Ivanisevic to come out of retirement

Updated: October 18, 2005, 8:20 PM ET
Associated Press

ZAGREB, Croatia -- Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic is coming out of retirement for Croatia's Davis Cup final against Slovakia.

"I'm going to make myself ready," Ivanisevic said in an interview on the Davis Cup Web site.

The final is set for Dec. 2-4 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

It's uncertain what role the 34-year-old Ivanisevic might play, though it's likely he would be picked for doubles.

Ivanisevic retired from the men's tour -- mostly because of shoulder problems -- soon after winning Wimbledon as a wild card in 2001. He still plays sometimes, including doubles in the 2003 Davis Cup against the United States.

"It's my obligation to be ready if I'm picked as the fourth [player]," Ivanisevic said. "Something happens and I have to be ready because I'll have to then play doubles or something. ... I have to be ready and I'm going to be ready."

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