Mikhail Youzhny Earns PhD In Philosophy

by Tom Gainey | December 15th, 2011, 2:01 pm

Just call him Doctor Youzhny from now on. The man who once drew blood after hitting himself on the head with a racquet, Mikhail Youzhny, just earned him PhD in Philosophy from the University of Moscow.

“I took my coach (of 17 years), Boris Sobkin, and my family and friends as well, and the guy who helped me with the degree,” Youzhny told ATPtennis.com. “There were some professors from the university there. I was a bit nervous because it was something new, it’s not like a tennis match I’m going to play, which I do every week. I was answering questions and reasoning, so of course it’s different. But actually, when I think about what I said, it’s my life, what I’m doing every day on court.”

The 29-year-old Youzhny began studying for the degree in 2005 but with travel and tennis demands, it would be a long journey.

“I didn’t mind if it took 5, 6, 7, 8 years, when I had some free time I could do it slowly,” explained the Muscovite, who reached a career-high of World No. 8 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings in the midst of his studies in January 2008. “I feel good because I took the time to do what I wanted to do, I finished it, and I’m happy with that.

“I didn’t work on the degree when I was at tournaments, but when I came back to Russia I would work on my degree and write about how I see situations: how I feel and explain how I feel about the attitude of tennis, the plusses and minuses, why you have to do certain things.”

The Russian finished 2011 ranked No. 35 highlighted by a fourth round loss to Roger Federer at Wimbledon. He’ll open his 2012 in Doha in two week.

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11 Comments for Mikhail Youzhny Earns PhD In Philosophy

Solange Says:

Congratulations to Mikhail, it’s an important academic achievement

Humble Rafa Says:

A very relevant degree for him. With his talent, without a philosophic view of the world, he would go nuts.

Hopefully, he won’t smash his nose anymore.

oui Says:

Congrats Youzhny, now go and get a seat in parliament like Safin.

jane Says:

I play tennis; therefore, I am. Good for you Youz!!

Skorocel Says:

Now that we had learned the most important news of the day, we can safely go to sleep, LOL :-)

Wim Th.ten Hagen ten Holder Says:

The central aim for all our endeavours is accuracy. Very high amounts are paid for a
good seat at grand slam events: one can
observe accuracy LIVE on a tennis court,
especially in one on one games and the one
who still still can sting like a bee and
float like a butterfly…Roger, all through
2012, winning or losing, always beautiful job.
Happy 2012 to ye all,

CreativeInventive1 Says:

this proves that tennis players are not just jocks, they’re jocks with often 1st class brains. Impressive.

Eric Says:

um….. what?

Dan Martin Says:

Nice work for Youzhny

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