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Handful Of Blisters May Hamper Safin's Wimbledon Hopes

tennisIlove09
06-14-2004, 08:20 PM
Handful Of Blisters May Hamper Safin's Wimbledon Hopes


C.Lum/Wire Images.com By Tennis Week
06/14/2004

A handful of blisters have forced Marat Safin out of this week's 's-Hertogenbosch grass-court event, casting doubt on the former No. 1's fitness for Wimbledon, which begins next Monday.

"The Russian player is still suffering from a hand injury from the French Open at Roland Garros," tournament organizers said in announcing Safin's withdrawal.

Roland Garros runner-up Guillermo Coria, who suffered an opening-round loss at Queen's Club last week, replaced Safin in the draw.

Blisters bursting from both hands hampered Safin in his fourth-round loss to David Nalbandian at Roland Garros. Despite having his hands taped and re-taped, by the end of the match, Safin looked like he had been playing with a grip made of coarse sandpaper that shredded the skin on his hands leaving them raw and red.

"I really suffered," Safin said after the loss to Nalbandian. "I was frustrated. I couldnít play. It was a great opportunity to fight for another title. Itís a pity. I donít know why it happened. I never had this problem before. Iím getting old."

A year ago, Safin was forced to withdraw from Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open due to a left wrist injury. The 2000 U.S. Open champion reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2001. Safin has suffered a pair of second-round setbacks and a first-round loss in his three other Wimbledon appearances.

MissPovaFan
06-14-2004, 08:21 PM
I am not liking this :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

cristina
06-14-2004, 09:51 PM
Its not like he was gonna win it anyways lol.
I'm just glad i'm not a safin fan as it must be frustrating as hell. If its not one thing its something else..

star
06-14-2004, 09:52 PM
Safin's blisters are the most bizare injury I have ever heard of in tennis. Don't get me wrong, I'm not doubting the injury or the severity. It's just that I have never heard of a professional tennis player having such massive blisters. It's astounding.

Neely
06-14-2004, 10:01 PM
damn it, that's really bad! :sad:

Chris Seahorse
06-14-2004, 10:45 PM
Safin's blisters are the most bizare injury I have ever heard of in tennis. Don't get me wrong, I'm not doubting the injury or the severity. It's just that I have never heard of a professional tennis player having such massive blisters. It's astounding.

Very well put. I feel the same way. I don't doubt that Safin has something very wrong with his hands but I would have thought professional tennis players would be able to prevent such a thing getting out of hand. The way I see it whether it's Marat himself or the people in his support team someone was very negligent letting those blisters get to the level they got. Sure he played a couple of 5 set matches but so did several other players and they didnt get blisters. Fabrice had a 6 and 1/2 hour first round match and another 5 setter right after. He didn't get blisters.

Tennis Fool
06-15-2004, 04:05 AM
How do you get blisters playing tennis :confused: Unless he got them somewhere else?

Deboogle!.
06-15-2004, 04:10 AM
lol star and Chris Seahorse... well I understand how got the blisters. What I don't understand is why they haven't gone away after 2 weeks! :eek: I mean we all get blisters... you pop it, put a bandaid with Neosporin on and it's gone in a few days :o Hopefully him being doubtful for Wimby is just speculation on the part of the article's author! But having pretty much no match play or anything is certainly not ideal :(

alita
06-15-2004, 04:15 AM
:sad: :sad: Marat Ö

Havok
06-15-2004, 04:28 AM
How the hell do blisters linger on this much. He prob used the blisters as an excuse because he didn't wanna play this week. He'll take the week off and he'll be fine for Wimbledon

Gonzo Hates Me!
06-15-2004, 05:03 AM
I dont think these are blisters you get from playing on the monkey bars. I think these are really terrible blisters, his hands were absolutely atrocious... i dont know how one achieves those kind of blisters myself

star
06-15-2004, 01:58 PM
His hands were raw and bloody. I've had blisters too but not as many and not as big. The problem with healing is that he can't continue to aggravate them and have them heal. When I get blisters say from raking the yard, I put on gloves or I don't use a rake for awhile. Marat had blisters and then he played the next day and made them even worse. Now he has the big places on his hands where the skin is new and tender and even more succeptible to blistering.

It's just very strange and perplexing.

But, I also think he will be ready for Wimbledon.

maratski
06-15-2004, 07:16 PM
I've never doubted Marat playing at Wimbledon and still don't. These articles aren't based on things said by Marat so I don't take them seriously. He'll be there next week, I'm 100% sure.

