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Safin on Wimbledon: I was bored, unmotivated and gave up

Tennis Fool
06-22-2004, 06:57 PM
Marat Safin - Interview
Tuesday, June 22, 2004


THE MODERATOR: Questions for Marat, please.

Q. Was it encouraging to have Boris Yeltsin there, or did you feel pressure?

MARAT SAFIN: No, just I didn't felt like -- playing, I didn't felt like -- I couldn't -- I didn't any like -- I didn't felt comfortable there.

Like I said, I don't like to play on this surface. I don't feel like I'm moving. I cannot move there. Every time, I don't know how it's gonna bounce. So it's like a really nightmare for me.

So after a while, just I get bored. I lost completely motivation, and I give up.

Q. Have you played on that court before?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, a couple of times.

Q. You haven't lost?

MARAT SAFIN: No, because other people, they withdraw.

Q. Do you think you'll come back, or do you think you'll just give up on Wimbledon?

MARAT SAFIN: No, I give up on Wimbledon. Is definitely not the tournament for me. I give up on spending time on this courts. I give up on practicing before the tournament, just to prepare myself for better results.

I hate. I hate this. I have to admit it. I'm not really enjoying playing on this courts. So I just, you know, come like other people - Friday, Saturday before the tournament. Practice a couple of days, then I play. I'm not gonna spend my time, not gonna waste my time on that knowing, though, that I will not play well.

Q. Have you always felt this way about grass?

MARAT SAFIN: I never could move. That's what's my problem. Was always a problem for me. I was sliding. Bounce is very low for me. Just I hate also when it's like very low bounce, and sometimes bad bounces.

I mean, it's for everybody it's like this. But for me, especially for my game, I cannot adjust to this. You have to be really focus in your mind, but it's not my territory.

Q. Did you go out last night or anything? I mean, do you take a different approach here and just kind of say...

MARAT SAFIN: No, I try to be serious. I try to be serious. I came here one week before, and I was practicing quite a lot. I spend a lot of time on the courts. I didn't go out last night, and I didn't had fun. I was trying to prepare myself and try to -- I know -- give myself another chance.

But I think it's the last one.

Q. How has Lundgren helped you? What do you hope to get out of this relationship?

MARAT SAFIN: What do you mean?

Q. Just, your coach.

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah.

Q. I mean, how has he helped you?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, but what he can -- about Wimbledon or about what?

Q. Just in general.

MARAT SAFIN: Well, I mean, we didn't make any results yet, any incredible results. So we have to work on that. Unfortunately, I was prepared for Paris. I was playing good. But I couldn't finish that particular tournament.

Then here, which is second big tournament we're playing, is not like the tournament to show my best results.

But he's trying to support. He's trying to, you know, like put a little bit -- be a little bit motivated, be a little bit positive.

But not yet. The results not coming yet.

But I think it's good. It's really good for me. I don't want to speak about this tournament. But be seriously, be honest, like it's coming, second part of the year. I think it's gonna be much better.

He is pretty good person. He knows what he is doing. I trust him more than 100%, and the results will come soon.

Q. You had such a great result in Australia, so people should expect great things from you outside of Wimbledon.

MARAT SAFIN: Probably. Wimbledon, let's not talk about Wimbledon. It's not really the place to, you know -- is not my surface. Is not my territory. I just -- is like I didn't play that tournament.

Because it's still coming, like long American tour. That's what I'm trying to focus. Is two big Super 9s, then there is Olympics, then there is US Open. So that's what I'm trying to focus.

Q. Did your blisters heal?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, yeah. Perfect.

Q. Strange, wasn't it?

MARAT SAFIN: I don't know. Nobody knew what it was. I don't know.

Q. Could we see your hand?

MARAT SAFIN: No, it's perfect (showing hands).

Q. That's amazing.

MARAT SAFIN: Amazing blisters or amazing...

Q. No, it's an amazing recovery.

MARAT SAFIN: The recovery (smiling).

