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Tennis families

George_Hanson
02-21-2006, 02:44 PM
Hi,

I would like to know about the families (brothers/sisters/mothers/fathers/uncles/aunts etc.) that play or used to play professional tennis. And I'm not talking about marriages (Andre/Steffi f.e.), but "blood relatives".

I know about:

Oli / Christopher Rochus
Byron / Wayne / Cara Black
Marat / Dinara Safina (I know their mather also used to be a sportswoman, but I don't know which sport)

If you know, please post families which include the tennis player and other sport player, like:

Rafael Nadal / Miguel Angel Nadal (footballer)

Anyone know some ? Thanks

LaTenista
02-21-2006, 02:48 PM
Richard / Michaella Krajicek (half siblings, same father)

LaTenista
02-21-2006, 02:49 PM
Phil / Taylor Dent (father-son)

LaTenista
02-21-2006, 02:50 PM
Bob / Mike Bryan & their mother Kathy

Lisa1062
02-21-2006, 02:50 PM
Sisters Chris/Evert & Jeannie Evert
Brothers John McEnroe & Pat McEnroe
Father Phil Dent and Son Taylor Dent
Father Fred Stolle and Son Sandon Stolle

Jenrios
02-21-2006, 02:51 PM
Tim Henman's grandmothers - I believe both played at Wimbledon. I'm sure one was the last to serve underarm.

An d there's the Sanchez family - Aranxta, Emilio and Javier.

keep_er_lit!
02-21-2006, 02:51 PM
Aren't Coria and Gaudio half brothers or something?
Andy & Jamie Murray - their mother used to coach tennis and I think played as well.

Jenrios
02-21-2006, 02:52 PM
Aren't Coria and Gaudio half brothers or something?
Andy & Jamie Murray - their mother used to coach tennis and I think played as well.


LOL! are you serious about Gaudio and Coria???!!!!

George_Hanson
02-21-2006, 02:52 PM
Bob / Mike Bryan

:smash: my head, I forgot. But I didn't know their mother used to be a sportswoman...

keep_er_lit!
02-21-2006, 02:53 PM
Tim Henman's grandmothers - I believe both played at Wimbledon. I'm sure one was the last to serve underarm.

An d there's the Sanchez family - Aranxta, Emilio and Javier.

I think you're right, although I thought it was first to serve overarm.

Jenrios
02-21-2006, 02:53 PM
Lendl's mother used to play in the Czech republic - made the top 15 women.

Jenrios
02-21-2006, 02:54 PM
I think you're right, although I thought it was first to serve overarm.


yeah, that's it - one served overarm first, the other was the last to serve underarm.

Taz Warrior
02-21-2006, 02:55 PM
Andy Murray/Jamie Murray (rank #884) - Brothers
Andrei Medvedev/Natalia Medvedeva (Brother/Sister)

George_Hanson
02-21-2006, 02:55 PM
Jamie Murray is Andy's brother? I didn't know that

silverwhite
02-21-2006, 02:57 PM
No one mentioned the most famous pair of sisters. :eek:

George_Hanson
02-21-2006, 02:59 PM
No one mentioned the most famous pair of sisters. :eek:

:worship:

LaTenista
02-21-2006, 02:59 PM
The Maleeva sisters (there were 3 of them I think )

Jenrios
02-21-2006, 03:01 PM
yes - Manuela, Katrina (I think) and Magdalena.

George_Hanson
02-21-2006, 03:01 PM
The Maleeva sisters (there were 3 of them I think )

Magdalena, Manuela (if I remember well) and....