Regarding what Chris Seashorse said, Marat's team sucks. I get the impression that he's surrounded by people who are just there for the money and the fame. He believes they are his REAL friends, but I've never seen them talk sense into him or do something good. Marat's diehard fans and perhaps the other fans too know that he can be hardheaded and only does what he wants, but still. If they were any good, then they would be able to make him listen to them.

Deboogle!.
06-15-2004, 07:57 PM
:eek: Marat c'mon get some good people around you! I'd have to think that if he had a good physical person that he would've gotten these blisters properly taken care of in the week and a half he had in between RG and this week's tourney... if his people around him are as bad as you say, then wow.... I hope he gets his act together soon then or it sounds like they'll really hold him back from getting to the top top again.

maratski
06-15-2004, 08:40 PM
It's a combination of a lot of reasons why Marat isn't and won't be at the top. This is a big reason imo and another one is that he simply doesn't want it as bad as the other topplayers. Federer, Roddick and Ferrero are so much more eager and love the game more then Marat.

tangerine_dream
06-15-2004, 09:16 PM
Whereever Marat goes, drama follows ....

Deboogle!.
06-15-2004, 09:37 PM
maratski, forgive my ignorance but I just don't know about Marat as much as you (I'm learning though:)) but why do you say he doesn't love the game as much? It just seems like he's never happy, even after he wins a big match or something. It's too bad, he's so talented and so charismatic and so good for the game. I don't get it :(

maratski
06-15-2004, 09:57 PM
There's more in life then tennis according to Marat. He has said many times that he can't focus on tennis only, like Pete Sampras did for 6 years. I can absolutely understand that, but you would expect him to be or at least pretend to be more serious then he is now. He keeps talking about how he wants to be on top of the rankings again, but how the hell can a player achieve that without giving it everything or making some sacrifices. He could just work a bit harder and take less vacations. It could be a start imo.

The hapiness that is lacking is probably because he always wants to play perfect tennis. We all know he's one of the most talented guys on tour and he knows it as well and when he makes errors, he knows he shouldn't have made, the bad feelings come above and take over.

Deboogle!.
06-15-2004, 10:07 PM
sounds like he might need a sports psychiatrist? I mean of course there's life outside of tennis. Any player who didn't see that would be a little scary lol :unsure: Even Pete realized it when he met Bridgette and had a baby, tennis didn't seem to matter anymore. Makes perfect sense. But at the prime of Marat's career, at the time when he's most likely to win slams and stuff, it's just too bad he's not more focused on it. I think all the top players are perfectionists. I mean if they don't want to fix their mistakes and get better then what's the point of continuing on? But if he hates being "imperfect" that much, I don't understand why he doesn't surround himself with the best people? Players switch coaches, hire trainers, etc etc all the time.... it's too bad Marat can't find that balance of people around him that works best for him:(

RogiFan88
06-15-2004, 10:07 PM
Poor Maratski, he's a talented but tortured soul. I feel for him and his artistry...

maratski
06-15-2004, 10:18 PM
feel for his fans, cause he doesn't feel for us

maratski
06-15-2004, 10:20 PM
Here's the quote: "Just, you know, don't get too excited when I am winning, and don't get too depressed when I am losing. Just, you know, keep it cool." ..Marat Safin..

Keeping it cool is easier said then done.

I should stop whining now and go to bed. It was nice talking about Marat though. :)

Deboogle!.
06-15-2004, 11:47 PM
I can't imagine being a really hard-core fan of him I must admit lol. I think it'd be too hard, I admire you guys for being able to stick with him :) Andy has one bad month and I start to turn on him, I can't imagine the rollercoaster of being a Marat fan lol. I hope he figures it all out though, and finds the passion, before it's too late (physically speaking)

Tennis Fool
06-16-2004, 05:36 AM
why do you say he doesn't love the game as much?

