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Safin to climb the Cho Oyu mountain

krystlel
09-13-2007, 11:07 AM
Russia's Safin seeks to reach new heights in Himalayas

By Gopal Sharma

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Russia's Marat Safin will bid to scale the world's sixth highest mountain, giving the former world number one a fresh challenge which looks set to rule him out of this month's Davis Cup semi-final against Germany.

Safin is part of an eight-member Russian expedition which is due to leave Nepal on Friday to climb Cho Oyu, the 8,201-metre (26,906 ft) mountain on the Nepal-Tibet border, a Nepalese hiking official told Reuters.

"This is an interesting climb but he has (had) very good physical exercise," Ang Tshering Sherpa, chief of the Nepal Mountaineering Association said on Thursday.

"He is young and energetic although the climb is challenging. I'm hopeful he will succeed," said the official, who also heads Asian Trekking, the agency providing logistic support to the expedition.

He said the expedition was expected to last over a month, which is also likely to rule Safin out of the Mumbai Open starting on September 24, a day after the Davis Cup tie.

Expedition leader Alexander Abramov said a successful attempt would add to the stature of the two-time grand slam winner.

"Hopefully to his many victories in tennis, Marat will add one more victory on the sixth highest mountain in the world," Abramov was quoted as saying on a mountaineering Web site.

Safin, who won the Australian Open title in 2005, has struggled with form and injuries since that triumph and his last match was a second round loss at this year's U.S. Open.
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=reu-safinmountaineeringdc&prov=reuters&type=lgns

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If this article is true, then Safin will probably miss out on some of the indoor season though it's not known for sure how long exactly.

~EMiLiTA~
09-13-2007, 11:08 AM
so no DC either?

natasha_nana
09-13-2007, 11:30 AM
:confused: okkkay

Maybe he's trying to find himself. :rolleyes: Can't think of any other particularly good reason for this.

Burrow
09-13-2007, 12:05 PM
Go Marat, climb this fucking mountain!

smitty8
09-13-2007, 12:12 PM
Maybe he's looking for a new way to get high. :p

Tennis Fool
09-13-2007, 12:13 PM
:eek: :tape: :yeah:

smitty8
09-13-2007, 12:28 PM
So many people have climbed Marat, but now he has a chance to do some climbing of his own. ;)

:spit: :yeah:

jdenelle
09-13-2007, 12:53 PM
Since he can't climb in the rankings, climbing a mountain is the next best thing I guess.;)

MisterQ
09-13-2007, 12:55 PM
So many people have climbed Marat, but now he has a chance to do some climbing of his own. ;)

Why climb Marat?

Because he's there.

MisterQ
09-13-2007, 12:56 PM
Good luck to Safin on this expedition. I hope he is careful.

Burrow
09-13-2007, 01:00 PM
He will probably fall and kill himself, I wouldnt be completely surprised.

peacechick
09-13-2007, 01:16 PM
Marat :lol: As long as he doesn't go and break something...

celia
09-13-2007, 01:25 PM
This is awesome. I am so proud of him. :yeah:

trixtah
09-13-2007, 01:48 PM
what the fuck...lol neat

R.Federer
09-13-2007, 01:51 PM
Good luck!Safe travels

barbadosan
09-13-2007, 02:33 PM
:worship: First there was Mount Ararat, now there's Mount Marat. :devil:

:worship: :worship:

MCL
09-13-2007, 02:43 PM
As long as he doesn't get hurt, I hope he gets to climb the mountain. :)

Metis
09-13-2007, 02:46 PM
I hope they take some extra climbing sticks with them (or whatever those things are called) :tape: :p


MrQ and J'torian :haha:


Good luck to him. It sounds like a very challenging feat... :hatoff:

LeChuck
09-13-2007, 02:48 PM
This venture sounds exciting. Hopefully he has lots of fun and stays out of harm's way.

Rogiman
09-13-2007, 03:07 PM
Hope he doesn't lose this one too.

gulzhan
09-13-2007, 03:08 PM
is this that little actress? :eek: the "poor nastya" or whatever :eek:

so, i guess she lured him into a tv show :eek:

what a loser! :mad:

smitty8
09-13-2007, 03:12 PM
Response from my boss: "we all know he's nuts" lol
Well, I hope he finds what he's looking for, if it's the challenge, his sanity, or whatever, and comes home safe.

Sofyaxo
09-13-2007, 03:15 PM
He will probably fall and kill himself, I wouldnt be completely surprised.

Yep sounds about right.

FedFan_2007
09-13-2007, 03:39 PM
Since he can't climb in the rankings, climbing a mountain is the next best thing I guess.;)

Ouch! :devil: :devil: :devil:

MisterQ
09-13-2007, 04:06 PM
Mountaineers have declared a Safin a natural talent.

http://www.littlepo.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/iceclimbing.jpg http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/safin_smash_0102_thumbnail,0.jpg

Burrow
09-13-2007, 04:07 PM
ha

R.Federer
09-13-2007, 04:27 PM
Maybe he's looking for a new way to get high. :p
:lol:

R.Federer
09-13-2007, 04:28 PM
Excellent !!!! :rolls:

Mountaineers have declared a Safin a natural talent.

http://www.littlepo.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/iceclimbing.jpg http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/safin_smash_0102_thumbnail,0.jpg

NinaNina19
09-13-2007, 04:29 PM
So many people have climbed Marat, but now he has a chance to do some climbing of his own. ;)Why doesn't he climb the rankings?

AsianSensation
09-13-2007, 04:32 PM
The headline on MTF 3 weeks from now:

Cho Oyu triple bagels Safin 6-3 6-3 6-3

case
09-13-2007, 04:33 PM
Mountaineers have declared a Safin a natural talent.


:haha: last i heard mountain climbing wasn't easy. this sounds like a terrible decision on safin's part. :cuckoo:
no word that he has ever climbed before:rolleyes:

couldnt he have started climbing something much easier like stairs?

smitty8
09-13-2007, 04:36 PM
couldnt he have started climbing something much easier like stairs?

:haha:

The_Nadal_effect
09-13-2007, 04:36 PM
Lol @ MisterQ and J'torian!

Stop making fun of the guy!
So maybe he is on a high...We'll confirm when he's on a roll! :rolls:

MariaV
09-13-2007, 04:39 PM
Why doesn't he climb the rankings?

Beats me! :shrug: :o

Xristos
09-13-2007, 04:41 PM
All the best!

Hope to see Marat back on a tennis court soon though.

Action Jackson
09-13-2007, 04:44 PM
Good man.

Burrow
09-13-2007, 04:54 PM
I can't wait to see him return with longer hair and a santa claus beard.

He would probably like that :rolleyes: :o

Exodus
09-13-2007, 04:56 PM
hopefully after defeating the mountain safin would get enlightnend so much that he heals the mental weakness and plays the best tennis ever LOL

*bunny*
09-13-2007, 05:41 PM
If the expedition really takes over a month, he's very likely to miss the rest of the season, which probably means his ranking in January won't be high enough to make himself a seed at AO.
O well, then he can become a most dangerous floater. :p

Byrd
09-13-2007, 05:44 PM
This guy always manages to fuck up everything, wouldn't be surprised if he ends up avalanching the nearest town after putting a flag of russia on the peak.

alelysafina
09-13-2007, 06:26 PM
He would love it. :) Next year he'll go to the South Pole and return after two months with a penguin wife and some rather large eggs in a cushioned basket. :couple:

:haha: :haha: :haha:

trixtah
09-13-2007, 06:31 PM
after winning this small warm up tourney, he'll be ready to win the Everest Open, after which he'll never be able to ascend past the fourth camp again. Well, hope he stays safe (along with anyone that has climbed before). Any fellow tennis player rock climbers in here?

