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Saumon
08-16-2005, 01:30 PM
wild card? :confused:

Curls
08-16-2005, 01:33 PM
I think they mean wild card as in ... ' a possible chance' ... 'one to watch' ... 'Mr Unpredictable' ... etc etc ... not as in tennis wild card for entry :yeah:

Saumon
08-16-2005, 01:36 PM
oh ok :p

jmp
08-16-2005, 04:42 PM
I was surprised when the commentators said Marat didn't have surgery during the Roger tape delay last night. Hmmmm :scratch:

In a lot of ways I'm glad he didn't have surgery. I've always heard that you want to avoid surgery on the back and the knees.

PennyThePenguin
08-17-2005, 01:30 AM
thanks pam. you're right. it's boring read ;)

mer
08-17-2005, 07:48 AM
was posted on Safinator forum

Safin's return from injury is not what the doctor ordered
Wed Aug 17, 2005 2:24 AM BST
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By Simon Cambers

CINCINNATI, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Australian Open champion Marat Safin admitted he had played against medical advice after returning to the tour with victory in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters Series event on Tuesday.

The Russian fourth seed beat Czech Jan Hernych 7-6 6-4 to reach the second round, but the left knee injury that caused him to miss seven weeks after his third-round defeat at Wimbledon, is still causing him trouble.

"All the doctors were telling me to stay away a little bit longer, for another two weeks at least," Safin said.

"It still hurts a little bit. I am still afraid to move fast. Hopefully, it will get better.

"I took a risk to come here and start a little bit early to prepare for the U.S. Open. The doctor was a bit scared because the pain can increase. For the moment it's OK, but at some stage I can hurt myself even more.

"Maybe you know the soccer player, Ronaldo, he had the same injury, kind of the same. He continued playing and then he hurt himself and he didn't play for two years."

Safin, who is considering playing in the warm-up event in New Haven next week, said that he had been lucky not to require an operation.

"I've been injected with my own blood. It's just a new system, a new thing," the two times grand slam winner added.

"It's like there is a cut ligament. So basically they injected your own blood with the rebuilding cells so the ligament goes together. And so it's produced a little bit faster because normally it takes like three to four months, this injury.

"I guess it took me one month and a half, but still I think I rushed it little bit. Hopefully I'll be OK."

FAVOURITE EVENTS

After winning the Australian Open in January, Safin struggled to regain his form and concentration, while his knee began to affect him badly, both at the French Open and Wimbledon.

The U.S. Open, where he won his first grand slam title in 2000, is one of his favourite events and Safin admitted he would not have returned to the tour so soon had the year's final major tournament not been less than a fortnight away.

"I didn't really practice before the tournament. Only when I just came three days ago, I played for two hours each day," he said.

"I can see that I have to defend a lot of points (in the indoor season), and I need to do really well if I want to maintain myself in the top ten," he said.

"Hopefully I will be lucky with the draws and I'll be able to get through the first week in the U.S. Open so that it can carry me until the end of the season. Because if you manage to get into the second week, then basically it means that you are playing well.

"And then Asia, Davis Cup. Hopefully I can maintain myself in the top ten or even top five, why not?"

:(

MariaV
08-17-2005, 07:52 AM
Oooooh aaaah!!!!!! :scared: *praying*

Curls
08-17-2005, 09:16 AM
Marat :rolleyes: naughty naughty boy ... pleeeeeeeeeeeeease take care of yourself ... if you get injured for 2 years I might have to become a Robo Rogi Fan :help: :tape: :lol: ... oh and hell would have to freeze over as well :p

... btw, am I just cynical or are all of the GS's 'one of his favourite events' :lol: :yeah: follow the money Marat :yeah:

NINA_BCN
08-17-2005, 09:28 AM
Marat :rolleyes: naughty naughty boy ... pleeeeeeeeeeeeease take care of yourself ... if you get injured for 2 years I might have to become a Robo Rogi Fan :help: :tape: :lol: ... oh and hell would have to freeze over as well :p

... btw, am I just cynical or are all of the GS's 'one of his favourite events' :lol: :yeah: follow the money Marat :yeah:

He works hard for the money. :lol: (I've just remembered a song that says something like that) :p

Be careful Marat!!!! I don't want Pam can be right!!!!!! :mad:

Hoostie
08-17-2005, 09:40 AM
WTF???? Marat you silly boy. What are you thinking??? :mad: You need to rest your knee!!!!

chrissiej
08-17-2005, 09:50 AM
Marat....head....wall....now...

Kinda like this.... :banghead: ;)

Shadow
08-17-2005, 10:41 AM
omg MARAT :( :mad: I thought he had learned his lesson after 2003.... surely.

I REALLY hope this is going good....

PennyThePenguin
08-17-2005, 12:24 PM
marat. what crazy game are you playing at? tennis is not a joke!!!!! :smash:

Vass
08-17-2005, 12:33 PM
Marat's going to be fine. I think he knows what he's doing. Not better than the doctors, but, still.

Welcome back Marat. Be well.

Nimomunz
08-17-2005, 01:21 PM
... btw, am I just cynical or are all of the GS's 'one of his favourite events' :lol: :yeah: follow the money Marat :yeah:
:lol: he like USOpen coz it was his first win and he loves NY (insert appropriate God bless America tatement here) he likes Melbourne coz of the atmosphere and he always plays good there and he like RG because it was his first ever GS and he Loves Paris!! And we all know his feeling on Wimby so i dont think he is following the money in this case though truth be told i knw he follows the money in other cases like certain optional events in Asia *cough cough* :lol:

Curls
08-17-2005, 01:33 PM
:lol: sounds like he's got his priorities sorted:yeah:
... it's like when you see rock/sport stars itw'd on tv and such ... they always get asked "so how do you like Australia? (or wherever)" ... and they always say "I love it here! .. the people are nice, such a beautiful place" etc etc etc

PennyThePenguin
08-17-2005, 02:24 PM
or...so how do you like Singapore,

"it's great here, the food's great, the weather's great and the streets are clean..."

:blah:

Nimomunz
08-17-2005, 02:42 PM
or...so how do you like Singapore,

"it's great here, the food's great, the weather's great and the streets are clean..."

:blah:
i'd like to see him say any different! i hate this city dirty streets horrid congestion ugly buildings and hookers everywhere (dunno if he'll mind the last one)


P.S. Wat was that story doing the rounds bout some tennis players in Bangkok? :aplot:


P.P.S Bang-kok -wat an adequate name for one of the worlds leading cities for sex tourism!!

MariaV
08-17-2005, 03:09 PM
or...so how do you like Singapore,

"it's great here, the food's great, the weather's great and the streets are clean..."

:blah:
I know S'pore is especially known for its clean streets so be happy! Tallinn is supposed to be a capital of an European country but by the looks of the dirty/muddy streets all year long you wouldn't guess that. :mad: :fiery: I guess no-one in Tallinn has heard about washing the streets like they do in other European countries. :rolleyes: OK, rant over, I'm sooooooo tired of talking about it. :mad:

AnnieNik
08-17-2005, 03:13 PM
I know S'pore is especially known for its clean streets so be happy! Tallinn is supposed to be a capital of an European country but by the looks of the dirty/muddy streets all year long you wouldn't guess that. :mad: :fiery: I guess no-one in Tallinn has heard about washing the streets like they do in other European countries. :rolleyes: OK, rant over, I'm sooooooo tired of talking about it. :mad:

:topic:
Mashenka, here is the same. The streets are washed before elections only(parliamentary, city government etc.). I guess I should be happy we have elections often :mad:

MariaV
08-17-2005, 03:22 PM
:topic:
Mashenka, here is the same. The streets are washed before elections only(parliamentary, city government etc.). I guess I should be happy we have elections often :mad:
Anechka, Tallinn's streets don't get washed even before the elections. :mad:
At least by the looks of them. :rolleyes:

tall_one
08-17-2005, 07:43 PM
or...so how do you like Singapore,

"it's great here, the food's great, the weather's great and the streets are clean..."

:blah:
don't know much about Singapore other then then it has lots of orchids and a certain penguin. i doubt i would like the food or the weather and dirty streets don't bother me considering i grew up on a farm so i guess it is just the penguin & orchids that make it worth visiting :angel:

tall_one
08-17-2005, 07:47 PM
:topic:
Mashenka, here is the same. The streets are washed before elections only(parliamentary, city government etc.). I guess I should be happy we have elections often :mad:
you wash the streets?!?!?!? WTF!?!

:scared: *goes back to her never-been-washed-streets and wonders what people think of Iowa*

Nimomunz
08-17-2005, 07:57 PM
you wash the streets?!?!?!? WTF!?!

:scared: *goes back to her never-been-washed-streets and wonders what people think of Iowa*
are you sure or have you just never seen them doing it?

tall_one
08-17-2005, 08:20 PM
my hometown is less then 700 people, i'm positive they have never washed the streets in my lifetime. They have never been swept either, some of the bigger towns do sweep their streets but what is the point of washing streets? Doesn't the rain do a good enough job?

