Davidovich Fokina’s parents: His multi-cultural upbringing

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina will have to wait a while longer for his maiden Grand Slam win following his elimination from the US Open in 2022. The prodigiously talented Spaniard has already claimed some famous wins, including a sensational victory over Novak Djokovic en route to the Monte Carlo Masters finals. 

Fokina didn’t make it easy for Matteo Berrettini in the fourth round of the US Open in 2022. Matteo had to dig deep to defeat Davidovich Fokina in a 5-set tennis epic. 

Alejandro’s ability to speak three languages – English, Spanish, and Russian – has led to questions about his parents and upbringing. 

Davidovich Fokina’s father was a boxer and introduced his son to tennis

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina was born on 5th June 1999 to Eduard Mark Davidovich and Tatiana Fokina. Eduard and Tatiana raised Alejandro and his brother Mark in La Cala del Moral near Malaga, Spain. 

Mark Davidovich was a former boxer, but Alejandro showed little interest in emulating his father. He showed interest in tennis, and when he was nearly three years old, his father introduced him to the game. 

“I started with my father on the beach, in the sand courts in my city,” Davidovich Fokina said at Wimbledon in 2017. 

Alejandro suffered an identity crisis growing up in Spain under Russian parents

Davidovich Fokina was born to a Swedish-Russian father and a Russian mother. The tennis star suffered an identity crisis as the customs at home differed from the community’s Spanish culture. 

“The Russian mentality is very direct, solid, brutal,” Alejandro said on Major Talk. “The Spanish one is the opposite. I was born in Spain. My parents raised me one way. But clearly, in high school, I was Spanish, and at home I was Russian. So, I was lost.”

Fokina dealt with the crisis by undergoing therapy. He continued: “But, at the end, working with my psychologist helped me strengthen what I like in myself and be more myself.”

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