|Aslan Karatsev Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 1 in|
|Date of Birth||September 4, 1993|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Aslan Karatsev is a Russian professional tennis player who had stunned the tennis world in February 2021 by reaching the semi-final of the Australian Open, his very first appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament. He became the first male player to achieve this feat in the Open Era, only the 2nd qualifier to reach the semi-final of the Australian Open, and just the 5th qualifier to reach a men’s semi-final at any Grand Slam event in the Open Era. The enormity of his achievement was highlighted by the fact that he had recorded just 3 ATP-level victories, since 2015, before he had participated in the 2021 Australian Open.
Aslan Kazbekovich Karatsev
Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia–Alania, Russia
Professional Tennis Player
- Siblings – He has a sister.
Right-Handed (Two-Handed Backhand)
6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm
85 kg or 187.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Russian and Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
- Toned physique
- Short-cropped, wavy hair
- Toothy grin
- Often sports a light stubble
Aslan has been sponsored by –
- Head Tennis
Aslan Karatsev Facts
- Aslan’s family had moved from Russia to Tel-Aviv when he was just 3 years old. He took up tennis a few years later but he and his father had returned to Russia, when he was 14, due to a lack of financial support from the Israel Tennis Association. His mother and sister, though, continued to reside in Israel.
- He first lived and trained for a while in Rostov, Russia, then in Taganrog, before ultimately settling down in Moscow. By his early 20s, he had also spent some time in Germany and Barcelona.
- In his ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) main draw debut, at the 2013 St. Petersburg Open, he had reached the semi-finals of the doubles event.
- At the 2015 Summer Universiade, he had won the ‘Silver’ medal in the men’s singles event.
- In 2017, he had contemplated retirement from competitive tennis after being continually hampered by knee injuries.
- When he made it to the semi-final of the Australian Open in February 2021, he had become the lowest-ranked male player to have done so since Patrick McEnroe in 1991. In a weird coincidence, both of them were ranked 114 in the world when they achieved the feat. Aslan also became the lowest-ranked player to have reached the semi-final of any Grand Slam tournament since Goran Ivanisevic at the 2001 Wimbledon. Goran was ranked number 125 in the world at that time and went on to win the title as a wild card entrant.
- During the tournament, he had also become the first qualifier to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final since Bernard Tomic at Wimbledon 2011, and the first male player to reach a quarter-final in his Grand Slam debut since Alex Rădulescu at Wimbledon 1996.
- With his semi-final appearance at the 2021 Australian Open, he was set to earn at least USD 662k in prize money from the tournament. Interestingly, this was greater than the USD 618,354 that he had earned in prize money in his entire career until then.
Featured Image by Aslan Karatsev / Instagram