Nimomunz
08-17-2005, 08:38 PM
speaking of news am both excited by and dreading the 7 PAGE SPREAD OF SAFIN IN GQ!! Why? *gulp* it might bring the teenyboppers out of the woodwork

tall_one
08-17-2005, 08:41 PM
lol i guess that depends on how good the pics are ;) They said the GQ issue comes out next week :p

MariaV
08-17-2005, 08:53 PM
my hometown is less then 700 people, i'm positive they have never washed the streets in my lifetime. They have never been swept either, some of the bigger towns do sweep their streets but what is the point of washing streets? Doesn't the rain do a good enough job?

LOL, you should see the streets washed in the early morning with some kinda shampoo in the 'old' Europe! When I first saw it I was surprised too how clean a town can be. ;) I mean I had heard about it but to see it with your own eyes it was something special. I've seen it in Germany of course and even in Italy I must say. And nope, the rain doesn't do the job. The air is so polluted here and the streets so dirty, ah well, I really don't wanna keep on discussing it. Are we off-topic or what. :lol:

Saumon
08-17-2005, 08:56 PM
when i moved to paris i was surprised to see that they wash the streets almost every morning :eek:

MariaV
08-17-2005, 09:03 PM
when i moved to paris i was surprised to see that they wash the streets almost every morning :eek:
I'm sure they do.
But now Marat on court!!!!! White shirt. :D

Nimomunz
08-17-2005, 09:37 PM
they showed the gq spread........ yes we will get an influx of teenies he looked lush!!

maratski
08-17-2005, 10:11 PM
when i moved to paris i was surprised to see that they wash the streets almost every morning :eek:

absolutely necessary with all those dogs :o

Damita
08-17-2005, 11:01 PM
"I can see that I have to defend a lot of points (in the indoor season), and I need to do really well if I want to maintain myself in the top ten," he said.
Whoever sent him my letter asking him not to slip in the ranking.... thank you! :worship: i'm glad he got the message... :p

but again he's playing despite medical advice :rolleyes: a part of me wants to :smash: him.... and another one is more like: :hug:


:shrug:

NINA_BCN
08-17-2005, 11:02 PM
Whoever sent him my letter asking him not to slip in the ranking.... thank you! :worship: i'm glad he got the message... :p





Good job dear!!! :yeah:

Saumon
08-17-2005, 11:04 PM
Whoever sent him my letter asking him not to slip in the ranking.... thank you!
you are welcome :aplot:

flyingjh
08-18-2005, 12:43 AM
from Marat Safin Official

Next Tournament
Pilot Pen Tennis New Haven
19-28 August 2005

Marat has accepted a Wild Card Entry to this tournament to continue his practice before the US Open.




Marat, I'm pleeeeeeeeeeesed to see you again in New Haven. But don't be rush, I'm worried about your knee. :sad:

Nimomunz
08-18-2005, 01:34 AM
he prob wont take it far too seriously just as an extended practise!!

flyingjh
08-18-2005, 04:23 AM
If so, I'll be relieved. :)

Curls
08-18-2005, 06:17 AM
speaking of news am both excited by and dreading the 7 PAGE SPREAD OF SAFIN IN GQ!! Why? *gulp* it might bring the teenyboppers out of the woodwork
:bigwave: Hi I'm Pamushka and I'm trying to find my way out of this damned woodwork!! :lol:

Curls
08-18-2005, 07:33 AM
for those of you with a spare 2 minutes ...

from protennisfan.com:

Top Tennis Players

Polo Ralph Lauren continues to take its U.S. Open sponsorship seriously. In their latest contribution on polo.com Stefan Edberg, John Newcombe, Patrick McEnroe, Mats Wilander and Jim Courier give their thoughts on today's top players: Take It From a Pro ... here's the article http://entertainment.polo.com/magazine/editorial/su05/legends.asp?sssdmh=dm21.132899

Damita
08-18-2005, 12:35 PM
you are welcome :aplot::lol: :yeah:

PennyThePenguin
08-18-2005, 02:10 PM
I know S'pore is especially known for its clean streets so be happy! Tallinn is supposed to be a capital of an European country but by the looks of the dirty/muddy streets all year long you wouldn't guess that. :mad: :fiery: I guess no-one in Tallinn has heard about washing the streets like they do in other European countries. :rolleyes: OK, rant over, I'm sooooooo tired of talking about it. :mad:


me dears, that's what everyone sees cos the cleaners have to work so hard. we've got our fair share of bloody idiots who throw stuff in the bushes, on the open spaces and spit into drains :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:


and then there are the not-so-obvious-to-the-tourist places where the cleaners don't really bother pfffffffttt....

so really, it's just an image :p

PennyThePenguin
08-18-2005, 02:16 PM
“Safin will always be unpredictable. I hope he never becomes a predictable week-in, week-out player because then we will lose the Marat Safin that we all love."

owwww...sweet.... penny raises flippers in agreement


“Just ask all the coaches, and they’ll say, ‘Marat hits the ball the way I want my players to hit the ball.”

volleys too?

Nimomunz
08-18-2005, 02:32 PM
he hit this volley in the match against murray that was amazing though murray got to it(shows murrays skill i was really impressed that he hit it

PennyThePenguin
08-18-2005, 02:49 PM
well, that statement was sort of a joke. i really have to admit, like i've said 1290831023 times before, that marat's volley has really improved over the last year or so. i'm actually really impressed he managed to improve it that much! it used to be such a joke. though not as much of a joke as certain...*ahem*ducks*ahem*

Curls
08-18-2005, 04:07 PM
from eurosport.com

Defending champion Marat Safin will miss next month's China Open after missing the entry deadline, organisers said on Thursday

Saumon
08-18-2005, 04:14 PM
from eurosport.com

Defending champion Marat Safin will miss next month's China Open after missing the entry deadline, organisers said on Thursday
marat (http://www.yelims.com/IPB/Invision-Board-France-23.gif): "oops, i missed it! http://yelims3.free.fr/Hein/Hein42.gif it's not like i did it on purpose because they didnt want to give me a big apparence fee http://yelims3.free.fr/Inclassables/Inclassable106.gif :angel: "

drf716
08-19-2005, 07:47 AM
speaking of news am both excited by and dreading the 7 PAGE SPREAD OF SAFIN IN GQ!! Why? *gulp* it might bring the teenyboppers out of the woodwork

7 pages! well at least it's 7 pages coz i dont think he's in the cover as i originally thought he'd be.

tom brady

Nimomunz
08-19-2005, 03:03 PM
that gq will be hot! tom brady and marat safin......yummy!! i cant wait i couldnt find it at my local walmart but i think i'll try giant eagle!

-SaFiinsBabY-
08-20-2005, 12:21 AM
News from the official site:

Unfortunately Marat has had to decline the Wild Card to New Haven. He is feeling very tired and realises that maybe he needs to slow down his return to tennis and not run before he can walk! He is going straight to New York and will work on his knee and getting himself fit for the US Open. Whatever happens he will try to do his best - he is hungry to play tennis and be at his best again.

NINA_BCN
08-20-2005, 12:28 AM
SHIT!!!!!!!!! :mad:

Damita
08-20-2005, 12:30 AM
:sad:

Éowyn
08-20-2005, 12:30 AM
hate to be one of those people just wanted to say i told you so :p

Saumon
08-20-2005, 12:31 AM
Marat :o :retard:

http://tdelobeau.free.fr/Station_Construire/girouette.gif

NINA_BCN
08-20-2005, 12:37 AM
hate to be one of those people just wanted to say i told you so :p

If you hate it.....DON'T SAY IT!!!!!! :ras:

Damita
08-20-2005, 12:39 AM
Marat :o :retard:

http://tdelobeau.free.fr/Station_Construire/girouette.gifLOL :yeah:

NINA_BCN
08-20-2005, 12:43 AM
Marat :o :retard:

http://tdelobeau.free.fr/Station_Construire/girouette.gif

Yes. He decides what to do depending on the wind that blows. :p

PennyThePenguin
08-20-2005, 01:30 AM
bloooowww wiiinnndd bloooowww.... ever played that game?

tall_one
08-20-2005, 01:38 AM
News from the official site:

Unfortunately Marat has had to decline the Wild Card to New Haven. He is feeling very tired and realises that maybe he needs to slow down his return to tennis and not run before he can walk! He is going straight to New York and will work on his knee and getting himself fit for the US Open. Whatever happens he will try to do his best - he is hungry to play tennis and be at his best again.
good! Glad to hear he has some sense left in that pea brain of his

Curls
08-20-2005, 02:36 AM
damn :sad: ... but I'd rather he take it easy for a while, rather than waste himself :yeah: good decision Marat

Shadow
08-20-2005, 10:50 AM
its good that he is taking back a step... take care of your health Marat!!!!! And I hope he will be ready for the US OPEN.

Chrissie_7
08-20-2005, 01:49 PM
its good that he is taking back a step... take care of your health Marat!!!!! And I hope he will be ready for the US OPEN.

yes he will have a rest for a week, and then he tries to win the Us Opne again
:yippee:

tall_one
08-20-2005, 06:33 PM
hmmm haven't notice this posted anywhere else so...

August 19, 2005

R. GINEPRI/M. Safin
6-2, 6-3

MARAT SAFIN

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Was the knee more of a problem today?

