Russian veteran Nikolay Davydenko retires from tennis
Former world number three Nikolay Davydenko of Russia on Thursday announced his decision to retire from international tennis following his string of injuries
Moscow: Former world number three Nikolay Davydenko of Russia on Thursday announced his decision to retire.
Nikolay Davydenko. Pic/AFP
Speaking at a press conference during the Kremlin Cup, a joint ATP and WTA event, in Moscow, Davudenko said: "I'm 33 years old. 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 and I officially announce my retirement from professional tennis."
Ukraine-born Davydenko had won only six ATP Tour-level matches this season. But he had enjoyed better days during a successful career in which he won 21 ATP tournaments, including three Masters Series events.
He was a member of Russia's Davis Cup-winning squad in 2006 and triumphed at the ATP World Tour Finals in 2009. He also played at three Olympic Games: in 2004, 2008 and 2012.