Vladmir Solodovnik is the proud husband of Russian tennis star, Svetlana Kuznetsova –who is currently the number 8 ranked player on the WTA rankings.
Thought they’re both in their early 30’s, Vladmir and Svetlana go way back. The two have been married for over a decade. Needless to say, Vladmir Solodovnik has become her number one fan and her biggest source of support.
Vladmir’s star wife was born Svetlana Aleksandrovna Kuznetsova on June 27, 1985 in Leningrad, Russia. She is the daughter of Aleksandr Kuznetsov –a former Olympic cycling coach. Her mother, Galina Tsareva was the 6 time world champion in cycling.
Her brother, Nikolay Kuznetsov, was a silver medalist at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and coach of the Russian cycling team Lokomotiv.
She began playing tennis at age seven. She later moved to Spain 6 for better training and coaching. Reason why she became fluent in Spanish.
She turned pro in 2000 and has appeared in four singles Grand Slam finals, winning two, and has also appeared in seven doubles finals, winning twice. She has qualified five times for the round-robin stage of the WTA Tour Championships.
Her first Grand Slam title came at the 2004 US Open, making her the third Russian woman to win a Grand Slam title, after Anastasia Myskina and Maria Sharapova.
Kuznetzova’s second Grand Slam title was the 2009 French Open, defeating Serena Williams in the quarterfinal, Samantha Stosur in the semifinal, and compatriot Dinara Safina in the final in straight sets.
34-year-old Vladmir Solodovnik isn’t only her husband, he literally became her hero after he saved her life. The two tied the knot in August 2003 in Denver.
The couple has sure faced ups and downs together. From divorce rumors, to cheating scandals to even serious health problems.
It turns out Vladmir Solodovnik donated his kidney to his beloved wife after she was diagnosed with kidney failure. It was simply shocking for the doctors when they saw that her husband’s kidney was exactly the same type as Svetlana’s. Now that’s what we call a match made in heaven!
Less than two weeks after they got married in the United States, Svetlana Kuznetsova received a kidney from her then new husband, Vladimir Solodovnik.
At the time, Vladmir said “I only thought about her, and that she should live. I want to help her live”
Svetlana had been diagnosed with kidney failure in March, shortly after the couple became engaged. Not much is known about Vladmir Solodovnik, he is originally from Ukraine. The two are also believed to be parents.
Vladmir Solodovnik seems to be very private despite his wife is a famous athlete. In t he past, she has been accused of cheating with her coaches but their 14-year-marriage seems just fine, thought Vladmir is nowhere to be found on her social media.
Check his talented wife on Instagram here.