The end of the road is nearing for Mikhail Youzhny. Speaking to the crowd during an interview just after his first-round win over the American Emil Reinberg in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0, which successfully opened his Atlanta Open campaign, the 36-year-old Russian player announced that this is the last season for him in career as professional, which is the reason why he was feeling particularly nervous during his match.
Currently, Youzhny will play US Open Series tournaments, US Open, and his last tournament ever in St. Petersburg from 17 to 23 September 2018 on indoor hard-courts. Surprisingly, his farewell won't happen in Moscow, where he was born and lives.
Three years ago in 2015, he was thinking about retirement in Moscow, then he got some good results and continued his journey in tennis. Youzhny achieved his best Grand Slam result at the US Open reaching the semi-finals in 2006 and 2010 and quarter-finals in all the other three Majors.
He was world no. 8 in 2008, won 10 ATP titles including the most recent one in 2013 Valencia. At last year's US Open Youzhny lost to the Swiss Roger Federer in a five-set second round match. At the end of the season also Gilles Muller will end his career.
In doubles, the 45-year-old Daniel Nestor will play his last tournament in Toronto. Earlier this year, the Australian Casey Dellacqua ended her career as well. Youzhny will definitely be motivated in the next events in ordee to end his career on a good note.