or what to react on this but i'd definitely support him!

Raoul Duke
01-30-2004, 10:50 AM
I don't know if this is old news and you've already heard it but this is what Safin said when asked about Kafelnikov during one of the Australian Open interviews:

Q. About Kafelnikov, do you have news of him? Do you think he's going to come back on the tour?

MARAT SAFIN: No, quit. Guys, he quit. You will not see him anymore.

Q. Really?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, finished.

Q. He didn't announce it officially?

MARAT SAFIN: That's okay. He's Kafelnikov. He doesn't have to announce it.

Q. (Inaudible)?


Q. Sorry?

MARAT SAFIN: 105 kilos. It's a lot of kilos, huh?

So according to Safin the retirement is definitive and I wonder if it's Kafelnikov's weight he is talking about there in the end...

02-01-2004, 12:55 PM
It was the joke.

02-05-2004, 03:01 PM
It was the joke.

No, sadly, Marat was stating facts....

02-08-2004, 09:08 AM

02-18-2004, 03:02 PM
Happy 30th Birthday Zhenya , wherever you are.. :o

05-10-2004, 06:02 PM
i miss yevgeny. i want yevgeny. waaah!!!!

05-17-2004, 02:01 PM
Good Luck in your life after tennis Yevgeny :worship: :kiss:

05-22-2004, 07:15 PM
Самый титулованный российский теннисист Евгений Кафельников официально завершит спортивную карьеру в октябре, после Кубка Кремля. Кафельников не играл в профессиональных турнирах уже в течение семи месяцев. Он стал первым российским теннисистом, которому удалось выиграть турнир из серии «большого шлема». В 1996 году он выиграл открытый чемпионат Франции, а в 1999 году открытый чемпионат Австралии, сообщает Reuters.
«На Кубке Кремля состоятся проводы Евгения и его награждение, - заявил президент федерации тенниса России Шамиль Тарпищев. - Мы намерены предоставить ему специальное приглашение для участия в турнире. Думаю, Евгений не откажется выйти на корт в последний раз в своей карьере».

Кубок Кремля для Кафельникова особенное соревнование. В 2001 году он одержал победу в турнире, которая стала для него пятой подряд. Только швед Бьорн Борг и венгр Балош Тароши выигрывали один и тот же турнир в течение пяти лет подряд. Борг с 1976 по 2000 года царил на Уимблдоне, а Тароши побеждал с 1978 по 1982 на турнире Hilversum.

На счету Евгения также золотая олимпийская медалб Сиднея-2000 и победа в составе сборной России в финале Кубка Дэвиса над французами в 2002 году. Последний раз на корт Кафельников, которому в феврале исполнилось 30 лет, выходил в октябре прошлого года, когда во втором раунде завершил борьбу на St Petersburg Open.

Кубок Кремля пройдет в Москве с 11 по 17 октября.

05-23-2004, 09:03 AM
Please, can you translate?

07-09-2004, 12:48 PM
Yevgeny Kafelnikov is the litmus test of the ATP. Middle ground vanishes when the prickly Russian is mentioned. You either love him or hate him. We fall into the former category, but realize many tennis fans dislike the two-time Grand Slam champion.

Let us count the ways. First, Yevgeny Kafelnikov's game is beautiful to watch. His down-the-line backhand alone sends shivers through any tennis hack. How can he hit that shot with such precision? He makes it look easier than beating Anna Kournikova in the first round. The former No. 1 isn't too shabby on the forehand side or at the net. Last year, he was the only player to qualify for the Tennis Masters Cup and the Gold Flake/ATP World Doubles Championship. In other words, when he wants, he can employ any shot to drive opponents wild.

While Kafelnikov clearly possesses the tools to reign supreme on the ATP, he often falls behind his lower-ranked opponents. Alexander Popp nearly served him off the court in their U.S. Open match last fall, and John McEnroe chided Kafelnikov for playing behind in his early rounds at this year's final Grand Slam. His lackadaisical approach alienates some fans, but it's actually endearing to others. A certain breed of tennis fan likes his or her favorite player to struggle a bit; otherwise, their cheers seem for naught. Yevgeny Kafelnikov's fans feel that their rousing efforts and voices lift him to victory. If they can't hit the groundstroke for him, they can at least encourage and support his efforts.

No one knows what Yevgeny Kafelnikov might say. Sure, he often suffers from foot-in-the-mouth disease, but he isn't bland or boring with his comments. And, he's been, at times, so sweet regarding Marat Safin. Kafelnikov acknowledged Safin's success as good for Russia. This isn't surprising. Deeply patriotic, Kafelnikov won the Olympic gold medal at the Sydney Games, and admitted it was the greatest moment of his career. He has stated that his only remaining goal is hoisting the Davis Cup trophy for his nation. Recently, he donated the Kremlin Cup champion's purse, nearly $120,000, to families whose relatives perished in a plane crash over the Black Sea. This wonderful gesture demonstrated Kafelnikov's generous nature.

What do tennis fans want to see most? Their favorite stars slugging it out on the courts. Yevgeny Kafelnikov, the ATP's Iron Man, plays more matches than just about anyone. His full tournament schedule is well documented. While pundits criticize the number of matches he plays, fans love it because they adore watching his on-court antics.

Add it all together: talent, commitment to his country, and a bit of unpredictability. Yevgeny Kafelnikov could not be more fascinating to watch.

