Following his first round exit in the 2014 French Open, Nikolay Davydenko revealed that he would be skipping the entire grass court portion of the season this year, and is even pondering retirement after his ranking slipped close to the bottom of the Top 100.
“For sure I will not play Wimbledon, I’m skipping the grass completely,” Davydenko told Sport360. “I’m in the Wimbledon main draw, normally I should go there but I will pull out of Wimbledon for sure. I have no interest playing there.”
The former two-time French Open semi-finalist lost to Robin Haase in his opening round match in Roland Garros, and is not certain when his next match will be. While he is not will to take part in Challengers events to rebuild his ranking, he is open to taking wildcards to events for the remainder of the season.
“If I continue this year I can for sure get wildcards,” he explained. “That’s why I need to decide what I need to do. Because if they give me wildcards I need to practice again and need to prepare for these tournaments … but then I need to practice and really I don’t want to practice.”
The Russian, who achieved the world No. 3 ranking in 2006, is seriously considering retirement, as he has been hampered with wrist injuries since 2010 and has never fully regained his form.
“I asked every player who finished their career and they all told me it’s a very good feeling, best feeling ever. Last year I asked Jonas Bjorkman, I asked Ivan Ljubicic and others and they said it’s perfect. I hope I will be feeling the same way.”