Mikhail Vassiliev

Date of Birth: March 8, 1986
Place of Birth: Moscow, Russia
Languages: Italian, Russian, English and German
Highest ATP Ranking: 283 singles, 193 double (2011)
Son of Olympic champion and two-time icehockey world champion Mikhail Vassiliev

Player Highlights:

- Won second edition of Nike Junior Tour under 14
- Won Lemon Bowl under 16 at age of 15 without losing a set
- Played first professional tournament at the age of 15 in Montegobay, Jamaica
- Top 25 juniors of the world under 16
- Top 7 professional players of Russia and top 16 of Italy
- Won 20 professional titles ATP and ITF

Coaching Highlights:

- ATP certified coach, coach of Italian Tennis Federation (FIT) and member of GPTCA (B)
- Sparring partner to Shuai Peng (former WTA #14) in 2012
- Worked with a team of best coaches in the world in Chinese Tennis Federation in 2012
- Coach in Italian Tennis Federation Academy 2012-2014
- Coach in Russian Tennis Federation 2014-2015
- Current head coach of Bozovic Tennis Academy Zurich

Mentors:

- Claudio Pistolesi (coach of Robin Soderling, Simone Bolelli, Marat Safin, Paolo Lorenzi, Takao Suzuki, Davide Sanguinetti and Anna Smashnova)
- Alberto Castellani (coach of Janko Tipsarevic, Ivo Karlovic, Ilija Bozoljac, George Bastl, Oliver Marach, Alisa Kleybanova, Federico Luzzi)
- Manuel Gasbarri (coach of Mara Santangelo,Farrukh Dustov, Mikhail Vassiliev)

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.

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