LaTenista
02-21-2006, 03:02 PM
James / Thomas Blake (brothers)

LaTenista
02-21-2006, 03:03 PM
John / Andy Roddick (brothers)

Taz Warrior
02-21-2006, 03:15 PM
No one mentioned the most famous pair of sisters. :eek:

Adriana & Antonella Serra Zanetti :)

TennisGrandSlam
02-21-2006, 03:24 PM
John / Patrick McEnroe :D

silverwhite
02-21-2006, 03:32 PM
I'll take it that no one has named the sisters because they're such an obvious example that there is no need to bring them up. ;)

Winston's Human
02-21-2006, 03:43 PM
Vera Sukova (mother) - Wimbledon finalist.
Helena Sukova (daughter) - Four time single slam finalist and numerous doubles slams.
Cyril Suk (son) - Mixed and doubles slams.

vault123
02-21-2006, 03:49 PM
lleyton hewitt and Jaslyn Hewitt

*Viva Chile*
02-21-2006, 04:38 PM
Cyril Suk and Helena Sukova (brothers and tennis players)
Mario Ancic and Sanja Ancic (brothers and tennis players)
Lleyton Hewitt and Jaslyn Hewitt (brothers and tennis players)

Gisela Dulko and her brother Alejandro, who is a former junior player and her currently coach.
Former chilean players Hans and Heinz Gildemeister, Jaime and Alvaro Fillol.

*Viva Chile*
02-21-2006, 04:41 PM
No one mentioned the most famous pair of sisters. :eek:
The ones who called Venus and Serena, do you mean?? :scratch:

cincy
02-21-2006, 05:14 PM
The Bryan brothers' mother was a top player back in the 70s. Can't remember her last name but her first name is Betty, I think. Wayne Bryan was a coach at a university.

Also, I think the Gildermeister's had a sister, Laura, who was a top player at one time.

Magdalena, Manuela (if I remember well) and....

Katarina???

Winston's Human
02-21-2006, 05:27 PM
Phil / Taylor Dent (father-son)

Taylor's mother, Betty Ann Grubb, was a professional player who made it to the finals of the US Open Doubles.

Winston's Human
02-21-2006, 05:44 PM
The Bryan brothers' mother was a top player back in the 70s. Can't remember her last name but her first name is Betty, I think. Wayne Bryan was a coach at a university.

The Bryan brothers' mother is Kathy Blake, who played competition tennis in the mid to late 1960s.

Nathaliia
02-21-2006, 07:06 PM
Phil / Taylor Dent (father-son)
Taylor Dent's cousin is Misty May, beach volleyball player - if no one posted it before (gonna read the whole thread)

Nathaliia
02-21-2006, 07:08 PM
:worship:
Agnieszka (current junior Wimbledon champion) and Urszula (younger - champion-to-be) Radwańska from Poland :aparty:

Nathaliia
02-21-2006, 07:11 PM
Lina Krasnorutskaya and Alexander Krasnorutskiy (siblings from Russia.... I saw Alex few days ago playing in Poland ;) )

and my faves, also from Russia - cousins Anna Kournikova and Evgueni Korolev (their mothers were sisters and also practised sports, and Korolev's dad was a hockey player)

NATAS81
02-21-2006, 07:17 PM
he wouldn't happen to be related to Igor Korolev who plays in the NHL would he?

Nathaliia
02-21-2006, 07:20 PM
he wouldn't happen to be related to Igor Korolev who plays in the NHL would he?
geez, I think it's his daddy....

sharpeirob
02-21-2006, 07:24 PM
Alyona, Kateryna and Valeria Bondarenko :D

Godiva
02-21-2006, 07:24 PM
Ryan and Jessica Sweeting. I think Jessica's still a junior.

NATAS81
02-21-2006, 07:25 PM
geez, I think it's his daddy....
:yeah: :wavey:

Interesting to know people's athletic backgrounds

sharpeirob
02-21-2006, 07:29 PM
Klemenschits sisters from Austria too

Nathaliia
02-21-2006, 08:10 PM
Ryan and Jessica Sweeting. I think Jessica's still a junior.
yeah, she's born in 1988 ;)

*julie*
02-21-2006, 08:10 PM
As for french players:

Edouard Roger-Vasselin is the son of Christophe Roger-Vasselin, former semifinalist in Roland Garros (1983, I think)

Richard Gasquet's parents were both tennis coaches. Francis Gasquet now works for the french federation, I think.

Nicolas Escude's brother, Julien Escude plays (or played :shrug: ) football at the Ajax d'Amsterdam. Their father was a football coach.

