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Evgeny Korolev

Evgeny Korolev
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Korolev 2009 Delray 1.jpg
Country (sports) Kazakhstan (2010-)
 Russia (2005-2010)
ResidenceNur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Born (1988-02-14) 14 February 1988 (age 34)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro2005
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,510,466
Official websitehttp://evgenykorolev.net/
Career record74-98 (43.0%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 46 (22 February 2010)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open3R (2010)
French Open2R (2007)
Wimbledon2R (2010)
US Open2R (2008)
Career record10-30 (25.0%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 113 (22 March 2010)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open2R (2010)
French Open1R (2009, 2010)
Wimbledon2R (2009)
Team competitions
Davis CupQF (2011, 2013)
Last updated on: 27 June 2022.

Evgeny Evgenyevich Korolev (Russian: ?; born 14 February 1988) is a retired Russian-born Kazakhstani professional tennis player and the cousin of former Russian player Anna Kournikova.[1] He began playing tennis at age four with his father, and picked up his first ATP points at age 15 in three German challenger events. He can speak Russian, German, English and Spanish.


Korolev retired from Tennis in 2016 due to persistent injuries.



Early years

In 2005, he won three futures and a challenger event. He started off the year with a defeat in a German futures event, although only after beating fellow hopeful Andrey Golubev on the way. He later claimed a second futures win in France, in which he beat home favorite Mathieu Montcourt in the final. He later won another futures event in Austria and an F1 event in France. His success in these contests convinced him to start playing more challenger events, including a victory in the Aachen challenger event, in which he beat Igor Kunitsyn and Dominik Meffert on his way to the title.

In 2006 Korolev claimed a win in Marseille over fellow countryman and world number 5 Nikolay Davydenko, but went on to lose in the quarter finals to French veteran Sébastien Grosjean. Shortly after, Korolev beat former World Number 1 and Grand Slam winner Carlos Moyá, before eliminating Andreas Seppi on his Grand Slam debut at Roland Garros, before going out to Gastón Gaudio. He then won another challenger contest, but lost to Sluiter in the final of the Aachen event.


Korolev then went on to the Australian Open 2007, in which he lost to the eventual runner-up Fernando González. He also lost to both Radek ?t?pánek and James Blake prior to the event. He then reached the semi-finals of an American contest, losing to Jürgen Melzer, after beating James Blake and Sam Querrey in the earlier rounds. Korolev then played his first masters series event in Indian Wells, in which he was eliminated by Novak Djokovic in straight sets. He later described this as a learning curve, after wins over Simon Greul and close friend Dmitry Tursunov.

He later lost in the US Open to Stanislas Wawrinka. Korolev then once again claimed the Aachen challenger title by defeating Andreas Beck in the final to win the tournament for the third time. He then played in Saint Petersburg, but went out in straight sets against the British number 1, Andrew Murray.

In 2008, Korolev also claimed victories over the likes of Paul-Henri Mathieu and Fernando González, and reached the quarter-finals in Sydney, losing to Frenchman Fabrice Santoro.

During the second round of a tournament in Las Vegas, Korolev was leading 6-3, 5-2 against number one seed Fernando González. He served for the match twice and was broken each time. He eventually prevailed in a second set tiebreak but needed 11 match points to win. He said that if he had lost that second set, he would have lost the match. In his first semifinal of the year, he lost to Nicolás Almagro in Valencia.

Korolev faced Robin Söderling in the first round in Rome. After losing in the first round at both Munich and Roland Garros, Korolev reached his third quarter-final of the year, in which he lost to the Russian number one, Nikolay Davydenko. At the US Open, Korolev beat Swedish Robin Söderling before losing to Gaël Monfils in the second round. After undergoing another hernia surgery, Korolev made a comeback on the Challenger Circuit in the fall. His biggest successes were a title win in Aachen and a semifinal showing in Düsseldorf.


