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Though volleyball was his own favorite sport, the late Russian President made a major push to develop his country's pro game. Its indisputable that without him, the WTA wouldn't have nearly as many highly ranked Russians. Please discuss.
 

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i'm so sad right now. i didnt know much of him, but i always loved to see him root for myskina, sharapova and the other russian players. he would sit there and watch with joy and then even ask for autographs.

myskina who had dinners here and there at yeltsin's must be crushed :/

may he rest in peace!

btw i love both volleyball and tennis. they're my favourite sports. so... that makes me even more sad.
 

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was thinking the same thing, all the russians said they would be inspired to play their best knowing he was in attendance to watch their matches

perhaps this will spark them to the DC or Fed Cup titles
 

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He enjoyed Fed Cup

Photographer: Paul Zimmer Date: 27 Nov 2004
 

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Wow. I'm watching the news now and just literally found out he just died. :sad:

He was there when Nastya won the Kremlin Cup. :hug:
 

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Nastya will be shattered. He was like her biggest fan... because unlike other Russian players, she pretty much summed up the Russian way: work hard, fight hard and victory will be the result. They had a special bond... poor Nastya, can't get a good run of luck; her mum, toe injury, no coach and now Boris... hmmm... it'll come together.

Thanks Boris for supporting the Russian girls and womens tennis in general.
 

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I just think Boris was a great great man. History will look on him very very kindly. I honestly believe the world is a better place because of him and there are not too many politicians one can say that about. I really wonder if not for him whether the breakup of the Soviet Union and end of the occupation of most of East Europe would ever have happened. He was courageous, genuine and a lover of people. I am so sad that he is gone but he had an amazing life so there can't be too many regrets. He couldn't have given more of himself.

The way he supported tennis, too, was very touching. He just showed so much enthusiasm, love and care. You could always see that it really mattered to him. As important and powerful a person he was when he was watching tennis he was just a big fan. The guy had a huge heart and I am said he is no longer with us. :tears:
 

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I wonder if Maria knew who he was?!:lol:

Seriously, he did like tennis and life and of course booze.

I bet he and Nastya had a ball!

I still think it was Kafelnikov and Kournikova who really opened the doors for Russian tennis and paved the way - they demonstrated that tennis was a way out to riches and a better life so others began to focus on it. Much better to play tennis and earn millions, than to shot a put and get nothing but a medal.;)

If only diving was so lucrative, Dmitry Sautin and Igor loukachin would be billionaires.
 

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I just think Boris was a great great man. History will look on him very very kindly. I honestly believe the world is a better place because of him and there are not too many politicians one can say that about. I really wonder if not for him whether the breakup of the Soviet Union and end of the occupation of most of East Europe would ever have happened. He was courageous, genuine and a lover of people. I am so sad that he is gone but he had an amazing life so there can't be too many regrets. He couldn't have given more of himself.

The way he supported tennis, too, was very touching. He just showed so much enthusiasm, love and care. You could always see that it really mattered to him. As important and powerful a person he was when he was watching tennis he was just a big fan. The guy had a huge heart and I am said he is no longer with us. :tears:
What about Tony Blair?;) Or maybe I shouldn't rattle cages!:lol:
 

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Very sad news about Boris :sad: :sad: :sad:
 

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I still think it was Kafelnikov and Kournikova who really opened the doors for Russian tennis and paved the way - they demonstrated that tennis was a way out to riches and a better life so others began to focus on it. Much better to play tennis and earn millions, than to shot a put and get nothing but a medal.;)
Yeltsin still made it possible for the legions of kids there to get some early coaching, where some would be good enough to interest ppl like Bollettieri.
 

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Former Russian President, Tennis Supporter Boris Yeltsin Is Dead At 76

Tennis Week
04/24/2007

Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, an avid tennis player and supporter of the sport who was the first president of the Russian Tennis Federation and a long-time fixture at Russian Davis Cup and and Fed Cup ties, has died, the Kremlin announced today. He was 76.

Yeltsin broke political barriers and leaped over tennis barricades during an adventurous public life.

Though the Kremlin has not released an official cause of death, the Associated Press, citing The Interfax news agency, reports Yeltsin died of heart failure.

A pivotal figure in Russia's evolution, Yeltsin is credited with presiding over the peaceful dissolution of the former Soviet state in 1991 and of encouraging the nation to embrace many democratic principles.

Yeltsin was a passionate tennis player and devoted fan of the sport, who played a role in fostering the growth of the game in his country. Yeltsin was a close friend of Russian Davis Cup and Fed Cup captain Shamil Tarpischev, who worked at the Kremlin during Yeltsin's administration. Yeltsin was inducted into the Russian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2003— a year after Mikhail Sumarokov-Elston, 1973 Wimbledon finalist Alex Metreveli, Tarpischev and Yevgeny Kafelnikov.
In February of 2006, Marat Safin, former Davis Cup teammate Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Tarpischev joined distinguished guests, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Russian President Vladimir Putin in attending former Yeltsin's black-tie birthday celebration.

Yeltsin was in the crowd cheering on Safin and teammates Mikhail Youzhny and Kafelnikov when they led Russia to its first Davis Cup championship in history with a 3-2 triumph over host France in the 2002 final that saw former Davis Cup ball boy Youzhny fight back from a two-set deficit to defeat Paul-Henri Mathieu in the decisive fifth match.

Yeltsin was a friend and fan of fellow Muscovites Anastasia Myskina and Elena Dementieva. He was in the crowd for the 2000 Kremlin Cup final when Martina Hingis beat Anna Kournikova and again in 2001 when Jelena Dokic defeated Dementieva. And when Myskina made history as the first Russian woman to win the Kremlin Cup title with a 6-2, 6-4, conquest of Amélie Mauresmo in the 2003 final, an ecstatic Yeltsin leaped over the barrier separating spectators from players, rushed out onto the court and embraced Myskina with the exuberance of a proud parent. Yeltsin also traveled to Paris in June of 2004 and was on hand to see Myskina become the Russian woman to win a Grand Slam championship when the sixth-seeded Myskina crushed Dementieva, 6-1, 6-2, in the French Open final.

The former President was a proud supporter of Russia's Fed Cup team, which capture the country's first Fed Cup championship in Moscow in November of 2004.

Tennis Week senior correspondent Richard Evans was in Moscow last September to cover Russia's Davis Cup semifinal victory over the United States and filed this report on Russian Tennis Racquet Revolution: When The Soviet Union Imploded, Russian Tennis Exploded (note the smiling Yeltsin standing next to Safin in the photo).
 

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Yeltsin still made it possible for the legions of kids there to get some early coaching, where some would be good enough to interest ppl like Bollettieri.
Boris Yeltsin was/is/will always be responsible for the death of thousands and thousands of people. He was deposed by his own country, was a drunk, and as I said, ensured the death of so many people, it is uncountable beyond 100,000. But he liked and promoted tennis? Priorities?
 

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Yeltsin was a big supporter of tennis

 
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