Tennis - Sports In Russia

Tennis - Sports In Russia

Tennis - Sports In Russia 


The fate of tennis in Russia cannot be called simple. For the first time, tennis appeared in Russia at the end of the 19th century and immediately became a "sport for the rich": it was played by members of the Royal family, nobles and industrialists. The great writer Leo Tolstoy even included the stage of playing the newfangled sport in his novel "Anna Karenina". In 1913, Russia joined the International Lawn Tennis Federation, but that time there were more than 48 tennis clubs in the country. Alas, the image of "bourgeois hobby" served tennis badly in the Soviet years. Russian Traditions

For a long time, tennis was on the outskirts of Soviet sports, especially since from 1924 to 1988 it was not included in the Olympics program. Nevertheless, competitions were hold on it, and in 1958 Soviet athletes made their debut at international junior competitions and reached the final. Since then, Soviet tennis players have sometimes cane later. In the 90s, the star of Yevgeny Kafelnikov rose, bringing Russia a victory in singles at the prestigious Roland Garros tournament (1996) and the Sydney Olympics (2000). In 1999 he was named the best racket in the world. Marat Safin also shone in men's tennis.

The sharp rise in Russian tennis began in the 2000s. A significant role in this was played by the passion for tennis of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin. The President helped open new training grounds and schools, and he himself loved to relieve stress on the court. In 2002,the Russian national team won the Davis Cup for the first time, and in 2004, 3 out of 4 Grand Slam tournaments were won by Russians. In 2005, Maria Sharapova became the first racket of the world, and at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, all three steps of the podium were taken by Russian tennis players. Yaroslavl - Landmarks of Russia

Russia is proud of the victories of Anastasia Myskina, Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina and Vera Zvonareva. Recently, the title of the first racket of Russia from Maria Sharapova has been actively challenged by Svetlana Kuznetsova. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova perform worthily at international tournaments. In men's tennis, success is more modest, but Mikhail Youzhny and Andrey Kuznetsov are trying to keep the brand. The Russians hope that somewhere a new champion is growing up, capable of repeating the successes of Kafelnikov and Safin. Find Your Exact Age Using This Age Calculator


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