MARAT SAFIN: No, but still it still hurts a little bit so I am trying to take care of it. Just to keep it for another five minutes.

Q. Yesterday a lot of things went right for you. Today it must have been very frustrating.

MARAT SAFIN: Well, in a way it's a little bit normal. I didn't practice for one months and a half and I played for three matches in a row and today I felt really, really tight on the court. I couldn't move properly, and I couldn't find my game. Timing was not there. So it's really difficult to play against any player, you know, like because I need to run a little bit, you need to be focused, and I need to have a little bit of energy to put pressure on him, something like that. And Ginepri, he played his game, you know. He didn't miss much. He was serving well. Was returning okay. So he did his job, and I just was not at the same level.

Q. Were you sort of waiting to have a day like this? Were you half-expecting it?

MARAT SAFIN: Well, I knew that. But I felt a little bit, I guess this morning, that I had no -- I had not so much energy left and I really couldn't, you know, I couldn't perform, I couldn't run, and I could not give my best. If I want to have inspiration to win the match, you know, I should have little bit more energy because opportunities would come anyway. And I was always behind him. And he was fresh, he was playing, he was running, he was doing his job. He did pretty good.

Q. Even if you had been at your best and had the energy that you normally have, how difficult would it have been to have beaten him today?

MARAT SAFIN: Well, it would be little bit different story. I mean, like he's pretty solid. He's playing well. He won a tournament in Indianapolis I think he won, and the finals of Washington. So that could be.

Q. Won a couple matches in Washington.

MARAT SAFIN: Okay, so. But he is playing well. Of course it would be tough match, but still I would have my opportunities, you know, in the first and second set. I didn't get even to have the breakpoints. You know, like this it's a little bit difficult to win the matches. So it would be definitely a difficult match because he made a couple of good results here also. He beat Moya and he's match confident. But, still, everybody gives you opportunities.

Q. Is he better than his ranking?

MARAT SAFIN: No, his ranking is what he deserve.

Q. But I mean his ranking fell way down, and now it's starting to come back up.

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, so we'll see.

Q. It's much lower.

MARAT SAFIN: Yes, the ranking is -- I cannot -- I mean, also I can play -- one time I can play No. 1 in the world and then I am playing like 50, No. 50. So what's his ranking, 40, 30 in the world?

Q. 58.

MARAT SAFIN: 58, so one day he's playing well and then I'm sure one day he can lose to anybody.

Q. What I'm saying is, is he on the rise? Is he one of those players that you would, six months from now, find even more difficult to play?

MARAT SAFIN: Well, he's trying to do this for the past three years, so I don't know. He was upcoming, new, upcoming player on the tour for three years ago. And, I don't know. Like he was there, 30, 40, and he never could manage to, you know, to get in Top 20. So it says something that he is not consistent or he is not really, you know -- like he can play couple of matches good and then he just is downhill during the six months, I guess. But the way he's play, he played today and the way he played these months, I guess he is playing really well. If he can maintain his game in this level, he can be in Top 20 for sure. That's for sure.

Q. When he broke you on your first service game, you were hooking a couple shots wide. You said you felt like you didn't have it today. Was there any chance for you out there? Did you think you'd get it together at some point?

MARAT SAFIN: Well, I was expecting to have chances back in the first set. Even though that he broke me in that first game, it doesn't really make a big difference because beginning of the match you can be not -- be a little bit cold and not ready and not focused enough. And also in the second set I started to play, but still not enough - not enough energy, not enough strength in my legs. And could just -- was missing too much.

Q. What did you think about the two foot faults?

MARAT SAFIN: But still, you know, like they are actual linesmen. So I guess sometimes it's a little bit -- I have my opinion about the foot faults. Because, you know, sometimes the people, they make big ones. Of course you have half of the -- half of step inside the court. But if you're making -- touching little bit the line, but still it's a foot fault, but sometimes you don't call it because it doesn't really make a difference, you know, if you just touch the line. That's my opinion, but of course they are right. I have no reason to protest that. But it's just in a matter of -- I am a player. In a matter of just in a game it doesn't really make a difference if it's like this or like that (measuring).

Q. When you showed up here, you said you were curious to see how the knee would respond, whether it gets any better, worse. How has it gotten as you've been playing this week?

MARAT SAFIN: Same way today. Yesterday was better; today is a little bit, you know, a little bit tight and I feel a little bit more inflamed. But I will take one week off, definitely not go to New Haven, try to take care of my knee and try to get ready for US Open where I should be at my best. But it's okay.

Q. Are you going to China next month? I saw an article that you missed the deadline entry.

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, but still I can get a wildcard (smiling).

Q. Is playing three or four matches after quite a long break a decent amount of matches that will enable you to build on it?

MARAT SAFIN: Well, in my position I think it's enough. Because if I will not have problems with my knee, I will go to New Haven, play another, you know -- try to get the rhythm back and try to get the confidence and try to play more matches before the US Open. But in my position I cannot really. I have to think about the knee and how many matches I have. So I prefer, you know -- so the knee will be okay for the US Open because the matches are longer and that's where I should really perform. So because of the knee, I would skip New Haven and try to go to the doctor, spend much more time with him so he can fix me at least so I can play US Open.

Q. So this was a useful amount of time on court?

MARAT SAFIN: Could be -- I don't think it's really, really enough, but it's the best I could make. It could be even worse, I could be first round here and first round in New Haven so I cannot really complain. Of course is not the best result I could expect from, but in my position I think it's pretty good - quarterfinal, beating good players. Losing today, it's okay. Like I said, not enough energy. Without practicing, it's difficult to keep it up, you know, and just try not to go down.

End of FastScripts….

chrissiej
08-20-2005, 06:54 PM
cheers nicki :yeah:

Damita
08-20-2005, 06:55 PM
thanks Nicki!


Q. Is he better than his ranking?

MARAT SAFIN: No, his ranking is what he deserve. :spit:

Q. Are you going to China next month? I saw an article that you missed the deadline entry.

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, but still I can get a wildcard (smiling). :confused: :rolleyes:

-SaFiinsBabY-
08-20-2005, 07:15 PM
Thanks nicki :hug:

Curls
08-21-2005, 05:19 AM
ditto Steph's post :yeah: :lol:!!

Nimomunz
08-21-2005, 05:28 AM
the chinese will give him a wc if he asks for it! :D

junekidd
08-21-2005, 09:10 AM
Q. Are you going to China next month? I saw an article that you missed the deadline entry.

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, but still I can get a wildcard (smiling).

Marat...... you are kidding me! :o
Wednesday our media said that you will not come. then you said you will.
Thursday the CO official even said they could sue you for your absence. you still said you will come!
yesterday Sina.com gave us the reasons of your absence: the injury and the preparation of USO. but you said you could ask a WC....
:confused: :mad: :banghead: :fiery: :rolleyes: :o
come or not? is it really a tough question? if so, pls think of it before you tell a definite message. I almost cannot bear boy... = =||

NINA_BCN
08-21-2005, 09:23 AM
He decides what to do depending on the wind that blows. :p


I'm still thinking the same junekidd. :(

junekidd
08-21-2005, 10:04 AM
Originally Posted by NINA_BCN
He decides what to do depending on the wind that blows. :p
exactly! :shrug: wish the wind blows him to Beijing that week! :o :p

btw, calling me june is OK. :hug: ;)

mer
08-21-2005, 10:12 AM
I think his knee will be more decisive factor than wind.

Meeek
08-21-2005, 10:13 AM
I think his knee will be more decisive factor than wind.

:scared:

NINA_BCN
08-21-2005, 10:17 AM
I think his knee will be more decisive factor than wind.

Knee, F*****G damned word!!!!! :smash:




Btw, good morning safinholics!!!!!!! :bigwave:

MariaV
08-21-2005, 10:20 AM
Morning Alicia! :hug: Hello June, how are you doing? :bigwave:

junekidd
08-21-2005, 10:28 AM
in fact, now I have not cared too much wehter he would come or not.... CO official has said that Marat would not come and ALMOST no WC for him. I just want to get a definite news.... he tortures me! :o one day in haven, one day in hell. :scared:



sorry, it seems I forget that I am a Hippo fan..... :awww: up and down is his style... :tape:

junekidd
08-21-2005, 10:32 AM
Morning Alicia! :hug: Hello June, how are you doing? :bigwave:
hello, Maria and all safinholics! :wavey: long time no see! how are you? :D
I am just so so. still searching job. an english interview made me come back! I think I have to practice english more. :lol:

NINA_BCN
08-21-2005, 10:35 AM
sorry, it seems I forget that I am a Hippo fan..... :awww: up and down is his style... :tape:

"Living in a roller coaster" could be the title of his biography. :p

junekidd
08-21-2005, 10:43 AM
"Living in a roller coaster" could be the title of his biography. :p
:lol:
maybe it should be called "Living AS a roller coaster". and we are living IN it. ;) :p

NINA_BCN
08-21-2005, 10:51 AM
:lol:
maybe it should be called "Living AS a roller coaster". and we are living IN it. ;) :p

"Living in it"????? Don't do this to me!!!!! :lol: My thinkings are too bad!!!! :devil: :devil:

JuanChuffy007
08-21-2005, 10:54 AM
:lol:
maybe it should be called "Living AS a roller coaster". and we are living IN it. ;) :p

:rolls: good one :rolls:

junekidd
08-21-2005, 10:56 AM
"Living in it"????? Don't do this to me!!!!! :lol: My thinkings are too bad!!!! :devil: :devil:
:confused: :confused: :eek: :eek: :devil: :devil: IC!

