Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals

All about Kazakhstan: five-time quarter-finalists seeking the ultimate glory

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

They may have been in the Davis Cup World Group for less than a decade – but since then Kazakhstan have made an incredibly impressive account of themselves. After their debut in the competition in 1995, they stepped up to World Group level in 2011 – and since then have reached the quarter-finals five times, in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018.

Hard-court specialist Alexey Kedryuk has swept the board of all Kazakhstan’s Davis Cup records so far. Over a 15-year career in the tournament, he played 51 ties, accumulating the country’s highest number of wins in singles and doubles, forming two great pairs during that spell – one with Igor Chaldounov and one with Anton Tsymbalov.

Now the Kazakhstan squad features ATP Top 50 star Mikhail Kukushkin alongside next-generation talent Alexandr Bublik in a team captained by the long-serving Dias Doskarayev, who made his own Davis Cup debut at the tender age of 14.

They are very tough to beat at home. Astana has become a virtual fortress, with the hosts winning eleven of the twelve ties they have played there so far. That includes their qualification triumph in February over Portugal, who they beat 3-1 thanks to two singles wins for Kukushkin and one for debutant Bublik.

They head to Madrid ready to battle in Group E, facing the Netherlands and 2015 champions Great Britain.


In November, join the Kazakhstan team at the Davis Cup Madrid Finals! Get your tickets here.

©  Sergey Kivrin

© Sergey Kivrin