Q. Is there any chance this will be a very low moment and in the middle of August we'll see you with a gold medal around your neck in Athens?

MARAT SAFIN: Like I said many times, and I'm still insisting that the Olympics is not for tennis. Tennis doesn't need the Olympic Games. It's not my best -- it's not my goal in my life to win Olympic Games and say to everybody that I have Olympic gold medal.

We have four Grand Slams. We have Super 9s. We have a lot of tournaments. We have pretty tough schedule. And now we gonna have Olympics. I mean, of course it's gonna be -- it's every four years. But, still, it's little bit -- it's more like for amateur sports. Of course it's like for swimmers, for runners, it's great. Then triathlon, all these things that for them, Olympic Games is huge. They have World Cup once a year, European Cup once a year. There's not many tournaments they have. So they prepare basically for six months to go to this tournaments.

We are playing almost every week, and we are gonna have Olympic Games. We are professional sport. Let's see, like nobody from NBA basically playing. Because everybody says is student from the colleges, right? I mean, of course they gonna bring some big guys just to, you know, to play, just to make it more entertaining. But the tennis doesn't need this.

Q. So why are you playing?

MARAT SAFIN: Why I'm playing?

Q. Yeah.

MARAT SAFIN: It's not because -- because I have to play for Russia. Because I have to. I have to do it. But is not my goal in my life to win the Olympic Games.

Ask Marc Rosset. He will tell you the same. He won it. He is not really proud of it, and just saying, "I won the Olympic Games. It's great. It feels unbelievable," and it's the best thing that will happen in his life.

Q. What is your big goal right now?

MARAT SAFIN: For me, it's the Grand Slams. I think for tennis players, is nothing bigger than the Grand Slams. And nothing will be bigger than that, not even Masters at the end of the year. Of course it's huge. But you're most known for Grand Slams. That's how it was, how it is, and how it will be.

Q. Have you had chats with Yevgeny about this?

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, but Yevgeny is the same, probably the same. You don't get this special feeling. Of course you more playing for your country than you playing for yourself.

But just all they do is like different way. Are teams. So they change something. Because it's not -- I'm not excited. I'm not excited at all to go there.

But, first of all, look at the schedule we have. We have two Super 9s, we have to go to Olympics, and we have to fly back to the States. So it's also little bit not... not good.

And then they try to, you know -- then the players, they have to perform here and there, and they have jetlag also. If you gonna play well in Olympic Games, you might not play very well in US Open. And after two tough Super 9s, you have to fly to Olympic Games and then prepare yourself well there. It's really tough schedule.

Q. Is this why guys are getting hurt more often?

MARAT SAFIN: Of course. Because you have a very long years. Like, for example, Ferrero, he's basically finish for this year. Because he played -- he finish last year. What he played? Masters, and he had to fly in Australia for the Davis Cup. From there he had to come back and already he had no time even to rest. He has to prepare for next season. And that's why he got hurt. That's why basically he's suffering for this year, that he can't do anything.

Then the people, they wondering what happen to them. I mean, look at our schedule. We have no time even to rest.

And I think it's -- they have to change something, for sure. Think a little bit about the players and try to make the schedule a little bit shorter so the players, they can perform well.

Also, the people, they don't want to pay for -- in my opinion, every time -- you basically can see the person every week. So the people not excited to see Ferrero, to see Federer. Because you can see in Halle, or you can drive one hour and you already are in Rosmalen. So it's like it's not interesting anymore for the people.

That's why I see so many times there's empty stadiums. Grand Slams are huge. That's why they doing well.

Q. How disappointing is it not to be going further here?

MARAT SAFIN: Huh?

Q. How disappointing is it not to be able to keep playing here?

MARAT SAFIN: It's okay. Like I said, it's not my biggest goal. I tried and I tried, but it doesn't work. Really, is not my tournament where I can play well because I don't feel comfortable. I cannot move. For me, it's difficult to play my tennis.

