Mikhail Youzhny revealed an interesting thing speaking with Sport.ru. The Russian player withdrew from Moscow tournament in 2010 where he was No. 2 seed and had a first-round bye after finding out that his appearance fee is smaller than the third seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's.
Asked what was his biggest career achievement, Youzhny replied: "It's very difficult to choose. All the ones are meaningful, but the 2002 Davis Cup was important, my life will always be connected to this match. In 2002 I was 20 years old and at that age, you do not understand a lot of fans and other people.
From then I had a 16-year career and many things happened. It's like being asked what kid of your family you love more." On his early success, he added: "I started playing tennis early, I broke into the top 100 rankings before Andy Roddick, because I already had a team: a coach, mental trainer, fitness coach, a physiotherapist, a father who was involved in the whole organization and a brother who helped me.
It was a real teamwork with a clear understanding of what I wanted to get and how." On why he had the same coach for years, Youzhny concluded: "We all tried to discuss on who we should have taken. I took consultants.
Being with the same coach all the time doesn't mean we were just me and you. We spent 40 weeks a year in tournaments and when I had a difficult time I spoke to Guy Forget. I just asked him, Can I speak to you? And we spoke. We spoke face to face with Darren Cahill, Mark Woodforde. There were many people."