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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kafelnikov to Play On Despite Davis Cup Win

Yevgeny Kafelnikov has scrapped his retirement plans and will now try to regain the form that made him the first Russian world No. 1 tennis player.

"Hopefully, my physical conditioning will allow me to regain my top form to be the player that I was not so long ago," the 28-year-old said Friday.

"I've been a professional tennis player for over a decade and it's a great honor for me to be part of the ATP Tour."

Kafelnikov had repeatedly insisted he would retire if Russia won the Davis Cup this year. Russia achieved this, beating France in a dramatic final last week, but Kafelnikov contributed little to the victory. He lost his opening singles match, lost the doubles and was dropped for his second singles.

Davis Cup captain Shamil Tarpishchev replaced him with 20-year-old newcomer Mikhail Youzhny for the decisive fifth rubber, and Youzhny beat Paul-Henri Mathieu to give Russia a thrilling 3-2 victory in Paris.

Russian media reported that Kafelnikov, who almost single-handedly has carried the country's Davis Cup hopes nearly a decade, was disappointed with his substitute's role and that it was that which prompted him to postpone his retirement.

But Kafelnikov said: "No, not at all. I'm fully satisfied with what I have done prior to and during the final and I was really happy for Mikhail, who was able to overcome the pressure and win the last match.

"Of course, it's difficult for me right now to find another goal for myself to carry on," added Kafelnikov, who won the 1996 French Open and 1999 Australian Open titles as well as the 2000 Olympic gold.

The player, who last week underwent surgery for varicose veins, said he would delay his comeback until the European indoor tournaments in early February.

"My plan is hopefully to get back into action later next year, during the indoor season in Europe," he said.