Mikhail Youzhny won 10 ATP tournaments in singles and 9 in doubles. Her best world rankings were 8th in singles in 2008 and 38th in doubles in 2011.
He was the protagonist in the Davis Cup, an event that he won in 2002 and 2006. he He played two semifinals at the US Open and reached the quarterfinals in the other three Grand Slam rounds.
He boasts four victories over Rafael Nadal, whom he beat 6-0, 6-1 in the final of the 2008 Chennai Open to inflict the heaviest defeat of his career. After retiring from competitive sport he started coaching and in August 2019 he became Denis Shapovalov's coach.
He began playing tennis at the age of six and practiced discipline in army tennis clubs in his teens. At the age of 13, he was one of the ball boys in the 1995 Davis Cup final in Moscow. He graduated in philosophy from Moscow University on November 15, 2011.
On November 22, 2008, he married Yulia, with whom he had sons Maxim in 2009 and Igor in 2012. He announces his retirement from competitive sport after playing the 2018 St. Petersburg Open, when he was at number 110 in the ATP ranking. He was famous for saluting the crowd at the end of matches, with a hand on his forehead and a racket resting on his head instead of a hat.