At the 2009 Australian Open, Korolev made his way through the qualifying rounds and beat former world number 1 Carlos Moyá, in the first round. He lost to Roger Federer in the second round 2-6, 3-6, 1-6.

At the end of February, Korolev reached his first ATP World Tour final at the Delray Beach tournament in the United States. Again starting in qualifying, he won seven straight matches (including wins over world number 38, Igor Kunitsyn, and over Guillermo García-López) before eventually falling in the final to top seed, Mardy Fish, 7-5, 6-3. This placed him back into the ATP Tour's top 100 players, at number 79.

After early losses in Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami, including a loss in the Sunrise, Florida Challenger, Korolev moved on to Houston, his first clay tournament of the year. There, he reached the semifinal, scoring wins against players such as Leonardo Mayer, Daniel Gimeno Traver, and Guillermo Cañas, before losing to the eventual champion Lleyton Hewitt 6-7, 4-6. That result brought him to the No. 72 in the world rankings.

Korolev struggled to build on that run, with Masters 1000 defeats to Juan Mónaco and Eduardo Schwank when aiming to qualify and was also put out of Munich in straight sets to Frenchman Jérémy Chardy. However, Korolev did manage to claim a victory in Düsseldorf over Andreas Seppi, later losing to both Troicki of Serbia and Máximo González of Argentina. At Roland Garros, Korolev had to pull out of a match with Gimeno Traver due to an ankle problem which had also forced him out of the doubles the week prior to the event.

His next scheduled event was at Queens Club where he was defeated by Frenchman Michaël Llodra. In Eastbourne, he bowed out to Garcia Lopez despite his previous winning record against the Spaniard. Korolev then faced good friend and fellow country man Igor Andreev at Wimbledon and lost in four sets. He has since taken part in occasional challenger events, although he admits his motivation has been hindered by the move to the lower ranks of world tennis,[] possibly contributing to losses against Pere Riba and Roberto Bautista-Agut.

In September 2009, Evgeny Korolev won the 17th Szczecin Pekao Open, defeating Albert Montañés 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the semi-final, and Frenchman Florent Serra 6-4, 6-3 in the final. He reached three straight ATP level quarterfinals. In the first, the 2009 Open de Moselle he lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1, 6-3. In the 2009 PTT Thailand Open he lost to eventual champion Gilles Simon after defeating Fabrice Santoro and Robby Ginepri. Finally, in the 2009 Kremlin Cup he lost to Illya Marchenko 0-6, 6-2, 6-3 after defeating compatriots Igor Kunitsyn and Marat Safin.

As the sixth seed he lost in the first round of the 2009 St. Petersburg Open to qualifier and eventual champion Sergiy Stakhovsky. He played his last tournament of the year in the 2009 Davidoff Swiss Indoors as a qualifier, defeating Simone Bolelli 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 and Jérémy Chardy 6-4, 7-6, before losing to top seed Roger Federer 6-3, 6-2.


Korolev began the year at the 2010 Qatar ExxonMobil Open and the 2010 Medibank International Sydney, in both cases reaching the second round, losing to Roger Federer and Mardy Fish respectively. In the 2010 Australian Open he reached the third round losing to eleventh seed Fernando González in five sets 7-6, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 4-6 after defeating 21st seed Tomá? Berdych in straight sets. He then suffered early defeats in the first round of the 2010 PBZ Zagreb Indoors to Ivan Dodig, in the second round of the 2010 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships to Philipp Petzschner, and in the second round of the 2010 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships to Jarkko Nieminen. In the 2010 BNP Paribas Open, he lost to Robin Söderling 6-2, 6-4 in the second round, after defeating Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-2. In the first round of the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open he lost to Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-3. He then fell in the first rounds of 2010 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, 2010 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, and 2010 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell, He then broke the losing streak at the 2010 Serbia Open defeating Michael Russell 6-1, 6-0, but fell in the next round to Sam Querrey. He then fell in his next four matches at the 2010 Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, 2010 French Open, 2010 Aegon Championships and 2010 Aegon International. He then won against Eduardo Schwank 6-1, 7-6, 4-6, 6-2 but retired in the second round of 2010 Wimbledon against Lleyton Hewitt down 2 sets to love and 0-3. He then fell in the qualifying draw of 2010 MercedesCup and first round of 2010 International German Open. He then made his best performance of the year by reaching the quarterfinals of the 2010 Pilot Pen Tennis without dropping a set but lost to Thiemo de Bakker in straight sets. At the US Open he retired against Kei Nishikori in the first round due to an elbow injury which sidelined him for the rest of the year and caused him to fall outside the top 100.

