"Forget kids, get out and play!" says Davydenko's wife

Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:52pm EST
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By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - As long as Nikolay Davydenko continues to rise up the rankings his wife has banned any hopes the Russian has of having children for fear it will distract him from his tennis.

The world number six, who believes the world's best players are now "scared" of him, revealed a surprisingly domestic nature after steam-rolling Ukraine's Illya Marchenko 6-3 6-3 6-0 in their second-round match at the Australian Open on Thursday.

"Really, I would like (to) have kids now, like Federer already (has) two, or Hewitt," Davydenko told reporters.

"But my wife don't want to, you know, stay at home. She travel with me now.

"Now I'm top 10. She scared about if I start to, with kids, lose tennis and go down, stray. That's was because I start to miss and I want to go home, (not) want to practice. That's what is different."

Davydenko said Irina, who he married in 2006 and has recently enjoyed a holiday to the Maldives with part of her husband's earnings, could even make a good coach some day.

"She think always I can win everything. She analyze(s) because she's traveled with me already six years. Because in sitting with my (coach) brother, and brother always talking about what I did. She can coaching me already."

While kids are off the agenda for the moment, Davydenko does worry about money -- "because we are Russian" -- and his career after tennis.   Continued...

<p>Russia's Nikolay Davydenko signs autographs after winning against Illya Marchenko of Ukraine at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 21, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>