Gregory Rusedski (born 6 September 1973) is a Canadian born former British tennis player who represented Canada until 1995. He was the British No. 1 in 1997, 1999 and 2006, 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.
In 1997, he was the US Open finalist, which led to him receiving the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award and the ITV Sports Champion of the Year Award. Also, he scored 30 wins and 13 losses with the Great Britain Davis Cup team.
Rusedski was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to an English mother and a father born in Germany of Polish and Ukrainian descent. 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 Great Britain in 1995.
Rusedski has been with his wife Lucy Connor since 1991, they met while he was competing in a junior tournament where she was a ball girl. They married in a Roman Catholic ceremony at Douai Abbey in West Berkshire in December 1999. They have two children: a daughter born in 2006 and a son born in 2009. Rusedski is an Arsenal supporter. Through his wife he is a second cousin once removed to former Ireland goalkeeper and current goalkeeping coach Jim McDonagh.
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 and the ITV Sports Champion of the Year Award.
Rusedski was defeated in the second round of Wimbledon in 2005 by Joachim Johansson of Sweden. 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 No. 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. Rusedski has stayed involved with professional tennis in his retirement, and currently works for the Lawn Tennis Association as a talent and performance ambassador. Rusedski held the record for fastest serve at 149 miles per hour until Andy Roddick broke it.
On 24 January 2009, Rusedski confirmed he had been seeking a surprise return to professional tennis. However, Davis Cup captain John Lloyd turned down his offer to compete in his much-loved Davis Cup, and Rusedski was unable to obtain any wild cards entries. Because of this, Rusedski quickly retracted his announcement and is still retired.
Rusedski was often overshadowed in the British press by the more popular Henman, especially at Wimbledon. 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 Grand Slam 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 grueling 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. 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 apologized after the match, and Roddick reached the semifinals.
Rusedski has an active media career, having written columns for The Sun, The Daily Mirror 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. He has done some acting, appearing in an episode of Agatha Christie's Marple as a tennis player. 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 game show Countdown.
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1997||US Open||Hard||Patrick Rafter||3–6, 2–6, 6–4, 5–7|
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1998||Indian Wells||Hard||Marcelo Ríos||3–6, 7–6(17–15), 6–7(4–7), 4–6|
|Winner||1998||Paris||Carpet||Pete Sampras||6–4, 7–6(7–4), 6–3|
|Win||1–0||Jul 1993||Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, US||World Series||Grass||Javier Frana||7–5, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–5)|
|Loss||1–1||Oct 1993||China Open, China||World Series||Carpet||Michael Chang||6–7(5–7), 7–6(8–6), 4–6|
|Win||2–1||May 1995||Seoul Open, South Korea||World Series||Hard||Lars Rehmann||6–4, 3–1 ret.|
|Loss||2–2||May 1995||International Tennis Championships, US||World Series||Clay||Todd Woodbridge||4–6, 2–6|
|Win||3–2||Oct 1996||China Open, China||World Series||Carpet (i)||Martin Damm||7–6(7–5), 6–4|
|Loss||3–3||Feb 1997||Croatian Indoors, Croatia||World Series||Carpet (i)||Goran Ivanišević||6–7(4–7), 6–4, 6–7(6–8)|
|Loss||3–4||Feb 1997||Pacific Coast Championships, US||World Series||Hard (i)||Pete Sampras||6–3, 0–5 ret.|
|Win||4–4||Jun 1997||Nottingham Open, UK||World Series||Grass||Karol Kučera||6–4, 7–5|
|Loss||4–5||Sep 1997||US Open, US||Grand Slam||Hard||Pat Rafter||3–6, 2–6, 6–4, 5–7|
|Win||5–5||Oct 1997||Swiss Indoors, Switzerland||World Series||Carpet (i)||Mark Philippoussis||6–3, 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–3)|
|Loss||5–6||Oct 1997||Vienna Open, Austria||Champ. Series||Carpet (i)||Goran Ivanišević||6–4, 7–6(7–4), 6–7(4–7), 2–6, 3–6|
|Loss||5–7||Feb 1998||Croatian Indoors, Croatia||World Series||Carpet (i)||Goran Ivanišević||6–7(3–7), 6–7(5–7)|
|Win||6–7||Feb 1998||ECC Antwerp, Belgium||Champ. Series||Hard (i)||Marc Rosset||7–6(7–3), 3–6, 6–1, 6–4|
|Loss||6–8||Mar 1998||Indian Wells Masters, US||Super 9||Hard||Marcelo Ríos||3–6, 7–6(17–15), 6–7(4–7), 4–6|
|Loss||6–9||Oct 1998||Grand Prix de Tennis de Toulouse, France||World Series||Hard (i)||Jan Siemerink||4–6, 4–6|
|Win||7–9||Nov 1998||Paris Masters, France||Super 9||Carpet (i)||Pete Sampras||6–4, 7–6(7–4), 6–3|
