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Old 02-27-2003, 05:50 AM   #136
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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!
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Old 02-27-2003, 08:31 AM   #137
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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.
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Old 10-13-2003, 05:39 PM   #138
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Is Kafel retiring or not? I am so happy he has not announced it yet, maybe he will return after all?
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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!
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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:

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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)?

MARAT SAFIN: 105.

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...
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Old 02-01-2004, 12:55 PM   #142
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It was the joke.
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It was the joke.
No, sadly, Marat was stating facts....
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Happy 30th Birthday Zhenya , wherever you are..
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i miss yevgeny. i want yevgeny. waaah!!!!
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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.
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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.
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