Mikhail Youzhny, former TOP 10 player was in LOVE 4 Tennis Academy together with his nephew Andrey

Mikhail Youzhny, former TOP 10 player was in LOVE 4 Tennis Academy together with his nephew Andrey

One of the best Russian players of the recent past Mikhail Youzhny (33) visited LOVE 4 TENNIS club. He returned to Bratislava and Slovakia after 15 years. In 2001, he was member of the Davis Cup team, winning against Slovakia, however he did not play a single match. Safin and Kafelnikov won three points then.

Youzhny came to Bratislava to play at challenger together with his 22-years old nephew Andrey Yuzhnyy, who used to train in L4T, but now has become a tennis coach in Russia. “It is great to be with him, he is a family member, we sometimes have sparings together. It helped me a lot last and this week. When you play indoor tournaments, it is not easy to find good sparing and can prepare you well for matches,” said Youzhny for www.love4tennis.sk. It is their first time together at a tournament. “Maybe not the last.”

Youzhny won challenger in Eckentall, Germany this Sunday and moved up in the ATP rankings up to. No. 129. However, still far from his ambitions. “In this situation, every win counts. Not only the final, but every won match. I lost lot of first round matches unfortunately. Winning challenger is a great success for me. I have no health issues. I do not mind playing at challengers, but yes, I do want to return back to ATP tournaments,” wishes former world number eight.

“My ranking is bad at the moment. It was not a good season for me. I lost lot of points. I still want to play, I still have what it takes to play at this level, so why not try playing in Bratislava,” added Youzhny about his intentions coming to Slovakian capital. There are no thoughts about retiring. “It was a difficult year, but my career is not yet over. I still enjoy playing tennis. I do want to continue with tennis after I give up playing, but not really sure at the moment, what it should be,” added Youzhny.

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