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CHENGDU, China (AP) — Famed for his angry outbursts on court, former top-ranked tennis player Marat Safin revealed Thursday he wants to put his argumentative skills to use in the Russian parliament.

The 31-year-old Safin is up for election to the State Duma on Dec. 4 and could join other Russian sports stars including gold medal-winning gymnast Svetlana Khorkina in the lower house of parliament.

"I am an intelligent guy and I have a lot to bring and a lot of ideas about things and what to do," Safin said. "I am very committed to it."

Safin retired in 2009 after winning two Grand Slam titles and reaching the No. 1 ranking in 2000. He earned a reputation as a gifted but unpredictable player, breaking countless rackets during his frequent bouts of rage.

Since he quit the sport after a series of injuries, Safin has been working for the Russian tennis federation and has become a member of the Russian Olympic committee.

He has also started playing on the ATP Champions Tour for former stars and it was at the Chengdu Open in China that Safin revealed his political ambitions.

Safin participated in the primaries in the Nyzhny Novgorod region, and now awaits the Dec. 4 vote to take one of the 450 seats in the Duma.

"I could be the best looking guy in the Duma," Safin said. "But that's only because all the other guys are over 60."
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I love him but never considered him a smart person. Anyway, too bad I'm not a russin citizen, would defo vote for him.
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safin understood perfectly well the path he needed to take

a life of hoes, wealth and politics. respect

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Hmmm ... I wonder which Marat will run?
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Can women and gay men vote in Russia? Because his opponents might as well concede.

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"I could be the best looking guy in the Duma," Safin said. "But that's only because all the other guys are over 60."
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Interesting.

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As expected of Marat.

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You go Safin
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interesting..going the M-15 route
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Marat vs. Putin.. hehehehe

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And the legend continues
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I hope he will be more comitted than in training sessions.
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