Greg Rusedski

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Greg Rusedski
Greg Rusedski 2014.jpg
Rusedski in 2014
Full name Gregory Rusedski
Country (sports)  Canada (1991-1995)
United Kingdom Great Britain(22 May 1995-present)[1]
Residence London, England, Great Britain
Born (1973-09-06) 6 September 1973 (age 45)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Turned pro 1991
Retired 7 April 2007
Plays Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $8,944,841
Career record 436–287
Career titles 15
Highest ranking No. 4 (6 October 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2001)
French Open 4R (1999)
Wimbledon QF (1997)
US Open F (1997)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals RR (1997, 1998)
Olympic Games 3R (1996)
Career record 62–53
Career titles 3
Highest ranking No. 63 (19 June 1995)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (1995)
French Open 1R (2006)
Wimbledon 2R (1994)
US Open 2R (1994)
Team competitions
Davis Cup World Group 1R (1999)
Last updated on: 29 August 2012.

Gregory "Greg" Rusedski (born 6 September 1973) is a British-Canadian former tennis player who turned professional in 1991 and played until his retirement on 7 April 2007, at the age of 33. He represented Canada in the early years of his career, before changing to the United Kingdom in June 1995. He was UK number 1 in 1997 and again in 1999 and reached the ATP ranking of World No. 4 for periods from 6 October 1997 to 12 October 1997 and from 25 May 1998 to 21 June 1998.[2] He reached the US Open final in 1997 and received the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in the same year.

Personal life

Rusedski was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to an English mother and a German-born father of PolishUkrainian descent.[3] He was a very promising junior player in Canada in the 1980s and subsequently caused some anger in Canada when he decided to adopt British citizenship and play for Britain in 1995.[4] Rusedski has been with his wife Lucy Connor since 1991, when they met while he was competing in a junior tournament where she was a ball girl.[5] They married in a Roman Catholic ceremony at Douai Abbey in West Berkshire in December 1999.[6] They have two children: a daughter born in 2006[7] and a son born in 2009.[8] Rusedski is an Arsenal football supporter.[9]


Rusedski at the 2004 U.S. Open

Rusedski's first career singles tournament title was at the Hall of Fame Championship in Newport, Rhode Island in 1993.

Rusedski reached the singles final of the US Open in 1997, where he lost to Pat Rafter in four sets (shortly thereafter reaching his career high rank of World No. 4). He also won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

In 1998, Tim Henman eclipsed Rusedski as the UK number 1 tennis player. Rusedski, however, won the Grand Slam Cup in 1999.

Rusedski was defeated in the second round of Wimbledon in 2005 by Joachim Johansson of Sweden, 6–7, 6–3, 4–6, 6–7. Following that disappointment, Rusedski had a successful July. He defended his title at the Hall of Fame Championship, defeating Vince Spadea in the final. This was the first time he had successfully defended a title and the third time he had won the championship. He then reached the semifinals at both the RCA Championships in Indianapolis, losing to Taylor Dent, and the Canada Masters tournament in Montreal, losing to Andre Agassi.

Towards the end of 2005, Rusedski's ranking had risen to the high thirties. A poor end to the year by Henman almost allowed Rusedski to overtake him as UK number 1 again. However, a defeat for Rusedski in the first round of the Challenger Event in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, left him ranked 38th, just one place short of regaining the UK top spot. Rusedski finally reclaimed the UK number 1 spot on 15 May 2006, overtaking Andy Murray by getting to the third round of the Rome Masters Event. But Rusedski lost the top UK rankings after a first-round exit at Wimbledon.

On 7 April 2007, Rusedski officially retired from tennis after partnering with Jamie Murray to a doubles victory over the Netherlands in a Davis Cup match, a result which gave Great Britain a winning 3–0 lead in the tie. He announced his retirement immediately after the win during a live interview with Sue Barker on BBC Television.[10] Rusedski has stayed involved with professional tennis in his retirement, and currently works for the Lawn Tennis Association as a talent and performance ambassador.[11] Rusedski held the record for fastest serve at 149 miles per hour until Andy Roddick broke it.[12][13]

On 25 January 2009, Rusedski announced a shock return to professional tennis. However, he was denied an opportunity to compete in his much-loved Davis Cup.[14][15][16] Because of this, Rusedski quickly retracted his announcement and is still retired.

Rusedski vs. Henman

Rusedski was often overshadowed in the British press by the more popular Henman, especially at Wimbledon.[17] It is arguable who had the better playing career. Rusedski won more singles titles than compatriot Henman, with 15 singles titles compared to Henman's 11. Rusedski also reached the final of the US Open in 1997, whereas Henman never made it past the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament. However, Henman reached six Grand Slam semifinals and an additional four quarterfinals, whereas Rusedski reached just two Grand Slam quarterfinals in total: his US Open final performance, and at Wimbledon (also in 1997), a venue where he consistently under-performed. Neither Rusedski nor Henman ever reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Henman reached the semifinals of the French Open, while Rusedski never made it past the fourth round at that tournament.