MariaV
08-21-2005, 11:03 AM
hello, Maria and all safinholics! :wavey: long time no see! how are you? :D
I am just so so. still searching job. an english interview made me come back! I think I have to practice english more. :lol:
Good luck with the job hunt June! :hug: And your English is really good (if I who totally suck in it may say so). :hug:

NINA_BCN
08-21-2005, 11:14 AM
:confused: :confused: :eek: :eek: :devil: :devil: IC!

I have to clean my brain!!!! :lol:

junekidd
08-21-2005, 11:16 AM
Good luck with the job hunt June! :hug: And your English is really good (if I who totally suck in it may say so). :hug:
:hug: :hug: thanks very much! :kiss: :kiss:

hehe...maybe I have to find a way to improve my oral english. :D

NINA_BCN
08-21-2005, 11:23 AM
June, your english is GOOD!!!!!! :yeah: Mine sucks!!! :ras:

chrissiej
08-21-2005, 11:37 AM
Erm, how does either of your english suck? Yah, I don't think so. Psh.

junekidd
08-21-2005, 11:41 AM
June, your english is GOOD!!!!!! :yeah: Mine sucks!!! :ras:
thanks sweetie! :kiss: yours are good too! ;) (we are complimenting each other. :lol: )

Saumon
08-21-2005, 12:37 PM
"Living in a roller coaster" could be the title of his biography. :p
and the French title would be "La Montagne Russe" :o

Meeek
08-21-2005, 12:39 PM
:lol:
maybe it should be called "Living AS a roller coaster". and we are living IN it. ;) :p

:yeah:

That's the subtitle of the Marat Safin community on Livejournal "Enjoy the rollercoaster" ;)
Join that community btw if y'all have a livejournal :p

Chrissie_7
08-21-2005, 12:50 PM
R. GINEPRI /M. Safin

6‑2, 6‑3

MARAT SAFIN

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Was the knee more of a problem today?

MARAT SAFIN: No, but still it still hurts a little bit so I am trying to take care of it. Just to keep it for another five minutes.

Q. Yesterday a lot of things went right for you. Today it must have been very frustrating.

MARAT SAFIN: Well, in a way it's a little bit normal. I didn't practice for one months and a half and I played for three matches in a row and today I felt really, really tight on the court. I couldn't move properly, and I couldn't find my game. Timing was not there.

So it's really difficult to play against any player, you know, like because I need to run a little bit, you need to be focused, and I need to have a little bit of energy to put pressure on him, something like that.

And Ginepri , he played his game, you know. He didn't miss much. He was serving well. Was returning okay. So he did his job, and I just was not at the same level.

Q. Were you sort of waiting to have a day like this? Were you half‑expecting it?

MARAT SAFIN: Well, I knew that. But I felt a little bit, I guess this morning, that I had no ‑‑ I had not so much energy left and I really couldn't, you know, I couldn't perform, I couldn't run, and I could not give my best. If I want to have inspiration to win the match, you know, I should have little bit more energy because opportunities would come anyway.

And I was always behind him. And he was fresh, he was playing, he was running, he was doing his job. He did pretty good.

Q. Even if you had been at your best and had the energy that you normally have, how difficult would it have been to have beaten him today?

MARAT SAFIN: Well, it would be little bit different story. I mean, like he's pretty solid. He's playing well. He won a tournament in Indianapolis I think he won, and the finals of Washington . So that could be.

Q. Won a couple matches in Washington .

MARAT SAFIN: Okay, so. But he is playing well. Of course it would be tough match, but still I would have my opportunities, you know, in the first and second set. I didn't get even to have the breakpoints. You know, like this it's a little bit difficult to win the matches.

So it would be definitely a difficult match because he made a couple of good results here also. He beat Moya and he's match confident.

But, still, everybody gives you opportunities.

Q. Is he better than his ranking?

MARAT SAFIN: No, his ranking is what he deserve.

Q. But I mean his ranking fell way down, and now it's starting to come back up.

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, so we'll see.

Q. It's much lower.

MARAT SAFIN: Yes, the ranking is ‑‑ I cannot ‑‑ I mean, also I can play ‑‑ one time I can play No. 1 in the world and then I am playing like 50, No. 50.

So what's his ranking, 40, 30 in the world?

Q. 58.

MARAT SAFIN: 58, so one day he's playing well and then I'm sure one day he can lose to anybody.

Q. What I'm saying is, is he on the rise? Is he one of those players that you would, six months from now, find even more difficult to play?

MARAT SAFIN: Well, he's trying to do this for the past three years, so I don't know. He was upcoming, new, upcoming player on the tour for three years ago. And, I don't know. Like he was there, 30, 40, and he never could manage to, you know, to get in Top 20. So it says something that he is not consistent or he is not really, you know ‑‑ like he can play couple of matches good and then he just is downhill during the six months, I guess.

But the way he's play, he played today and the way he played these months, I guess he is playing really well. If he can maintain his game in this level, he can be in Top 20 for sure. That's for sure.

Q. When he broke you on your first service game, you were hooking a couple shots wide. You said you felt like you didn't have it today. Was there any chance for you out there? Did you think you'd get it together at some point?

MARAT SAFIN: Well, I was expecting to have chances back in the first set. Even though that he broke me in that first game, it doesn't really make a big difference because beginning of the match you can be not ‑‑ be a little bit cold and not ready and not focused enough.

And also in the second set I started to play, but still not enough ‑ not enough energy, not enough strength in my legs. And could just ‑‑ was missing too much.

Q. What did you think about the two foot faults?

MARAT SAFIN: But still, you know, like they are actual linesmen. So I guess sometimes it's a little bit ‑‑ I have my opinion about the foot faults. Because, you know, sometimes the people, they make big ones. Of course you have half of the ‑‑ half of step inside the court. But if you're making ‑‑ touching little bit the line, but still it's a foot fault, but sometimes you don't call it because it doesn't really make a difference, you know, if you just touch the line.

That's my opinion, but of course they are right. I have no reason to protest that. But it's just in a matter of ‑‑ I am a player. In a matter of just in a game it doesn't really make a difference if it's like this or like that (measuring).

Q. When you showed up here, you said you were curious to see how the knee would respond, whether it gets any better, worse. How has it gotten as you've been playing this week?

MARAT SAFIN: Same way today. Yesterday was better; today is a little bit, you know, a little bit tight and I feel a little bit more inflamed.

But I will take one week off, definitely not go to New Haven , try to take care of my knee and try to get ready for US Open where I should be at my best.

But it's okay.

Q. Are you going to China next month? I saw an article that you missed the deadline entry.

MARAT SAFIN: Yeah, but still I can get a wildcard (smiling).

Q. Is playing three or four matches after quite a long break a decent amount of matches that will enable you to build on it?

MARAT SAFIN: Well, in my position I think it's enough. Because if I will not have problems with my knee, I will go to New Haven , play another, you know ‑‑ try to get the rhythm back and try to get the confidence and try to play more matches before the US Open .

But in my position I cannot really. I have to think about the knee and how many matches I have. So I prefer, you know ‑‑ so the knee will be okay for the US Open because the matches are longer and that's where I should really perform.

So because of the knee, I would skip New Haven and try to go to the doctor, spend much more time with him so he can fix me at least so I can play US Open .

Q. So this was a useful amount of time on court?

MARAT SAFIN: Could be ‑‑ I don't think it's really, really enough, but it's the best I could make. It could be even worse, I could be first round here and first round in New Haven so I cannot really complain.

Of course is not the best result I could expect from, but in my position I think it's pretty good ‑ quarterfinal, beating good players. Losing today, it's okay. Like I said, not enough energy. Without practicing, it's difficult to keep it up, you know, and just try not to go down.

Curls
08-21-2005, 12:52 PM
... kinda reminds me of a song ...

:cool:

Love Rollercoaster - Red Hot Chilli Peppers!!

You give me that funny feeling in my tummy....

Ahw shit, yeah, that’s right huh
Rollercoaster of love
Say what
Rollercoaster yeah (oohh oohh oohh)
Oh baby you know what I’m talking about
Rollercoaster of love
Oh yeah it’s rollercoaster time
Lovin’ you is really wild
Oh it's just a love rollercoaster
Step right up and get your tickets

Chorus:
Your love is like a rollercoaster baby,baby I wanna ride yeah (awawaw)

Move over dad ’cause I’m a double dipple
Upside down on th big dip dipper
1,2,1,2,3 i've got a ticket come ride with me
Let me go down on the marry-go-round
All is fair ’n’ a big fair ground
Let’s go slow. let’s go fast
Like a liqourice twist gonna whip your ass.

Rollercoaster
Say what

I will be there for you I will be your man.

