Teimuraz Gabashvili Bio

  • Began playing at age six  at school
  • Born in Tbilisi, Georgia and moved to Moscow at age nine
  • Father, Besiki, is a retired auditor; mother, Ana, is a retired doctor
  • Has one younger brother, Levan, and one younger sister, Ekaterina, who is a student
  • His uncle was a  champion from Soviet Union in diving
  • Speaks Russian, Georgian, Spanish and English
  • .His idols growing up were Michael Jordan and six-time World No. 1 Pete Sampras
  • Hobbies include playing soccer and basketball
  • Does not have a favorite surface (enjoys playing on all) and considers return as strength in his game
  • Considers wife and parents the most inspirational people in his life
  • Kesarev trained him for free for nine years before moving to Spain
  • Wife, Maria Melihova, a graduate from the University of North Florida in 2009
  • Has made Naples his American home
  • Trained at Barcelona Total Tennis Club for five years
  • Coached by Guillermo Canas (since April 2011) on a trial basis.
Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2013.

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