Tennis: Russian veteran Davydenko retires

MOSCOW (AFP) - Former world No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko of Russia on Thursday announced his decision to retire from professional tennis.

Speaking at a press conference during the Kremlin Cup, a joint ATP and WTA event, in Moscow, Davydenko said: "I'm 33 years old. Unfortunately, for some years now, I have been struggling with injuries.

"It's hard for me to talk about it. I have been thinking when to announce it.

"The time has come. I have my whole life to live and I officially announce my retirement from professional tennis."

Ukraine-born Davydenko had won only six ATP Tour-level matches this season.

But he had enjoyed better days during a successful career in which he won 21 ATP tournaments, including three Masters Series events.

He was a member of Russia's Davis Cup-winning squad in 2006 and triumphed at the ATP World Tour Finals in 2009.

He also played at three Olympic Games: in 2004, 2008 and 2012.