*M*
09-13-2007, 06:45 PM
He would love it. :) Next year he'll go to the South Pole and return after two months with a penguin wife and some rather large eggs in a cushioned basket. :couple:
I predict he'll go to the North Pole and wind up on the Island of Misfit Toys, where he'll feel right at home and live happily ever after.

http://wwwimage.cbs.com/specials/rudolph/images/photos/rud_08.jpg

FedFan_2007
09-13-2007, 06:46 PM
Safin = officially insane. But we already knew that. Go Marat, we love your insanity.

Allure
09-13-2007, 07:22 PM
Why doesn't he climb the rankings?

Because there's no Roger Federer in the mountains. ;)

tennisgal_001
09-13-2007, 07:26 PM
Safin doing some soul-searching up there? Good for him, so long as he comes back in one piece...

shotgun
09-13-2007, 08:28 PM
Maybe he's looking for a new way to get high. :p

Well, he does look stoned on the photo below.


http://www.7summits-club.com/objects/ribbon-808.jpg

Action Jackson
09-13-2007, 08:30 PM
Well done big man take in the natural environment.

luxsword
09-13-2007, 08:36 PM
http://smileys.sur-la-toile.com/repository/Respect/bravo-encouragements-994.gifGo Marat !http://smileys.sur-la-toile.com/repository/Content/pom-pom-girl.gifAnd be careful ! http://smileys.sur-la-toile.com/repository/Reflexion/vieux-smiley.gif
http://smileys.sur-la-toile.com/repository/Zen/levitation.gifhttp://smileys.sur-la-toile.com/repository/Zen/levitation.gifhttp://smileys.sur-la-toile.com/repository/Zen/levitation.gif

mer
09-13-2007, 08:41 PM
is this that little actress? :eek: the "poor nastya" or whatever :eek:

so, i guess she lured him into a tv show :eek:

what a loser! :mad:
:confused: :confused: this is not that little actress, she's a mountain guide and this is not a tv show.

World Beater
09-13-2007, 09:01 PM
:help:

Kalliopeia
09-13-2007, 09:33 PM
Why climb Marat?

Because he's there.

With him it's going to be either that or make it up the mountain in record time, learn to speak Nepali fluently, paint a few stunning watercolors, and defuse a minor Maoist rebellion on his way back down.

couldnt he have started climbing something much easier like stairs?

He would love it. :) Next year he'll go to the South Pole and return after two months with a penguin wife and some rather large eggs in a cushioned basket. :couple:

:rolls::rolls::rolls:

Oh my God y'all are killing me. :lol:

I don't know, this is either the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard or the most awesome. Or both. Oh Marat. Shine on, you crazy bastard. :hearts:
Please don't kill yourself.

gomeny
09-13-2007, 09:40 PM
This guy always manages to fuck up everything, wouldn't be surprised if he ends up avalanching the nearest town after putting a flag of russia on the peak.

He should retire, or keeping plugging away like JCF. He's just a giant attention whore.

Marek.
09-13-2007, 09:52 PM
He'll fuck this up somehow or quit halfway through.


Good luck Marat.

luxsword
09-13-2007, 10:29 PM
He should retire, or keeping plugging away like JCF. He's just a giant attention whore.
http://smileys.sur-la-toile.com/repository/Surpris/choqu%E9-9745.gifhttp://smileys.sur-la-toile.com/repository/Endormi/zzzzz-9758.gif

trixtah
09-14-2007, 02:32 AM
He should retire, or keeping plugging away like JCF. He's just a giant attention whore.

Wanting to climb a mountain makes you an attention whore? I think someone's jealousssss

tangerine_dream
09-14-2007, 02:41 AM
Good for him. :bigclap: Everybody needs a completely new challenge every now and then. Perhaps this will help him find some focus in his life. Good to luck to him on his new journey.

CyBorg
09-14-2007, 03:30 AM
Tennis doesn't deserve Safin.

FedFan_2007
09-14-2007, 03:55 AM
Safin doesn't deserve tennis. The fookin idiot.

Whistleway
09-14-2007, 04:24 AM
Tennis doesn't deserve Safin.

:yeah:

GlennMirnyi
09-14-2007, 04:43 AM
:haha: what a clown. What's next? He'll visit the ISS? :haha:

Alex999
09-14-2007, 04:56 AM
H mm, Safin will come come back from this adventure to win 4 more grand slams. Let me tell ya. Jealous bitches.

Alex999
09-14-2007, 06:16 AM
After struggling with and eventually mastering the sliding, powdery snow on the slopes of Cho Oyu, he will come back and dominate clay, beating Rafa in the 2008 RG final. :worship: Rogi will be denied for yet another year.
for sure :)

rmb6687
09-14-2007, 07:18 AM
Oh god! It sounds...um...fun. Please please please make it back down so you can tell us all about it.

Maybe the little man inside his head got sick of him and finally told him where his brain is.

Safe travels Marat, and unlike some of these people, I want you to come back with a beard and samurai bun to match!

mer
09-14-2007, 07:35 AM
Safe travels Marat, and unlike some of these people, I want you to come back with a beard and samurai bun to match!
luckily 40 days is not enough to grow a bun;)

gomeny
09-14-2007, 07:42 AM
Wanting to climb a mountain makes you an attention whore? I think someone's jealousssss

No shit I am, I would kill to have Safin's tennis talent.:rolleyes:

Yeah he's fucking publicizing it to the world. You don't hear Hewitt or Kuerten whine like little bitches.

mer
09-14-2007, 07:51 AM
Yeah he's fucking publicizing it to the world. You don't hear Hewitt or Kuerten whine like little bitches.
When did he whine the last time? He said he's satisfied with his career etc and he didn't complain. Go read his interviews before making assumptions.
As for the trip, this is not a tv show, there will be no cameras and no reporters. There is nothing about it on his official site, the news were kept secret untill they arrived to Napal. Marat himself didn't say a word about it, the same for his friends. There was nothing about it in russian media and there is still nothing in russian media, nothing apart from the news on the '7 summits' site. The only people who knows anything about it is the guys from '7 summits' club (and they are the ones who make good PR for their business btw) . And all we have is info that he's the part of the team and a couple of pics. He goes there with one of his friends. He just wants a break and wants to climb the f-ing mountain, that's all.

drf716
09-14-2007, 08:14 AM
He will probably fall and kill himself, I wouldnt be completely surprised.

he can do better than that! good luck!

gomeny
09-14-2007, 08:20 AM
When did he whine the last time? He said he's satisfied with his career etc and he didn't complain. Go read his interviews before making assumptions.
As for the trip, this is not a tv show, there will be no cameras and no reporters. There is nothing about it on his official site, the news were kept secret untill they arrived to Napal. Marat himself didn't say a word about it, the same for his friends. There was nothing about it in russian media and there is still nothing in russian media, nothing apart from the news on the '7 summits' site. The only people who knows anything about it is the guys from '7 summits' club (and they are the ones who make good PR for their business btw) . And all we have is info that he's the part of the team and a couple of pics. He goes there with one of his friends. He just wants a break and wants to climb the f-ing mountain, that's all.

Yes I have been reading some of his interviews he, and imho he is whining. He could do it discretely. Hilary Swank volunteered India for a month and she didn't tell the press until she came back.

mer
09-14-2007, 08:27 AM
He could do it discretely. Hilary Swank volunteered India for a month and she didn't tell the press until she came back.
He didn't tell anything to the press or even to his friends either. This '7 summits' club always write short reports on their expeditions. Ther are pics made etc. Why should they hide the fact that Marat is with them? It would be ridiculous anyway.