|Loss||7–10||Feb 1999||London Indoor, UK||Champ. Series||Carpet (i)||Richard Krajicek||6–7(6–8), 7–6(7–5), 5–7|
|Loss||7–11||Aug 1999||U.S. Pro Tennis Championships, US||World Series||Hard||Marat Safin||4–6, 6–7(11–13)|
|Win||8–11||Oct 1999||Grand Slam Cup, Germany||Grand Slam Cup||Carpet (i)||Tommy Haas||6–3, 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–5)|
|Win||9–11||Oct 1999||Vienna Open, Austria||Champ. Series||Carpet (i)||Nicolas Kiefer||6–7(5–7), 2–6, 6–3, 7–5, 6–4|
|Win||10–11||Mar 2001||Pacific Coast Championships, US||International||Hard (i)||Andre Agassi||6–3, 6–4|
|Win||11–11||Jan 2002||Auckland Open, New Zealand||International||Hard||Jérôme Golmard||6–7(0–7), 6–4, 7–5|
|Win||12–11||Aug 2002||Indianapolis Tennis Championships, US||Intl. Gold||Hard||Félix Mantilla||6–7(6–8), 6–4, 6–4|
|Win||13–11||Jun 2003||Nottingham Open, UK (2)||International||Grass||Mardy Fish||6–3, 6–2|
|Win||14–11||Jul 2004||Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, US (2)||International||Grass||Alexander Popp||7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–2)|
|Loss||14–12||Oct 2004||Kremlin Cup, Russia||International||Carpet (i)||Nikolay Davydenko||6–3, 3–6, 5–7|
|Win||15–12||Jul 2005||Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, US (3)||International||Grass||Vince Spadea||7–6(7–3), 2–6, 6–4|
|Win||1–0||Jul 1994||Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, US||World Series||Grass||Alex Antonitsch|| Kent Kinnear
|6–4, 3–6, 6–4|
|Loss||1–1||Oct 1994||Vienna Open, Austria||World Series||Carpet (i)||Alex Antonitsch|| Mike Bauer
|Loss||1–2||Mar 1995||Copenhagen Open, Denmark||World Series||Carpet (i)||Guillaume Raoux|| Mark Keil
|7–6, 4–6, 6–7|
|Win||2–2||Sep 1996||Bournemouth International, UK||World Series||Clay||Marc-Kevin Goellner|| Rodolphe Gilbert
|Win||3–2||Feb 1999||London Indoor, UK||Champ. Series||Carpet (i)||Tim Henman|| Byron Black
|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|
|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|
2 Rusedski was granted British citizenship in June 1995.
|1.||Richard Krajicek||10||Tokyo, Japan||Carpet (i)||3R||6–4, 6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–2)||130|
|2.||Michael Chang||7||Tokyo, Japan||Carpet (i)||QF||4–6, 6–3, 7–6(8–6)||130|
|3.||Wayne Ferreira||10||Stockholm, Sweden||Hard (i)||1R||6–3, 3–6, 6–3||53|
|4.||Thomas Enqvist||10||Zagreb, Croatia||Carpet (i)||SF||6–4, 6–4||56|
|5.||Michael Chang||4||San Jose, United States||Hard (i)||QF||7–6(7–4), 6–4||39|
|6.||Yevgeny Kafelnikov||4||Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany||Carpet (i)||QF||6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–1||10|
|7.||Yevgeny Kafelnikov||9||Vienna, Austria||Carpet (i)||1R||6–3, 3–6, 7–6(7–3)||17|
|8.||Pat Rafter||2||Vienna, Austria||Carpet (i)||QF||6–3, 7–6(7–3)||17|
|9.||Pat Rafter||3||Stuttgart, Germany||Hard (i)||3R||7–6(7–4), 6–7(5–7), 6–4||13|
|10.||Yevgeny Kafelnikov||8||Paris, France||Carpet (i)||SF||6–3, 4–6, 6–4||13|
|11.||Pete Sampras||1||Paris, France||Carpet (i)||F||6–4, 7–6(7–4), 6–3||13|
|12.||Tim Henman||9||ATP Tour World Championships, Hanover, Germany||Hard (i)||RR||6–2, 6–4||11|
|13.||Gustavo Kuerten||5||Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany||Hard (i)||1R||6–3, 3–6, 6–3||6|
|14.||Yevgeny Kafelnikov||2||Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany||Hard (i)||QF||7–5, 7–6(8–6)||6|
|15.||Todd Martin||4||Stuttgart, Germany||Hard (i)||QF||4–6, 7–6(12–10), 6–4||6|
|16.||Yevgeny Kafelnikov||7||Vienna, Austria||Hard (i)||1R||6–4, 6–7(3–7), 6–3||44|
|17.||Marat Safin||2||Stuttgart, Germany||Hard (i)||3R||7–6(7–2), 6–4||89|
|18.||Gustavo Kuerten||1||Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia||Hard||2R||4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 2–6, 9–7||65|
|19.||Marat Safin||1||Milan, Italy||Carpet (i)||QF||6–0, 7–6(7–5)||52|
|20.||Lleyton Hewitt||6||San Jose, United States||Hard (i)||QF||5–7, 6–1, 6–4||58|
|21.||Andre Agassi||4||San Jose, United States||Hard (i)||F||6–3, 6–4||58|
|22.||Juan Carlos Ferrero||4||Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom||Grass||3R||6–1, 6–4, 6–4||40|
|23.||Thomas Johansson||10||Marseille, France||Hard (i)||1R||6–4, 3–6, 6–3||30|
|24.||Juan Carlos Ferrero||4||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||1R||6–4, 6–3||38|
|25.||Marat Safin||2||Cincinnati, United States||Hard||1R||7–6(9–7), 6–2||38|
|26.||Lleyton Hewitt||1||Indianapolis, United States||Hard||3R||7–6(7–3), 6–4||41|
|27.||Tommy Haas||3||Indianapolis, United States||Hard||SF||3–6, 6–3, 6–3||41|
|28.||Gastón Gaudio||9||Cincinnati, United States||Hard||2R||4–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–4||96|
|29.||Tommy Robredo||10||Rome, Italy||Clay||1R||5–7, 6–3, 6–4||45|
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