Noted for his consistency and all-court play style, Youzhny happily agreed to the 1 hour session to the delight of many young, avid players and tennis fans alike. Participants and fans included Royal Cliff guests, Fitz Club members, as well as tennis-lovers from the Pattaya, and Eastern Seaboard region.
Mikhail Youzhny interacts with a young Fitz Club member giving her valuable tennis tips.
The participation was lively with many tennis and Youzhny fans seated in the stands for this memorable and intimate showcase of raw talent. There were many who were anxious to play with the star, and got their chance as they queued up; even the little ones patiently waited for their turn! Round after round Dr. Youzhny enthusiastically engaged all the players, gave tips on their style and was energetic throughout the productive session.
Youzhny’s career-high singles ranking is World No. 8, achieved on 28 January 2008 and again on 18 October 2010. He is one of the few active players to have reached the quarter-finals or better in all 4 Grand Slam tournaments.
In December 2011, Youzhny graduated from the University of Moscow with a PhD in Philosophy. He began studying for the degree in 2005, and specialized in the philosophy and attitudes of tennis.
The Russian tennis star is pictured (centre) with the participants of the Fitz Club Tennis Master Class after an energetic and productive session.