So basically, I have to focus on play well in other surfaces, which is clay; I can play on hard courts, indoors. Basically, this tournament, not many people that can play here.

Q. Bud's favorite surface is grass.

MARAT SAFIN: Not for me (laughing).

Q. When you're playing Dmitry, are you playing a Russian or an American?

MARAT SAFIN: No, but he's from my club. He's from Russia and he will be Russian. It's just a little bit -- "Surfing Dude," we call him.

Q. You still love tennis, or do you tend to get bored with it?

MARAT SAFIN: No, I love tennis. I just don't like grass (smiling).

maratski
06-22-2004, 07:00 PM
Someone on another board said that Marat's interviews used to be funny, but this year they're nothing but interviews containing complaints. I agree :(

Gonzalo81
06-22-2004, 07:04 PM
Someone on another board said that Marat's interviews used to be funny, but this year they're nothing but interviews containing complaints. I agree :(

Me too :(

Deboogle!.
06-22-2004, 07:13 PM
:yawn: :baby:

it's really a pity. So much talent.

Fumus
06-22-2004, 07:14 PM
some stuff was funny in the interview like:

Q. Could we see your hand?

MARAT SAFIN: No, it's perfect (showing hands).

Q. That's amazing.

MARAT SAFIN: Amazing blisters or amazing...

Q. No, it's an amazing recovery.

MARAT SAFIN: The recovery (smiling).

:haha:

Tennis Fool
06-22-2004, 07:15 PM
Someone on another board said that Marat's interviews used to be funny, but this year they're nothing but interviews containing complaints. I agree :(

Maybe, but they're still enjoybable because he doesn't hold back. You can tell from this interview that he really didn't care about Wimbledon, going into details about his view of the Olympics and players schedules (topics he cares more about, I guess) then being like "huh?" when they brought the topic back to Wimbledon. Of course he ends his interview with his opinion of Dmitry and a smile.

You still can't help but like the guy even when he doesn't care :o

Fumus
06-22-2004, 07:16 PM
Q. Bud's favorite surface is grass.

MARAT SAFIN: Not for me (laughing).

Q. When you're playing Dmitry, are you playing a Russian or an American?

MARAT SAFIN: No, but he's from my club. He's from Russia and he will be Russian. It's just a little bit -- "Surfing Dude," we call him.

Q. You still love tennis, or do you tend to get bored with it?

MARAT SAFIN: No, I love tennis. I just don't like grass (smiling).

This was funny too :lol: I still really like Safin, he just doesn't have the head. He has the body. He has the talent. He has everything you need to be great, except the desire...

Tennis Fool
06-22-2004, 07:16 PM
:yawn: :baby:

it's really a pity. So much talent.


Still not in the same :baby: league as :baby: Duck :o

maratski
06-22-2004, 07:17 PM
For some reason I will always like the guy, even though he doesn't care, but for once he needs to have the balls to say HE's the problem and not the rest of the world.

Fumus
06-22-2004, 07:18 PM
You know what, you guys might call me crazy but Safin reminds me of Andre at the begining of his career. He would show up now and then, Andre was worried about image and he was always with new girls and always soo funny. Then Andre started to take it serious, I think if Brad could coach Marat, that would be a match made in heaven but, Marat would have to change like Andre did, for it to work.

Tennis Fool
06-22-2004, 07:18 PM
some stuff was funny in the interview like:

Q. Could we see your hand?

MARAT SAFIN: No, it's perfect (showing hands).

Q. That's amazing.

MARAT SAFIN: Amazing blisters or amazing...

Q. No, it's an amazing recovery.

MARAT SAFIN: The recovery (smiling).

:haha:

Yeah, how did he heal 8 blisters in 3 weeks? Were they really blisters our some kind of tropical rash :confused: That's still weird.

