Profile: Greg Rusedski
Date of Birth: 06/09/1973
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Residence: London, England
Height: 1.93 m (6′ 4″)
Plays: Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career: 1991 – 2007
Prize Money: $8,944,841
Greg Rusedski was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to an English mother and a father born in Germany of Polish and Ukrainian descent. Rusedski started playing tennis because his father, Tom had a keen interest in the sport. He starting competing in the 1980s and was considered a very promising junior player in Canada. However, he caused upset in 1995 when he decided to adopt British citizenship and play for Great Britain. In order to fund his tennis career, Rusedski’s parents remortgaged their house.
As a promising Canadian junior, Rusedski won his first ATP singles match at ATP Masters Canada in August 1992. In June 1993 he captured his first ATP title on grass at Newport and finished the year in the Top 50 for the first time. He returned the following year and won his first ATP doubles title at Newport with Alex Antonitsch. He competed for Canada until 1995, when he changed to represent Great Britain, making his Davis Cup debut against Monaco at Eastbourne in July 1995.
The following year, he was the first Briton to finish in the Top 50 since John Lloyd in 1985. By 1997, he became first British player to finish in the Top 10 and won two titles in a career-high six finals, including first Grand Slam final at US Open and his only Wimbledon quarter-final appearance. He was the first Briton to qualify for ATP Tour World Championship.
In 1998, he recorded the fastest serve in history (149mph) en route to the final of Indian Wells, however he lost to Marcelo Ríos. He went onto clinch his lone ATP Masters title at Paris and led the ATP circuit with most indoor victories (33). He served as alternate at ATP Tour World Championship and filled in for an injured Andre Agassi to post two round robin wins. Despite missing two months with a left ankle sprain, he won 53 matches for the second straight year.
The year of 1999, again proved to bring much sucess, with a win at the Grand Slam Cup in Munich, which kept him in the Top 15 for third straight year. 2000 turned out to be his worst professional year having failed to win a title for first time since 1994, following removal of cyst on right foot in December 1999. Two years later, he underwent left foot surgery, following a US Open third round exit. Despite winning his third ATP grass-court title in 2003, it was another injury plagued season, which saw Rusedski slip to his lowest ATP Ranking since 1994 after missing most of season with foot, left knee, shoulder and back injuries.
In January 2004 he admitted he had tested positive for a banned substance at 2003 Indianapolis, but was soon cleared by the Tennis Anti-Doping Program tribunal on 9 March. This didn’t stop him and he went on to win the 2004 Newport title, his 5 straight ATP title as well as finishing in Top 50 for 10th time in his career.
During the final few years of his career he suffered from back and hip injuries. He spent a total of 98 weeks as Britain’s No. 1 player. Aged 33, he officially announced his retirement in a live interview with Sue Barker on BBC TV, on 7 April 2009, having helped Great Britain beat the Netherlands in a Euro/African Zone play-off tie in Birmingham.
In retirement, Rusedski has worked as a commentator for Eurosport, Sky Sports and BBC. He has also written columns for The Daily Mirror and The Sun. In 2008, he appeared as a contestant on reality TV shows Dancing On Ice and Beat the Star. Rusedski currently works as Great Britain’s junior Davis Cup captain as well as overseeing the development of several junior players at the Lawn Tennis Association.
He has many hobbies and enjoys watching and supporting Arsenal Football Club. He is a huge movie buff and big fan of James Bond films and collects Bond memorabilia. Sean Connery is his favourite Bond and his favourite film is Goldfinger.
Career titles: 15
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Career titles: 3
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1997 BBC Sports Personality of the Year
He’s a keen cyclist.
Greg’s fastest recorded serve was 149 mph!
He married Lucy Connor in 1999 and they have two children.