Short itw via Trud.ru
There is life after tennis!
George Nastenko, № 095, 11 July 2012.
In 2000 Marat Safin defended the honor of the Russian flag at the Olympic Games in Sydney, but failed to win a medal. In an interview with "Trud", Marat, now vice-president of the Russian Tennis Federation, spoke about the chances of our tennis players in the upcoming Olympic Games in London, and also about his life after his retirement from tennis.
- Who's the favorite at the Games in the tennis tournament?
- Unlikely to be any surprises in store here. The contender is to be found among the Big Four: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray. These tennis players should make up the semi-final pairs. They are so set apart in class, that each of the four is able to beat the rest of world's tennis players on hard, on clay, even on grass. And for women the situation is less predictable. Maria Sharapova, in the space of a month, on the same surface, can play at first very well, then poorly. Or in reverse order.
- Have the names already been approved of those who will make up the Russian team on the London courts?
- All of our strongest tennis players and tennis players are already known, but the team combinations in doubles and mixed doubles have yet to be decided for London.
- If Dinara played a full season, she would surely have received an invitation to the team. Will your sister be back in tennis?
- I don't think so. Although I've already said, women are less predictable than men. Including in tennis.
- Instead of Dinara, will her brother go to the Olympics?
- I'm staying in Moscow during the Games. Shamil Anvyarovich Tarpischev is flying with the team, and there is plenty for me to do here.
- After completion of the tennis career, what tools you use to maintain fitness?
- I play tennis very rarely. When possible, I play hockey. I accepted with great enthusiasm the invitation to play the charity match of team Sasha Ovechkin and Ilya Kovalchuk on my home ground Sokolniki. More often I play football. Minimum two or three times a week.
- What general relationship developed between you and football?
- From early childhood I loved two sports most of all - football and tennis. My parents gave me to tennis. Maybe it makes sense to say my life is undeveloped.
- But is there something about tennis that's better than football?
- The fact that the responsibility of no one else skinesh: most have to fight for the victory and fully responsible for the defeat. But it's easier in a football team.
- And among the tennis players, who is better at football?
- All the top Russian tennis players have some football experience, there was never a "no legs" in our team. But better than all of us is Igor Andreev. He's just a football genius.