Felix Kaplan (Vilnius, 1946) is a versatile man. The former Lithuanian tennis champion emigrated to Holland in the seventies, where he built a reputation as tennis coach, writer and publicist. He taught Russian Studies and Slavic Language & Literature at the University of Leiden. He wrote stories and novels under the name of Kirill Gradov, mostly not in Dutch. His work has been translated.
As a tennis player, Felix Kaplan was, amongst other things, national champion of his birth country Lithuania and player of the Israeli Davis Cup team. As a top tennis coach, he trained national champions. Since 1979, Kaplan has got his own tennis school where he teaches his theory of ‘Kaplanetics’. The tennis school is established in Amsterdam Noord, at ATC Kadoelen.
The slide show below gives an impression of Felix Kaplan’s life in photos. (Texts are Dutch.)