Yes I have been reading some of his interviews he, and imho he is whining.
you are entitled for your opinion of course but I don't see any whining in his USO intervews. Quite the opposite. :shrug:

Rogiman
09-14-2007, 08:29 AM
H mm, Safin will come come back from this adventure to win 4 more grand slams. Let me tell ya. Jealous bitches.Of course he will :hug:

:haha:

Action Jackson
09-14-2007, 08:35 AM
The sad thing about this is that I agree with Tangerinus Clementine Dream on this issue.

Bibir
09-14-2007, 09:15 AM
:haha: what a clown. What's next? He'll visit the ISS? :haha:

He played like crap all year. At least he's trying someting new in his life. :shrug:
That's better than most of us,watching TV and posting on forums.

Mrs Tommy Haas
09-14-2007, 09:18 AM
He played like crap all year. At least he's trying someting new in his life. :shrug:
That's better than most of us,watching TV and posting on forums.

Do you have 10.000 Dollars spare? That's the basic cost of his trip.

Bibir
09-14-2007, 09:31 AM
Do you have 10.000 Dollars spare? That's the basic cost of his trip.
And what? He has the money. He can do it. Good for him, and good luck!

Mrs Tommy Haas
09-14-2007, 09:37 AM
And what? He has the money. He can do it. Good for him, and good luck!

maybe you'd go there too if you had the money instead of watching TV

Bibir
09-14-2007, 09:44 AM
maybe you'd go there too if you had the money instead of watching TV
Probably...

Kalliopeia
09-14-2007, 09:57 AM
No shit I am, I would kill to have Safin's tennis talent.:rolleyes:

Yeah he's fucking publicizing it to the world. You don't hear Hewitt or Kuerten whine like little bitches.

Yes I have been reading some of his interviews he, and imho he is whining. He could do it discretely. Hilary Swank volunteered India for a month and she didn't tell the press until she came back.

You are ridiculous.

No one heard the first word about this until yesterday. It had to come out as people would have been wondering where a top 30 player had suddenly disappeared to, especially one as high profile as Marat Safin who would mysteriously be missing from Davis Cup in a couple of weeks.

Good for Marat, I say, for deciding he wants to do something and then just doing it. Most people wouldn't have the guts to try something like that. Good for him for not being held back by the number of people who must have been telling him how insane he was. Good luck to him. Conquer that mountain, Marat! :bigclap:

Mrs Tommy Haas
09-14-2007, 12:18 PM
http://in.sports.yahoo.com/070913/48/6kqin.html


sorry for fans in mumbai

Mrs Tommy Haas
09-14-2007, 12:19 PM
You are ridiculous.

No one heard the first word about this until yesterday.

Not true, it was reported some ten days ago already but then they changed the name on "7summits" from Marat Safin to Murat Satin. :rolleyes:

Action Jackson
09-14-2007, 12:22 PM
He played like crap all year. At least he's trying someting new in his life. :shrug:
That's better than most of us,watching TV and posting on forums.

Nah, don't say that, this concept might confuse people.

mer
09-14-2007, 12:26 PM
Not true, it was reported some ten days ago already but then they changed the name on "7summits" from Marat Safin to Murat Satin. :rolleyes:
They removed the article from the site the next day. And nobody has taken it seriously. Even now some people are still sure that he might play DC.

peripheral
09-14-2007, 12:39 PM
Marat :mad: I was hoping to see him play in Mumbai. Oh well, happy climbing, I guess.

With him it's going to be either that or make it up the mountain in record time, learn to speak Nepali fluently, paint a few stunning watercolors, and defuse a minor Maoist rebellion on his way back down.

:lol:

2moretogo
09-14-2007, 01:17 PM
So many people have climbed Marat, but now he has a chance to do some climbing of his own. ;)

:worship: :worship: :devil: :o

star
09-14-2007, 01:26 PM
How technical is this climb?

Mrs Tommy Haas
09-14-2007, 01:28 PM
How technical is this climb?

mostly walking but at the "yellow band" you need to climb vertical ice and such. Category III. height is more the problem.

star
09-14-2007, 01:43 PM
Here's a link about the mountain. http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/150294/cho-oyu.html

It's one of the easier summits for a mountain of that type and takes about six weeks. There are two difficult sections, one an ice face and the other a steep rock face that is climbed in the dark on the summit day. IMG, a guide company says that one needs good crampon skills for the climb. IMG will be offering a personal sherpa for a surcharge beginning in 2008 for those interested. :)

star
09-14-2007, 01:46 PM
mostly walking but at the "yellow band" you need to climb vertical ice and such. Category III. height is more the problem.

Thanks. The guide companies offer oxygen and IMG climbs with a tent to treat altitude sickness.

I am just imagining Safin with crampons on his feet. Also mountaineers aren't really given to temper outbursts. :)

Mrs Tommy Haas
09-14-2007, 01:47 PM
maybe to put it in tennis terms:

to climb K2 is like playing Roger Federer
to climb Cho Oyu (easiest of 14 8000m mountains) is like playing Richard Gasquet(ATP Ranking).
But, for a very well trained mountaineer who can hold a squash racket. :p

star
09-14-2007, 02:21 PM
:)

I think it will be a good experience for Marat. He's strong and fit, so that should make up for a lack of skills. Plus he'll have plenty of people to train him and help him. That rock face on the summit day seems the biggest challenge to me

MisterQ
09-14-2007, 02:38 PM
Lack of oxygen and frostbite would be my worries.

That's probably incredible training for playing at sea level, though... he'll be running all day!

Action Jackson
09-14-2007, 02:41 PM
Lack of oxygen and frostbite would be my worries.

That's probably incredible training for playing at sea level, though... he'll be running all day!

Only for a short time, then the benefits would wear off. He could do that and then fly to Australia on the Saturday before the AO, then it would work :)

Mrs Tommy Haas
09-14-2007, 02:41 PM
Lack of oxygen and frostbite would be my worries.

That's probably incredible training for playing at sea level, though... he'll be running all day!
hmmm... if he comes back.:sad: to the tour i mean.

star
09-14-2007, 02:42 PM
Not too many birds up there either. :)

Frostbite, especially severe frostbite, would be a big deal for Safin. :eek:

I think they will have oxygen, but it is a Russian group and some of those Russian climbers are hard core and distain oxygen.

GlennMirnyi
09-14-2007, 04:15 PM
He played like crap all year. At least he's trying someting new in his life. :shrug:
That's better than most of us,watching TV and posting on forums.

Yeah, sure. So when I things aren't going well at uni or at work I'll just quit and climb a mountain. I'm sure then everything will be better... :rolleyes:

mer
09-14-2007, 04:19 PM
Yeah, sure. So when I things aren't going well at uni or at work I'll just quit and climb a mountain. I'm sure then everything will be better... :rolleyes:
I think your are always one of those who say he should retire. Consider it the first step to the retirement :shrug:

groundstroke
09-14-2007, 04:22 PM
At least it's something new and fun for him. Plus, good for his fitness.

The_Nadal_effect
09-14-2007, 04:26 PM
Good for Marat, I say, for deciding he wants to do something and then just doing it. Most people wouldn't have the guts to try something like that. Good for him for not being held back by the number of people who must have been telling him how insane he was. Good luck to him. Conquer that mountain, Marat! :bigclap:

Ditto Kalliopeia! :yeah:

Safins' ATP's maverick, no?

Mrs Tommy Haas
09-14-2007, 04:26 PM
At least it's something new and fun for him. Plus, good for his fitness.
yeah, new and fun! hey, why don't we all go climb 8000 m tomorrow! good outwork! t h e new nordic walking.

