PARIS – Nikolay Davydenko will skip Wimbledon for the first time since 2001.
The Russian ended a five-match losing streak by defeating Frenchman Florent Serra 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 in the first round of the French Open on Monday.
He plans to focus on the clay-court tournaments after Wimbledon. Davydenko hasn't had much success on grass in his career. In 11 straight appearances at Wimbledon, his best showing was reaching the fourth round in 2007.
The Russian has dropped to 48th in the rankings. He lost in the first round the last two years at the All England Club.
Davydenko will face Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in the second round at Roland Garros. The Russian reached the semifinals of the French Open in 2005 and 2007.