Andrei Cherkasov
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Andrei Cherkasov

Andrei Cherkasov
Cherkasov at the 1994 French Open
Full nameAndrei Gennadievich Cherkasov
Country (sports) Soviet Union
ResidenceMoscow, Russia
Born (1970-07-04) 4 July 1970 (age 50)
Ufa, Soviet Union
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro1988
Prize money$2,260,051
Career record193-214
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 13 (10 June 1991)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (1990)
French OpenQF (1992)
Wimbledon1R (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994)
US OpenQF (1990)
Other tournaments
Olympic GamesSF (1992)
Career record26-47
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 141 (3 August 1998)
Medal record
Men's Tennis
Representing  Unified Team
Olympic Games
Bronze medal - third place Singles

Andrei Gennadievich Cherkasov ( ; born 4 July 1970) is a former professional tennis player from Russia.


Born in Ufa, Soviet Union, Cherkasov first came to the tennis world's attention as an outstanding junior player. In 1987, he was ranked the World No. 3 junior player and finished runner-up in the boys' singles at the US Open (lost to David Wheaton in the final).

Cherkasov turned professional in 1988. In 1990, Cherkasov claimed his first top-level singles titles when he won the inaugural Kremlin Cup in Moscow, defeating Tim Mayotte in the final 6-2, 6-1. He also reached the quarter-finals of the 1990 Australian Open and US Open.

In June 1991 Cherkasov reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 13. In November he successfully defended his Kremlin Cup title, saving two match points in a 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 win in the final against Jakob Hlasek.

In 1992, Cherkasov was a quarter-finalist at the French Open and won a men's singles bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, notably rallying from 2 sets down to beat Pete Sampras in the third round.

In 1993, Cherkasov saved three match points in 3-hour, 54-minute quarter-final victory over Italy's Andrea Gaudenzi at Tel Aviv, to win 6-7, 7-6, 7-5 in what was the longest best-of-three set match in tour history.

In the end, his two victories at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow proved to be the only top-level titles of Cherkasov's career. He retired from the professional tour in 2000, having earned prize-money totalling $2,259,875.

Career finals

Singles finals 6 (2-4)

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. Jan 1989 Sydney, Australia Hard United States Aaron Krickstein 4-6, 2-6
Win 1. Nov 1990 Moscow, USSR Carpet (i) United States Tim Mayotte 6-2, 6-1
Loss 2. Feb 1991 Brussels, Belgium Carpet (i) France Guy Forget 3-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-7(4-7)
Win 2. Nov 1991 Moscow, USSR Carpet (i) Switzerland Jakob Hlasek 7-6(7-2), 3-6, 7-6(7-5)
Loss 3. May 1993 Bologna, Italy Clay Spain Jordi Burillo 6-7(4-7), 7-6(9-7), 1-6
Loss 4. Sep 1993 Bucharest, Romania Clay Croatia Goran Ivani?evi? 2-6, 6-7(5-7)

Doubles finals 2 (0-2)

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. May 1990 Umag, Croatia Clay Soviet Union Andrei Olhovskiy Czech Republic Vojtech Flegl
Czech Republic Daniel Vacek
4-6, 4-6
Loss 2. Nov 1991 Moscow, USSR Carpet (i) Soviet Union Alexander Volkov Germany Eric Jelen
Germany Carl-Uwe Steeb
4-6, 6-7


  1. ^ Played for the Soviet Union until its breakup in 1991

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