Cypriot tennis player Marcos Baghdatis is happy to have inspired kids from his country to start playing tennis. Baghdatis, 32, is a four-time ATP singles champion and a former world No. 8. As a promising player, the Cypriot reached the 2006 Australian Open final.
Back then, a 20-year-old Baghdatis lost to the great Roger Federer in the final. Baghdatis then went on to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals that same year -- where he stood no chance against tennis superstar Rafael Nadal.
"My proudest achievement has been to inspire kids in Cyprus to play tennis. After my success at the Grand Slams, lot of kids in my small country began to pick up a racquet. That's something that gives me great satisfaction," Baghdatis said.
Injury-plagued Baghdatis, now ranked at No. 112, is set to feature at next week's ATP Dubai after being handed a wildcard into the event. The 32-year-old has been drawn to meet Serb Viktor Troicki in the first round. Baghdatis, who didn't play in Dubai last year, ended runner-up to Swiss Stan Wawrinka at the tournament in 2016.
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