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Last Updated: Saturday, 7 April 2007, 15:15 GMT 16:15 UK
Davis Cup - GB v Netherlands
Birmingham, 7 April 2007

Greg Rusedski bids farewell to the Birmingham crowd
Rusedski was playing in the Davis Cup for the 13th year
Former British number one Greg Rusedski announced his retirement on court in Birmingham after helping Great Britain beat the Netherlands in the Davis Cup.

The 33-year-old teamed up with Jamie Murray to win the crucial doubles.

Rusedski then told BBC Sport: "It was a proud moment considering this is going to be my last match."

He added: "I'm officially retiring on a win today. I'm retired now, I can enjoy life like everybody else. Now it's time to move on."

Rusedski had been expected to announce his retirement at some stage this year but it was not clear whether he planned to play at Wimbledon one final time, or even return for Great Britain's next Davis Cup tie in September.

But he ended the speculation moments after he and Jamie Murray - elder brother of British number one Andy - had beaten Robin Haase and Rogier Wassen 6-1 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-5).


That gave the hosts an unassailable 3-0 lead and took them into a play-off in September to get back in the elite World Group.

"I wanted to play one more tie at home," said Rusedski.

"It's been a tough last year and now, with a family, your life changes. I felt like I couldn't do it any more.

"I made the decision at the start of the year but I didn't want to take away from the tie and have team-mates answering questions about my retirement so I only told the others after the final point."

Rusedski's best Grand Slam achievement came at the 1997 US Open, where he was runner-up to Pat Rafter, an achievement for which he earned the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Other big wins included the Grand Slam Cup in 1999 while he also ranked as high as four in the world.

Greg has done a lot for British tennis and he has been underestimated in his career

GB Davis Cup captain John Lloyd

His booming left-handed serve, which was once the fastest in the world, seemed ideally suited for Wimbledon but he never got beyond the quarter-finals.

After turning professional in 1991, Montreal-born Rusedski took British citizenship in 1995 and went on to become a stalwart of Great Britain's Davis Cup team.

His first Davis Cup match - under captain David Lloyd in 1995 - was a victory, as was his last - under Lloyd's brother John - in 2007.

In a similar neat circle, his 15th and final ATP Tour title came came in Newport in 2005 on the same court he won his first 12 years earlier.

His title count would probably have been greater but for the injuries that afflicted his career.

Another hiatus came with a positive test for nandrolone in 2003 but he was cleared of any doping offence the following March and returned to the tour.

"Greg has done a lot for British tennis and he has been underestimated in his career," said current Great Britain Davis Cup captain Lloyd.

"Reaching the final of the US Open didn't make as big an impact in Britain as it should have done, just because it wasn't Wimbledon, and people don't realise how hard it is to reach number four in the world either."

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