Tennis: Russian veteran Davydenko retires

Tennis: Russian veteran Davydenko retires
Nikolay Davydenko of Russia sticks out his tounge between points during his match against Florian Mayer of Germany on the first day at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 17, 2011

MOSCOW - Former world No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko of Russia on Thursday announced his decision to retire from professional tennis.

Speaking at a press conference during the Kremlin Cup, a joint ATP and WTA event, in Moscow, Davydenko 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.

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