Russian Tennis Digest: Masha, Kuzy, Tursunov, Safin

ESPN chat with Dmitry Tursunov

On Tuesday, Russian tennis player Dmitry Tursunov will join ESPN to talk about the Davis Cup and all things tennis. Tursunov beat Andy Roddick 17-15 in the fifth set of last year’s Davis Cup semifinal with the US team. You may send in your questions before the live chat. Tursunov is an eccentric funny Russian who grew up in Northern California since he was 12. He is the blogging king among the tennis players. Check out this interesting article about him in New York Times.

Marat Safin to play in Kooyong Classic

Handsome Russian Marat Safin will be among the eight players to participate in Kooyong Classic. The others are American Andy Roddick, Chile’s Fernando Gonzalez, Britain’s Andy Murray, Germany’s Tommy Haas, Croatia’s Ivan Ljubicic and Argentina’s David Nalbandian who got the last spot.

Marat finds a new hitting partner

According to Marat Safin’s official site, Marat has finished his fitness training in the mountains and is starting his tennis practice with a new hitting partner who is a 17-year old promising junior, who also happens to be Guillermo Coria’s younger brother. I am guessing Marat is not going to be in Portland for the Davis Cup final after all.

Exhibition match: Sharapova and Chakvetadze

Maria Sharapova is set to play an exhibition match against fellow Russian and world no 6 Anna Chakvetadze on December 30, in Singapore. (The rivalry between those two is more about the rivalry between their fathers, who had some heated arguments in the past).

Sveta likes African hairstyles

No 2 ranked Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova is planning to start her new season at Medibank International as a preparation for Australian Open. Sveta, who periodically answers fans’ questions on wtatour.ru site, said that her main goals for 2008 are the Grand Slams and the Beijing Olympics. She also told her fans that she prefers African hairstyles. (Is there such course as African Hairstyles 101?)

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