The tennis international is mourning the demise of Russian tennis nice Alexander Volkov. He was once 52.

Volkov made it as prime as Global No.14 all through his occupation and helped Russia make the Davis Cup ultimate in 1994 and 1995.

He received 3 ATP singles titles in an 11-year occupation from 1988-1998.

Russian Tennis Federation boss Yevgeny Kafelnikov reacted with surprise.

“It is not possible to imagine!,” Kafelnikov stated on Twitter.

“I can at all times keep in mind your cheerful smile and our suits for the nationwide group within the Davis Cup. Leisure in peace, my pal.”

Marat Safin leads tributes

Russian grand slam winner Marat Safin, who Volkov coached, informed RBC: “The person who did so much for tennis helped me so much.”

“Because of him, I changed into the primary [World No.1 from Russia] so it is a one that could be very with regards to me in center, in spirit.

“Sadly, this occurs in lifestyles.”

Volkov made the spherical of 16 at Wimbledon 4 instances and reached the United States Open semi-finals in 1983 the place he misplaced to Pete Sampras.

He beat Pat Rafter and Michael Stich as he led Russia to the 1994 Davis Cup ultimate, the place they misplaced to Sweden.

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