Kitty de Sade
09-14-2007, 04:32 PM
You can't ever accuse Marat of being unoriginal, that's for sure.

Never underestimate the benefits of a change in routine, and in scenery. Best of luck to him. :)

MisterQ
09-14-2007, 05:19 PM
I wonder what could have inspired him to go mountain climbing... :shrug:

http://img.timeinc.net/skinet/content/images/2007/playboy.vail/Holly.Madison.m.jpg

luxsword
09-14-2007, 06:08 PM
aren't there female yeti ? :tape:

MisterQ
09-14-2007, 06:10 PM
aren't there female yeti ? :tape:

yetettes :drool:

R.Federer
09-14-2007, 06:13 PM
yetettes :drool:
I thought you would suggest Mirkas

As some of the dissers would say :rolleyes:

star
09-14-2007, 06:49 PM
I thought you would suggest Mirkas

As some of the dissers would say :rolleyes:

We left if up to you to think of Mirka yourself. :lol: :lol:

trixtah
09-15-2007, 05:41 AM
So I guess it's a wrist problem again--same one from before. More at his personal site. Here is the important bit

Through out the 8 weeks in the US we really tried to work on my game again. To change my game tactics to where I will be playing again my old tennis style meaning playing faster tennis, shorter points, hard hitting and playing more on the baseline rather than playing two metres away from it as I felt I was playing the last 1 and 1/2 years. I really did feel that things were improving but unfortunately through the 1st round match at the US Open - I felt again the pain in my left wrist - the same one that first started bothering me in 2003. At first I wasn't too bothered with that but during my 2nd round match, the pain got me out of focus and I felt that instead of concentrating on the match, I was solely thinking of the implications of going through all the pain and problems again.

My orthopeadic surgeon Dr. Feder from Los Angeles - flew into New York and examined me after the match. His diagnosis was a relief for me. He said I will only need 4-6 weeks rest. Luckily no extra damage had been made and I should be completely fine after that.

Marek.
09-15-2007, 05:59 AM
So 4-6 weeks rest = climbing a mountain to Safin? :lol:

He should bring a camera with him. It could be a lot of fun.

GlennMirnyi
09-15-2007, 07:04 AM
I think your are always one of those who say he should retire. Consider it the first step to the retirement :shrug:

I don't care if he retires or not.

lina_seta
09-15-2007, 07:44 AM
oh marat... lol

ilovemarat
09-15-2007, 08:10 AM
Well... Okay... Climb that mountain, Marat. Do whatever you want, just enjoy it. We are behind you. :fiery:

Mrs Tommy Haas
09-15-2007, 10:51 AM
From his official site


"To all my fans out there - I am writing to you from Katmandu.
Yes a lot of you have heard already that I was on my way to my exciting adventure to climb Cho-Oyu, a mountain in the Himalayas in the Tibet.
I feel it is important for me to fully describe to you what has been going on with me in the last few weeks as well as what are my future plans.

It is you guys who have always been an important role in my career and always been there to support me through difficult times and the oh so sweet victories. We have shared lots of times.

As you will remember I started the US Hardcourt season in Los Angeles where I also began my association with my new coach Hernan Gumy.

I would personally like to say that the co-operation with Hernan is an excellent one. I think he's a great coach and I'm delighted with the work we do together. It is only thanks to the confidence I have in him that has allowed me to go ahead with this step that I have taken and to be where I am now.

Through out the 8 weeks in the US we really tried to work on my game again. To change my game tactics to where I will be playing again my old tennis style meaning playing faster tennis, shorter points, hard hitting and playing more on the baseline rather than playing two metres away from it as I felt I was playing the last 1 and 1/2 years. I really did feel that things were improving but unfortunately through the 1st round match at the US Open - I felt again the pain in my left wrist - the same one that first started bothering me in 2003. At first I wasn't too bothered with that but during my 2nd round match, the pain got me out of focus and I felt that instead of concentrating on the match, I was solely thinking of the implications of going through all the pain and problems again.

My orthopeadic surgeon Dr. Feder from Los Angeles - flew into New York and examined me after the match. His diagnosis was a relief for me. He said I will only need 4-6 weeks rest. Luckily no extra damage had been made and I should be completely fine after that.

Talking with my coach we have realised that this season is over for me and we have made plans which I would love to share with you with regard to the preparations for coming back to next year a better player and stronger and in overall better shape.

When I got back to Moscow and my doctors in Moscow confirmed the same as Dr. Feder, the opportunity occurred to me to join the mountaineering delegation which includes some of my closest friends and I felt for the first time that this is something I really want to do outside of my tennis career.

This is not some simple vacation on the beach. I know that the physical challenge of climbing is huge. With the unique atmosphere and being away from civilisation - hopefully this will renew my resolve and my powers for tennis.

I want this to be a special experience and it is something which deep down inside I wanted to do for a long time.

Before leaving on this expedition, I ensured to close a deal with Gumy until the end of 2008 and only after he agreed and supported me in taking this step did I feel happy to carry on with my plans.

I have planned to be away for 4-6 weeks. I am truly very sorry that I will be missing the Davis Cup semi final tie which I am sure my fellow countrymen will be able to overcome even without me. At least I can say I have contributed a bit to the efforts with my trip to Chile in the beginning of the year and in the 1/4's against France I played a small role in beating Mathieu.

Gumy and I are meant to get together in Moscow at the end of October to start practising and in early November we will fly to Valencia and possibly to South America to get properly ready for the new challenge in 2008.

I can assure you all my friends and supporters that I still have in me the desire to try and make it again to the top of this game and I hope that all of you guys will be there to support me in my efforts to this.

I will definitely miss you all in the next few weeks and I ask you to support and cross your fingers for the success of my fellow Russians in the team in the Davis Cup semi final.

I will see you all again real soon.

From me somewhere above the roof of the world.

Peace to you all

Marat"

Jaffas85
09-15-2007, 10:58 AM
So I suppose he won't be defending his QF points in Madrid and Paris.

luxsword
09-15-2007, 11:18 AM
http://smileys.sur-la-toile.com/repository/Rires/srigole.gifI don't care if he retires or not.

Kalliopeia
09-15-2007, 02:50 PM
From his official site


"To all my fans out there - I am writing to you from Katmandu.
Yes a lot of you have heard already that I was on my way to my exciting adventure to climb Cho-Oyu, a mountain in the Himalayas in the Tibet.
I feel it is important for me to fully describe to you what has been going on with me in the last few weeks as well as what are my future plans.

It is you guys who have always been an important role in my career and always been there to support me through difficult times and the oh so sweet victories. We have shared lots of times.

As you will remember I started the US Hardcourt season in Los Angeles where I also began my association with my new coach Hernan Gumy.

I would personally like to say that the co-operation with Hernan is an excellent one. I think he's a great coach and I'm delighted with the work we do together. It is only thanks to the confidence I have in him that has allowed me to go ahead with this step that I have taken and to be where I am now.

Through out the 8 weeks in the US we really tried to work on my game again. To change my game tactics to where I will be playing again my old tennis style meaning playing faster tennis, shorter points, hard hitting and playing more on the baseline rather than playing two metres away from it as I felt I was playing the last 1 and 1/2 years. I really did feel that things were improving but unfortunately through the 1st round match at the US Open - I felt again the pain in my left wrist - the same one that first started bothering me in 2003. At first I wasn't too bothered with that but during my 2nd round match, the pain got me out of focus and I felt that instead of concentrating on the match, I was solely thinking of the implications of going through all the pain and problems again.

My orthopeadic surgeon Dr. Feder from Los Angeles - flew into New York and examined me after the match. His diagnosis was a relief for me. He said I will only need 4-6 weeks rest. Luckily no extra damage had been made and I should be completely fine after that.