NINA_BCN
08-21-2005, 12:54 PM
Thanx dear!!!! :hug:

NINA_BCN
08-21-2005, 12:55 PM
... kinda reminds me of a song ...

:cool:

Love Rollercoaster - Red Hot Chilli Peppers!!

You give me that funny feeling in my tummy....

Ahw shit, yeah, that’s right huh
Rollercoaster of love
Say what
Rollercoaster yeah (oohh oohh oohh)
Oh baby you know what I’m talking about
Rollercoaster of love
Oh yeah it’s rollercoaster time
Lovin’ you is really wild
Oh it's just a love rollercoaster
Step right up and get your tickets

Chorus:
Your love is like a rollercoaster baby,baby I wanna ride yeah (awawaw)

Move over dad ’cause I’m a double dipple
Upside down on th big dip dipper
1,2,1,2,3 i've got a ticket come ride with me
Let me go down on the marry-go-round
All is fair ’n’ a big fair ground
Let’s go slow. let’s go fast
Like a liqourice twist gonna whip your ass.

Rollercoaster
Say what

I will be there for you I will be your man.

You've made me to listen it!!!!! :lol:

Meeek
08-21-2005, 12:58 PM
... kinda reminds me of a song ...

:cool:

Love Rollercoaster - Red Hot Chilli Peppers!!



Ahhh....brings me back to June 16th of last year... the great amazing fantastic concert of the RHCP :rocker:

Chrissie_7
08-21-2005, 03:50 PM
from the official site:-)

21.08.05 Marat News
Marat had an MRI on his knee yesterday and all is okay. He has flown to New York and has a physiotherapist recommended by Wesley Moodie, who Marat will be working with in New York. He will start practising in New York this week in preparation for the US Open.

21.08.05 China Open Beijing. There have been lots of conflicting reports in the press. Owing to a misunderstanding during the change of ownership of the tournament, Marat's application was not registered. Negotiations are still in progess to see if an agreement can be reached between the two parties for Marat to be in Beijing to defend his title.

Damita
08-21-2005, 08:36 PM
and the French title would be "La Montagne Russe" :o
yeah baby! :bigclap: ;)

Damita
08-21-2005, 08:39 PM
from the official site:-)

21.08.05 Marat News
Marat had an MRI on his knee yesterday and all is okay. He has flown to New York and has a physiotherapist recommended by Wesley Moodie, who Marat will be working with in New York. He will start practising in New York this week in preparation for the US Open. sounds good :)

21.08.05 China Open Beijing. There have been lots of conflicting reports in the press. Owing to a misunderstanding during the change of ownership of the tournament, Marat's application was not registered. Negotiations are still in progess to see if an agreement can be reached between the two parties for Marat to be in Beijing to defend his title. :retard: :rolleyes:

thanks for the news Chrissie :)

jmp
08-21-2005, 08:48 PM
hello, Maria and all safinholics! :wavey: long time no see! how are you? :D
I am just so so. still searching job. an english interview made me come back! I think I have to practice english more. :lol:

June!! Hello! :bigwave: It's been soooo long. :hug: :hug:

Good luck in your job search. Please don't be a stranger. :)

drf716
08-22-2005, 04:49 AM
from the official site:-)

21.08.05 China Open Beijing. There have been lots of conflicting reports in the press. Owing to a misunderstanding during the change of ownership of the tournament, Marat's application was not registered. Negotiations are still in progess to see if an agreement can be reached between the two parties for Marat to be in Beijing to defend his title.

i hope the china open people considers him. i mean come on!

Shadow
08-22-2005, 10:33 AM
www.maratsafin.com

22.08.05 Marat News
Marat will start practising today in New York. He has a doctor arriving from Russia to be with him as well as he has a fitness trainer and others around him. He is being very sensible about this and will make sure that he does everything correctly with regards to his knee. Marat was pleased that he did managed to complete 3 rounds in Cincinnati considering he had played no tennis since June.As you know Marat loves New York so he feels good about being there.

good to know he is very carefull :hug:

NINA_BCN
08-22-2005, 10:36 AM
Thank you hun!!! :hug:

Nimomunz
08-22-2005, 07:42 PM
JAMES BLAKE
I enjoy watching Federer because it's like watching history as he chases Sampras' record. I also like watching Carlos Moya, who plays a bit like me, and Marat Safin because he's so unpredictable and one of the most talented guys out there.


it made me happy i dunno why?? :love:

NINA_BCN
08-22-2005, 07:44 PM
hehehehehehe ;)

Damita
08-22-2005, 08:58 PM
awww James :D good boy

Saumon
08-23-2005, 12:26 AM
Marlene (Richmond VA USA)
If you were in charge of mens professional tennis, what one thing would you make a priority to change?

JAMES BLAKE
I would shorten the season a bit, so that after the US Open there is only the Davis Cup and Masters Cup. Guys are playing so many tournaments that there are a lot of injuries, so fewer tournaments would mean less injury and would make the tennis easier to follow. I would also change the Davis Cup format a little, because it's a little hard to follow right now with all the different schedules and teams. Make it more like the Ryder Cup, every two years, or condense it into two or three weeks.




I think Marat will marry James :p

Curls
08-23-2005, 01:36 AM
:lol: ... James seems to put it a bit more eloquently than our Marat :lol: - I know it's the language thing - and James says it without even mentioning suffering or luck or ... oh, we wouldn't change Marat for the world :yeah:

btw, read a funny quote from Roger Federer (of all people!) in a mag yesterday *runs off to grab mag* ...
Complete this sentence: "It aint over 'til..." ... the fat lady farts!!

OMG, that's something I would expect from Andy not Roger! :haha:

tall_one
08-23-2005, 06:01 AM
James is always eloquent, not that i expect anything less from someone who went to Harvard

NINA_BCN
08-23-2005, 08:51 AM
Complete this sentence: "It aint over 'til..." ... the fat lady farts!!


It's over. Roger. :yeah:

ragazza
08-23-2005, 01:22 PM
Muhahahaaa....this guy gets mind-advices from Andy?!....bad idea...

-SaFiinsBabY-
08-23-2005, 01:29 PM
News again:

23rd August 2005

Marat has been joined in New York by Dr. Feder of LA who treated him in 2003 for his wrist injury. Working together with him and the physio, Marat is starting to feel a lot better. He will practice again today.

From 26 October 2005 Thair Airways will be operating a direct flight from Bangkok to Moscow. Negotiations are well advanced for Marat to be featured in both written and video adverts for Thai Airways which it is hoped will be aired prior to the Thai Open. Something new for all the fans in Thailand.

Schedule change: For those Russian fans who were disappointed that Marat would not be playing in the St. Petersburg Open this year. Agreement has been reached and Marat WILL appear at the StP Open this year.

Bibir
08-23-2005, 01:45 PM
23rd August 2005

Marat has been joined in New York by Dr. Feder of LA who treated him in 2003 for his wrist injury.
Two days ago the doctor was from Russia, now he's from LA? :o

Take care of your knee Marat...The good one...The left one, ok? ;)

ragazza
08-23-2005, 01:48 PM
i'm wondering...the guy who took care of his wrist?...jeez...but he still wears bandage on his wrist... (i know,i know high-intense sport and should be careful,but... )

flyingjh
08-23-2005, 02:13 PM
News again:

Working together with him and the physio, Marat is starting to feel a lot better.

I really feel relieved. :angel:


From 26 October 2005 Thair Airways will be operating a direct flight from Bangkok to Moscow. Negotiations are well advanced for Marat to be featured in both written and video adverts for Thai Airways which it is hoped will be aired prior to the Thai Open.

Marat WILL appear at the StP Open this year.

Wow :eek: , we can have more chances to see Marat in action and commercials in the coming months. It can make up for about one month when we didn't see him for his injury. :D

Thanks, Stephi. Since we greeted each other on the first day of my joing mtf, I seem to talk to you first in the other thread. :wavey:

ragazza
08-23-2005, 02:23 PM
lol... commercials!!!! :bigclap: :bounce: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :bounce: :bigclap:

Damita
08-23-2005, 04:21 PM
from RIA Novosti:

Safin up one on ATP rankings
14:46 | 22/ 08/ 2005



MOSCOW, August 22 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Tennis player Marat Safin has jumped to 7th place from 8th in the new ATP Race rankings, released Monday.

Safin, who has 346 points, last led the ATP Race in November 2000. He is currently two places behind the other Russian player in the top ten, Nikolay Davydenko.

Swiss player Roger Federer remains the strong leader with 1010 points. Having won the Cincinnati Masters title Sunday, he is now 172 points ahead of the current number 2 Spain's Rafael Nadal.

The other top-50 Russian players are Mikhail Yuzhny (41st) and Igor Andreev (47). :woohoo:

The bad news is Andy reached the final in Cincy and thus he is #4 again in the ATP entry system, which means it is him, not Marat, who will be seeded #4 in Flushing :sad:

Saumon
08-23-2005, 04:54 PM
:awww: Marat, why dont you do commercials for Air France? :sad:

Damita
08-23-2005, 04:57 PM
because they crash in Canada :unsure: :bolt:

NINA_BCN
08-23-2005, 05:41 PM
What???????? :scratch:

Nimomunz
08-23-2005, 05:45 PM
because they crash in Canada :unsure: :bolt:
but they evacuate an entire plane in under 30 seconds!! :worship:

Meeek
08-23-2005, 05:46 PM
because they crash in Canada :unsure: :bolt:

:awww:

-SaFiinsBabY-
08-23-2005, 05:47 PM
Thanks, Stephi. Since we greeted each other on the first day of my joing mtf, I seem to talk to you first in the other thread. :wavey:

Hy, :)

That's right ...