Funny comments though.

alfonsojose
06-22-2004, 07:19 PM
Marat, i didn't have no idea you were bored, unmotivated and gave up :rolleyes:

Like, for example, Ferrero, he's basically finish for this year.

Are u sure, Marat? :rolleyes:

Gonzalo81
06-22-2004, 07:20 PM
I never said I didnīt like him....but I agree with you, He has to accept that heīs the problem....not the surface or anything else.....
You have everything to be the best Marat....donīt let that behind

Tennis Fool
06-22-2004, 07:20 PM
For some reason I will always like the guy, even though he doesn't care, but for once he needs to have the balls to say HE's the problem and not the rest of the world.

No, he didn't blame the world. Just the grass ;)

Fumus
06-22-2004, 07:21 PM
you guys can see my Agassi connection right?

Gonzalo81
06-22-2004, 07:23 PM
you guys can see my Agassi connection right?

Could be in a few things :)

Tennis Fool
06-22-2004, 07:23 PM
You know what, you guys might call me crazy but Safin reminds me of Andre at the begining of his career. He would show up now and then, Andre was worried about image and he was always with new girls and always soo funny. Then Andre started to take it serious, I think if Brad could coach Marat, that would be a match made in heaven but, Marat would have to change like Andre did, for it to work.

Yes, there are definitely some parallels, but...

Something about Russians. The Russian DC coach said Marat needed a Russian to understand his mind. Hey, Kafel is free...Actually, that's a good coaching idea.

joeb_uk
06-22-2004, 07:23 PM
i used to like him alot, but his whining and pathetic motivation, has lessened the like! he has so much talent, but has no motivation, such a waster

amethyst
06-22-2004, 07:24 PM
Maybe he should look for another job if heīs so bored :rolleyes:

maratski
06-22-2004, 07:25 PM
Fumus I understand you, but Brad is not the man for Marat, otherwise they would've got together ages ago since Marat was Brad's first choice and not Andy ;)

I'm praying Marat's career will be similar to Andre's, he'll have much to be proud of, but I guess it will never happen. It's a different era and today's players will not make it easy for a guy with a fragile mind to dominate tennis.

Fumus
06-22-2004, 07:25 PM
the messed up thing about Safin is, he could say all this and then win Wimbly next year, he's soo full of it sometimes...

maratski
06-22-2004, 07:26 PM
No, he didn't blame the world. Just the grass ;)

I was just summing up the season ;)

Tennis Fool
06-22-2004, 07:26 PM
Marat, i didn't have no idea you were bored, unmotivated and gave up :rolleyes:



Are u sure, Marat? :rolleyes:

Yeah, that was a little bit of a lame comment, but I think he meant Ferrero wasn't able to dominate the clay season-his best surface-because last's year's schedule was a factor in this year's injuries and sickness.

Fumus
06-22-2004, 07:26 PM
Fumus I understand you, but Brad is not the man for Marat, otherwise they would've got together ages ago since Marat was Brad's first choice and not Andy ;)

I'm praying Marat's career will be similar to Andre's, he'll have much to be proud of, but I guess it will never happen. It's a different era and today's players will not make it easy for a guy with a fragile mind to dominate tennis.

What?!? Marat was Brads first choice....:confused:

maratski
06-22-2004, 07:27 PM
Yes, there are definitely some parallels, but...

Something about Russians. The Russian DC coach said Marat needed a Russian to understand his mind. Hey, Kafel is free...Actually, that's a good coaching idea.

They would kill each other I think ;)

If not, then they'll waste their times in casino or with women. In that way they are a match made in heaven.

Havok
06-22-2004, 07:28 PM
Still not in the same :baby: league as :baby: Duck :o
Who was talking about Duck anyways :scared:

and regard to the interview, it's really pathetic. What if tennis was like the olden days where it was grass for pretty much all year round :scared: He needs to suck it up and try, and not shoot his mouth and complain :baby:

CarnivalCarnage
06-22-2004, 07:29 PM
He'll be back.