Rusedski's Davis Cup singles record was also considerably poorer than Henman's. In Great Britain's two key Davis Cup ties in the World Group knockout stage, Rusedski lost all four singles rubbers, despite home advantage (against the USA in 1999 and Sweden in 2002). Rusedski and Henman were, however, a formidable doubles partnership, winning tournaments together, and vital matches in Davis Cup.

Henman shares a birthday with Rusedski; Henman is exactly a year younger.

It was perhaps fitting that Rusedski's final match at a Major was against his old rival and compatriot Tim Henman, at the 2006 US Open. After a competitive first set, where Rusedski was edged out by Henman in a tie-break, Henman dispatched his opponent, 7–6, 6–2, 6–3. This did turn out to be Rusedski's final match in a major, and it was against a man with whom he not only competed on a tennis court, but also off it for the affection of his home fans. In their head-to-head encounters, Henman won 8–2.


In the 2002 US Open, after losing to Pete Sampras in the third round after a gruelling five-set match, Rusedski described Sampras as "a half-step slow" and predicted that Sampras would lose his fourth-round match to young German star Tommy Haas.[18] Sampras, however, went on to win the tournament.

At Wimbledon in 2003, Rusedski was playing in a second round match against Andy Roddick. Roddick had won the first two sets but Rusedski was 5-2 up in the third set. During a point on Roddick's service game, a member of the crowd loudly called one of Roddick's shots long, causing Rusedski to stop playing the point as he believed it was a line judge. The umpire ruled that the ball was good and that, as Roddick's next shot landed in court, Roddick was awarded the point. Rusedski, believing the point should have been replayed, launched into a long and expletive-riddled tirade at the umpire and, never regaining his composure, went on to lose the next five games without reply to concede the match. Rusedski apologised after the match and Roddick reached the semi-finals.[19][20]

Rusedski tested positive for nandrolone in January 2004, but was cleared of the charges in a hearing on 10 March 2004.[21][22]

Media career

Rusedski has an active media career, having written columns for The Sun,The Daily Mirror[23] and The Daily Telegraph. He also works for the television channel British Eurosport providing analysis during the stations coverage of the Australian Open. He provides commentary and analysis for Sky Sports for their coverage of the US Open and ATP World Tour Events, and for the BBC's coverage of Wimbledon.[23] He has done some acting, appearing in an episode of Agatha Christie's Marple as a tennis player.[24] In 2008, he appeared as a contestant on the reality TV shows Dancing On Ice and Beat the Star. He has also appeared in "dictionary corner" on the Channel 4 "letters and numbers" game show Countdown.

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 1 (0–1)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1997 US Open Hard Australia Patrick Rafter 3–6, 2–6, 6–4, 5–7

Masters Series finals

Singles: 2 (1–1)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1998 Indian Wells Hard Chile Marcelo Ríos 3–6, 7–6(17–15), 6–7(4–7), 4–6
Winner 1998 Paris Carpet United States Pete Sampras 6–4, 7–6(7–4), 6–3

Career finals

Singles: 27 (15–12)

Grand Slam (0–1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
Grand Slam Cup (1–0)
ATP Masters Series (1–1)
ATP Championship Series (3–2)
ATP World Series (10–8)
Titles by Surface
Hard (7–5)
Grass (5–0)
Clay (0–1)
Carpet (3–6)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 11 July 1993 Newport, USA Grass Argentina Javier Frana 7–5, 6–7, 7–6
Runner-up 1. 25 October 1993 Beijing, China Carpet United States Michael Chang 6–7, 7–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 30 April 1995 Seoul, South Korea Hard Germany Lars Rehmann 6–4, 3–1, ret.
Runner-up 2. 22 May 1995 Coral Springs, USA Clay Australia Todd Woodbridge 4–6, 2–6
Winner 3. 13 October 1996 Beijing, China Hard Czech Republic Martin Damm 7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 3 February 1997 Zagreb, Croatia Carpet Croatia Goran Ivanišević 6–7, 6–4, 6–7
Runner-up 4. 17 February 1997 San Jose, USA Hard (i) United States Pete Sampras 6–3, 0–5, ret.
Winner 4. 22 June 1997 Nottingham, UK Grass Slovakia Karol Kučera 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 5. 8 September 1997 US Open, New York City, USA Hard Australia Patrick Rafter 3–6, 2–6, 6–4, 5–7
Winner 5. 5 October 1997 Basel, Switzerland Carpet Australia Mark Philippoussis 6–3, 7–6, 7–6
Runner-up 6. 13 October 1997 Vienna, Austria Carpet Croatia Goran Ivanišević 6–3, 7–6, 6–7, 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 7. 9 February 1998 Split, Croatia Carpet Croatia Goran Ivanišević 6–7, 6–7
Winner 6. 22 February 1998 Antwerp, Belgium Hard Switzerland Marc Rosset 7–6, 3–6, 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 16 March 1998 Indian Wells, USA Hard Chile Marcelo Ríos 3–6, 7–6, 6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 9. 5 October 1998 Toulouse, France Hard (i) Netherlands Jan Siemerink 4–6, 4–6
Winner 7. 8 November 1998 Paris, France Hard (i) United States Pete Sampras 6–4, 7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 1 March 1999 London, UK Carpet Netherlands Richard Krajicek 6–7, 7–6, 5–7
Runner-up 11. 30 August 1999 Boston, USA Hard Russia Marat Safin 4–6, 6–7
Winner 8. 3 October 1999 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet Germany Tommy Haas 6–3, 6–4, 6–7, 7–6
Winner 9. 17 October 1999 Vienna, Austria Carpet Germany Nicolas Kiefer 6–7, 2–6, 6–3, 7–5, 6–4
Winner 10. 4 March 2001 San José, USA Hard United States Andre Agassi 6–3, 6–4
Winner 11. 13 January 2002 Auckland, New Zealand Hard France Jérôme Golmard 6–7, 6–4, 7–5
Winner 12. 18 August 2002 Indianapolis, USA Hard Spain Félix Mantilla 6–7, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 13. 22 June 2003 Nottingham, UK Grass United States Mardy Fish 6–3, 6–2
Winner 14 11 July 2004 Newport, USA Grass Germany Alexander Popp 7–6, 7–6
Runner-up 12. 18 October 2004 Moscow, Russia Carpet Russia Nikolay Davydenko 6–3, 3–6, 5–7
Winner 15. 10 July 2005 Newport, USA Grass United States Vincent Spadea 7–6, 2–6, 6–4

