Fifteen year tour veteran and former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko announced his retirement from pro tennis earlier today.
“I am 33 years old. I won 21 ATP World Tour tournaments, including three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. I don’t have any regrets about not winning a Grand Slam or not being No. 1 in the world. I was in the Top 10 for some years.
“Unfortunately, for some years now, I have been struggling with injuries. It’s hard for me to talk about it. I have been thinking when to announce it. The time has come. I have my whole life to live. I officially announce my retirement from professional tennis.
“I decided to retire in June after Roland Garros. I felt I could not play at the level I used to play at. I practised twice a day, but I felt I couldn’t achieve the result I wanted. But I was waiting for the moment when I would wake up and say to myself it was enough.”
Davydenko finishes his career with 482 wins, 38 top 10 wins, Grand Slam semifinals twice at the French Open and the US Open. Behind Marat Safin and Yevgeny Kafelnikov, he is one of the all-time great Russian men’s tennis players.
Davydenko will now turn to business and his family life with his wife, Irina daughter, Ekaterina. “I now have set new goals. I can say I will work in business and finance. I will work not only on a national, but also on an international level. I have been playing throughout the world. Time will tell. For me these are new technologies and I have a lot of friends whom I can work with.”
Davydenko’s last match was a first round loss at the French Open to Robin Haase.
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