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Igor Kunitsyn
Igor Kunitsyn
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Country (sports) Russia
ResidenceVladivostok, Russia
Born (1981-09-30) 30 September 1981 (age 40)
Vladivostok, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro1999
Retired2013
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,861,069
Singles
Career record89-152
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 35 (6 July 2009)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open2R (2010, 2011)
French Open1R (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Wimbledon2R (2006, 2009, 2011)
US Open3R (2011)
Doubles
Career record65-87
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 49 (9 June 2008)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open2R (2009)
French OpenSF (2008)
Wimbledon2R (2007, 2008)
US Open3R (2008)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Wimbledon1R (2008)
Team competitions
Davis CupSF (2008)
Last updated on: 27 May 2022.

Igor Konstantinovich Kunitsyn (Russian: , IPA: ['ir? k?'n?its?n]; born September 30, 1981) is a retired tennis player from Russia. He made it into the top 100 for the first time in 2006, and reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 35 in July 2009.[1]

Early life

Kunitsyn was raised by his grandparents in Vladivostok, on the eastern coast of Russia when he was young. He started playing tennis at age seven.[1]

Tennis career

Kunitsyn is arguably best known for two matches against compatriot Marat Safin. The first of which was at the 2007 Tennis Channel Open's round-robin stage. Kunitsyn had won the first set, and had an early break in the second before Safin fought back and then got a 5-3 lead. While serving for the match, Kunitsyn broke Safin and then held to get it to 5-5. The set went to a tiebreaker which Safin won. Kunitsyn was still dangerous, as he won the first three games of the third set, before losing the next four. Kunitsyn performed the same as before, and broke Safin again to get the set on equal terms. At 5-5, Kunitsyn suffered a service break and Safin ultimately won the third set 7-5. The pair met again in the final of the Kremlin Cup, an ATP tournament played in Moscow. Kunitsyn defeated the former two-time Grand Slam winner and world No. 1.

In August 2008, he made the semifinals of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, beating Mischa Zverev, Fabio Fognini, and Somdev Devvarman, before losing Viktor Troicki.

In June 2009, he lost to Israeli Dudi Sela, at 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands in a grass-court tune-up for Wimbledon. In Wimbledon, he defeated Wimbledon debutant wildcard Grigor Dimitrov due to retirement after suffering a knee injury , before he lost to Andy Roddick in the second round in four sets, winning the third set. Following the tournament, he reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 35 on 6 July 2009.

Heavily favored Russia was hosted by Israel in a Davis Cup quarterfinal tie in July 2009, on indoor hard courts at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. With Israel having won the first two matches, in what proved to be the deciding third match Israelis Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich beat Kunitsyn and Marat Safin, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 4-6, 6-4, in front of a boisterous crowd of over 10,000.[2] Israel defeated Russia 4-1 for the win.[3]

At the 2009 Indianapolis Tennis Championships in July, Kunistyn was beaten in the second round by 23-year-old American Wayne Odesnik.[4]

In 2012 Wimbledon, he lost his first-round match to Go Soeda.[5]

ATP career finals

Singles: 1 (1 title)

Legend
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 (1-0)
Finals by surface
Hard (1-0)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Finals by setting
Outdoors (0-0)
Indoors (1-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Oct 2008 Moscow, Russia International Series Hard Russia Marat Safin 7-6(8-6), 6-7(4-7), 6-3


Doubles: 4 (1 title, 3 runner-ups)

Legend
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 (1-3)
Finals by surface
Hard (1-1)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-2)
Carpet (0-0)
Finals by setting
Outdoors (0-2)
Indoors (1-1)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Jun 2006 Nottingham, Great Britain International Series Grass Russia Dmitry Tursunov Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
3-6, 2-6
Loss 0-2 Jul 2007 Newport, United States International Series Grass Australia Nathan Healey Australia Jordan Kerr
United States Jim Thomas
3-6, 5-7
Loss 0-3 Oct 2009 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 250 Series Hard Czech Republic Jaroslav Levinský Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
2-6, 1-6
Win 1-3 Oct 2010 Moscow, Russia 250 Series Hard Russia Dmitry Tursunov Serbia Janko Tipsarevi?
Serbia Viktor Troicki
7-6(10-8), 6-3

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals

Singles: 26 (14-12)

