Youzhny: 'I once withdrew from Moscow because Tsonga took higher fee'


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Youzhny: 'I once withdrew from Moscow because Tsonga took higher fee'

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."