Mikhail Youzhny reveals busy post-retirement plans

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Mikhail Youzhny reveals busy post-retirement plans

Russian tennis player Mikhail Youzhny won't be resting too much after he retires as he already has post-retirement plans. The 36-year-old has revealed plans to retire at next week's ATP Saint Petersburg. The Russian has had a lengthy career, having turned professional in 1999.

Youzhny has captured 10 ATP titles in singles and nine in doubles respectively. The Russian, now ranked at No. 110 in the world, reached his singles career-high ranking of No. 8 in 2008. The 36-year-old is also a two-time Davis Cup champion, having won the competition with Russia in 2002 and 2006.

"I can't say that I need time to rest, I'm not tired. I have already three projects to start working on them: academy in Novokuznetsk, academy on the Gold Coast and the project about physical education for youngsters," Youzhny said of his post-retirement plans.

Youzhny played his last Grand Slam tournament at this past US Open -- where he was forced to retire his first round match to Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis. The Russian twice reached the semi-final at the US Open and once made the quarter-final at each of the remaining three Grand Slams.

2004 Saint Petersburg champion Youzhny has been drawn to meet Sofia champion Mirza Basic in the first round. Youzhny is set to play in Saint Petersburg for the 17th and last time in his career. He also ended runner-up at the tournament in 2002 and 2010.

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