Russia’s tennis boss celebrates 60th birthday, receives an award from Putin

Russia’s tennis head Shamil Tarpischev, who turns 60 on Friday, will be awarded by President Vladimir Putin with the Order of Service to the Fatherland, fourth degree. Tarpischev, has been the longtime president of the Russian Tennis Federation and captained the Davis Cup and Fed Cup teams to their first championships. He became captain of the Soviet Union Davis Cup team in 1973, a job he held until 1991 when he joined the government of close friend and new president Boris Yeltsin. He also was Yeltsin’s personal tennis coach. Tarpischev regained the captaincy in 1997, and also took over leadership of the Fed Cup team. (Via AP)

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