Legend
ATP Challenger (8-8)
ITF Futures (6-4)
Finals by surface
Hard (11-10)
Clay (3-1)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-1)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Aug 1998 Belarus F1, Minsk Futures Carpet Uzbekistan Dmitriy Tomashevich 4-6, 6-7
Win 1-1 Sep 1998 Ukraine F2, Gorlovka Futures Clay Russia Kirill Ivanov-Smolenskii 7-6, 6-3
Win 2-1 Sep 1999 Russia F3, Tolyatti Futures Hard Russia Artem Derepasko 6-2, 6-4
Loss 2-2 May 2000 Fergana, Uzbekistan Challenger Hard Belarus Vladimir Voltchkov 6-4, 0-6, 4-6
Loss 2-3 Aug 2000 Tolyatti, Russia Challenger Hard Uzbekistan Vadim Kutsenko 4-6, 1-6
Win 3-3 Jun 2001 Italy F7, Torino Futures Clay France Eric Prodon 6-4, 6-1
Win 4-3 Jan 2002 USA F2, Delray Beach Futures Hard Italy Giorgio Galimberti 6-4, 6-2
Loss 4-4 Feb 2002 Croatia F1, Zagreb Futures Hard Croatia Lovro Zovko 6-4, 1-6, 6-7(6-8)
Loss 4-5 Feb 2002 Croatia F2, Zagreb Futures Hard Croatia Lovro Zovko 2-6, 6-3, 6-7(5-7)
Loss 4-6 Apr 2002 Uzbekistan F1, Karshi Futures Hard Chinese Taipei Jimmy Wang 5-7, 4-6
Win 5-6 May 2002 Uzbekistan F4, Namangan Futures Hard Finland Tuomas Ketola 6-3, 6-3
Loss 5-7 Oct 2002 Seoul, South Korea Challenger Hard Austria Werner Eschauer 2-6, ret.
Loss 5-8 Feb 2003 Wroclaw, Poland Challenger Hard Slovakia Karol Kucera 2-6, 1-6
Win 6-8 Apr 2004 Uzbekistan F2, Guliston Futures Hard Croatia Ivan Cerovic 7-5, 6-2
Win 7-8 May 2004 Fergana, Uzbekistan Challenger Hard India Prakash Amritraj 6-4, 7-5
Win 8-8 Jul 2005 Tolyatti, Russia Challenger Hard Slovakia Viktor Bruthans 6-1, 6-2
Win 9-8 Aug 2005 Saransk, Russia Challenger Clay Serbia and Montenegro Boris Pashanski 7-5, 6-4
Win 10-8 Nov 2007 Shrewsbury, United Kingdom Challenger Hard Netherlands Igor Sijsling 6-2, 6-4
Loss 10-9 Apr 2008 Baton Rouge, United States Challenger Hard United States Bobby Reynolds 3-6, 7-6(7-3), 5-7
Loss 10-10 May 2008 Bordeaux, France Challenger Clay Argentina Eduardo Schwank 2-6, 2-6
Win 11-10 Sep 2008 Donetsk, Ukraine Challenger Hard Ukraine Sergei Bubka 6-3, 6-3
Win 12-10 Sep 2010 Astana, Kazakhstan Challenger Hard Russia Konstantin Kravchuk 4-6, 7-6(7-5), 7-6(7-3)
Loss 12-11 Nov 2010 Astana, Kazakhstan Challenger Hard Croatia Ivan Dodig 4-6, 3-6
Loss 12-12 Mar 2011 San Jose, Costa Rica Challenger Hard Ecuador Giovanni Lapentti 5-7, 3-6
Win 13-12 May 2011 Cremona, Italy Challenger Hard Germany Rainer Schuettler 6-2, 7-6(7-2)
Win 14-12 Aug 2012 Karshi, Uzbekistan Challenger Hard Belarus Dzmitry Zhyrmont 7-6(12-10), 6-2

Doubles: 11 (5-6)

