ATP: Kafelnikov Withdraws From Australian Open

01-02-2004, 07:03 PM
Kafelnikov Withdraws From Australian Open

Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov has withdrawn from the Australian Open, which begins January 19.

The 29-year-old has an illustrious history in Melbourne. In 1999, he won the title, defeating Thomas Enqvist in a four-set final. A year later, he reached the final again, but fell to Andre Agassi. He also reached the quarterfinals three times, in 1995, 1996 and 2001.

Kafelnikov, who has been considering retirement, reached the World No. 1 ranking in May 1999. He ended 2003 No. 40 in the ATP Champions Race.

01-02-2004, 07:06 PM

I hope he just skips Australia and will play some indoor tournaments and DC.

01-02-2004, 07:10 PM
If he's going to play anymore he better do it properly, not like last year.

01-02-2004, 07:13 PM
Is there any reason given?

01-02-2004, 07:31 PM
nope that's the entire article, from

01-02-2004, 07:35 PM
looks like he is gonna retire. He had to withdraw cos his name is entered automatically. He's not entered any ATP events himself.

:sad: wish he went out after DC win in 2002.

01-02-2004, 07:47 PM
If he's going to play anymore he better do it properly, not like last year.

Yeah, he played like **** last year! He should have retired a year
ago. Such a shame! He used to play such a fluid, classic style of

01-02-2004, 09:03 PM
His game is fine, its his foot and his motivation.

J. Corwin
01-02-2004, 09:04 PM
He should have went out when he won DC in 2002, like he said he would.

01-03-2004, 05:10 AM

Well, I am sure he will retire this year

01-03-2004, 01:34 PM
Maybe he wont retire, and its just that his foot is still bothering him? You never know with Yevgeny. I'd have thought he'd announce it in advance.