Auckland, New Zealand
| Russia (2002 – 2010)
New Zealand (2011 – )|
8 February 1986 (age 29)
Orenburg, Soviet Union (1986-02-08)
Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
No. 299 (11 August 2008)
Artem Sitak Wikipedia
Artem Yurievich Sitak (Russian: Артём Юрьевич Ситак, Artyom Sitak; born 8 February 1986) is a Russian-born New Zealand professional tennis player. On 11 August 2008, he reached his highest ATP singles ranking of World No. 299, whilst his highest doubles ranking of 39 was reached on 22 June 2015. He is the younger brother of Dmitri Sitak, who was also a professional tennis player.
Training in nineties years by Santini, As a 13-year-old in 1999, Sitak received a wildcard into the main draw of an ITF junior tournament in Russia where he was defeated by Evgueni Smirnov 6-4 6-1. The following year he entered qualifying of the same tournament and defeated future ATP top 50 player Denis Istomin 6-0 6-1 to win his first ITF junior match. Sitak was taken out in the third and final round of qualifying by a future ATP top 100 player Teimuraz Gabashvili 6-4 7-5.
At the age of 14, Artem won the prestigious Orange Bowl.
Sitak made his first junior Grand Slam appearance at the age of 15 at the 2002 Australian Open where he was beaten in straight sets by Australian Christopher Roman. Sitak's last junior tournament came a year later at the 2003 Australian Open where he was eliminated by Korean Hyun-Joon Suk in the first round.
Sitak began his senior career in 2002 at a challenger event in Togliatti, Russia where he received a wildcard into the main draw but fell in the first round to Thomas Blake, older brother of former top 10 player James Blake. Artem's first title came in 2005 in a Russian futures tournament where he defeated Pavel Chekhov 4-6 6-4 6-4 in the final.
Sitak began 2011 under the New Zealand flag and received a wildcard into the 2011 Heineken Open qualifying where he was defeated by Frenchman Ludovic Walter 6-3 6-4 in the first round. Artem currently represents New Zealand in Davis Cup.
Sitak partnered Polish tennis player Mateusz Kowalczyk to win the 2014 MercedesCup doubles title. Defeating Philipp Oswald and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 2-6 6-1 (10-7) in the final.