Igor Kunitsyn is a Russian professional tennis player. Born on September 30, 1981 in Vladivostok, Soviet Union (Russia), he started to play the sport at the age of seven, although he also played other sports like basketball and was an avid swimmer. The right-handed Russian turned pro in 1999 and entered the top 100 in 2006 despite having no victories in any singles and doubles ATP events. In 2007 he reached a career high ranking of 78th and further climbed up the rankings a year later by placing at 72nd place on August 18. He trains in Russia’s CSKA (Central Sports Club of Army) in Moscow.
In 2007, Kunitsyn participated in the tournaments held in Adelaide and Indianapolis and reached the quarterfinals before being eliminated. He also reached the quarterfinals in the 2007 Challenger in Waikola. One of his best matches ever was played against tennis great Marat Safin in 2007 during the 2007 Tennis Channel Open’s round robin match. The Russian won the first three games in the 3rd set, but he unfortunately lost the next four. Safin eventually captured the set with a score of 7-5.
He currently has a career record of 38-57 in singles, but still has no Grand Slam or ATP titles. He suffered a defeat most recently in the first round of the Pilot Pen from hard-hitting American player John Isner with a score of 6-4 ,6-4.
In doubles, Kunitsyn reached the French finals in Newport along with Australian tennis player Nathan Healey as well as the semi-finals in Memphis with partner Benjamin Becker. He holds a career record of 31-38 and a career high ranking of 49th as of June 9, 2008.
He is coached by Vitaly Gorin, who also coaches Dmitry Tursunov, and considers hardcourts his favorite surface.