Nathaliia
02-21-2006, 08:12 PM
Alyona, Kateryna and Valeria Bondarenko :D
is Vladimir Bondarenko (played juniors - born in 1987) and some futures events - their brother :eek: ???

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Gael Monfils' dad was a football player ;)

sharpeirob
02-21-2006, 08:13 PM
is Vladimir Bondarenko (played juniors - born in 1987) and some futures events - their brother :eek: ???

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Gael Monfils' dad was a football player ;)

I have no idea. I think it could be a common name, coz there is another Bondarenko but I know she isnt their sister. Could be!

Nathaliia
02-21-2006, 08:14 PM
Julien and Antoine Bennteau ;)

or the brothers who both started career by playing futures events in Poland - David and Cesar Ferrer. Cesar Ferrer still played in recent futures in Poland :lol:

Marta Marrero and David Marrero

Nathaliia
02-21-2006, 08:15 PM
no relation between Jarkko and Timo Nieminen , this is confirmed ;)

perfect_spy
02-21-2006, 08:17 PM
Kim & Elke Clijsters
Dally & Natacha Randriantefy

Nathaliia
02-21-2006, 08:18 PM
oh, and there was an Argentinian player Francisco Yunis, who is a coach now and he's got a brother who is also a coach, and a nephew who is starting playing futures events this year - Juan Pablo Yunis.

Let's not forget also Edgardo and Emiliano Massa.

And Fernando Vicente with his tween brother :lol: He also used to play professional tennis :yeah:

From Poland we also have Radosław and Jakub Nijaki... But their surname means "low average" and so sadly is the level of their ranks haha...

perfect_spy
02-21-2006, 08:21 PM
Adriana & anca Barna

Nathaliia
02-21-2006, 08:21 PM
Paul - Henri Mathieu and Julien Mathieu = any relation :shrug: :confused:

Martina Hingis and her mother Melania Molitor who played quite good tennis.

Mark Knowles, and his mother who's originally British, but was the best female player of Carribean :rocker2:

sharpeirob
02-21-2006, 08:22 PM
is Vladimir Bondarenko (played juniors - born in 1987) and some futures events - their brother :eek: ???
;)

Unless this guy was born three months premature and their mother got pregnant like right after giving birth to Kata then the answer is a definate no :tape:

August 8, 1986 - Kata
March something - vlad

Lee
02-21-2006, 08:23 PM
Stella Sampras, sister of Pete Sampras, is tennis coach of UCLA.

Pete's brother Gus, was tournament director of Tennis Channel Open in Scottsdale.

Nathaliia
02-21-2006, 08:25 PM
:yeah: :wavey:

Interesting to know people's athletic backgrounds
And it explains Anna K's hockey players interests. :tape:

Nathaliia
02-21-2006, 08:26 PM
Unless this guy was born three months premature and their mother got pregnant like right after giving birth to Kata then the answer is a definate no :tape:

August 8, 1986 - Kata
March something - vlad
Thanks for checking! :wavey:

I happened to talk to Katya, she's a great girl ! :D However I didn't ask her for brothers, seeing that she was with her two sisters.

sharpeirob
02-21-2006, 08:27 PM
Youre lucky!

I have never seen her play, but I love alyona so much :D:D

NATAS81
02-21-2006, 08:31 PM
And it explains Anna K's hockey players interests. :tape:
Haha, if she and Bure or Fedorov got married you could throw in here too ;)

Maxim Afinogenov and Dementieva were g/f, b/f

Lee
02-21-2006, 08:32 PM
Haha, if she and Bure or Fedorov got married you could throw in here too ;)

Maxim Afinogenov and Dementieva were g/f, b/f

Fedorov and Anna K did get married but divorced.

Nathaliia
02-21-2006, 08:41 PM
Youre lucky!

