Mikhail Kukushkin is a professional tennis player who was born on 26th December, 1987 in Volgograd, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. As a child, he was born as Mikhail Aleksandrovich Kukushkin. Mikhail began to play tennis when he was at the age of six. He then played with his father Alexander who coached Mikhail until he was 17.
Mikhail turned professional in the year 2006. He came though qualifying to reach the main draw of a Masters Series 1000 tournament for the first time at the Miami Masters in the year 2009. In the first round, he defeated Tommy Haas but was lost to Dmitry Tursunov in the second round. He captured his first ATP singles title in the year 2010 at St. Petersburg and became the second man from Kazakhstan to win an ATP title.
Mikhail became the first player in January 2012 with Kazakh passport to reach the fourth round of the 2012 Australian Open. Later that season, Mikhail reached his caeer-high singles ranking of World Number 49 just after the quarterfinals at Nice and the second round at the 2012 French Open. In the end of the year 2012, Mikhail suffered from a bad hip injury and he had to go under surgery for two times. He was ranked at number 430 as of 2013.
After his recovery, he reached the third round of the 2013 US Open. He reached the third round in the 2014 Wimbledon Championships where he was lost in 4 sets to World Number 1 Rafael Nadal. To talk about his personal life, Mikhail is married to coach Anastasia Kukushkina who he has worked with since May of 2009. The couple got married on 19th November, 2011. Mikhail is one of the few male players who is coached by a woman. He has been coached by his wife Anastasia Ulikhina since February of 2011.
Apart from that, Mikhail likes to play on hard courts and his best shots are ground strokes. He has no specific goals in terms of rankings or results but he just wants to give his best on the court. Mikhail likes watching movies and reading Russian books in his spare time.