It was just a joke. Doesn't have to be factual.
Lots of humour on this forum are not based on all facts anyway.
Well, I know that in reality climbing up Cho Oyu is no joke. But if I were Marat, I'd have done the same thing. Why not? Ok, it's not professional tennis-wise like many have said. But instead of just toiling meaninglessly on the mundane tennis courts for another two months (I think everybody agrees here that he's not going to win every single match and sweep all the titles this fall anyway), Marat is doing something that will contribute to his lifetime experience. Dangerous yes. And it might affect his physique as a tennis player afterwards. But Marat is a person before he's a tennis player. So...
I'm happy for him. And this proves to me that Marat is almost by nature a somewhat Byronic figure I always thought he is.
Hey, I'm honestly hoping this will be his Camino de Santiago. But walking 750 km and climbing one of the highest mounts in the world while you have to deal with low pressure, severe climate, chest-high snow is a whole different thing. We're first and foremost worried about the human being Marat Safin and his survival and then about his career (which as some pointed out might be over soon.
) He's lost it completely. There are million other places he could have chosen.
Yesterday I read the journal of people who prepated for 2 years
to climb the same mount and it's crazy how many problems they stumbled upon. Then what can we say about Marat who is yes, a professional athlete, but still not prepared a bit for what's coming. So, I can't agree with you that trying to kill himself will "contribute to his lifetime experience".
I'm scared, and I don't even want to imagine what his mother might be going through.