Hard Work & Resilience – Denis Istomin


Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan)

Denis Istomin was born in Orenburg to Oleg and Klaudiya Istomin. His father, an Uzbek, moved the family to Tashkent, when Denis was 3 months old.

Denis is coached by his mother, who introduced him to the sport at an early age. Injuries resulting from a car crash in 2001 en route to an event kept Istomin away from tennis for 2 years, with doctors initially stating that he would never hold a racquet again.

Despite this, Istomin resumed training in April 2003, and with his sheer hard work and grit, proved the soothsayers wrong.

Istomin broke into the top–200 late in 2005 and finished the year at No. 196. He won his first Challenger tournament in Bukhara. His hard work paid off when he received the Asian Wild Card into the 2006 Australian Open, where he played world No. 1 Roger Federer. Federer won in straight sets, but Denis was already on his way to get into the elite group.

He spent much of 2006 in the top 200, reaching a career-high of No. 186 on 1 May, and finished the year at No. 200 in singles. By 2010 he had already established himself as a regular feature in the ATP Tour, ATP Challenger & the Grand Slam events, bagging the Australian Open Wild Cards in 2007, 2008 & in 2009.

In 2010 he reached the third round of Wimbledon; French Open and the Australian Open & the second round of US Open, which catapulted his rankings to a career high 39 ATP, first player ever from Uzbekistan to have achieved such a feat.

A regular player at the ATP Tour level events, the 30 year old Istomin who is now 142 ATP showed class, by grabbing the 2017 Australian Open Wild Card yet again, cruising past his much younger opponents in a Wild Card Play-Off event; dropping just one set on the way to a grand start for 2017.

Not many tennis enthusiast would know, that Denis Istomin was accorded an award for “Fair Play” at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. The eventual Silver Medalist of Asian Games in 2010 Denis Istomin, during his Quarter Finals match against Karan Rastogi of India, turned down a call given by the Lines Judge on a match point in his favor.

Here is wishing all the success to Denis Istomin in his quest for another successful year 2017