Yevgeny Kafelnikov strikes the ball as cleanly as anyone (with the exception of his frequent practice partner Thomas Enqvist). He has tremendous groundstrokes and a fine volley, but his serve needs a little more knee bend. With his prodigious talent, he should clean up throughout the year, winning tournaments on many surfaces. In 2000, though, he didn't win an event until the gold medal at the Sydney Games. At this year's Australian Open, he lost to Arnaud Clement, a talented player for sure, but Kafelnikov should have been money to reach the final.

Yevgeny Kafelnikov seemingly single-handedly changed the ATP ranking system. In 1999, he attained the No. 1 ranking in the world, and then, proceeded to lose a string of first-round matches. Many tennis insiders considered his terrible record while atop the ATP an embarrassment to the game and to its points system. Not surprisingly, the Champions Race was unveiled the following season; the revamped system is based on results during the calendar year instead of the previous 12 months. And, there isn't a true No. 1 until the end of the season.

How did Yevgeny Kafelnikov keep the top spot during his skid? He plays more tournaments than anyone else. Why? Rumor has it that he prefers to play than practice, and that he receives large appearance fees from smaller tournaments. Money appears to be the motivating factor behind his many matches, and may explain some of his early exits. To be fair, when he loses in singles, he has stayed in tournaments to play doubles.

Kafelnikov and money seem to go hand-in-hand today. At the 2001 Australian Open, he complained about the compensation tennis players receive for their efforts. He said tennis is the poor stepsister to golf, which boasts huge paychecks for its winners. Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, and tennis fans, of course, came down hard on the Russian for his unorthodox view, and ripped him for complaining about his multi-million dollar earnings. Chris Woodruff and Lindsay Davenport entered the fray, and while not defending Kafelnikov, admitted the issue has a lot of gray areas.

Of course, Kafelnikov's recent comments weren't the first time he created controversy. In Davis Cup play two years ago, he boasted that he would thrash youngster Lleyton Hewitt when Russia and Australia played. Just the opposite happened. Fired up by Kafelnikov's biting comments, Hewitt trounced the elder Russian. During the 2001 season, Kafelnikov has criticized his Davis Cup teammate Marat Safin, claiming Safin doesn't train hard enough or dedicate himself fully to tennis. Ironically, these same critiques have been hurled at Kafelnikov as well.

Yevgeny Kafelnikov is certainly one of the most compelling characters on the court and off. Whether you love him (like we do) or hate him, you can't escape his magnetism, his presence or his down-the-line backhand.

08-10-2005, 02:23 PM
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.

08-11-2005, 08:48 PM
Whitehouse sets Moscow pace, Kafelnikov battles

NAKHABINO, Russia (Reuters) - Britain's Tom Whitehouse fired a six-under-par 66 to take a one-shot lead in the Russian Open first round on Thursday as former tennis world number one Yevgeny Kafelnikov toiled on his European Tour debut.

Whitehouse overcame pain in his right wrist to rack up seven birdies and a solitary bogey at the par-four sixth, ending the day one stroke clear of a group of five players including fellow Englishman Iain Pyman.

Swedes Mikael Lundberg and Fredrik Widmark, Briton David Drysdale and Spaniard Jesus Maria Arruti also returned 67s to share second place at Moscow Country Club in suburban Nakhabino.

"I woke up this morning with a lot of pain on the inside of my wrist but I just gritted my teeth for the first nine holes, to be honest. It kind of eased off as I went round," Whitehouse said.

"I could still feel it and I hit some strange shots," added the 25-year-old, who bogeyed a sixth hole.

Pyman made a flying start with an eagle three at the second hole before adding six birdies and three bogeys.

"I hit a good drive and then a two-iron to the edge of the green at the second and I managed to chip in from there for eagle," said Pyman, who won here twice in 1999 and 2002.

"But I bogeyed the sixth after getting a horrendous lie in the bunker from where I had to play out sideways."


Most of the 156-strong field struggled on the 7,154-yard layout as heavy rain fell for much of the day but Whitehouse was not bothered over the unpredictable Moscow weather.

"These conditions are exactly how we played the last two rounds last year," he said.

"I played with Andrew Coltart in the final two rounds, we played 36 holes on the Sunday, and it was worse than it was today."

Amateur Kafelnikov, who received a wild card entry into the $500,000 tournament, experienced a difficult day.

The 31-year-old Russian, who retired from professional tennis last year, carded a 16-over-par 88 -- the second worst score of the round.

"At least I'm not last," he said. "That was the main thing."

Multiple PGA Tour winner David Frost of South Africa also struggled before signing for a 75 while Britain's former Ryder Cup player Coltart returned a level-par 72.

02-11-2007, 03:18 AM
Kafelnikov is actually a pretty good golfer, playing off 4 I think but he is no Scott Draper.

04-07-2007, 12:40 PM
why doesnt kafelnikov have his own forum???? although he is retired now, but why didnt he have one in the first place? Hes put on a hell of a weight since he stopped playing, I was quite surprised.

03-07-2010, 04:22 PM
i'm sure this has been discussed... but how is he not a hall of famer already? 2 majors, 4 doubles majors, #1 ranked, olympic gold, davis cup

that's the full resume, no?

03-07-2010, 09:07 PM
February 27-28, 2010
Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Marat Safin
Andrey Cherkasov
Goran Ivanisevic
Sergi Bruguera
Jim Courier (15 parts) (15 parts)
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The Prince
01-01-2013, 02:05 AM
Yevgeny just told me that he will play a full season of golf next year starting in Turkey on the 24th January. He will play a mixture of EPD Tour, Challenge Tour and European Tour events. Best of luck. :)