Talking with my coach we have realised that this season is over for me and we have made plans which I would love to share with you with regard to the preparations for coming back to next year a better player and stronger and in overall better shape.

When I got back to Moscow and my doctors in Moscow confirmed the same as Dr. Feder, the opportunity occurred to me to join the mountaineering delegation which includes some of my closest friends and I felt for the first time that this is something I really want to do outside of my tennis career.

This is not some simple vacation on the beach. I know that the physical challenge of climbing is huge. With the unique atmosphere and being away from civilisation - hopefully this will renew my resolve and my powers for tennis.

I want this to be a special experience and it is something which deep down inside I wanted to do for a long time.

Before leaving on this expedition, I ensured to close a deal with Gumy until the end of 2008 and only after he agreed and supported me in taking this step did I feel happy to carry on with my plans.

I have planned to be away for 4-6 weeks. I am truly very sorry that I will be missing the Davis Cup semi final tie which I am sure my fellow countrymen will be able to overcome even without me. At least I can say I have contributed a bit to the efforts with my trip to Chile in the beginning of the year and in the 1/4's against France I played a small role in beating Mathieu.

Gumy and I are meant to get together in Moscow at the end of October to start practising and in early November we will fly to Valencia and possibly to South America to get properly ready for the new challenge in 2008.

I can assure you all my friends and supporters that I still have in me the desire to try and make it again to the top of this game and I hope that all of you guys will be there to support me in my efforts to this.

I will definitely miss you all in the next few weeks and I ask you to support and cross your fingers for the success of my fellow Russians in the team in the Davis Cup semi final.

I will see you all again real soon.

From me somewhere above the roof of the world.

Peace to you all

Marat"

Awesome. Kick that mountain's ass, Marat. :)

tennisgal_001
09-15-2007, 04:16 PM
From his official site


"To all my fans out there - I am writing to you from Katmandu.
Yes a lot of you have heard already that I was on my way to my exciting adventure to climb Cho-Oyu, a mountain in the Himalayas in the Tibet.
I feel it is important for me to fully describe to you what has been going on with me in the last few weeks as well as what are my future plans.

It is you guys who have always been an important role in my career and always been there to support me through difficult times and the oh so sweet victories. We have shared lots of times.

As you will remember I started the US Hardcourt season in Los Angeles where I also began my association with my new coach Hernan Gumy.

I would personally like to say that the co-operation with Hernan is an excellent one. I think he's a great coach and I'm delighted with the work we do together. It is only thanks to the confidence I have in him that has allowed me to go ahead with this step that I have taken and to be where I am now.

Through out the 8 weeks in the US we really tried to work on my game again. To change my game tactics to where I will be playing again my old tennis style meaning playing faster tennis, shorter points, hard hitting and playing more on the baseline rather than playing two metres away from it as I felt I was playing the last 1 and 1/2 years. I really did feel that things were improving but unfortunately through the 1st round match at the US Open - I felt again the pain in my left wrist - the same one that first started bothering me in 2003. At first I wasn't too bothered with that but during my 2nd round match, the pain got me out of focus and I felt that instead of concentrating on the match, I was solely thinking of the implications of going through all the pain and problems again.

My orthopeadic surgeon Dr. Feder from Los Angeles - flew into New York and examined me after the match. His diagnosis was a relief for me. He said I will only need 4-6 weeks rest. Luckily no extra damage had been made and I should be completely fine after that.

Talking with my coach we have realised that this season is over for me and we have made plans which I would love to share with you with regard to the preparations for coming back to next year a better player and stronger and in overall better shape.

When I got back to Moscow and my doctors in Moscow confirmed the same as Dr. Feder, the opportunity occurred to me to join the mountaineering delegation which includes some of my closest friends and I felt for the first time that this is something I really want to do outside of my tennis career.

This is not some simple vacation on the beach. I know that the physical challenge of climbing is huge. With the unique atmosphere and being away from civilisation - hopefully this will renew my resolve and my powers for tennis.

I want this to be a special experience and it is something which deep down inside I wanted to do for a long time.

Before leaving on this expedition, I ensured to close a deal with Gumy until the end of 2008 and only after he agreed and supported me in taking this step did I feel happy to carry on with my plans.

I have planned to be away for 4-6 weeks. I am truly very sorry that I will be missing the Davis Cup semi final tie which I am sure my fellow countrymen will be able to overcome even without me. At least I can say I have contributed a bit to the efforts with my trip to Chile in the beginning of the year and in the 1/4's against France I played a small role in beating Mathieu.

Gumy and I are meant to get together in Moscow at the end of October to start practising and in early November we will fly to Valencia and possibly to South America to get properly ready for the new challenge in 2008.

I can assure you all my friends and supporters that I still have in me the desire to try and make it again to the top of this game and I hope that all of you guys will be there to support me in my efforts to this.

I will definitely miss you all in the next few weeks and I ask you to support and cross your fingers for the success of my fellow Russians in the team in the Davis Cup semi final.

I will see you all again real soon.

From me somewhere above the roof of the world.

Peace to you all

Marat"


Seek and destroy Marat, and come back stronger than ever.
All jokes aside though, it can't get much worse than it's going for him right now, so why not try doing things differently? It's worth a shot, as strange as the method is...

myrt
09-15-2007, 04:39 PM
He sounds so hopeful and positive...I love that he isn't afraid to take on a new challenge. My only fear is that Marat will fall in love with climbing and find that tennis is to boring for him.

Dear Marat stay true to tennis, your first love, although we know VARIETY is definitely the spice in your life. I wish you and your team a SAFE and inspirational journey.

smitty8
09-15-2007, 05:56 PM
From his official site


"To all my fans out there - I am writing to you from Katmandu.
Yes a lot of you have heard already that I was on my way to my exciting adventure to climb Cho-Oyu, a mountain in the Himalayas in the Tibet.
I feel it is important for me to fully describe to you what has been going on with me in the last few weeks as well as what are my future plans.

It is you guys who have always been an important role in my career and always been there to support me through difficult times and the oh so sweet victories. We have shared lots of times.

As you will remember I started the US Hardcourt season in Los Angeles where I also began my association with my new coach Hernan Gumy.

I would personally like to say that the co-operation with Hernan is an excellent one. I think he's a great coach and I'm delighted with the work we do together. It is only thanks to the confidence I have in him that has allowed me to go ahead with this step that I have taken and to be where I am now.

Through out the 8 weeks in the US we really tried to work on my game again. To change my game tactics to where I will be playing again my old tennis style meaning playing faster tennis, shorter points, hard hitting and playing more on the baseline rather than playing two metres away from it as I felt I was playing the last 1 and 1/2 years. I really did feel that things were improving but unfortunately through the 1st round match at the US Open - I felt again the pain in my left wrist - the same one that first started bothering me in 2003. At first I wasn't too bothered with that but during my 2nd round match, the pain got me out of focus and I felt that instead of concentrating on the match, I was solely thinking of the implications of going through all the pain and problems again.

My orthopeadic surgeon Dr. Feder from Los Angeles - flew into New York and examined me after the match. His diagnosis was a relief for me. He said I will only need 4-6 weeks rest. Luckily no extra damage had been made and I should be completely fine after that.

Talking with my coach we have realised that this season is over for me and we have made plans which I would love to share with you with regard to the preparations for coming back to next year a better player and stronger and in overall better shape.

When I got back to Moscow and my doctors in Moscow confirmed the same as Dr. Feder, the opportunity occurred to me to join the mountaineering delegation which includes some of my closest friends and I felt for the first time that this is something I really want to do outside of my tennis career.