I have never seen her play, but I love alyona so much :D:D
You should be coming to tournaments in Poland, though :angel: The match of Alyona I saw, sucked. But Katya performed awesomely in4 matches I saw live... Actually, I have no clue why she isn't higher in rankings than she is :shrug: I only know she suffered of injuries :sad:

Nathaliia
02-21-2006, 08:48 PM
Maria Eugenia Vento and Maria Alejandra Vento Kabchi from Venezuela ;)

Kim's and Elke's father - Leo was a football player now he's a football coach

*julie*
02-21-2006, 11:35 PM
Paul - Henri Mathieu and Julien Mathieu = any relation :shrug: :confused:


No relation. Mathieu is a common name in France.

Balaenopteramusculus
02-22-2006, 12:20 AM
Jakub Piter and his sister Kasia Piter
Jędrzej Żarski i Ania Żarska are also siblings :p

Balaenopteramusculus
02-22-2006, 12:28 AM
Mikhail and Andrei Youzhny

Balaenopteramusculus
02-22-2006, 12:29 AM
twins Piotr and Paweł and their older brother Maciej Diłaj :p

Socket
02-22-2006, 12:30 AM
Vera Sukova (mother) - Wimbledon finalist.
Helena Sukova (daughter) - Four time single slam finalist and numerous doubles slams.
Cyril Suk (son) - Mixed and doubles slams.
Perhaps most famous for John McEnroe's comment that Helena had a harder serve than Cyril. :p

Socket
02-22-2006, 12:33 AM
All three of Aaron Krickstein's sisters (Kathy, Rachel and Renee) were tennis pros at one time or another (Kathy is Morgan Pressel's mother).

Andre Agassi's sisters both played tennis as kids and teens.

Mary Pierce's and Jennifer Capriati's brothers are pros/coaches, too.

*Viva Chile*
02-22-2006, 12:40 AM
I have no idea. I think it could be a common name, coz there is another Bondarenko but I know she isnt their sister. Could be!
like Alex Kuznetsov and Svetlana Kuznetsova :lol:

Socket
02-22-2006, 01:17 AM
Tim and Tom Gullikson, who played doubles together (and, like Bryan brothers, one played right-handed and the other left-handed).

cobalt60
02-22-2006, 02:32 AM
Maleva family

helen phillips
02-22-2006, 03:11 AM
All 3 Maleeva's were taught by their Mother Yulia Berberian. After losing to Magdelena, the 3rd sister to beat her, Navratilova quipped I played the mother when I was young I guess I didn't beat her bad enough.

helen phillips
02-22-2006, 03:31 AM
Anybody mention Luanne Spadea a former Orange Bowl Champ liker her little brother Vince? I think other sister Diana also played in College like Luanne.

I♥PsY@Mus!c
02-22-2006, 03:44 AM
Does anyone have pics of Gisela's brother Alejandro Dulko? :scratch: I heard he is a good-looking guy! :aplot:

SwissMister1
02-22-2006, 04:56 AM
The legendary Carl Chang, and his much less famous brother Michael Chang.

Nathaliia
02-22-2006, 07:30 AM
twins Piotr and Paweł and their older brother Maciej Diłaj :p
looool Piotr and Pawel - it is UNABLE to say which is which !!! :eek:

mandoura
02-22-2006, 08:21 AM
Andre Agassi's father, Iranian-Armenian Emanuelle "Mike" Agassian, represented Iran in boxing at the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games before emigrating to the United States.

mandoura
02-22-2006, 08:33 AM
Nadia Petrova's parents : her father Victor Petrov was a top hammer thrower. Her mother Nadejda Ilina won a bronze medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics in the 400m relay. Both were athletics coaches in Egypt

Yannick Noah is the son of a Cameroonian soccer player, Zacharie Noah. His son, Joakim is the star center for the Poly Prep basketball team in New York.

George_Hanson
02-22-2006, 08:52 AM
Andre Agassi's father, Iranian-Armenian Emanuelle "Mike" Agassian, represented Iran in boxing at the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games before emigrating to the United States.

:eek: :eek: :eek:

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
02-22-2006, 11:18 AM
The Czech Jan & Ivo Minar (brothers) they play the doubles, mostly challenger events and newly ATP tournaments... they started with Zagreb. Ivo ist ATP 99.