Doubles: 5 (3–2)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 7 July 1994 Newport, USA Grass Austria Alex Antonitsch United States Kent Kinnear
United States David Wheaton
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 17 October 1994 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) Austria Alex Antonitsch United States Mike Bauer
Czech Republic David Rikl
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 12 March 1995 Copenhagen, Denmark Hard (i) France Guillaume Raoux United States Mark Keil
Sweden Peter Nyborg
6–7, 6–4, 7–6
Winner 2. 9 September 1996 Bournemouth, UK Hard Germany Marc-Kevin Goellner France Rodolphe Gilbert
Portugal Nuno Marques
6–3, 7–6
Winner 3. 1 March 1999 London, UK Carpet United Kingdom Tim Henman Zimbabwe Byron Black
South Africa Wayne Ferreira
6–3, 7–6

Singles performance timeline

(W) Won tournament; reached (F) final, (SF) semifinal, (QF) quarterfinal; (R#) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a (RR) round-robin stage; reached a (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent from tournament; played in a (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; won a (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; or (NH) tournament not held.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
Canada CanadaUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Tournament 1992 1993 1994 19952 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R 3R 1R 1R 3R 2R A 4R 3R A 1R 2R A 0 / 10 11–10 47.62
French Open A A 3R A 2R 1R 1R 4R 1R 2R A 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 11 7–11 38.89
Wimbledon LQ 1R 2R 4R 2R QF 1R 4R 1R 4R 4R 2R 2R 2R 1R 0 / 14 21–14 60.00
US Open LQ A 1R 1R 1R F 3R 4R 2R 3R 3R 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 13 16–13 55.17
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 3–4 5–3 2–4 10–4 4–4 10–4 1–3 9–4 7–3 1–3 1–4 2–4 0–3 0 / 48 55–48 54.37
Year End Championship
Tennis Masters Cup Did Not Qualify RR RR Did Not Qualify 0 / 2 2–2 50.00
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters A 1R 1R A 1R A F 3R 2R 1R 2R A A 2R 1R 0 / 10 9–10 47.37
Miami Masters A A 1R A 2R A 4R 4R 4R 2R 2R A A 2R 2R 0 / 9 11–9 55.00
Monte Carlo Masters A A A A A A 2R 2R 1R 1R A A A 1R 1R 0 / 6 0–6 0.00
Hamburg Masters A A 1R A A A 3R 1R A 1R A A A 2R 1R 0 / 6 2–6 25.00
Rome Masters A A 1R A 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R A A 1R 3R 0 / 10 4–10 28.57
Canada Masters 3R 2R 1R 1R A A A A A 1R 1R 2R A SF 1R 0 / 9 8–9 47.06
Cincinnati Masters A A 2R 2R 2R 1R A A A QF 2R 2R 3R 2R 1R 0 / 10 11–10 52.38
Madrid Masters1 A A A 2R 2R 2R QF SF QF 1R A A A 1R A 0 / 8 9–8 52.94
Paris Masters A A A A A QF W 2R 1R 1R A A A 2R A 1 / 6 8–5 61.54
Win–Loss 2–1 1–2 1–6 2–3 3–5 2–4 14–6 7–7 6–6 5–9 3–5 2–2 2–1 9–9 3–7 1 / 74 62–73 45.93
Career Statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–2 1–1 2–6 2–5 2–4 0–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 15 / 27 15–12 55.56
Year End Ranking 161 50 114 37 48 6 9 13 69 31 31 119 46 37 191

1 This event was held in Stockholm through 1994, Essen in 1995, and Stuttgart from 1996 through 2001.

2 Rusedski was granted British citizenship in June 1995.


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