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01-01-2013 03:05 AM
The Prince
Re: The Yevgeny Kafelnikov Thread

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.
03-07-2010 10:07 PM
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February 27-28, 2010
Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Marat Safin
Andrey Cherkasov
Goran Ivanisevic
Sergi Bruguera
Jim Courier (15 parts) (15 parts)
you can find HERE
03-07-2010 05:22 PM
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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?
04-07-2007 01:40 PM
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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.
02-11-2007 04:18 AM
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Kafelnikov is actually a pretty good golfer, playing off 4 I think but he is no Scott Draper.
08-11-2005 09:48 PM
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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.
08-10-2005 03:23 PM
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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.
07-09-2004 01:48 PM
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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.
05-23-2004 10:03 AM
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Please, can you translate?
05-22-2004 08:15 PM
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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.
05-17-2004 03:01 PM
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Good Luck in your life after tennis Yevgeny
05-10-2004 07:02 PM
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i miss yevgeny. i want yevgeny. waaah!!!!
02-18-2004 04:02 PM
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Happy 30th Birthday Zhenya , wherever you are..
02-08-2004 10:08 AM
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02-05-2004 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by baska
It was the joke.
No, sadly, Marat was stating facts....
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