The hero of the Parisian Davis Cup finals-2002 France v Russia Mikhail Youzhny who brought his team the deciding point beating Paul-Henri-Mathieu in a fairy-tale 5thrubber decided to call it quits in style – like a true champion, he broke the news on court after winning his first round match at the Atlanta Open 6-2, 6-0 over American Emil Reinberg. “Time is over,” the former world No. 8 said.
Youzhny’s career had quite a few highlights, including his win over Nadal in the US Open-2006 quarterfinals, the aforementioned legendary Davis Cup 2002 fifth decider at Bercy and many other Davis Cup clashes when Mikhail helped his team to prevail beating the likes of Richard Gasquet, James Blake or Thomas Bellucci. Mikhail has 10 singles titles and 9 doubles titles under his belt. He would win his second Davis Cup trophy in 2006 along with his Russian teammates Marat Safin, Nikolay Davydenko and Dmitry Tursunov. Youzhny also set a record worthy of the Guinness Book as he has been working with his all-time coach Boris Sobkin for more than 20 years.
Youzhny who currently holds the 105thposition in ATP singles rankings decided to bid farewell to tennis at the St. Petersburg Open 2018 to be held on September 16-23. The Russian had previously won the event – by far his favorite – back in 2004 and had played quite a few thrilling matches there.
“We have mixed feelings, -said tournament director Natalia Kamelzon. – On the one hand, it’s sad that Mikhail decided to call it a career. But on the other we feel proud that he picked up our tournament to please the crowd and his fans with his scintillating game for the last time. It is a great honor for us to hold a farewell ceremony worthy of this outstanding tennis player and we will do our utmost to make sure Mikhail and all tennis fans keep great memories from this event”.