Q. When Marat decided to retire, that he was going to retire this year, when did he tell you? What was your reaction when he told you?
DINARA SAFINA: Well, he was supposed to retire already last year. (laughter.) He's keep playing. You know, for me it doesn't matter. I just want him to be happy, you know. He had a very long career. He had a successful career. And if for any reason he's not enjoying anymore -- I mean, because by the years, you know, he play the same tournaments through the whole life, you know. And I guess you come to the routine, and it's everything the same, same people. So if it doesn't make you happy it makes no sense. So I just want him to be happy.
Q. You've play tennis all your life. You've been around tennis all your life with your mom and all that and the club. Do you think you missed out on anything outside of tennis?
DINARA SAFINA: I think so. You know, it's -- because we have no other life, you know. We don't know anything. I think that's why many players keep playing, because they try to stop but they cannot find themself .... But some of them, they don't have family. I think it's not an easy to finish the tennis and to decide what you want to do in your life.
Q. Were you close to him?
DINARA SAFINA: I mean, yeah, very close, you know. It's -- it was -- they didn't told me, actually, and it was strange. I was sitting at the table, and suddenly my manager comes and says, you know, I'm sorry, your grandfather died. It was already like two weeks ago and I had no idea because my parents didn't want me -- because I was playing the tournament.
Thanks for posting. I love the fact she's not afraid to show her vulnerability or give anything but the unvarnished truth. She also has the same pragmatic outlook and engaging lack of pretension as Marat! Sounds like the coach put his foot in it big time, though, that kind of news ought to come from the parents surely.