() is a Kazakhstani
tennis player and the cousin of former Russian player Anna Kournikova
. He began playing tennis at age four with his father, and picked up his first ATP
points at age 15 in three German challenger
events. He can speak Russian, German, English and Spanish.
Korolev was raised in Moscow
, then in the Russian SFSR
of the Soviet Union
, and began playing tennis at age four with his father, also named Evgeny, who still coaches him. Korolev did not play on the junior circuit and picked up his first ATP points at age 15 in three German competitions. His mother, Irina, is a housewife and sometimes travels to tournaments as well. He has one older brother, Alexey, who is also his physiotherapist and helps with his business matters. Korolev also had a private tutor that helped him speak Spanish, German and English.
Korolev's favorite surfaces are hard and clay courts
and he considers the backhand
his favorite shot, although he admits to generating more power off his forehand
Korolev began playing on the main tours in 2004 at the age of 16 in order to become physically stronger, and scored a run of wins. By the age of 16, he had compiled a respectable win/loss record.
In 2005, he won three futures
and a challenger event. He started off the year with a defeat in a German futures event, although only after beating fellow hopeful Andrey Golubev
on the way. He later... Read More