| February 2, 1966 (age 49)
Moscow, Soviet Union (1966-02-02) |
Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Sergi Bruguera, Alex Corretja, Albert Costa, Marcelo Rios, Carlos Moya
Andrei Chesnokov Wikipedia
Andrei Eduardovich Chesnokov (Russian: Андрей Эдуардович Чесноков; born 2 February 1966) is a former professional tennis player from Russia.
Chesnokov's highest singles ranking was World No. 9 in 1991. The biggest tournament victories of his career came at the Monte Carlo Open in 1990, and at the Canadian Open in 1991 (both Tennis Masters Series events).
Chesnokov's best performance at a Grand Slam event came at the French Open in 1989, where he reached the semi-finals by eliminating Pablo Arraya, Jonas Svensson, Carl-Uwe Steeb, Jim Courier and the defending champion Mats Wilander in straight sets in the quarterfinals. He was eliminated by the eventual champion Michael Chang in four sets.
The most famous match in Chesnokov's career took place on 24 September 1995 in the semi-final of the 1995 Davis Cup against Germany. In the fifth set of the final deciding match of the semi-final, playing against Michael Stich, Chesnokov saved nine match points before emerging the winner, the final score being: 6–4, 1–6, 1–6, 6–3, 14–12. The next day President of Russia Boris Yeltsin awarded Chesnokov with Order of Courage.
During his career, Chesnokov won seven top-level singles titles and earned prize-money totalling US$3,084,188. He retired from the professional tour in 1999.
On November 20, 2005, during a visit to Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine), he was shot twice with rubber bullets after a quarrel in a restaurant with two unidentified men.
As a sixteen-year-old Chesnokov was one of those present at the UEFA Cup match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem during which the Luzhniki disaster happened. He was an honorary member of the committee that organized a benefit match for the victims between Spartak Moscow and Haarlem, that took place on October 20, 2007.
Chesnokov is currently coaching Elena Vesnina.
In 2013, Andrei Eduardovich, whose mother was Jewish, who carried the last name Vorstein, celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in France.