Shy
06-22-2004, 07:29 PM
You know what, you guys might call me crazy but Safin reminds me of Andre at the begining of his career. He would show up now and then, Andre was worried about image and he was always with new girls and always soo funny. Then Andre started to take it serious, I think if Brad could coach Marat, that would be a match made in heaven but, Marat would have to change like Andre did, for it to work.
Yes, I see it a little,but Marat doesn't like tennis as much as Andre.So, I don't think that Marat would put as much effort to change.

maratski
06-22-2004, 07:29 PM
Brad has publically said he was interested in coaching Marat, but Marat didn't want to work with him. Marat at the time said he needed a russian coach. About a year later Brad became and still is Andy's coach.

Havok
06-22-2004, 07:31 PM
Brad wanted to coach Marat, but didnt. He got a call from Andy and jumped on it. Anyways I doubt Brad woulda been the right coach for MArat, Safin needs a coach who's as f'ed up in the head as he is :bolt:

maratski
06-22-2004, 07:32 PM
Marat elected not to work with Brad, it wasn't Brad electing not to work with Marat.

Tennis Fool
06-22-2004, 07:33 PM
They would kill each other I think ;)

If not, then they'll waste their times in casino or with women. In that way they are a match made in heaven.

I totally disagree. I think this arrangement would surprise you. Kafel would be very concentrated, not wanting to see Marat make his mistakes. Marat, on the other hand, would not want to embarrass Kafel.

Hey, does Kafel have an official website? I think I would like to write to him.

Havok
06-22-2004, 07:33 PM
I know, wrong choice of words;) I fixed it

Tennis Fool
06-22-2004, 07:34 PM
What?!? Marat was Brads first choice....:confused:
Marat basically said "Hell no! I don't want to be coached by that a@#hole!"

That "coaching" would come down to Marat pummeling him :lol:

maratski
06-22-2004, 07:35 PM
I don't know if he has an official website. Yev has a lot of respect in Russia cause he's the most succesful russian player, I wonder whether he would want to help Marat take that away from him. I do agree that both have a lot of respect for each other.

Vass
06-22-2004, 07:36 PM
Oh my God! he played so well in the start of the match, and then he started to hate grass again... Ah...

The intyerview: I don't think that he's whining that much. He says: I hate grass and it's no big deal that I lost. I hope that Lungren beats this shit out of him before next Wimby.

maratski
06-22-2004, 07:36 PM
I know, wrong choice of words;) I fixed it

Thanks :)

Springy
06-22-2004, 07:36 PM
SHAME ON MARAT!

Tennis Fool
06-22-2004, 07:37 PM
Who was talking about Duck anyways :scared:

Why else was Bunk in this thread but to give it to his fans?



and regard to the interview, it's really pathetic. What if tennis was like the olden days where it was grass for pretty much all year round :scared: He needs to suck it up and try, and not shoot his mouth and complain :baby:

Fair enough :)

SanTaureau Fan
06-22-2004, 07:38 PM
"Ask Marc Rosset. He will tell you the same. He won it. He is not really proud of it, and just saying, "I won the Olympic Games. It's great. It feels unbelievable," and it's the best thing that will happen in his life."

He's not really proud of it, but it's the best thing that will happen in his life? Not sure to understand his point.

"Also, the people, they don't want to pay for -- in my opinion, every time -- you basically can see the person every week. So the people not excited to see Ferrero, to see Federer. Because you can see in Halle, or you can drive one hour and you already are in Rosmalen. So it's like it's not interesting anymore for the people."

Huh?

"Like, for example, Ferrero, he's basically finish for this year."

:o :tape:

I like players being honest, but does he really have to say that he got bored and gave up?