This is not some simple vacation on the beach. I know that the physical challenge of climbing is huge. With the unique atmosphere and being away from civilisation - hopefully this will renew my resolve and my powers for tennis.

I want this to be a special experience and it is something which deep down inside I wanted to do for a long time.

Before leaving on this expedition, I ensured to close a deal with Gumy until the end of 2008 and only after he agreed and supported me in taking this step did I feel happy to carry on with my plans.

I have planned to be away for 4-6 weeks. I am truly very sorry that I will be missing the Davis Cup semi final tie which I am sure my fellow countrymen will be able to overcome even without me. At least I can say I have contributed a bit to the efforts with my trip to Chile in the beginning of the year and in the 1/4's against France I played a small role in beating Mathieu.

Gumy and I are meant to get together in Moscow at the end of October to start practising and in early November we will fly to Valencia and possibly to South America to get properly ready for the new challenge in 2008.

I can assure you all my friends and supporters that I still have in me the desire to try and make it again to the top of this game and I hope that all of you guys will be there to support me in my efforts to this.

I will definitely miss you all in the next few weeks and I ask you to support and cross your fingers for the success of my fellow Russians in the team in the Davis Cup semi final.

I will see you all again real soon.

From me somewhere above the roof of the world.

Peace to you all

Marat"

Well, it may not be my idea of relaxation and getting away from it all. :shrug: I just want him to be safe and enjoy the time with his friends. Oh, and bring back a Yeti, just for me. :p

Tennis Fool
09-15-2007, 07:04 PM
Well, if you can't bring the mountain to Marat, bring Marat to the mountain. Isn't that the saying, or something like that :scratch:


Anyway, he needs positive reinforcement when his kid sis, with half his talent, gets a Slam trophy.

Burrow
09-15-2007, 09:24 PM
I don't care if he retires or not.

Nobody cares what you think, you are just a raging cretin.

Burrow
09-15-2007, 09:27 PM
He sounds so hopeful and positive...I love that he isn't afraid to take on a new challenge. My only fear is that Marat will fall in love with climbing and find that tennis is to boring for him.

Dear Marat stay true to tennis, your first love, although we know VARIETY is definitely the spice in your life. I wish you and your team a SAFE and inspirational journey.

Fall in love with climbing?

No chance.

soraya
09-15-2007, 09:51 PM
All the luck to Marat, he certainly needs to find himself and what better way than too be isolated in a remote place like mount cho oyo? Hope he will find his inner strenght/peace and comes back stronger than ever.

FedFan_2007
09-16-2007, 12:09 AM
Hopefully this is a safe mountain climb, Marat has no experience in this.

GlennMirnyi
09-16-2007, 12:13 AM
Nobody cares what you think, you are just a raging cretin.

Safin really turns you into a raging fanboy, eh?

Burrow
09-16-2007, 12:15 AM
It just amuses me of how you accuse everybody of being a fanboy, when you are a big one yourself.

GlennMirnyi
09-16-2007, 12:20 AM
It just amuses me of how you accuse everybody of being a fanboy, when you are a big one yourself.

Yeah right, mr. Safinator. :rolleyes:

mangoes
09-16-2007, 01:05 AM
Nice letter from him to his fans. I wish him all the best on the journey "up the mountain" :lol: :lol: I guess the doctors cleared him for this. I would have thought this to be too much stress on the knee:shrug: Anyway, I hope he enjoys himself and it proves to be all he expects it to be.....

Marek.
09-16-2007, 01:07 AM
Dr. Feder?:lol:

trixtah
09-16-2007, 01:08 AM
It just amuses me of how you accuse everybody of being a fanboy, when you are a big one yourself.

haha not to mention that he's one of the biggest bandwagoners around still living in the 1980s

wipeout
09-16-2007, 04:23 AM
Uh... and his previous climbing experience is? :unsure:

I assume he will spend a lot of time training as they get used to the altitude.

Best of luck to him, if the altitude doesn't get to him, he has a real shot at this. :)

rmb6687
09-16-2007, 08:11 AM
Dr. Feder?:lol:

HAHAH that's exactly what I was going to talk about! What a coincidence. And yeah, I'm sure climbing a mountain is NOT bad for your wrists but I can't imagine that it is good for that banged up knee. Silly crazy idiotic Marat.

:worship:

MariaV
09-16-2007, 02:44 PM
I honestly don't know what to think about the wrist and stuff... :shrug: I know he doesn't like to talk about the injuries but if that's just an excuse for the ATP - :rolleyes: :mad: :fiery:

Burrow
09-16-2007, 04:02 PM
Yeah right, mr. Safinator. :rolleyes:

:lol:

Comin' from a guy who calls himself "Glenn Mirnyi"

Pathetic birdbrain.

:rolls:

Burrow
09-16-2007, 04:04 PM
haha not to mention that he's one of the biggest bandwagoners around still living in the 1980s

:haha:

Ivan Navarro, as he is known as now, played a fun match against Nalbandian.

Lets through him in my signature!

lunahielo
09-16-2007, 04:52 PM
I think this is absolutely the neatest thing!! :)

I wish him luck on this new adventure..way to go, Marat!! :hug:
:yeah:

Hopefully no soroche!!

mir
09-16-2007, 06:35 PM
yetettes :drool:

:spit:

I hope he knows what he's doing, it's dangerous :unsure:

Allure
09-16-2007, 06:38 PM
Richard should climb a mountain, too. Maybe they will find their heads there.

Aerion
09-16-2007, 08:05 PM
Why did I laugh when I read the title? :rolleyes:

dylan24
09-17-2007, 08:56 AM
did safin tell the doc he'd rest the wrist by climbing a fucking mountain.
marat is nuts

case
09-17-2007, 02:47 PM
thought this is an interesting video of "Mount Safin". well, if they can rename Chomolungma "mother of the universe to mt. everest,
Cho-oyu can be changed by silly white people too who don't live there and just drop by to climb it!

:eek: just cant see safin doing it
btw, do they remove the dead off this mountain? heard what dies on everest stays on everest


http://summitclimb.com/cho_oyu_video.htm

Metis
09-17-2007, 03:46 PM
This is not some simple vacation on the beach. I know that the physical challenge of climbing is huge. With the unique atmosphere and being away from civilisation - hopefully this will renew my resolve and my powers for tennis.


Living 6 weeks away from civilization will renew Marat's resolve for tennis but I'm afraid it will also renew his appetite for something else :tape: :devil: .

Either that or he will find internal peace and will decide to join a Tibetan monastery to the disappointement of thousands of fans all over the world who will flock to Tibet to join the same monastery... :p

trixtah
09-17-2007, 07:48 PM
Why did I laugh when I read the title? :rolleyes:

You thought Cho Oyu was a fat asian chick?

patrickc
09-17-2007, 08:27 PM
You thought Cho Oyu was a fat asian chick?

nice

Daniel25
09-17-2007, 10:05 PM
I love this guy! Hope he finds what he is looking for on that mountain and comes back, better than before!

abhinav_shaan
09-18-2007, 10:02 AM
maybe to put it in tennis terms:

to climb K2 is like playing Roger Federer
to climb Cho Oyu (easiest of 14 8000m mountains) is like playing Richard Gasquet(ATP Ranking).
But, for a very well trained mountaineer who can hold a squash racket. :p

hmm.. K2 equals Fed .. wonder who everest equates to!!

sodman12
09-18-2007, 04:43 PM
Just because it says its the easiest 8000m mountain does not mean that it is easy. This mountian is right next to Everest and its no cake walk, maybe when compared to other mountains above 8000m but not compared to anything else.

