Nikolay Davydenko considering entering politics after tennis career

Davydenko pointed to his longtime mentor and former world No.1 Marat Safin as an example, was elected to the lower house of parliament in 2011, representing the Nizhny Novgorod region for President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party.

updated: March 01, 2013 17:17 IST
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Dubai: Russian tennis ace Nikolay Davydenko is considering following Marat Safin into Russian politics after his sporting career comes to an end.

Davydenko, a 31-year-old veteran of the tour with nearly 14 seasons in pro tennis, believes he has one or two years left at the top of the game, after which he sees politics as the only viable career path.

"If they invite me into politics, I'll go into politics," Davydenko told R-Sport after losing to Roger Federer in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships on Thursday.

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