July 19, 2024

Open Court


Colonel Youzhny calls it a career

One more victory, and 36-year-old Russian Mikhail Youzhny could have retired with exactly 500.

But it wasn’t to be. He lost in the second round of the St. Petersburg Open, 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-3 to No. 5 seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.

Youzhny’s win over Mirza Basic in the first round was his 499th ATP Tour win. With 609, Yevgeny Kafelnikov is the only Russian to break the 500-win barrier.

“It’s just statistics,” he told ATPTour.com. “I never made the final of a Grand Slam. I never made the semi-finals of an (Masters] 1000 event. Many, many things I didn’t do in tennis.”

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