These "official" announcements of webby seem to be really ... mh ... how could I describe it ... :o :confused:

NINA_BCN
08-23-2005, 05:51 PM
Hy, :)

That's right ...

These "official" announcements of webby seem to be really ... mh ... how could I describe it ... :o :confused:

Don't try to do it. It's impossible!!!!! :mad:

-SaFiinsBabY-
08-23-2005, 05:55 PM
Don't try to do it. It's impossible!!!!! :mad:

Yeah ... maybe some time the site will improve ... :rolleyes: :confused:

NINA_BCN
08-23-2005, 05:58 PM
Yeah ... maybe some time the site will improve ... :rolleyes: :confused:

Maybe. :devil:

-SaFiinsBabY-
08-23-2005, 06:05 PM
Maybe. :devil:

Let's hope so ...

Everytime when I have a look into the site's forum I get sick.
The forum is a total mess ... all these people who's posts are mostly nonsense ... *sigh* ... will we ever have a real marat safin page ... :rain:

NINA_BCN
08-23-2005, 07:42 PM
Let's hope so ...

Everytime when I have a look into the site's forum I get sick.
The forum is a total mess ... all these people who's posts are mostly nonsense ... *sigh* ... will we ever have a real marat safin page ... :rain:

I don't visit that page. It sucks. :ras: Poor Marat. He don't deserve it. :sad:

Shadow
08-23-2005, 07:58 PM
thanks Annie from theguyfromrussia.com for translating this excellent article.
:worship:

AN ARTICLE FROM A JULY-AUGUST 2005 ISSUE OF A RUSSIAN GENTLEMEN MAGAZINE “MEDVED” (“THE BEAR”)

By Sergey Shachin

A WILD RUSSIAN

“He sincerely admits his mistakes. He smashes racquets when angry at himself. He curses himself in Russian, English and Spanish when does silly mistakes on court. He pretends to cry when he hits the ball into the net. In order to celebrate a win of a vivid point at Roland Garros he even pulled his pants down…”

This is how a famous USA Today journalist Gils Leeber sees Marat Safin. But why have we started the story about our compatriot with a quote from a foreign periodical? That’s because from a while back Marat has been boycotting Russian press. This is how he explains it: “Russia is a very particular country. Our people know no limits. Today they love you to death, tomorrow they’re throwing stones at you. They beg for an interview and when you give one they turn everything inside out and make you look like a monster. One thing I can’t understand is WHY they do it. Are they trying to increase their popularity or something? Anyway, I recommend watching your step in Russia. Here they won’t help you get up, what’s worse they’ll probably push you in the back, too”.

This is on one side. On the other side Safin has a beautiful house in Valencia and an apartment in Monte Carlo. But on any given occasion Marat rushes to Moscow where he says he feels most comfortable even though some specific events of Russian life effect sport celebrities’ lives as well. In earlier times Russian hooligans had a law: not to touch famous sportsmen because their own sweat and blood earn their money. Today times have changed. In 2002 before a DC semifinal against Argentina Safin’s BMW was stolen, then one after another two jeeps and then his parents’ flat got robbed. Marat treats these losses philosophically: “It is very important for a man to find the right time to feel independent of things as well as not to lose your mind when big money comes your way. A real man will always find himself even without money as long as he does something he loves. I really liked that stolen BMW but when the story became public I addressed the thieves through a newspaper (if they read newspapers that is) “Guys, if you managed to steal a car and not get caught I sincerely wish you happiness. Let there be at least be someone who gains out of this situation”.

On the whole Safin is not an avenger. There is however things he will not put up with: deceit, for example, or lying. “The most important quality in a man is honestly”, Marat once said, “do not tell small lies, then it will be hard to tell big ones”.
- What present would you chose for your worst enemy? – he was once asked during a press-conference
- A good present, - he replied – and that person would feel really bad not understanding what’s going on.
- Do you have a lot of enemies? When was the last time you wanted to his someone?
- This happens rather often because I cannot stand pushy and impolite people. And they are all over the place, - Safin replied.

Around the World

Marat acquired his favourite occupation at the age of 5. His mother Rausa Islanova was a good tennis player, a multi times champion of the USSR. The she became and excellent coach. She worked at the oldest tennis courts of Moscow, where loads of famous tennis players grew up: Andrei Chesnokov, Andrei Cherkassov, Anya Kournikova, Nastya Myskina…I suppose you can’t name all. Mum often took Marat with her to work because there was no one to leave him at home with. At first he was just fooling around with a racquet, then started to show some signs of talent and afterwards he began to like victories. That’s when his parents decided to make a real tennis player out of him.

But how? Nowadays Russia is living through a tennis boom but 20 years ago…Courts’ conditions were far from good and the indoor ones could be counted with fingers on one hand, racquets sold in shops were a nightmare, to find a good sparring partner was a whole problem. Some wise people advised the Safins to send the boy abroad. Some kind people helped with funds. So just like that at the age of 12 Marat found himself in the USA, in Florida, in a famous academy of Nick Bolletieri. However, he didn’t stay there long, didn’t make much of an impression on the tennis guru. This probably really hurt Marat’s ego. A few later he told the whole world about the true face of Mr. Bolletieri that not many people in the US know about, noone knows how Marat knows, too:

“He says he brought up Sampras, Agassi, Seles, Becker, Haas…Really and truly Bolletieri is a former paratrooper, who maybe knows how to hold a machine gun properly but not a racquet. It’s just that Nick is a very good businessman plus an experienced self-promoter and right connections guy. He attracts gifted kids to his academy, there well-known experienced coaches train them and Bolletieri announces himself as an achiever or results his coaches produce. By the way, he has the same kinds of academies in golf, soccer, baseball and horse riding. Are you meaning to tell me he is also good in these sports?”

So it didn’t work out with Bolletieri and Marat got his tennis degree in Valencia, at the tennis school of Pancho Alvarina. Apart from all the features of future champion, he also developed features of a macho there, namely “dark, passionate unpredictable inner power ready to break free at the right moment”, - such a comment was passed by one of the super models after she watched Marat play. Another stunning woman, star of “Beverly Hills 90210” Tiffany Amber Thiessen said that she would not rest until she manages to get Safin into her bed. Madonna herself through newspapers announced to the whole world that she included Marat in the list of sperm donors for her future son. But all of this was much later…

“I moved to Valencia when I was 14. This is how my independent life began”, Marat recollects. “In those days I could only spend 15 dollars per day as pocket money. And that is in a gorgeous country with so many seductions! I remember walking in the street and closing my eyes in order not to get too upset that I couldn't at a time afford this, this and that. However, I believe everyone has to pass a penniless stage once, then you start treasuring every dime. It’s funny to think about it now but the first car I ever bought was a wrecked red Volkswagen Golf. One door didn’t use to open and I think the car was about my age”.

Pyrrhic Victory

Everything changed in a second when in 2000 a 20 year old Russian “showing great potential” won one of the most prestigious Grand Slams – the US Open, thrashing the Great Pete Sampras in the final. That’s when at once Marat suddenly obtained a beautiful luxurious house in Valencia, a whole auto park of 5 cars, including of course a Ferrari and a massive crowd of female fans. In those days Marat swam in luxury and loved it. Nowadays however five years later, grown-up Marat is positive that the US Open victory played a cruel trick on him.

“It came way too early and I so to speak lost my head. I wanted to win every tournament, every match. A while later I realised that it is absolutely impossible. Tennis players have the longest season in the world, we only have a two week break in winter, we play 25-30 tournaments per season and you should make 5 – maximum 7 tournaments your top priority, the rest – are just passing by”.

Payback for the efforts of becoming the unbeatable came in the form of psychological instability, mountains of smashed racquets, conflicts with umpires, etc. but worst of all – serious injuries. The state that came over Marat urged him to get out on court not being 100% fit. As a result old injuries got worse and the new ones piled up on top. Yes, he did play some truly outstanding tennis every now and then and was in Grand Slam finals three times but nevertheless he started slipping downhill in ratings. November 2000- Safin is world’s Number One, the season of 2004 he started 77th.

“You do not want to miss a step in Russia: not only won’t they help you, they’d push you in the back, too”. Marat probably reached this sad conclusion during that “black” period of his life. Because this is exactly when Russian press poured all sorts of dirt on its idol. Russian paparazzi hunted for Marat. They were trying to expose him as someone who leads a dissolute lifestyle and that lifestyle is a cause of all his problems. A really great opportunity for these accusations turned up at Australian Open 2003, where Safin was accompanied by 3(!!!) stunning blondes everywhere he went. Marat had a close relationship with only one of them – a model from a US Agency “New Generation” Katya Bestuzheva and the other two were none more than her two Australian girlfriends. But noone really cared about that, did they? “The reason for Marat’s poor performance are his wild pre-match orgies!” That is what the journalists wanted to see and they obviously did see and write what they wanted.

