Max Mirnyi Bio

  • Full name is Maxim Nilolaevich Mirnyi
  • Nicknamed “The Beast” by former ATP pro Alex Reichel for his size and fearless play
  • Began playing tennis at age six with his father, Nikolai, who sent his son from Belarus to Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1991 before moving to Bradenton, Fla. in March 1992 to train at IMG-Bollettieri Tennis Academy
  • Also spends part of year in his native Minsk
  • Speaks two languages (Russian, English) and is trying to speak French and Spanish whenever possible
  • Plays guitar and likes to listen to national Russian music
  • In 2004, recorded four songs
  • Considers aggression as best part of his game
  • Brother, Peter (born Aug. 1, 1985), who enjoys basketball, is 6’7” and has a size 15 shoe, biggest in family
  • Step-brother, Timothy (born Sept. 28, 2000)
  • Coached by father, Nikolai, who was on the Russian national junior volleyball team in mid-1960s
  • Mother, Tatiana, was a competitive swimmer
  • A member of Belarus Davis Cup team since 1994 and has a 47-27 career record (24-18 in singles) in 35 ties since 1994
  • Has most match wins overall and most ties played in country’s Davis Cup history
  • In November 2001, received highest State Honorary Title for his achievements in sports by Belarus president A. Lukashenko
  • In November 2002, named UN AIDS Ambassador for Belarus
  • In September 2003, his father released a book entitled, “Mirnyi Tennis,” which means “Peaceful Tennis” in Russian, detailing Max’s life and tennis stories throughout his career
  • In May 2004, was voted to a four-year term as vice-president of Belarus Tennis Federation
  • In February 2004, after an epic Davis Cup win over Russia, Belarus president awarded him with highest government title “Orden Otechestva”
  • Wife, Xenia (nicknamed Ksusha) and married July 10, 2004 in Minsk; daughters, Melashka "Melanie" (born Dec. 16, 2004) and Petra (born Mar. 15, 2007).
Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2013.

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