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Nikolai Ozerov

Nikolai Nikolaevich Ozerov (1922-1997) was born in the family of Nikolai Ozerov - a famous opera singer, the soloist of the Bolshoi Theater.

He started playing tennis at the age of 9.  At 12 years old became the member of "Locomotive" sport society. At 18 he began to play for Moscow's "Spartak".

In 1935 he became the champion of Moscow among boys in singles. In 1936 and 1938 - Moscow champion in singles and doubles in juniors category. In 1939 he won the title of absolute winner of the All-Union Youth Competitions and the Moscow Youth Championship.

Ozerov became the champion of the USSR 24 times: in singles (1944-46,1951,1953), in doubles (1944-53,1955,1957-58) and mixed doubles (1940,1944,1949,1953,1955,1957). He became a seven-time winner of the USSR Cup, fifteen-time winner of the All-Union Winter Competitions. From 1940 to 1959 years he was constantly one of the top-10 tennis players of the USSR, and number one - for five times (1944-46,1951,1953).

He graduated from the State Institute of Theatrical Art named after A. Lunacharsky (1945). He more than 20 theatrical roles, starred in 13 feature films.

Ozerov was a student of the famous Soviet sports commentator V.Sinyavsky. He conducted reports from 49 countries in various sports, including 17 Winter and Summer Olympic Games (1952-92), 9 World Cups (1958-89), 30 World Hockey Championships (1954-83).

Nikolai Ozerov was also an author of books and numerous articles about sports. Since 1992, he was artistic director of the radio studio "Nikolay Ozerov". In the late 1980's he was elected chairman of the "Spartak" sports society

Among his students are well-known sports TV commentators: A. Dmitrieva, A. Kurashov, E. Majoryov, A. Malyavin, V. Maslachenko, V. Pereturin.

For his achievements in various kinds of activities, he was awarded numerous  medals and state awards.

There is a museum in the Academy dedicated to Nikolai Ozerov. 

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