In 2011, due to his low ranking he started playing in the qualifying rounds and the challenger tour, but fell short, not being able to score back-to-back wins, until the 2011 Status Athens Open, where he reached the quarterfinals before falling to Dmitry Tursunov 7-5, 7-5.

ATP career finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Grand Slam Tournaments (0-0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0-0)
ATP Masters 1000 Series (0-0)
ATP 500 Series (0-0)
ATP 250 Series (0-1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0-1)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Finals by setting
Outdoors (0-1)
Indoors (0-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Mar 2009 Delray Beach, United States 250 Series Hard United States Mardy Fish 5-7, 3-6

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals

Singles: 17 (11-6)

ATP Challenger (5-2)
ITF Futures (6-4)
Finals by surface
Hard (1-2)
Clay (7-2)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (3-2)

Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Sep 2004 Germany F15, Kempten Futures Clay Poland Adam Chadaj 2-6, 2-6
Win 1-1 Sep 2004 Germany F16, Friedberg Futures Clay Germany Marius Zay 6-2, 6-2
Loss 1-2 Jan 2005 Germany F4, Kaarst Futures Carpet Germany Lars Uebel 4-6, 6-7(5-7)
Win 2-2 Apr 2005 France F7, Angers Futures Clay France Mathieu Montcourt 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(7-3)
Win 3-2 Jul 2005 Austria F6, Kramsach Futures Clay Austria Armin Sandbichler 7-6(7-1), 6-0
Win 4-2 Sep 2005 France F13, Mulhouse Futures Hard Germany Philipp Hammer 6-4, 6-3
Win 5-2 Nov 2005 Aachen, Germany Challenger Carpet Netherlands Raemon Sluiter 6-3, 7-6(9-7)
Win 6-2 Sep 2006 Dusseldorf, Germany Challenger Clay Sweden Andreas Vinciguerra 7-6(7-4), 6-3
Loss 6-3 Nov 2006 Aachen, Germany Challenger Carpet Germany Rainer Schüttler 3-6, 5-7
Win 7-3 Nov 2007 Aachen, Germany Challenger Carpet Germany Andreas Beck 6-4, 6-4
Win 8-3 Nov 2008 Aachen, Germany Challenger Carpet Belgium Ruben Bemelmans 7-6(7-5), 7-6(7-3)
Win 9-3 Sep 2009 Szczecin, Poland Challenger Clay France Florent Serra 6-4, 6-3
Loss 9-4 Jun 2011 Milan, Italy Challenger Clay Spain Albert Ramos-Vinolas 4-6, 0-3 ret.
Win 10-4 Jul 2012 Germany F7, Roemerberg Futures Clay Germany Bastian Knittel 6-2, 6-2
Loss 10-5 Oct 2012 Turkey F41, Antalya Futures Hard Netherlands Jesse Huta Galung 3-6, 3-6
Loss 10-6 Mar 2014 Kazakhstan F1, Aktobe Futures Hard Russia Alexey Vatutin 7-6(7-4), 4-6, 3-6
Win 11-6 Aug 2014 Germany F10, Wetzlar Futures Clay Germany Julian Lenz 6-0, 0-6, 6-3

Doubles: 12 (7-5)

