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Extractions: showHide_TellMeAbout2('false'); Business Entertainment Games Health ... More... On this page: Biography Wikipedia Mentioned In Or search: - The Web - Images - News - Blogs - Shopping Yevgeny Kafelnikov Biography Yevgeny Kafelnikov Yevgeny Kafelnikov was born on 18 February 1974 in Sochi, Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov became a tennis pro in 1992 and amassed $23,883,797 of prize money. Although it is his 26 singles titles that Kafelnikov says he is most proud of. However after a relatively lacklustre 2003 where Russia's first world number 1 in tennis failed to win an ATP singles title for first time in 10 years and finished with his lowest ATP Ranking over the same period, it now appears that Kafelnikov has effectively retired from tennis and taken up poker Kafelnikov is incredibly popular in his country and not just for his tennis. After winning his fifth straight title in Moscow, Kafelnikov donated his first prize of $137,000 to the families of the victims in the October 4, 2001 Russian plane crash near his hometown of Sochi. In an interview with the Independent about his move from tennis to poker Kafelnikov said: "The most important thing was not to disappoint my fans. It is very hard to earn a good image in Russia. Once you do, you're a hero. But if you then do something wrong, you're treated like, like, I can't even think of a word to describe it. I dedicated myself to playing for Russia. I played all Davis Cup matches, I won Olympic gold, I still have a very good image. "So when people on the street in Moscow ask why I stopped playing, I say 'because I don't want to see you people crying when I lose'. They understand that."
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Extractions: QUESTION: Last year when Alex O'Brien beat you in the quarters, he said if there was one knock against your game is if you got down, sometimes you would quit and that he thought that was partially the case last year when he beat you. Have you disproven that since? It seems like you battled back very well out there today. KAFELNIKOV: Well, unfortunately for myself, I've had so many defeats like that in my career and I had to recover from that quickly, which I think I did. After the defeat, I played so successful in the end of the year and I won a tournament, I think I made a couple of finals, I won three tournaments in doubles. It's disappointing, but that's one thing you have to live with. You cannot win every tournament you go out on the court, but it is disappointing. But, you know, as far as I remember, he played very good tournament and, you know, he definitely proved that he was the best last year.
Extractions: 2nd round Kafelnikov has never quite delivered at Wimbledon and, at 29, shows no signs of making any drastic changes to his tournament record. The former world number one is some way past his best but, on his day, still has the ability to match any of his peers. After a relatively poor start to the season - by his high standards - his performances picked up at the end of April with back-to-back semi-finals in Munich and then the Tennis Masters Series in Rome. He boasts a game strong enough to have captured two Grand Slam titles and has consistently been among the world's top six players in recent years. But the Russian also possesses a streak of indifferent unpredictablity that has increasingly blighted his performances.
Extractions: Since winning the title back in 1996, Kafelnikov has struggled at Roland Garros and his poor form on the dirt this year suggests that pattern is unlikely to change. But the Russian remains a graceful player and a potential threat at any of the Grand Slams. He boasts a strong serve-and-volley game and a whipping double-handed backhand. Used to be coached by Tim Henman's current guide, Larry Stefanki. Latest news
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