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Trainee of Taganrog Tennis Academy Aslan Karatsev Wins Silver for Russia in mixed doubles at Tokyo

August 2, 2021: two Russian pairs, Andrey Rublev / Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Aslan Karatsev / Elena Vesnina, faced each other on a court in the final of the Mixed Doubles tennis event at the 2020 Summer Olympics on August 1. Rublev and Pavlyuchenkova defeated Karatsev and Vesnina, 6-3, 6-7(5-7), [13-11].

Karatsev and Vesnina performed five aces, made two double mistakes, and won one break point out of seven. Rublev and Pavlyuchenkova performed nine aces, made one double mistake, and won two break points out of four.


Aslan Karatsev had moved to Taganrog in his teenage years. Alexander Kuprin and Ivan Potapov had been Karatsev's coaches in the city. Alexander Kuprin had played a key role in transferring Karatsev into adult tennis. Led by Kuprin, Karatsev had reached the 46th place in ITF junior rankings, had been proclaimed the best junior of 2011 for the "Russian Cup" tennis nomination, and eventually became the champion of Russia. In 2015 the trainee of Taganrog Tennis Academy won three medals for Team Russia at the XXVIII Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea.

Earlier Karatsev and Vesnina had defeated Serbs Novak Djokovic and Nina Stojanovic in the semi-final, 7-6, 7-5.