DEBATE OF THE WEEK
With Ferrero, Federer and Roddick battling tooth and nail for the world number one spot, onthe most talented player of his generation will not even be present to defend his Paris Masters title. So just what is Marat Safin's problem?
Is it mental weakness, a lack of commitment or simply injuries that have kept him from fulfilling his true potential? Have your say!
List of messages
27/10/2003 - Dalia
People are too hard for Marat. I think every person would feel miserable if playing in pain. Safin needs time to recover and then he'll show all his abilities.
27/10/2003 - Come on 'Me' - that's what sport is about!
That's the nature of being a sports fan!! Of course, none of us can actually know what exactly is wrong with him. I doubt even he does, but because we enjoy taking about sport it's fun for people to give their different theories on the issue. Maybe everybody here is wrong, maybe not, but if you take the debate and speculation out of sport, then you make it very boring!
27/10/2003 - Pasha
all of the ani safin fans, guys u are pathetic, HE WILL BE BACK and when he will he will be the dam best player on the court! and if not his temper he woldnt be so exited to watch
27/10/2003 - Luana
People are so quick to critise him... that's unfair... Tennis is a very demanding sport and just who plays can figure it out.... imagine for the proffis...Safin will be back for sure! But it takes a while... just have a look at 3 x RG champion and former number one Kuerten... he was on the top for such a long time, then had this injury, then surgery, and now, slowly he's finding his game... Of course it's hard to handle the "free falls" on the ranking, but takes some time. Many yonger players are showing up but not many of them have gifted us with so brillinat shots like Safin...
27/10/2003 - DEFT
I just don't see the interest, the rage in Marath Safin's eyes.. it seems to me, that he has to bring back "The Eyes Of Tiger" ....
27/10/2003 - Kendedes,Belgium
I think the guy should realize,that only talent is not enought to stay in the front of man tennis at this moment,With all the guy play very well and can beat each other,especially inside top 100, he have to work hard to be the best,not only depend on his tallent and come to any tournament to play and hope can win the match.I think ,this is the time for him to be more proff,take more serious coach to help him out,he need to be handle by Proff,and have to follow all the rule to come back to be the best
27/10/2003 - Me
People never cease to amaze me!!!! Come on! You haven't even seen the guy in real life and you pretend to know the roots of all his physical and mental problems! Hilarious. You aren't tennis experts or doctors... hell, most of you don't even play tennis but you ALL think it's "oh so obvious" that he is weak or lacks commitment or is too lazy or "the game just doesn't interest him anymore...". Please! I'm just so sick of hearing "Safin doesn't do that..." or "Safin should do this...". As soon as a player gets injured or if he isn't as consistent as concrete everybody starts "debating" and pointing fingers and it's all begining to sound a bit like a broken record, really!
27/10/2003 - Mad Max from Russia
Safiin,like a Kafelnikov-it is a real russian hero,but now he has any problems with own health,and 2-3 month later he will return to the first 10.
27/10/2003 - NYC
I don't think it is fair to criticise Safin of being lazy or mentally weak. He has one of the supreme talents in the game, and could beat all of the best players on the scene. However, he has had a very long injury, which has dented his confidence. If he starts of the new season injury free and wins a couple of matches to boost his confidence, we might well see the Safin we all expect to see
27/10/2003 - Puschkin
When he is inspired, it is tennis at its best: power, incredible acceleration and also subtelety, although he is hardly given credit for the latter. In addition, he shows his emotions on and off the court. You are either with him or against him, there is no middle ground. I belong to the first group and that's why I miss him on the tour. I can imagine that he experiences his darkest hours as a tennis player painfully doubting his capabilities and his future. If he manages to get through this - ideally with the help of a professional coach - he will be a better player than before and a real threat to those fighting for the number one spot right now. If he doesn't he will be remembered as the eternal talent. The choice is his and I wish him all the best in persiung the option which would bring him fully back to the tour.
27/10/2003 - From Holland
I don't think anybody here can say anything about what's wrong with safin. The one thing you can say.. is that it's very hard to come back after a long-time injury.
27/10/2003 - DesertRose
He has it all, the skills, etc...But the problem is in his head, ofcourse he's injured, but that's not it, at least not all of it. As a pro tennisplayer, the only thing or even the most important thing on your mind, should be tennis. That's just not the case with Marat. I'm not saying he's lost his ineterest, but it's close. Just give him time, you'll see...
27/10/2003 - Simply
It is simply connected with injures. Could you realize the level of competition and you can undrestand how important to get good fitness. Other suggestions seem extra sensible and it is strange sound from Safin's antifuns. Exactly.
27/10/2003 - just me
I think his problem is that he thinks too high of himself apparently which of course doesn't help him to improve his tennis. Also he is quite ignorant and foolish..... Shame really but then it's his choice. Full stop!
27/10/2003 - Pera Srbin
I think that he is week and laisy.He should train more and give more of him self when he plays.He`s plays are too pathetic!!But i hope that one of worlds best will be back!! Zivela Srbija!!
27/10/2003 - Russia
the man needs time to recover from injuries, when he got injured in australia he did not think it was serious so he played a couple of more games that aggravated the extend of the injuries hence now he needs more time to recover.
27/10/2003 - skachhy
the only problem that Safin is having is his temprament and also his unwillingness to fight. Look at Agassi, Andre Agassi had to play in challenger tournaments despite being a former Grand Slam champion but his will to fight got him back at the top and this will is missing in Safin.
27/10/2003 - Br@vo
He is one of the worlds best tennis players or at least on of the worlds greatest tallents.Give him more time, I think he`ll be back.Big time!!
27/10/2003 - Dogck
I think Safin needs is more time, and less pressure. Capriati took forever to come back, but when she did, wow
27/10/2003 - Safin is a fool
He's a baby. He's mentally weak, and quits as soon as he hits trouble. Every great champion has to overcome challenges and problems, but Safin can't be bothered. he wants instant success, and when he doesn't get it he pretends to be injured. Pathetic.
27/10/2003 - wilander
it's all about idealism