About sex, by the way. A legendary basketball player Wilt Chamberlain insisted that he wasn’t able to play well if he spent the night before the game without a woman. Something on those lines was also admitted by an English soccer player from that era George Best. But sport has dramatically changed since then and Safin speaks differently. “Sex is a tremendous hormonal shaking. All pre-match excitement disappears after good sex. I also read somewhere that the sexier the person, the more of a genius he/she4 is. However if I had sex the nights before the game, I’d break down for spare parts on court”.

Meeting of Titans

It’s hard to say how Marat’s sports life would have turned out if in 2004 he didn’t meet a tutor he always needed. It was Peter Lundgren, who had trained today’s World Number One Roger Federer for seven years before that. They say Lundgren was meaning to take a break for a year or two from a hectic life of a coach but couldn’t resist a temptation of working with an extraordinary tennis player like Marat and postponed his planned leave. When a new union became public knowledge journalists asked Lundgren “Was it easier with Federer than with Safin?” An answer followed, “On the contrary, it’s easier with Safin for me. He is a straightforward guy, doesn’t hide his emotions and speaks his mind even when it concerns something unpleasant. It is much easier for me to work with people like that than with someone, who listens to you carefully, but will remain with his own opinion. And that is exactly what Federer is like”.

Lundgren drastically widened tactical and technical arsenal of Marat. If before Marat’s main strength was his powerful serve and he hated long plays, now his game is much more versatile. The most important factor, however, is that Peter managed to change Marat’s tennis psychology.

“In order for someone to once again transfer from a loser to a winner, it’s best to look the past in the eyes and chuck it out of your head forever”, Marat says nowadays. “I sold my luxurious cars, got rid of the will to be unbeatable, learned to accept defeats. I realised that I cannot waste time being miserable. I want to play tennis while I can. So why not enjoy it?!?”

There are two types of tennis players. First type are the ones, who play for themselves and for that reason they become champions faster than others. That’s what Federer is like today. The second type play tennis for the tennis itself and for that reason they become crowd’s favourites before they reach the top. That’s what Marat Safin is like today. Practically every match he plays, irrespectable of whether he wins or loses, is a drama. Yes, he has become more consistent, pushy, patient but you can never guess what is he going to do next: either an incredible combination or the stupidest mistake ever. He often brings the game to a tie-break, where one single shot decides a whole match. Just like before he smashes racquets, argues with umpires and entertains the crowd with exceptionally bright facial expressions and dialogues…with himself. Sometimes it seems that if Safin wasn’t a tennis player, he’d become an outstanding actor.

Safin and Lenin

“Life is short and I want to live it the way I like. There is no perfect player, everyone has weaknesses. Life presumes a balance between your strengths and weaknesses. No matter who you are you have to be happy. You cannot change yourself completely and there is no point in pretending you can when you can’t. Noone can change you no matter how much they try and how much time they waste on it.” This is a part of Marat’s philosophy today.

During one of the numerous press conferences he literally stunned the journalists when he said that he had been carefully studying Vladimir Lenin’s biography. He then explained, “I am fascinated by the phenomenon. How could anyone so small and weak force his will upon millions of people? Generally, if I admire anyone the reason would be their way of thinking”.

That is what keeps a “Russian wild cat” (as Tennis Magazine once called him) occupied these days.

“Safin will never let you get bored”, Peter Lundgren noted once. By the age of 25 Marat has earned over 12 million dollars, in addition to that he receives substantial pays from sponsors and advertisers. However, he prefers to buy his jeans on sale. “Everything on sale”, Safin adds. “But it has nothing to do with greed. It’s a drive looking of looking for something and then finding it. Cheap doesn’t necessarily mean bad, expensive stuff is in excess everywhere”.

In addition to that by the age of 25 Safin obtained three serious injuries that will remind of themselves for a while. This forced Marat, whom ACE Magazine announced the sexiest sportsman, seriously think about justice of rules in professional sports. “We are simply exploited but we cannot do anything about it. ATP Tour bosses are cool, dodge businessmen, they will not let profit slip away. What comes as a result? Every single one of us, tennis professionals, has a list of prohibited medicine, there are hundreds of brands in there. Often sportsmen don’t have a right to take widely used medicine like Coldrex or Fervex. Once I had extremely high fever and I was literally scared to go to the pharmacy. What if I buy and “swallow” something prohibited?!? Abnd stuffing yourself with antibiotics, which are sort of allowed, is a major knockout for your immune system. Now tell me, what normal person can bare 3-4 hours of running around the court when it’s +35 C??? You feel roasted, your pulse is about 200 beats… We are victims and it hurts to know noone cares. This means we have to think for the future and take care of ourselves. Now, for example, me and Mr. Arkhipov (he is a very famous Russian surgeon) want to establish an aid fund for the veterans of sport. And that’s not my only idea of this sort”.

The Famous Tie-Break

Specialists come to a unified decision that in the next few years the main “decoration” of male tennis will be the battles between pragmatic Federer and adventurous Safin. Roger and Marat already handed us a few matches like that. The wildest of all was the Australian Open 2005 semifinal, which lasted for 5 hours. Marat lost the first set, won the second, lost the third and snatched out a victory in the final fourth set in a manner that is very popular with a “Russian wild cat” – on a tie-break. By the way, Marat’s birthday was on the same day.

This time in Safin’s box there were no sexy long-legged blondes. There was however a sweet dark-haired girl named Dasha, whom the journalists hurried to sign in as Marat’s fiancée and a daughter of some Russian oligarch Zhukov. Furious Marat accused the press of lying once again and said that Mr. Zhukov is not an oligarch but simply a successful businessman. Later, having cooled off a little Marat admitted that Dasha andhim have a long-term relationship but there is no wedding in plans. “Look at my curls, and you want me to get married?!?! This responsible step can only be taken at 60, when your kids are grown”. And then he adds seriously, “A happy marriage to a tennis-player is tough, so why risk it? We, tennis players are used to belonging to ourselves, we never report to anyone. These are not the bet habits for family life. And then, what kind of family will that be with my never-ending travelling?!?!”

Australian Open 2005 final was the 100th one. Safin played Lleyton Hewitt. Easy to imagine how the whole crowd prayed for the Australian to win. Lleyton could have presented his country with a national holiday but...Marat snatched the opportunity away from him and won his second Grand Slam.
The day after the final, an Australian newspaper “Today” wrote, “There is also something else about Marat. It’s more than tennis, It’s his humanity. Being as emotional as he is he didn’t dance, roar, throw fists in the air after he had beaten Federer, he just stood there, reserved…calm. After the final Safin was calmness itself. It was a part of winner’s politeness. He ruined Hewitt’s and Australia’s dream but there was no need to rub it in”.

At the end of August a US Open tournament will take place, a tournament, which Marat’s stardom began with. Marat is amongst the favourites, we hope for his victory.

ragazza
08-23-2005, 08:06 PM
At the end of August a US Open tournament will take place, a tournament, which Marat’s stardom began with. Marat is amongst the favourites, we hope for his victory. - I hope for that too ;);)

-SaFiinsBabY-
08-23-2005, 08:16 PM
I don't visit that page. It sucks. :ras: Poor Marat. He don't deserve it. :sad:

You're right ... poooor little marat ... :hug:

NINA_BCN
08-23-2005, 08:26 PM
Thanx for the article!!!!! :hug:

Damita
08-23-2005, 08:58 PM
but they evacuate an entire plane in under 30 seconds!! :worship:
yeah right, thas was impressive :)

thanks Annie from theguyfromrussia.com for translating this excellent article.
:worship:thanks Andrea (and Annie :)). So many good articles lately... is it Xmas yet? :woohoo:
I didn't know he talked to the guys who stole his car through the newspapers :lol:
And i didn't know either for the aid fund for former sportsmen...