Neely
06-22-2004, 07:38 PM
bored, unmotivated, giving up... that reminds me somehow of Kiwi playing the 4th and 5th set yesterday :banghead: :banghead:

tough days for me, almost every big fav of mine collapsed (or is about to lose) :rolleyes:

Tennis Fool
06-22-2004, 07:41 PM
I hope that Lungren beats this shit out of him before next Wimby.
Lundgren? Oh yeah, the guy supposedly coaching Marat. Did you read how Marat acted when they mentioned his coach? He was like "huh?" :scared:

Fumus
06-22-2004, 07:42 PM
Still not in the same :baby: league as :baby: Duck :o

I avoided responding to this comment when I first read it but, it just erks the hell out of me. Andy is nowhere near Safin flukeyness levels, Andy doesn't hardly whine like Safin. Andy gives credit to his opponents when he loses and when he wins. I didn't see Safin say once that who he played gave great effort or anything like that.
Andy complains about calls, but Marat complains more than most, lol I watched TMC Monte Carlo, all Safin did was complain about bad bounces on the clay or bad calls. Safin maybe more talented than Andy but, he will never do as well as Andy because he just can't buckle down and focus. So don't go turning this topic into Andy bashing...right now Andy is way more focused player and whines way less!

J. Corwin
06-22-2004, 08:08 PM
Marat gives up too easily. And his lack of motivation continues.

Tennis Fool
06-22-2004, 08:11 PM
Marat gives up too easily. And his lack of motivation continues.

Thanks, Mal :yeah:

star
06-22-2004, 08:12 PM
I was glad to hear Marat say this. Maybe he doesn't speak for the majority of players but I agree with him wholeheartedly. Sometime I think I sound like a broken record on this subject. :o

MARAT SAFIN: Like I said many times, and I'm still insisting that the Olympics is not for tennis. Tennis doesn't need the Olympic Games. It's not my best -- it's not my goal in my life to win Olympic Games and say to everybody that I have Olympic gold medal.

We have four Grand Slams. We have Super 9s. We have a lot of tournaments. We have pretty tough schedule. And now we gonna have Olympics. I mean, of course it's gonna be -- it's every four years. But, still, it's little bit -- it's more like for amateur sports. Of course it's like for swimmers, for runners, it's great. Then triathlon, all these things that for them, Olympic Games is huge. They have World Cup once a year, European Cup once a year. There's not many tournaments they have. So they prepare basically for six months to go to this tournaments.

We are playing almost every week, and we are gonna have Olympic Games. We are professional sport. Let's see, like nobody from NBA basically playing. Because everybody says is student from the colleges, right? I mean, of course they gonna bring some big guys just to, you know, to play, just to make it more entertaining. But the tennis doesn't need this.

CmonAussie
06-22-2004, 08:13 PM
Losing Rd1 at Wimbledon may be the consequence of Marat's mounting frustration at all the tournaments this year...
@@ AO~~ played to his brilliant best until FINAL; where Roger schooled him>_<.
IW-TMS & Miami-TMS~~ got some bad draws & lost confidence...
Estoril~~ made 2nd Final appearance this year & even took 1st set but Chela ground him down>_<.
Monte-Carlo TMS{effectively his home tournament}~~ lost narrowly to Coria in SF..
FRENCH OPEN~~ he knew he could win if he were focused & healthy; BUT wasted too much energy in early rounds & then Blisters were a nasty surprise by Rd4.
.........
Wimbledon^^: "I can't be bothered, it's only the oldest & most prestigious SLAM... really why should any of us be expected to turn up let alone practice on this prehistoric surface which doesn't suit my game... even though I've got a massive serve & should atleast be able to generate many free points... what's the point~~ I've got better things to do with my time like complain about how the Olympics is also a waste of time & I'm only going because ("I have to do it for Russie")... what a chore"!!!!!!!!!

Seriously someone who has a real job should give Marat a kick up the bum{maybe he could try 'Job Swaping' just for one day with an Telemarketer or similiarly dull work} so he realises how lucky he is to be travelling the world & playing a game while making millions... plus the other perks~ he never has to search far for a girlfriend does he!

