Kafelnikov on Seniors Tour of Champions

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  1. Does Yevgeny qualify for the Seniors tour? I know, with a little bit or research and thought I could answer this myself. But has anyone heard him comment on if he'll play? Anyone know what he's up to? Thanks.
     
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  2. !Tym

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    Would be great if he did, but he seems to have lost interest in tennis and is now more into golf and poker. He packed on some serious blubber within MONTHS of retiring which tells you something. We're talking Monica Seles level body transformation, only instead of a few years off, it only took a few months.

    Was one of the more dramatic weight changes I've ever seen in such a short time, in fact, this goes for anyone not just professional athletes. Seriously, he looked like a beached whale, only happy.

    I wonder why Medvedev and Malivai Washington as well haven't inquired, especially Washington I'm surprised by. His bum knee ended his career, but it seems like it was more his knee couldn't sustain the pounding of a rigorous season much like Rios, but just a match here or there and his body would hold up fine. Washington was much more passionate about his tennis than Medvedev ever was, so that really surprises me.
     
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  3. simi

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    !Tym said it. I couldn't believe how much Kafelnikov bloated after he stopped playing. He filled out so much that he could pass for a 65-year old Politburo member, only he is half the age. Really obscene. I hope he gets "help". He was sure good on the courts.

    p.s. I do believe that he "qualifies" for the Tour of Champions.
     
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  4. Andres

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    He WAS #1, he WON GS, and he WON Davis Cups ;)
    He would qualify in the three items ;)

    I'm not sure if he will play. He never mentioned anything :?
     
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  5. GS

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    Yeah, Kafelnikov is shockingly out of shape. So is Stich. These guys are plainly fat---I didn't even recognize them in recent pictures.
    The guy that deserves some praise is Muster. He disappeared from the pro tour, moved to Australia to build a dream house, and gained alot of weight (drinking lots of beer with his new mates, they say). Anyway, he lost the weight, joined the European senior tour, and is doing great there. Sergi Bruguera is back there, too! And Rios has been the best of the lot recently! Doesn't anyone care about these guys anymore? I saw Ivanisevic and Wilander play in Boston last month, and they still had some serious game.
     
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  6. gallixx

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    Kafelnikov qualified at poker series

    Some months ago I saw Yevgeny playing at the World Poker Series on ESPN, betting 150 grants and losing them without moving a face muscle. Unbelievable.
     
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  7. simi

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    Got no idea what a "grant" is, but is he going broke, so much so that we just might see him on the tour again? Of course, after he gets back in shape. Maybe as a doubles specialist? He was pretty good at doubles.
     
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  8. Rob_C

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    Last time I saw Mal Washington play, I think it was at Newport, R.I., he still walked, ran with a very noticeable limp from his knee injury, dont know if it's any better now. Plus, he was never #1, nor won a GS. Not sure if he was a member of a winning DC team or not.

    On another note, has anyone seen any televised matches from the Senior's Tour?? Every time I see highlights the stands are always empty, that cant be good for business.
     
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  9. gallixx

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    Correct me if I´m wrong, but I think "grant" stands for "thousand". For instance 100 grants means 100.000. Now, i have the doubt if its grant or grand.

    .............

    Ok, now a friend tells me that is grand. Say no more.
     
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  10. GRANITECHIEF

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    I thought criteria included being a grand slam finalist. Didn't Mal get to Wimby finals?
     
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  11. arosen

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    Actually, Kafel won both AO and the French, plus the Sydney Olympics, he is qualified for anything and everything. He is probably one of the least recognised grand slam winners. He is also probably the fattest, most obese former GS champion alive.
     
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  12. !Tym

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    Lol, now there's a title I'd like to have!

    I can see it now, Muster in his "old" 50 plus pound state, Stich, Leconte, and Kafelnikov, etc. getting together for the Miss Tennis Fatty retirement contest/beauty pageant. I'd think Muster would look rather voluptuous in the Marilyn Monroe movie star sort of way with his strong pectoral muscles. Stich would be rather ravishing you must admit with his long, lean legs in his formal gown and lipstick. Leconte would be the "sultry" Latin and would look good with an exotic fruit tiarra on his head, his special "talent" the Flamenco dance during that portion of the show. And Kafelnikov? Well, what can you say about Kafelnikov. Long legs, strong pectorals, sultry Spanish dancer haircut reminiscent of Enrique Iglesias, and finally the seductive, yet mischevious like a russian minx, eyes. Pouty lips and all though, he needs to die his hair black...just a suggestion.
     
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  13. Morpheus

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    The new Kafelnikov...

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  14. simi

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    Hmmm. He's actually looking better than the last image I've seen of him. Only about 15-20 pounds up from a good playing weight.
     
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  15. arosen

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    Conjures up some disturbing images, Tim
     
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  16. oscar_2424

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    he looks like he is 50 years old
     
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  17. goober

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    He was pretty thin and wiry as a player. He looks more like 30 lbs overweight to me in this pic. Otoh hand his caddy looks like she is pretty slim :)
     
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  18. !Tym

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    Lol, yeah, look who's doing all the work. Aren't there laws against this sort of thing?
     
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  19. RiosTheGenius

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    he's so out of shape now, I think even Tony Roche would kick his rear end around
     
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  20. lucky leprechaun

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    ick, he let himself go big time. He needs to lay off the golf, the poker, and whatever sedentary mess he's gotten himself into.
     
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  21. superman1

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    He has turned into a true golfer. He could also probably play baseball.
     
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  22. grif

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    'Kalashnikov' actually looks like he's lost weight from the last time I saw him :)

    So is Kafelnikov still the best Russian player ever or has Safin overtaken him ?
     
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  23. 35ft6

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    More like 30 to 40. ATPtour.com has his playing weight at 185lbs. standing at 6'3". He's easily 220 or more in that picture.
     
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  24. Max G.

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    I'd say Kafel is still ahead. More tournament wins, plus LOTS more doubles success (multiple Grand Slams).
     
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  25. Max G.

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    Nah, he doesn't. He's had his share of staying in shape - he was in great shape for most of his pro career. He wants a break now, he's had enough of the training, and I don't really hold that against him. If he wants to spend the rest of his life in a couch, more power to him.
     
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  26. grif

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    Yeah, he won several grand slams in doubles play. He also won the Olympics. Even though he din't win a match in the Davis Cup final, there's no way the Russian team would have gotten to the final in the first place if it wasn't for Kafelnikov. The strangest thing I found about Kafelnikov was that although he reached several Masters finals, he never actually won one.

    IMO, Kafelnikov is ahead in achievements, but Safin rates higher in ability.
     
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  27. snark

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    Well, that's not saying much. Safin rates higher in ability than pretty much anyone else playing now (Federer, possibly Nadal excluded).
     
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