“The Tennis Space” Blog is posting articles about the 10 most influential women in Men’s Tennis. Klaudiya Istomina comes in at #10. Klaudiya is not only the mother of Denis Istomin, she is his coach. Denis Istomin has racked up some impressive wins in his career, with David Ferrer and Andy Roddick among those to fall victim to his not inconsiderable power. Reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon last summer was his best grand slam performance to date but for as long as he plays, Istomin will go down as one of the few men to have a woman as his coach. Not just any woman, though; Istomin is coached by his mother, Klaudiya Istomina, a former player and one of the few female coaches on the men’s Tour.
A former player and a coach at Istomin’s first club, Istomina’s influence on her son has been hugely positive in terms of his tennis. Last year’s run at Wimbledon helped him to a career-high ranking of 33 and though he’s since dropped to 63, he is still right in there playing the big events and pulling off the occasional big win. Moreover, Istomina was the one who provided him with the motivation to continue playing when, after a car crash at the age of 14 left him with leg injuries that needed three months of hospital treatment, he did not play for two years.
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Denis Istomin eliminates John Isner
The victory was Istomin’s first win over a top-20 opponent since he defeated Fernando Verdasco of Spain, then ranked 18th, in the London Olympics last year.