Metis
09-18-2007, 05:57 PM
:haha: So now I'm imagining a whole gaggle of Safinettes with their heads shaved like nuns.

:lol: That would make the "Pics of MTF members" thread interesting...

The costs of the monastery would rise exponentially though. Maybe Marat could ask Roger to get him a good deal with Gillette.


Safinettes stalking Marat :p :

http://www.pachamamaworld.com/images/pics/tibet-nuns4.jpg http://www.pachamamaworld.com/images/pics/tibet-nuns.jpg

case
09-18-2007, 06:06 PM
UPDATE!
Apparently safin has made the top of one mountain summit! I hope its not the "mountain" in the pics
that looks like a TINY mountain or even more like a hill:haha:
any russian readers out there? for other pics have russian subtitles

http://www.7summits-club.com/index.php3?id=27&idi=233&action=showfull

trixtah
09-18-2007, 07:06 PM
UPDATE!
Apparently safin has made the top of one mountain summit! I hope its not the "mountain" in the pics
that looks like a TINY mountain or even more like a hill:haha:
any russian readers out there? for other pics have russian subtitles

http://www.7summits-club.com/index.php3?id=27&idi=233&action=showfull

lol nah, no way. Here's the itinerary

Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu and accommodation in hotel.
Day 2-3 Day in Kathmandu, getting group Tibet visa.
Day 4 Drive Kathmandu/Zangmu (2350 m)
Day 5 Drive to Nylam (3750 m)
Day 6 Rest day at Nylam for acclimatization
Day 7 Drive to Tingri (4200 m)
Day 8 Rest day at Tingri for acclimatization
Day 9 Drive to Cho-Oyu BaseCamp (5100 m)
Day 10 Rest day at Cho-Oyu BC
Day 11 Trek to interimediate camp (5400 m)
Day 12 Arrive at Advance base camp (5700 m)
Day 13-35 Preparation for climbing and climbing Mt. Cho-Oyu
Day 36 Trek back to Base Camp
Day 37 Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 38 Day in Kathmandu (reserve day)
Day 39 Departure from Kathmandu

Mrs. Fabregas
09-18-2007, 08:13 PM
UPDATE!
Apparently safin has made the top of one mountain summit! I hope its not the "mountain" in the pics
that looks like a TINY mountain or even more like a hill:haha:
any russian readers out there? for other pics have russian subtitles

http://www.7summits-club.com/index.php3?id=27&idi=233&action=showfull


:lol:

No, this was Mount Murat :p

September, 16.
Today at night, the team has moved from Zhangmu to a small town of Nialam (3600м), situated in gorge among high mountains. The way passes by a bad road heavy loaded by lorries. Now the road is under repair for Olympiad. After breakfast we have gone on an acclimatization climb on the nearest summit (under the name Murat) 4100 м high.

The strong wind blew all the way up and at the top the rain has started.
Having gone down to Nialam, all members of team have intimately congratulated Marat. It was the first climbed summit in his life. Tomorrow we will go to Shigar, which is located at height 4200 м.

Today in the morning we have said goodbye to ours Sherpas which have gone by two lorries forward to establish Base camp at height 5100м.

The top of the Cho oyu will look a bit different :scared: full of snow, ice and i hope for him, that he'll wear something different then as well ... Down Suits anyone??

Kalliopeia
09-18-2007, 09:43 PM
Having gone down to Nialam, all members of team have intimately congratulated Marat.

:aplot:

Lucky team.

smitty8
09-18-2007, 10:21 PM
"Having gone down to Nialam, all members of team have intimately congratulated Marat."

Well, now how intimate was it? :aplot: Those are the details we need to know. :devil:

luxsword
09-19-2007, 08:49 AM
Ask Babel Fish :haha:

Saumon
09-19-2007, 06:24 PM
Wednesday 19 September

Dear fans

I am writing this letter on behalf of Marat who has been in touch with me in the last 48 hours and asked me to pass on this message to you all.

As you know Marat has taken an interesting step because of various reasons which he explained in his letter to you last week. And it has been an adventure - doing his acclimatisation climb and getting used to all that is part of climbing mountains.

The delegation has reached the next height of moving to the base camp for Cho-Oyu and at this stage Marat has realised several points.

First of all Marat realised that this climb is a very serious challenging issue and not just an adventure. He loves the experience and is fully into it but realises that it has to be treated with great caution and respect. And the next step is a very big one indeed.

Talking to me and to the people he is closest to in the delegation and his coach via satellite phone - he has decided that the smartest and bravest decision for him is to step down and to start a very long 5 day trip back to travel down the mountains and back to Moscow.

In Moscow he will meet next week with Hernan Gumy and after a week recovering from the altitude, he is meant to start practising again in about 2 weeks time. The wrist is well rested and all being well he will hopefully play again in Madrid.

Marat doesn't believe he will be ready in time for the Kremlin Cup although he would like very much to play there. He needs time to recover from what has been an exhausting experience. From my conversations with him I was happy to discover that he has had a tremendous time and it was a fascinating experience.

Now it would be Marat's main concern to be healthy and play professional tennis again soon as he misses it very much. We can soon expect to see Marat back on the circuit hungry for success and with a new fresh look at tennis.

I know it is very important for Marat to pass this message on to his fans and to say they will now be able to see him in the last part of the Indoor season and I can do this with delight.

Marat wants to thank all the great and amazing people in the delegation and his wishes that they will complete the challenge to the end.

While Marat is starting his long trip back - his fellow Russians will be playing in the DC semi finals against Germany and he sends wishes to them from the bottom of his heart for great success.

Best Regards

Amit
Never in doubt. :rolls:

mangoes
09-19-2007, 06:26 PM
Is Marat pulling out of this trip?? Or is this a joke??

Deea
09-19-2007, 06:31 PM
reason finally kicked in???? :eek: about time :p

l_mac
09-19-2007, 06:56 PM
:haha: :haha:

First of all Marat realised that this climb is a very serious challenging issue and not just an adventure. He loves the experience and is fully into it but realises that it has to be treated with great caution and respect.

Now he's realised that? :haha:

I'm thinking that not a lot of thinking went into his initial decision. Marat :worship:

This has been the greatest non tennis tennis story of the year.

Mrs Tommy Haas
09-19-2007, 07:06 PM
Hey, everybody, I think he was misinformed by the very unprofessional tour leader!! So he can't really be blamed.

Wednesday Addams
09-19-2007, 07:24 PM
Marat, you cocktease. I wanted pics of you with a huge frozen beard, eating canned beans in a tent. Pffff. :p

Wednesday Addams
09-19-2007, 08:40 PM
http://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/yetibeans.jpg

I miss his big yeti hair. :sad:
:lol: :hearts:


We can only imagine how it would have been *sigh* I feel so deprived. :sad:

Kalliopeia
09-19-2007, 09:16 PM
:rolls:

Ah well, it was worth a shot, eh? I guess he still got further up a mountain than most people ever will. :lol:

luxsword
09-19-2007, 09:21 PM
maybe when craziness is at its peak, then wisdom kicks in :shrug:

...or marat didn't want to be "intimately congratulated" again :tape: :angel:

Wednesday Addams
09-19-2007, 09:25 PM
...or marat didn't want to be "intimately congratulated" again :tape: :angel:
:spit: :rolls:

luxsword
09-19-2007, 09:33 PM
:haha:

Metis
09-19-2007, 09:44 PM
:spit: That was it? Back before he even started? :lol:


First of all Marat realised that this climb is a very serious challenging issue and not just an adventure. He loves the experience and is fully into it but realises that it has to be treated with great caution and respect.


