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By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer
June 23, 2004

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Marat Safin wants everyone to know he's sorry.

A day after saying he gave up during a first-round loss at Wimbledon and was through trying to succeed at the tournament, Safin issued a statement through the ATP on Wednesday backing off those statements.

``I would like to apologize for my unfortunate remarks following my loss on Tuesday. I was very frustrated about my early exit and that despite my serious preparations and my early arrival to London, I was unable to perform the way I wanted,'' Safin said.

`I know I said things that deep inside I never meant, as I really appreciate the importance of this event.''

The 2000 U.S. Open champion was beaten by fellow Russian Dmitry Tursunov 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (1). Safin watched shots fly past during the final points of his first opening-round defeat at a major since the 2000 Australian Open.

Safin cursed at the chair umpire, muttered to himself, smashed rackets and spat.

``I don't like to play on this surface. I cannot move there. Every time, I don't know how it's going to bounce. It's really a nightmare for me,'' Safin said Tuesday. ``After a while, I get bored. I lost completely motivation, and I give up.''

Talking about his difficulties on grass, Safin added, ``I cannot adjust to this. You have to be really focused in your mind, but this is not my territory.''

On Wednesday, he changed his tune.

``I want to assure you all that I will be back in the coming years,'' his statement said. ``I will show my fans that I keep trying and don't give up so quickly. Tennis is my life and passion, and my poor record on grass won't stop this. See you next year.''

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``I want to assure you all that I will be back in the coming years,'' his statement said. ``I will show my fans that I keep trying and don't give up so quickly. Tennis is my life and passion, and my poor record on grass won't stop this. See you next year.''
good words, Marat!!

all your fans know that you are sorry about that and that you are not a bad person at all

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time for a sports psychologist for maratski, methinks

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time for a sports psychologist for maratski, methinks
me too. Roger went to a sport psychologist, and it did help him .Gaudio went to one, and he end up winning RG.
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Sport psychologist. Or rather sport psychiatrist, if something like that exists..
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Sport psychologist. Or rather sport psychiatrist, if something like that exists..
I don't think it does.

Anybody who didn't think Marat's comments were made in the heat of the moment is dumb. Of course he wasn't going to quit Wimbledon.
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I am glad to hear that Safin hasn't given up. Or else he should consider giving up tennis as well.
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I think the very first words blurted out of Marat's mouth were the most honest ones. And he should learn how to control his temper after loses and after he doesn't try/gets frustrated in matches. Good that he appologized, but this whole thing could have been averted.

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"I know I said things that deep inside I never meant, as I really appreciate the importance of this event.''

hmm, doesn't sound like broken "safin" english to me!
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Too late. He will still be sent to bed without supper.

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"I know I said things that deep inside I never meant, as I really appreciate the importance of this event.''

hmm, doesn't sound like broken "safin" english to me!
Wait, you're telling us maybe it's not Safin who wrote the statement he issued through the ATP... I'm shocked!
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unbelievably childish safin, he'll never change

1st he was gonna miss RG, didnt....give up wimbledon, now he'll be back for many years to come...what a true brat, far to much talent and not enuff brains , he's like a spoilt kid who doesnt like any one else winning if he cant

marat you big tosser lol
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I certainly hope this is an honest recant of his previous statements, and not just to abet fans and the public.

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The British commentators mentioned Safin needed a sports psychologist at the AO earlier this year. They then laughed and said "the psychologist would come worse off."
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