YoursTruly
06-22-2004, 08:14 PM
Honesty is the best policy. Even how ugly it can be. Like in this case.

Fumus
06-22-2004, 08:15 PM
Thanks, Mal :yeah:
well the things most simply stated are the things that are most logically true!

SanTaureau Fan
06-22-2004, 08:20 PM
Honesty is the best policy. Even how ugly it can be. Like in this case.

I'm not sure to see what a professionnal player gain to say publicly that he got bored and gave up.

It's good in life to be honest when the consequences are positive for at least one person.

Tennis Fool
06-22-2004, 08:24 PM
maybe he could try 'Job Swaping' just for one day with an Telemarketer or similiarly dull work
What about MTF Administrator :lol: They're always asleep at the controls :lol:

tangerine_dream
06-22-2004, 08:25 PM
Marat misses his sippy cup :baby:

amethyst
06-22-2004, 08:26 PM
I was glad to hear Marat say this. Maybe he doesn't speak for the majority of players but I agree with him wholeheartedly. Sometime I think I sound like a broken record on this subject. :o

MARAT SAFIN: Like I said many times, and I'm still insisting that the Olympics is not for tennis. Tennis doesn't need the Olympic Games. It's not my best -- it's not my goal in my life to win Olympic Games and say to everybody that I have Olympic gold medal.

We have four Grand Slams. We have Super 9s. We have a lot of tournaments. We have pretty tough schedule. And now we gonna have Olympics. I mean, of course it's gonna be -- it's every four years. But, still, it's little bit -- it's more like for amateur sports. Of course it's like for swimmers, for runners, it's great. Then triathlon, all these things that for them, Olympic Games is huge. They have World Cup once a year, European Cup once a year. There's not many tournaments they have. So they prepare basically for six months to go to this tournaments.

We are playing almost every week, and we are gonna have Olympic Games. We are professional sport. Let's see, like nobody from NBA basically playing. Because everybody says is student from the colleges, right? I mean, of course they gonna bring some big guys just to, you know, to play, just to make it more entertaining. But the tennis doesn't need this.

If he thinks about the Olympics this way (and I respect his opinion), he should stay at home and give his place in the draw to somebody who appreciates it!

Fumus
06-22-2004, 08:39 PM
Marat misses his sippy cup :baby:

I miss my sippy cup too, I spilled alot less with that..

J. Corwin
06-22-2004, 09:11 PM
Thanks, Mal :yeah:

You're welcome.

I'm simply too tired at the moment to rant any further. Marat really is just two words: lazy bum.

Leo
06-22-2004, 09:22 PM
MARAT SAFIN: No, but he's from my club. He's from Russia and he will be Russian. It's just a little bit -- "Surfing Dude," we call him.

:lol: A Russian in California.

Anyway, that's pretty pathetic from Safin. Using gamemanship to pull out close matches in Paris, and now openly tanking in London. It's constant crap like this that dissallows me to become a serious fan of Marat, although I do love his game and personality most of the time.

Tennis Fool
06-22-2004, 09:42 PM
I hope he doesn't get fined :o

Chloe le Bopper
06-22-2004, 09:55 PM
Marat sounds like somebody who wants things to go his way right away, and when they don't, he doesn't feel like bothering to give them a second try. That said, I think he's just annoyed about his loss, and I don't believe that he'll never be back. He's not the first player to claim that ;)

Tennis Fool
06-22-2004, 10:06 PM
This was from the guyfromrussia.com site:

I saw the last point on BBC and Tursunov hit the ball to Marat, and Marat didn't even look at it, he was already walking towards the net as if the match was already over!!!
C'mon Marat, you're better than that!

Bilbo
06-22-2004, 10:06 PM
Marat is an OAF. So what can you do :rolleyes:

miss strokes
06-22-2004, 10:09 PM
Marat really needs to get some perspective,he hits a ball over a net for a living,its not all that bad.