Legend
ATP Challenger (4-4)
ITF Futures (1-2)
Finals by surface
Hard (4-4)
Clay (0-2)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (1-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 May 2001 Uzbekistan F2, Andijan Futures Hard South Africa Rik De Voest Australia Jordan Kerr
Finland Tuomas Ketola
7-5, 2-6, 1-6
Win 1-1 May 2001 Fergana, Uzbekistan Challenger Hard South Africa Rik De Voest Canada Simon Larose
Australia Michael Tebbutt
6-1, 6-7(4-7), 6-3
Loss 1-2 Apr 2004 Uzbekistan F1, Karshi Futures Hard Russia Dmitri Vlasov Croatia Ivan Cerovic
North Macedonia Lazar Magdinchev
3-6, 6-2, 4-6
Win 2-2 Aug 2004 Segovia, Spain Challenger Hard Belarus Vladimir Voltchkov Spain Daniel Munoz-De La Nava
Spain Iván Navarro
3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Loss 2-4 Aug 2004 Bronx, United States Challenger Hard Italy Uros Vico United States Huntley Montgomery
United States Tripp Phillips
6-7(6-8), 7-6(10-8), 2-6
Loss 2-5 Sep 2004 Kiev, Ukraine Challenger Clay Russia Yuri Schukin Spain Albert Portas
Argentina Sergio Roitman
1-6, 1-6
Win 3-5 Sep 2004 Donetsk, Ukraine Challenger Hard Italy Uros Vico Switzerland Marco Chiudinelli
Croatia Lovro Zovko
3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Win 4-5 Feb 2005 Belgrade, Serbia Challenger Carpet Ukraine Orest Tereshchuk Czech Republic Lukas Dlouhy
Czech Republic Jan Vacek
walkover
Win 5-5 Apr 2005 Uzbekistan F1, Karshi Futures Hard Russia Sergei Demekhine Uzbekistan Murad Inoyatov
Uzbekistan Denis Istomin
6-4, 5-7, 6-4
Loss 5-6 Jan 2008 Heilbronn, Germany Challenger Hard Pakistan Aisam Qureshi South Africa Rik De Voest
United States Bobby Reynolds
6-7(2-7), 7-6(7-5), [4-10]
Loss 5-7 Jul 2010 Braunschweig, Germany Challenger Clay Kazakhstan Yuri Schukin Portugal Leonardo Tavares
Italy Simone Vagnozzi
5-7, 6-7(4-7)

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(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.

Singles

Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 SR W-L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A Q1 Q1 Q1 A 1R Q3 1R 2R 2R 1R Q2 0 / 5 2-5 29%
French Open A A Q1 Q2 A A Q2 1R A 1R 1R 1R 1R Q1 0 / 5 0-5 0%
Wimbledon A A Q2 1R Q2 Q2 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R Q3 0 / 8 3-8 27%
US Open Q1 A 1R Q2 Q1 Q2 1R 2R 1R 1R A 3R A Q2 0 / 6 3-6 33%
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-2 1-4 0-2 1-4 1-3 4-4 0-3 0-0 0 / 24 8-24 25%
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A A A A Q1 A 1R 1R 2R A A 1R Q1 0 / 4 1-4 20%
Miami A A A A A Q1 1R 1R 1R 2R A 2R 2R A 0 / 6 3-6 33%
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A Q2 A 1R Q2 A A A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Rome A A A Q1 A A Q2 Q2 A 1R A A A A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Hamburg A A A Q1 A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Madrid Not Held A A A A A A A 1R A Q1 A A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Canada A A A A A A A A A 1R A A A A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Cincinnati A A A Q1 A A A A A 2R A A A A 0 / 1 1-1 50%
Shanghai Not Held 2R A A A A 0 / 1 1-1 50%
Paris A A A A A A A A A A A 2R A A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-2 0-2 4-8 0-0 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 / 17 6-17 26%


Doubles

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 SR W-L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 1R 1R 2R 2R A 2R 0 / 5 3-5 38%
French Open A A A A QF SF QF A 1R 1R 0 / 5 10-5 67%
Wimbledon Q1 A A A 2R 2R 1R A A A 0 / 3 2-3 40%
US Open A A A A 1R 3R 1R A 1R A 0 / 4 2-4 33%
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 4-4 7-4 4-4 1-1 0-2 1-2 0 / 17 17-17 50%
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A A A A A 1R A A A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Miami A A A A A A 1R A A A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Canada A A A A A A 1R A A A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Cincinnati A A A A A A 1R A A A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 / 4 0-4 0%

References

  1. ^ a b "Igor Kunitsyn - Overview - ATP World Tour - Tennis". atpworldtour.com.
  2. ^ "Netanyahu: Davis Cup team has filled nation with pride", The Jerusalem Post, 7/11/09, accessed 7/11/09 Archived 2012-07-09 at archive.today
  3. ^ Sinai, Allon (4 July 2009). "Netanyahu to Israel tennis team: You put Israel back on the map". The Jerusalem Post. Mirkaei Tikshoret Ltd. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved .{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Igor Kunitsyn". Retrieved .

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