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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

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"I was losing to guys who, a couple of years before, I was able to beat with only my left hand. That's when I realised my time was gone."

Kafelnikov won the 1996 French Open, the 1999 Australian Open, a gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, the 2002 Davis Cup and 26 ATP titles.

"The most important thing was not to disappoint my fans," he said.

"It is very hard to earn a good image in Russia. So when people on the street in Moscow ask why I stopped playing, I say 'because I don't want to see you people crying when I lose'. They understand that."

Kafelnikov, known for his love of roulette while on the tennis circuit, is competing in a poker tournament in Maidstone, south of London.

"I find it very exciting," he said.

"Because you win not with the cards but with your skills. With body language you can win a game, but also you can lose a game.

"You need guts in poker, as in tennis. And if you don't believe in your ability, you don't win. In tennis I believed in myself, that's why I had so much success."