Pffft. Excuses! He found out the yeti are just a myth and turned back... :sad:

mangoes
09-19-2007, 09:49 PM
I had a laugh when I read he was coming back down the mountain...........:haha: :haha:


On a serious note............what did he think he was going to do?? Go on a light hike for a couple of day?? It's a bit sad because I was surprised he'd commit to something like this since it involved a level of dedication not normally seen from Safin. Turns out, I wasn't too off the mark in pegging him :(

smitty8
09-19-2007, 10:46 PM
Well, at least he's smart enough to realize it before he was at one of the upper base camps. I read about another group there and about them using oxygen in their climb and after reading some of that stuff, I got a bit worried. If you aren't used to the altitude, you can have serious problems.
Now Marat, if you get the impulse to do something like this again, come find me. I'll take you to a place nearby where you can learn to rock climb. If that place can teach kids, they can teach Marat, lol.

Allure
09-19-2007, 10:53 PM
:lol: Never in doubt.

If I were him and somebody asked me to climb a mountain my first response would have been ''Helllllllll no.''

mamasue
09-19-2007, 11:07 PM
Marat's Excellent Adventure! :haha:

RagingLamb
09-20-2007, 01:01 AM
he's not the mountain climbing type. unless there was a beach up the mountain...with an open bar.

krystlel
09-20-2007, 01:25 AM
This story is just so hilarious. :rolls:

case
09-20-2007, 02:02 AM
seriously. i am glad he wasn't afraid to back down.

as someone who grew up in the mountains near the Donner party site,
only a fool trusts a mountain. And that was just the Sierra Nevada not the Himalayas

Curls
09-20-2007, 02:50 AM
Marat, you cocktease. I wanted pics of you with a huge frozen beard, eating canned beans in a tent. Pffff. :p
:rolls::rolls:
...or marat didn't want to be "intimately congratulated" again :tape: :angel:
:rolls::rolls:

Polikarpov
09-20-2007, 03:11 AM
I hope he doesn't get frustrated and throw his climbing gears in a crevasse.

ilovemarat
09-20-2007, 10:22 AM
Well... I'm kinda relieved. To step down is not as cool as to wave with a small flag on the top of the mountain, but still better than a frozen figure in two meters of snow... ;)

Now prepare yourself for the rest of the season, Marat. Two masters are yet to come.

scoobs
09-20-2007, 12:40 PM
This is probably the best story ever.

MisterQ
09-20-2007, 01:45 PM
:rolls:

Ah well, it was worth a shot, eh? I guess he still got further up a mountain than most people ever will. :lol:


I guess you could say he's plateaued...

RogiRafaFan86
09-20-2007, 02:03 PM
He is such a flake.:retard:

Sunset of Age
09-20-2007, 05:04 PM
he's not the mountain climbing type. unless there was a beach up the mountain...with an open bar.

:lol: yeah, he must have misread the Himalaya Tourist Info... :devil:

2moretogo
09-20-2007, 06:37 PM
I'm glad too and wisdom kicked in. I guess he does have the mind of 14 yr. old boy adventure? What adventure is easy and doesn't test the mind, body, and soul. Sighs....

bellascarlett
09-20-2007, 11:18 PM
maybe when craziness is at its peak, then wisdom kicks in :shrug:

...or marat didn't want to be "intimately congratulated" again :tape: :angel:

:lol:

AH Marat...:spit: Gotta love him. Here I was afraid he was going to die...guess I should have known him better.

myrt
09-20-2007, 11:20 PM
How do you spell relief? For whatever reason he aborted this climb..I'm happy. As usual , The Marat is predictably unpredictable.

CyBorg
09-21-2007, 01:44 AM
Well, at least he's not dead. Frankly I was wondering if he would come back in one piece. Safin doesn't seem like the type to live into his 80s.

Action Jackson
09-21-2007, 05:05 AM
Hahahahahahahaha

World Beater
09-21-2007, 05:31 AM
good decision from marat, and kudos to him for making it knowing that he would be made a mockery of if he did chicken out.

Merton
09-21-2007, 07:13 AM
:eek:

Montego
09-21-2007, 01:02 PM
Marat choked vs the mountain :worship:

BlakeorHenman
09-21-2007, 05:40 PM
this is actually kind of disappointing.

Bilbo
10-04-2007, 09:46 PM
I heard he only got to 5000 meters.

GSM Cho Oyu

Corey Feldman
10-04-2007, 10:33 PM
Finally the Oaf realised he should be climbing the rankings and not mountains.

Bilbo
10-04-2007, 10:45 PM
Finally the Oaf realised he should be climbing the rankings and not mountains.

it shows that you need more than a good body to climb high mountains. he lacks experience to clinch the top of such a high mountain. the Cho Oyu mountain is the easiest of the fourteen 8000+ meters mountains in the world. it shows how tough mountain climbing is compared to a sport like tennis.

trixtah
10-05-2007, 12:28 AM
it shows that you need more than a good body to climb high mountains. he lacks experience to clinch the top of such a high mountain. the Cho Oyu mountain is the easiest of the fourteen 8000+ meters mountains in the world. it shows how tough mountain climbing is compared to a sport like tennis.

are you...retarded? He went back down not because his body and experience but because the risk of injury. Why did you pull up this thread just to talk shit? The reasons were given not only in the news but on his personal site as well. (btw, I rock climb)

Corey Feldman
10-05-2007, 01:04 AM
(btw, I rock climb)Oh :haha:
so will you be climbing Mount Everest next then?

Bilbo
10-05-2007, 10:11 AM
are you...retarded? He went back down not because his body and experience but because the risk of injury. Why did you pull up this thread just to talk shit? The reasons were given not only in the news but on his personal site as well. (btw, I rock climb)

makes no sense. so why did he choose one of the highest mountains when he knows he won't get to the top? only 1400 people have been on the top. why should someone like marat be one of them? his chance was slim to none.

scoobs
10-05-2007, 10:21 AM
The man who went up a mountain and came down realising he wasn't cut out to go up mountains.

The smash hit sequel to the blockbuster "The man who went up a hill and came down a mountain"

Starring Marat Safin.

Coming soon to a cinema near you.

sodman12
10-05-2007, 02:06 PM
The man who went up a mountain and came down realising he wasn't cut out to go up mountains.

The smash hit sequel to the blockbuster "The man who went up a hill and came down a mountain"

Starring Marat Safin.

Coming soon to a cinema near you.

HAHAHAHAHAHAH.

trixtah
10-05-2007, 03:03 PM
Oh :haha:
so will you be climbing Mount Everest next then?

wtf? nonsensical post. Experience in rock climbing leads me to my next point:

makes no sense. so why did he choose one of the highest mountains when he knows he won't get to the top? only 1400 people have been on the top. why should someone like marat be one of them? his chance was slim to none.

Hmm, let me see--the challenge? Have you ever climbed a mountain in your life? I'm almost certain Marat could take this especially considering the experienced guides that would accompany him. He was pulled down by by friends+family (and reality).

Corey Feldman
10-05-2007, 04:00 PM
you're a nonsensical poster Trixy.

Bilbo
10-05-2007, 04:16 PM
Hmm, let me see--the challenge? Have you ever climbed a mountain in your life? I'm almost certain Marat could take this especially considering the experienced guides that would accompany him. He was pulled down by by friends+family (and reality).

When I'm going to an expedition like that I'm there to reach the highest goal of course and I'm aware that I'll probably never come back. Does Marat think you can get there with no risk of an injury? :retard: Even many professional climbers have lost their lifes on this mountain.

It's not like Marat is on top of his game or career. He should have taken the risk and getting higher imo. The season is nearly over. Why not taking the chance while you are there? You won't get a chance of reaching the 6th highest mountain in the world every day. I would be happy to get the chance every time.