MOSCOW, October 16. /TASS/. Russian tennis star Nikolay Davydenko announced on Thursday that his multiple injuries forced him to wrap up with his 15-year professional tennis career.
“I have no regrets that throughout my career I did not take a single trophy of the Grand Slam series or never was the world’s top player,” Davydenko said addressing journalists in Moscow. “Unfortunately, I sustained numerous injuries in recent years and they are still troubling me.”
“It is difficult for me to say this, but I officially announce the end of my tennis career,” Davydenko said.
Asked about his plans for the future, Davydenko said he intended to go into business and he was ready for this stage of his life.
“I will be doing business, finances. It will be an international business. I am known not only in Russia. For instance, in China as well. This is a new stage of my life and I am ready for it now,” Davydenko said.
The 33-year-old tennis professional is the only Russian to win the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Tour Finals in 2009. He was also part of the Russian national team to win the Davis Cup in 2006.
His Grand Slam competition highlights were semifinals of the French Open in 2005 and 2007 as well as of the US Open in 2006 and 2007.
Davydenko, who started playing tennis at the age of seven, won a total of 21 ATP tournaments titles throughout his sports career.
His career high in ATP weekly rankings list for singles was the 3rd place, which he first climbed to on November 6, 2006 and maintained until February 2, 2007. He then returned only twice in 2007 to the third place of ATP rankings to begin his gradual slide down the list after November of 2007.