Pardon my intrusion, but Marat was sent away to Spain by his family at 14 to become a "great player". I think he has mixed feelings about this. He knows he has the talent and he wants to be Number 1 because he knows he can be Number 1. Yet, he doesnt' want to work for it because he'd rather not play. As he's said "I'm so fuckin' burnt out!" :o

Anyway, where's Lundgren :confused:

Gonzo Hates Me!
06-16-2004, 06:16 AM
aaaaaaawwww, that is so saaaaad, i am gonna cry. Do explain

TF, why would he rather not play?

feel for his fans, cause he doesn't feel for us

star
06-16-2004, 06:24 AM
Pardon my intrusion, but Marat was sent away to Spain by his family at 14 to become a "great player". I think he has mixed feelings about this. He knows he has the talent and he wants to be Number 1 because he knows he can be Number 1. Yet, he doesnt' want to work for it because he'd rather not play. As he's said "I'm so fuckin' burnt out!" :o

Anyway, where's Lundgren :confused:

I think Agassi had something of this problem as well. Luckily for Andre he was able to find his passion for the game before it was too late.

lsy
06-16-2004, 08:43 AM
There's more in life then tennis according to Marat. He has said many times that he can't focus on tennis only, like Pete Sampras did for 6 years. I can absolutely understand that, but you would expect him to be or at least pretend to be more serious then he is now. He keeps talking about how he wants to be on top of the rankings again, but how the hell can a player achieve that without giving it everything or making some sacrifices. He could just work a bit harder and take less vacations. It could be a start imo.


Maratski, I totally agree with your analysis. That's exactly how I felt about Safin, in fact Mark P as well. When things are well, they're motivated but once they have setbacks, they fall back to the thoughts of tennis is not everything. I vividly remembered Mark's promise to the whole world he'll be back for sure to win wimby in last year ceremony.

Tennis life is short, the most they can play up to is probably 30s, plenty of time for other things after that but if they don't play up to their potential during it, they might spend quite an amount of time later on regretting it which is worse.

Though TF has a point, if Safin basiclly can't find the passion to tennis, it's understandable why he's often frustrated especially during losses (more so for his fans though I think). And you're right that the people around them play an important role as well, Safin is still young and can still do it. Hopefully Lungren can really help and motivate him, like he did with Roger.

drf716
06-16-2004, 08:52 AM
yes, it is the hardest thing to be...a MARAT FAN

maratski
06-16-2004, 10:45 AM
The reason I whine so much is that I'm afraid that in like 10 years time Marat will say: "I could have....."
I just care about the man and want what's best for him. Too bad he doesn't want what I want for him. I agree that a tennis life is short and you need to give it your all during it, but it looks like Marat prefers to have a life outside tennis during the prime of his career instead of after it.

All in all he still brings a smile onto my face whenever I see him on tv, but sometimes the rollercoaster is just too much for me.

Vass
06-16-2004, 10:50 AM
The reason I whine so much is that I'm afraid that in like 10 years time Marat will say: "I could have....."

In ten years time he'll say: " I was a little bit not lucky in my career..." ;) :rolleyes:

maratski
06-16-2004, 10:50 AM
I have mixed feelings about him being sent to Spain. I believe he never really got over it and feel sorry for him cause he had such a hard time at the age of 14. I read in some old articles that he cried his eyes out every time he was on the phone with his family. He didn't have much money and didn't speak a single word of Spanish or English and somehow had to communicate with the Spanish family he lived with.
On the other hand it did make him who he is now and he's turned out to be a great man. I guess I'd even love this guy ifhe wasn't famous or anything. He's got such a great personality and is a loving and caring man.

Lalitha
06-16-2004, 11:55 AM
Yes he is indeed a personality, on or off court.

I wonder how John Mc says modern day players don't play with passion.(Sorry for being off topic).

Btw, more than a handful of blisters,(I guess it would have healed some what by now) Marat's Wimbly hopes also remains how cool his head is.

junekidd
06-16-2004, 01:18 PM
I am confused that why his blisters have not recovered... that's too strange to think of! I believe that he will play in wimbly with the best shape!!!

CarnivalCarnage
06-16-2004, 01:59 PM
How do you get blisters playing tennis :confused: Unless he got them somewhere else?

The same way you get them from anything else.

Tennis Fool
06-16-2004, 02:15 PM
I wonder how John Mc says modern day players don't play with passion.(Sorry for being off topic).



I don't think JMac had Marat in mind when he was saying this ;)

In fact, Marat is JMac's favorite active player, obviously. All throughout the US Open last year he whined on air "Marat, Marat, where are you?"

Maratski, totally understand about the roller coaster. Thus my signature ;) However, it's good to have more consistant, "get it done in 3 sets, and win the tournament" players as my favs like Fed, to even out the madness :)