Gollar: One day, President Yeltsin came to the Kremlin Cup. Out of our office window, I saw that all the cars, except ours, had been taken away from the parking lot, to enable maximum security.
Sasson: It was a Sunday. Yeltsin came to Moscow for the Kremlin Cup, and that was the biggest highlight of the Kremlin Cup tournament. After an hour of watching tennis, he invited Gene Scott and me to his Dacha-castle, with an entourage of a few cars full of guards. When we arrived, there was a bed ready for massage with blankets and towels, and a masseur standing ready. Yeltsin went in, and after 15 minutes he came out wearing tennis clothes like McEnroe. We played a game of doubles: Gene Scott and Gennady Burbulis, one of the Russian politicians, on one side, and Shamil Tarpishchev and Yeltsin on the other side. Boris Yeltsin had a very powerful serve, and we were told that he was a volleyball champion, too.
After a while, they ﬁnished the game, and said it’s time for a meal. And then Yeltsin told me: I heard it’s your birthday (it wasn’t), I’m up for a celebration (he just wanted an excuse to drink)! They brought very nice vodka, and we all drank. He also gave me a watch as a (non-)birthday present.
I will never forget the kindness of this person, who played the role of an angel for me and the Kremlin Cup, as well as PM Silaev.