Igor Kunitsyn (Russian: И́горь Константи́нович Куни́цын; born September 30, 1981) is a retired professional male 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.
|Born||September 30, 1981|
Vladivostok, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 35 (July 6, 2009)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2010, 2011)|
|French Open||1R (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2006, 2009, 2011)|
|US Open||3R (2011)|
|Highest ranking||No. 49 (June 9, 2008)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2009)|
|French Open||SF (2008)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2007, 2008)|
|US Open||3R (2008)|
|Davis Cup||SF (2008)|
Kunitsyn was raised by his grandparents in Vladivostok, on the eastern coast of Russia, when he was young, and started to play tennis at age seven.
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 2nd 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 3 games of the 3rd set, before losing the next 4. 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 3rd set 7–5. The pair met again in the final of the Kremlin Cup, an ATP tournament played in Moscow, which is to date Kunitsyn's only tour final and was Safin's last appearance in an ATP final before his retirement in 2010. In what was a considerable upset, Kunitsyn defeated the former two-time Grand Slam winner and world no. 1, 7–6, 6–7, 6–3 for his first and, to date, only professional title.
In August 2008, he made the semifinals of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, beating Mischa Zverev, Fabio Fognini, and Somdev Devvarman, before losing to Serbia's Viktor Troicki. In June 2009 he lost to Israeli Dudi Sela, at 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands in a grass-court tuneup for Wimbledon. In Wimbledon, he lost to Andy Roddick in the second round in four sets, winning the third set.
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. Russia had won the Davis Cup in both 2002 and 2006, and was the top-ranked country in Davis Cup standings. 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. Israel defeated Russia 4–1 for the win.
ATP Career FinalsEdit
Singles: 1 (1–0)Edit
|Winner||1.||12 October 2008||Moscow, Russia||Hard (i)||Marat Safin||7–6(8–6), 6–7(4–7), 6–3|
Doubles: 4 (1–3)Edit
|Runner-up||1.||June 25, 2006||Nottingham, United Kingdom||Grass||Dmitry Tursunov|| Jonathan Erlich
|Runner-up||2.||July 15, 2007||Newport, United States||Hard||Nathan Healey|| Jordan Kerr
|Runner-up||3.||October 4, 2009||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Hard (i)||Jaroslav Levinský|| Mariusz Fyrstenberg
|Winner||1.||October 24, 2010||Moscow, Russia||Hard (i)||Dmitry Tursunov|| Janko Tipsarević
Singles: 13 (7–6)Edit
|ATP Challenger Tour (7–6)|
|Runner-up||1.||15 May 2000||Fergana, Uzbekistan||Hard||Vladimir Voltchkov||6–4, 0–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||2.||13 August 2000||Togliatti, Russia||Hard||Vadim Kutsenko||4–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||3.||27 October 2002||Seoul, South Korea||Hard||Werner Eschauer||2–6, ret.|
|Runner-up||4.||9 February 2003||Wroclaw, Poland||Hard (i)||Karol Kučera||2–6, 1–6|
|Winner||5.||23 May 2004||Fergana, Uzbekistan||Hard||Prakash Amritraj||6–4, 7–5|
|Winner||6.||31 July 2005||Togliatti, Russia||Hard||Viktor Bruthans||6–1, 6–2|
|Winner||7.||7 August 2005||Saransk, Russia||Clay||Boris Pašanski||7–5, 6–4|
|Winner||8.||25 November 2007||Shrewsbury, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Igor Sijsling||6–2, 6–4|
|Runner-up||9.||27 April 2008||Baton Rouge, United States||Hard||Bobby Reynolds||3–6, 7–6(7–3), 5–7|
|Runner-up||10.||18 May 2008||Bordeaux, France||Clay||Eduardo Schwank||2–6, 2–6|
|Winner||11.||14 September 2008||Donetsk, Ukraine||Hard||Sergei Bubka||6–3, 6–3|
|Winner||12.||29 August 2010||Astana, Kazakhstan||Hard||Konstantin Kravchuk||4–6, 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–3)|
|Winner||13.||12 August 2012||Qarshi, Uzbekistan||Hard||Dzmitry Zhyrmont||7–6(12–10), 6–2|
Doubles: 8 (4–4)Edit
|ATP Challenger Tour (4–4)|
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