Pigpen Stinks
02-22-2006, 07:29 PM
Nadia Petrova's parents : her father Victor Petrov was a top hammer thrower. Her mother Nadejda Ilina won a bronze medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics in the 400m relay. Both were athletics coaches in Egypt

Yannick Noah is the son of a Cameroonian soccer player, Zacharie Noah. His son, Joakim is the star center for the Poly Prep basketball team in New York.

I believe Noah's son is now starring for the highly ranked University of Florida basketball team.

Vijay and Anand Amritraj (brothers), and son/nephew Prakash, an fledgling pro.
Tracy Austin and brother John (he was a scrub that played mostly doubles and some mixed with Tracy).
I don't think anyone mentioned the Lappenti brothers, Nicolas and Giovanni from Equador.
Gene and Sandy Mayer (brothers that both reached the top 10 in singles in the late 70's / early 80's. Maybe the only brothers to accomplish this feat???).
There was also a little known sibling doubles team, Bill and Tom Csipkay. They gained some notoriety for facing the Amritraj brothers in the US Open around the late 70's.
The Ratiwatna brothers from Thailand play doubles together.
Alexandra Stephenson's father is basketball legend Julius Erving.
The O'Reilly triplets - Terry, Patty and Christine all played some on the womens' tour in the late 80's. One of them, I believe Christine, was tragically killed in an automobile accident.

mandoura
02-23-2006, 09:30 AM
I believe Noah's son is now starring for the highly ranked University of Florida basketball team.


Thanks for the update. :)

Nathaliia
02-23-2006, 10:03 AM
I don't think anyone mentioned the Lappenti brothers, Nicolas and Giovanni from Equador.

They also have youngest brother Leonardo :secret: born in 1990 I believe but totally sucking in juniors events (U-14 and U-16) losing even to little Federico Coria :haha:

and I don't remember - is Andres Gomez their cousin or uncle, actually?

Action Jackson
02-23-2006, 10:10 AM
Guillermo Perez Roldan and his sister Mariana played on the tour.

*Viva Chile*
02-23-2006, 02:06 PM
Anyone mentioned Srichaphan brothers??? Paradorn, Nakathorn and Tanakorn???? also their father Chanachai Srichaphan was a pro player.

cincy
02-23-2006, 08:21 PM
Does anyone have pics of Gisela's brother Alejandro Dulko? I heard he is a good-looking guy!

I don't have pictures for you but there is a 30 minute "day in the life of" Gisele on the Tennis Channel which shows her with her brother and he's a hottie!! :cool: Really good looking.

Emanuelle "Mike" Agassian

It's Immanuel with an "I" and he is ethic Armenian whose family had immigrated to Iran. Mike has a great book out talking about his life and his children and how he taught all of them to play tennis. Rita, the oldest was the best until Andre came along.

Also, Rita Agassi married Pancho Gonzalez when she was only 21 and he was past 50. :) I think she was his fifth wife. :rolleyes:

binkygirl
02-24-2006, 12:25 AM
As for french players:

Edouard Roger-Vasselin is the son of Christophe Roger-Vasselin, former semifinalist in Roland Garros (1983, I think)

Richard Gasquet's parents were both tennis coaches. Francis Gasquet now works for the french federation, I think.

Nicolas Escude's brother, Julien Escude plays (or played :shrug: ) football at the Ajax d'Amsterdam. Their father was a football coach.


Didn't Yannick Noah's sister marry Roger-Vasselin?

binkygirl
02-24-2006, 12:31 AM
eam.

Vijay and Anand Amritraj (brothers), and son/nephew Prakash, an fledgling pro.
Tracy Austin and brother John (he was a scrub that played mostly doubles and some mixed with Tracy).


John Austin wasn't a bad singles player. He beat John McEnroe once in singles.

I♥PsY@Mus!c
02-25-2006, 03:39 AM
I don't have pictures for you but there is a 30 minute "day in the life of" Gisele on the Tennis Channel which shows her with her brother and he's a hottie!! :cool: Really good looking.
I don't have Tennis channel! :bigcry: