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Safin said: "Olympics is not for tennis"

"I still say that the Olympics is not for tennis and tennis doesn't need the Olympic Games. It's not my goal in life to win a gold medal." - Marat Safin

"I have to play for Russia but I am not excited about going there. Also we have two Masters in the United States, then the Olympics and then we fly back for the US Open. It's a very tough schedule." - Marat Safin

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Re: Safin said: "Olympics is not for tennis"

I agree, it is nice for the players to be part of such a special event but logically tennis along with a couple of other sports don't belong in the olympics.
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Re: Safin said: "Olympics is not for tennis"

If he doesn't WANT to play, he shouldn't. There are tons of Russian players out there that will love to play there. In fact, I think Andreev, Davydenko, Tursunov and Youzhny might be missing out on the Olympics now because Safin has to play.. Sorry, but he seems so unmotivated that he'd better just stop playing for a while, to get his motivation back.

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Re: Safin said: "Olympics is not for tennis"

I thought that's pretty obvious. I dont think people will remember Thomas for winning his gold medal, and I think most have already forgotten who won men's doubles in Sydney other than us Canadians..
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Re: Safin said: "Olympics is not for tennis"

I agree too. Actually I think that if any of the highly paid professional sports are included (eg basketball, soccer) then it should be junior or genuinely amateur teams which compete rather than the pros.

However, defining "amateur" these days is very difficult these days. I have heard other people quite rightly point out that the top swimmers and sprinters make as much money out of swimming due to sponsorship as a top tennis player might make out of tennis or a soccer star's contract. I don't have the answer.
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Re: Safin said: "Olympics is not for tennis"

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I have heard other people quite rightly point out that the top swimmers and sprinters make as much money out of swimming
Swimming is different as apart from the world championships there are not many events, olympics is it for them.
Far different in tennis.
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Re: Safin said: "Olympics is not for tennis"

Yes that's a good point. Thanks! I hoped someone would have an actual argument to back up my feeling
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Re: Safin said: "Olympics is not for tennis"

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I thought that's pretty obvious. I dont think people will remember Thomas for winning his gold medal, and I think most have already forgotten who won men's doubles in Sydney other than us Canadians..

Who's Thomas ? As far as I know the past few Olympics Gold Medalists in Tennis have been:
* Seoul = Mecir; Barcelona = Rosset; Atlanta = Agassi; Sydney = Kafelnekov


PS~ Are you talking about Johansson winning AO?

ANYWAY I don't see what's the controversy !!
* If players don't want to represent their country in Tennis then that's fine; I'm sure there are plenty of up & coming players happy to take their place & enjoy the wonderful experience of attending the unique event !

For instance Lleyton Hewitt said he doesn't want to play in Athens because it's too close to USO~ which remains one of his priorities in 04 . So if Safin feels so strongly about it then I'm sure he's free to make the same decision... Marat has already helped Russia win the Davis Cup 2-years ago; so I don't see the Russian Tennis Federation criticising him if he chooses not to play. What would be sad is if Safin showed up in Athens because "...I have to play for Russia" not because he 'wants to' & then tanks a match the same way he did in Rd1 at Wimbledon !

Marat's an adult~ he should make his own decisions & stop complaining about schedules/court surfaces/officials etc. It's really getting boring to see him act so childish especially as he gets older he should be maturing!!

Federer, Roddick, Ferrero & Hewitt were somewhat petulant a few years ago but now they act in a more mature way ; Marat is older than any of these guys & yet his attitude remains the worst !
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Re: Safin said: "Olympics is not for tennis"

a very good point there!!
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Re: Safin said: "Olympics is not for tennis"

the issue isn't whether safin wants to play in olympics, its that tennis (at least professional tennis) shouldnt be in the olympics
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Re: Safin said: "Olympics is not for tennis"

After the retirement of Yev, Marat is Russia's last hope in men's tennis. If he decides to skip the Olympics I don't think his compatriots will ever forgive him for it. For some reason I think this is why he'll play.

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Re: Safin said: "Olympics is not for tennis"

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the issue isn't whether safin wants to play in olympics, its that tennis (at least professional tennis) shouldnt be in the olympics

Okie dokies that's the issue then; but why is even news-worthy or debatable ! *Even if Tennis doesn't deserve to be an Olympic Event{you could make the same argument for several other sports too} then the Pro Tennis Players should see "Olympic Tennis" as a 'bonus' that they're lucky to be a part of such a unique, historically important & exciting event which only happens every 4yrs & gets the Worldwide Coverage & Attention for 2-weeks in some of the most beautiful cities in the world !

PS~ It's funny how several Pro Golfers are debating about how Golf deserves to be an Olympic Event; & would love the opportunity to play in Athens-->> yet half the tennis fraturnity wastes their energy saying "we shouldn't be there" !
If the top players don't want to got to the Olympics then fine~ suit yourselves; many athletes waiting in line to take their place !
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Re: Safin said: "Olympics is not for tennis"

I agree as well. Tennis has too many events in the whole year.... I know that olympics is a very important event too, but it's complicated for the players u know.... But IMO soccer souldn't be part of olympics, for me more than tennis. I'm sayin' about male soccer basically. Ok, I'm not sayin' this 'cause Brazil male soccer it's outta of olympics, lol but 'cause the others sports should have more importance gods sake! In the intire year we must have for exemple, euro cup etc...

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Re: Safin said: "Olympics is not for tennis"

I like tennis in the olympics just how it is. The olympics aren't what they once were. They've changed. That is just how it is.

But....

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Also we have two Masters in the United States
*ahme* Do you? *taps finger, cocks eyebrow and looks annoyed*

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Re: Safin said: "Olympics is not for tennis"

Just coz Marat doesnt like it it should't be in there

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