Who is Greg Rusedski, former British tennis No 1 and why is he a judge on the Great British Menu?

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A fan-favourite on these shores, Canada-born Rusedski reached the final of the US Open in 1997, and also the quarter-final of Wimbledon

FORMER British No 1 tennis ace Greg Rusedski will be expecting the chefs to serve up a treat on the Great British Menu tonight.

The Canadian-born player, 43, was Brit No 1 in 1997, 1999 and 2006 and is well remembered for his rivalry with Tim Henham.

Greg Rusedski will be a guest judge on the Great British Menu

Why is he on the Great British Menu?

The theme for the show this year is 140 Years of Wimbledon. Tonight’s episode sees the final two North West chefs compete for their place in the finals as they prepare their entire menus for judges Oliver Peyton, Matthew Fort, Andi Oliver and guest judge Rusedski.

As a former British tennis No 1, Rusedski knows all about maintaining high standards and is looking for the best in this Wimbledon-themed series.

Other guest judges on this series include tennis stars Sue Barker, Tim Henman, Gordon Reid and Annabel Croft.

Oliver Peyton, Andi Oliver and Matthew Fort are the judges on the new series of Great British Menu

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Oliver Peyton, Andi Oliver and Matthew Fort are the judges on the new series of Great British Menu

What was the highlight of his career?

A fan-favourite on these shores, Rusedski reached the final of the US Open in 1997, but lost in four sets to Pat Rafter.

At Wimbledon, the best he reached was the quarter-finals, also in 1997, but was beaten in four sets by Frenchman Cedric Pioline. Pioline went on to reach the final that year, but lost to Pete Sampras.

He retired from tennis in 2007.

When did he acquire British citizenship?

In 1995 he was granted permission to represent Great Britain.

His wife, Lucy, is English, They married in 1999 and the pair are childhood sweethearts and met when Rusedski was competing in  a junior tournament at Wimbledon and Miss Connor was a ball girl. They have two children, a daughter born in 2006 and a son born in 2009.

What does he do these days?

Rusedski has a career in the media, providing analysis for British Eurosport on the Australian Open, analysis for Sky Sports during the US Open and ATP Tour Events  and Wimbledon on the BBC.

Rusedski reached the quarter-final at Wimbledon in 1997

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Rusedski reached the quarter-final at Wimbledon in 1997

Wasn’t he on Dancing One Ice too?

Yes, in 2008 he appeared on the reality show, and lasted eight weeks on the show before being eliminated.

He has also been on Beat The Star, and appeared in the ‘dictionary corner’ for Channel 4’s Countdown.




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