Denise
06-23-2004, 05:04 AM
I dunno what to say....bu :sad:

WyveN
06-23-2004, 06:08 AM
Marat can be good on grass when he wants to as he has shown before

Mimi
06-23-2004, 06:34 AM
Wake up, Safin, its now or never, you are already 24!!!!! :mad:

maratski
06-23-2004, 08:20 AM
I hope he doesn't get fined :o

I wondered about that too, cause he openly admitted to it.

Aurora
06-23-2004, 08:23 AM
Well, the real obvious tanking (in his game, his attitude was gone for some time already) began as soon as he wasn't winning the last game and losing the first points in the TB. I've seen worse tanking of him

gina_
06-23-2004, 08:33 AM
I'm not defending him or anything, but this guy at least is just brashly honest. He's tempremental, stubborn but Marat...he wears his heart on his sleeve. Never a dull moment, I don't like his work ethic but damnit- he's so unpredictable; it adds a spark.

sigmagirl91
06-23-2004, 11:16 AM
Marat really needs to get some perspective,he hits a ball over a net for a living,its not all that bad.

:worship:

I'd give anything to have HIS job for a day. If he wants to switch places with me, I'm one phone call away.

lsy
06-23-2004, 11:20 AM
Not that we're still surprise with his usual response after each loss, are we?


Q. Was it encouraging to have Boris Yeltsin there, or did you feel pressure?

MARAT SAFIN: No, just I didn't felt like -- playing, I didn't felt like -- I couldn't -- I didn't any like -- I didn't felt comfortable there.

Like I said, I don't like to play on this surface. I don't feel like I'm moving. I cannot move there. Every time, I don't know how it's gonna bounce. So it's like a really nightmare for me.

So after a while, just I get bored. I lost completely motivation, and I give up.

Safin can say anything he likes, but what I really don't appreciate is him always saying he has no motivation, don't feel like playing after each loss. It's not just him alone playing that match, you know? He may not want to win, but I'm sure the guy standing opposite did. He probably didn't mean it to disrespect his opponents, but still :rolleyes:

Asar
06-23-2004, 01:11 PM
Marat. you...you PLONKER! :rolleyes:

MissPovaFan
06-23-2004, 01:14 PM
Safin should start looking at the way Coria and others are at least trying to adapt to grass and also like Henman adapted to clay.

Ryan
06-23-2004, 01:29 PM
:rolleyes: Safin. Liking someone because they are honest is fine, but it's funny that when certain people are honest they get slagged but it's ok when a moron like Safin does it.

Tommy'sGF
06-23-2004, 02:16 PM
I donīt see whatīs the big deal here... Itīs the same problem that Sampras, Roddick and other have at Roland Garros... They hate the surface (they just donīt say it loud)

maratski
06-23-2004, 02:34 PM
But they DO try to do well on the surface....

miss strokes
06-23-2004, 03:21 PM
He got to the quarter finals,hes developed his volleying,he played a good first set,he can play on grass this is just an excuse,its a shame because for players to be household names,they really have to make it at wimbledon,and if ever there was a player to bring tennis back to the masses its marat safin,i just hope he doesnt look back at his career and wonder "what if".

Tennis Fool
06-24-2004, 06:08 PM
Marat's not sorry, no matter what the official ATP brass wants us to think. I bet he didn't even see that statement--already miles away somewhere fishing.

Sad to think that "claycourters" Coria, Ferrero and "has beens" Haas and Goran were able to dig deep to win their first round matches.

Ilhame, maybe he became "unmotivated" after learning he'd play his first match on Court 2 :confused:

Oh well, not that I'm too pissed, just maybe a wee disappointed...

maratski
06-24-2004, 08:04 PM
I don't know why Marat gets "unmotivated", but I doubt it's because of the court he's playing on. At least at Wimbledon that is ;)

I loved every minute of seeing Marat Safin, the defending champion of Bercy, on court 1 ;)