ATP Challenger (3-4)
ITF Futures (4-1)
Finals by surface
Hard (2-2)
Clay (5-3)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Sep 2004 Germany F14, Nuremberg Futures Clay Italy Alessandro Motti Germany Tom Dennhardt
Germany Rober tJammer-Luhr
7-6(7-5), 6-1
Win 2-0 Apr 2005 France F6, Grasse Futures Clay United States Lesley Joseph France Mathieu Montcourt
France Jean-Baptiste Robin
6-1, 6-7(3-7), 6-2
Win 3-0 Jul 2005 Germany F8, Dusseldorf Futures Clay Belgium Dominique Coene Germany Tobias Clemens
Germany Ralph Grambow
3-6, 6-2, 6-0
Loss 3-1 Jul 2005 Recanati, Italy Challenger Hard Uzbekistan Farrukh Dustov Italy Uros Vico
Croatia Lovro Zovko
6-7(2-7), 3-4 ret.
Win 4-1 Apr 2006 France F7, Angers Futures Clay Belgium Dominique Coene Australia Rameez Junaid
Australia Joseph Sirianni
6-2, 6-4
Loss 4-2 Sep 2006 Dusseldorf, Germany Challenger Clay Germany Simon Greul United States Hugo Armando
Germany Tomas Behrend
1-6, 6-4, [4-10]
Win 5-2 Oct 2006 Grenoble, France Challenger Hard Russia Teimuraz Gabashvili France Thomas Oger
France Nicolas Tourte
7-5, 6-4
Win 6-2 Oct 2009 Mons, Belgium Challenger Hard Uzbekistan Denis Istomin Colombia Alejandro Falla
Russia Teimuraz Gabashvili
6-7(4-7), 7-6(7-4), [11-9]
Loss 6-3 Mar 2011 Rabat, Morocco Challenger Clay Kazakhstan Yuri Schukin Italy Alessio Di Mauro
Italy Simone Vagnozzi
4-6, 4-6
Win 7-3 Jun 2013 Marburg, Germany Challenger Clay Kazakhstan Andrey Golubev Netherlands Jesse Huta Galung
Australia Jordan Kerr
6-3, 1-6, [10-6]
Loss 7-4 Feb 2014 Astana, Kazakhstan Challenger Hard Kazakhstan Andrey Golubev Belarus Sergey Betov
Belarus Aliaksandr Bury
1-6, 4-6
Loss 7-5 Sep 2014 Croatia F16, Bol Futures Clay Netherlands Sander Groen Hungary Gabor Borsos
Italy Antonio Mastrelia
5-7, 6-3, [6-10]

Performance timeline

(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W-L) win-loss record.


Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 SR W-L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 2R 2R 3R Q2 A Q1 0 / 4 4-4 50%
French Open 2R A 1R 1R 1R Q1 A A 0 / 4 1-4 20%
Wimbledon A 1R 1R 1R 2R A A Q1 0 / 4 1-4 20%
US Open Q3 1R 2R 1R 1R A A Q1 0 / 4 1-4 20%
Win-loss 1-1 0-3 2-4 1-4 3-4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 / 16 7-16 30%
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A 3R 1R Q1 2R A A A 0 / 3 3-3 50%
Miami Q1 2R 1R Q2 1R A A A 0 / 3 1-3 25%
Monte Carlo 1R A A A 1R A A A 0 / 2 0-2 0%
Hamburg A A Q2 Not Masters Series 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Rome Q1 A 2R Q2 1R A A A 0 / 2 1-2 33%
Madrid A A A Q2 1R A A A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Cincinnati Q1 Q1 A A A A A A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Win-loss 0-1 3-2 1-3 0-0 1-5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 / 11 5-11 31%


  1. ^ Kournikova's Cousin Korolev to Face Fish in Final Yahoo! Sports, 1 March 2009
  2. ^ "Photos | ATP Tour | Tennis".

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