Igor Kunitsyn

Igor Konstantinovich Kunitsyn (Russian: И́горь Константи́нович Куни́цын, IPA: [ˈiɡərʲ kʊˈnʲitsɨn]; 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]

Igor Kunitsyn
Игорь Куницын
Igor Kunitsyn US Open.JPG
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.

Early lifeEdit

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 careerEdit

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 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. 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 finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 title)Edit

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   Marat Safin 7–6(8–6), 6–7(4–7), 6–3


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

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   Dmitry Tursunov   Jonathan Erlich
  Andy Ram
3–6, 2–6
Loss 0–2 Jul 2007 Newport, United States International Series Grass   Nathan Healey   Jordan Kerr
  Jim Thomas
3–6, 5–7
Loss 0–3 Oct 2009 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 250 Series Hard   Jaroslav Levinský   Mariusz Fyrstenberg
  Marcin Matkowski
2–6, 1–6
Win 1–3 Oct 2010 Moscow, Russia 250 Series Hard   Dmitry Tursunov   Janko Tipsarević
  Viktor Troicki
7–6(10–8), 6–3

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 26 (14–12)Edit

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

Doubles: 11 (5–6)Edit

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   Rik De Voest   Jordan Kerr
  Tuomas Ketola
7–5, 2–6, 1–6
Win 1–1 May 2001 Fergana, Uzbekistan Challenger Hard   Rik De Voest   Simon Larose
  Michael Tebbutt
6–1, 6–7(4–7), 6–3
Loss 1–2 Apr 2004 Uzbekistan F1, Karshi Futures Hard   Dmitri Vlasov   Ivan Cerovic
  Lazar Magdinchev
3–6, 6–2, 4–6
Win 2–2 Aug 2004 Segovia, Spain Challenger Hard   Vladimir Voltchkov   Daniel Munoz-De La Nava
  Iván Navarro
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Loss 2–4 Aug 2004 Bronx, United States Challenger Hard   Uros Vico   Huntley Montgomery
  Tripp Phillips
6–7(6–8), 7–6(10–8), 2–6
Loss 2–5 Sep 2004 Kiev, Ukraine Challenger Clay   Yuri Schukin   Albert Portas
  Sergio Roitman
1–6, 1–6
Win 3–5 Sep 2004 Donetsk, Ukraine Challenger Hard   Uros Vico   Marco Chiudinelli
  Lovro Zovko
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Win 4–5 Feb 2005 Belgrade, Serbia Challenger Carpet   Orest Tereshchuk   Lukas Dlouhy
  Jan Vacek
walkover
Win 5–5 Apr 2005 Uzbekistan F1, Karshi Futures Hard   Sergei Demekhine   Murad Inoyatov
  Denis Istomin
6–4, 5–7, 6–4
Loss 5–6 Jan 2008 Heilbronn, Germany Challenger Hard   Aisam Qureshi   Rik De Voest
  Bobby Reynolds
6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–5), [4–10]
Loss 5–7 Jul 2010 Braunschweig, Germany Challenger Clay   Yuri Schukin   Leonardo Tavares
  Simone Vagnozzi
5–7, 6–7(4–7)

Performance timelinesEdit

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.

SinglesEdit

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%


DoublesEdit

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%

ReferencesEdit

  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 3 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2009-07-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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