At first he was just fooling around with a racquet
Isn't it what he's still doing from time to time? :lol:

Saumon
08-23-2005, 09:11 PM
this article is soooooo long, is it really worth reading? :angel:

Damita
08-23-2005, 09:12 PM
It is, you lazy Frenchie :p

Saumon
08-23-2005, 09:13 PM
me??? :eek: lazy?? :eek: noooo way!!! :devil: :p

Nimomunz
08-23-2005, 09:20 PM
this article is soooooo long, is it really worth reading? :angel:
the part about tiffani amber thiessen of bev hills 90210 having sex with marat was pretty interesting :devil:

Damita
08-23-2005, 09:23 PM
the part about tiffani amber thiessen of bev hills 90210 having sex with marat was pretty interesting :devil:
Another thing that i didn't know! :lol:
(Dean>> better Tiffany Amber Thiessen than the girl from Sous le Soleil who dated Flip, no? :rolls: )

Saumon
08-23-2005, 09:28 PM
Another thing that i didn't know! :lol:
(Dean>> better Tiffany Amber Thiessen than the girl from Sous le Soleil who dated Flip, no? :rolls: )
:lol: i dont know :shrug: they are both.. :o

Meeek
08-23-2005, 09:36 PM
Great article! Thanks for posting!! :)

NINA_BCN
08-23-2005, 09:48 PM
And what about Madonna and the list of sperm donors???? :lol:

Meeek
08-23-2005, 09:49 PM
And what about Madonna and the list of sperm donors???? :lol:

Madonna needs to get lost, she's got enough men for her own.(or has had)

Damita
08-23-2005, 09:58 PM
And what about Madonna and the list of sperm donors???? :lol:
oh this i did remember! it was years ago, she said something like he had a perfect body, and that she would definitely like having children with him :lol:

NINA_BCN
08-23-2005, 10:06 PM
Madonna needs to get lost, she's got enough men for her own.(or has had)

:lol: :devil:

NINA_BCN
08-23-2005, 10:08 PM
oh this i did remember! it was years ago, she said something like he had a perfect body, and that she would definitely like having children with him :lol:

And now? What happens with his body? :devil:

Damita
08-23-2005, 10:30 PM
And now? What happens with his body? :devil:bad wrist, bad knee, bad hair, bad brain ;).... but hopefully he can still be a sperm donor :aplot:

NINA_BCN
08-23-2005, 10:32 PM
I need to practice with him his donation. :devil:

Curls
08-24-2005, 07:18 AM
Breaking News from www.please-don't-believe-this-I-was-just-in-a-stupid-mood.com

23.08.05 Marat News
Marat has been joined in New York by Dr. P. Babushka from Perth, who treated him in 2005 for his brain (spelt g-r-o-i-n) injury. Working together with her and NASA, Marat is starting to feel a lot better. He will practice his incantations again today .... "I am not an Oaf ... I am a Hippo ... fly like a butterfly ... sting like a bee ... play like a Hippo ... oh Babushka, now I'm confused! ... "

mer
08-24-2005, 07:33 AM
Pam! :haha: :haha:

I wish you were in charge of official news

AnnieNik
08-24-2005, 07:49 AM
"Dear Marat,

please let Pamushka be your webby. I don't think that she would work free of charge for you, but I am sure that you two will find a suitable means of payment :nerner:

At least, she always makes your crazy fans laugh, and brightens their day :angel:

Thank you! "

P.S. Safinholics you are totally hilarious....flying hippos, Steph worrying is he still capable of being a donor...etc...can't list you all, but the threads here are to be published in a book :yeah:

Thanks for cheering me :hug: :hug: :hug:

flyingjh
08-24-2005, 09:02 AM
Let's hope so ...

Everytime when I have a look into the site's forum I get sick.
The forum is a total mess ... all these people who's posts are mostly nonsense ... *sigh* ... will we ever have a real marat safin page ... :rain:

Well, according to your post, Marat's official site might be :tape: . Then their announcements also ????

flyingjh
08-24-2005, 09:18 AM
Breaking News from www.please-don't-believe-this-I-was-just-in-a-stupid-mood.com


Curls, your story always begins with :eek:.


23.08.05 Marat News
Marat has been joined in New York by Dr. P. Babushka from Perth, who treated him in 2005 for his brain (spelt g-r-o-i-n) injury. Working together with her and NASA, Marat is starting to feel a lot better. He will practice his incantations again today .... "I am not an Oaf ... I am a Hippo ... fly like a butterfly ... sting like a bee ... play like a Hippo ... oh Babushka, now I'm confused! ... "

.... and ends with :lol:. It's rainy outside, but I'm happy to read your post.

Meeek
08-24-2005, 09:20 AM
bad wrist, bad knee, bad hair, bad brain ;).... but hopefully he can still be a sperm donor :aplot:

Isn't the sperm always the thing(s) that always keep working? :lol: ;)

NINA_BCN
08-24-2005, 09:26 AM
Isn't the sperm always the thing(s) that always keep working? :lol: ;)


Keep working, Marat!!!!! :devil:

Damita
08-24-2005, 10:23 AM
Breaking News from www.please-don't-believe-this-I-was-just-in-a-stupid-mood.com

:lol: excellent!
Pam! :haha: :haha:

I wish you were in charge of official news:lol: :yeah:

P.S. Safinholics you are totally hilarious....flying hippos, Steph worrying is he still capable of being a donor...etc...can't list you all, but the threads here are to be published in a book :yeah:
*imagines if threads were published in a book* :bolt:

Nimomunz
08-24-2005, 02:30 PM
bad wrist, bad knee, bad hair, bad brain ;).... but hopefully he can still be a sperm donor :aplot:
well he had a groin injury :tape:

Chrissie_7
08-24-2005, 03:09 PM
from the official site:

24.08.05 Marat News
The mystery has been solved! Marat has always worn inner soles in his trainers but back before Roland Garros when he was practising in Valencia for the clay season, the inner soles bust and it was two weeks before he got new ones and during this time he played without them. From that moment on he had problems with his knee. So now he has new inner soles which are higher on the heel therefore putting less pressure on the knee. As with basketball players, he is wearing a protective strip under his knee. He now has all the support needed to help during actual work on the tennis court particularly on his serve which is the area he was finding particularly difficult.

Thursday 25.08.05 Marat will do a photoshoot for Adidas in New York.

Chrissie_7
08-24-2005, 03:10 PM
Does anybody goes to Croatia to the daviscup semifinal?

thanks:-)

Saumon
08-24-2005, 03:12 PM
Marat, are you blonde or what? :rolleyes: :help:


:secret: please shave before the photoshoot, thank you :kiss:

Nimomunz
08-24-2005, 03:20 PM
from the official site:

24.08.05 Marat News
The mystery has been solved! Marat has always worn inner soles in his trainers but back before Roland Garros when he was practising in Valencia for the clay season, the inner soles bust and it was two weeks before he got new ones and during this time he played without them. From that moment on he had problems with his knee. So now he has new inner soles which are higher on the heel therefore putting less pressure on the knee. As with basketball players, he is wearing a protective strip under his knee. He now has all the support needed to help during actual work on the tennis court particularly on his serve which is the area he was finding particularly difficult.


what kind of poverty is this? :rolleyes:

Meeek
08-24-2005, 03:49 PM
Geesh... that's quite...silly.

BelgianWaffle
08-24-2005, 03:51 PM
"the inner soles burst" (?!)
errrrrr glad I wasn't there at the time :p

what kind of poverty is this? :rolleyes:
:lol:

Curls
08-24-2005, 04:01 PM
:eek: ... am I allowed to use the P word again ...

Marat - that's just pathetic - pathetic inner-soles, pathetic playing w/o them and pathetic taking 2 weeks for replacements ... you carry around a big enough bloody bag ... isn't there room for a li'l ol' pair of inner soles???? :rolleyes: ... oops, I'm starting to sound like his Mother ... sorry Mrs Marat, eurm, Rausa :bigwave:

ragazza
08-24-2005, 04:53 PM
how could he be sooo udmb to NOT use those things when he knows he needs them?!.... i hope he has 2 pairs now, so if he has to change them he won't have to play 2 weeks withought them...

ragazza
08-24-2005, 04:56 PM
:secret: please shave before the photoshoot, thank you :kiss:

i dun wanna he looks more mature when not-shaved...

BelgianWaffle
08-24-2005, 05:07 PM
i dun wanna we looks more mature when not-shaved...

are you really italian?

ragazza
08-24-2005, 05:38 PM
nope,but i spek italian ;););) - i have a national flag next to my nick ;)...lol@u

NINA_BCN
08-24-2005, 05:53 PM
from the official site:

24.08.05 Marat News
The mystery has been solved! Marat has always worn inner soles in his trainers but back before Roland Garros when he was practising in Valencia for the clay season, the inner soles bust and it was two weeks before he got new ones and during this time he played without them. From that moment on he had problems with his knee. So now he has new inner soles which are higher on the heel therefore putting less pressure on the knee. As with basketball players, he is wearing a protective strip under his knee. He now has all the support needed to help during actual work on the tennis court particularly on his serve which is the area he was finding particularly difficult.

Thursday 25.08.05 Marat will do a photoshoot for Adidas in New York.

Tell me It is not true!!!!!! OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://bestsmileys.com/angry1/22.gif MMMMMAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTT TTTTTT!!!!http://bestsmileys.com/angry1/22.gif YOU IDIOT!!!!!!! http://bestsmileys.com/angry1/9.gif

mai
08-24-2005, 07:09 PM
Does anybody goes to Croatia to the daviscup semifinal?

thanks:-)

:wavey:

Yes, I am going with my friends.


Marat :mad: :smash:

Saumon
08-24-2005, 07:37 PM
i dun wanna he looks more mature when not-shaved...
Marat? Mature? hmmm... :o

Saumon
08-24-2005, 07:40 PM
nope,but i spek italian ;););) - i have a national flag next to my nick ;)...lol@u
bulgarian flag?

Damita
08-24-2005, 10:22 PM
OMG! that's the dumbest story i've ever heard (explaining a pro player's injury that is)
It took them 2 weeks to get new inner soles? They were unable to find inner soles in Valencia? or in Paris? :rolleyes:
I mean, okay he probably has specific needs being a pro player and all, but with the tennis academy in Valencia and all the sports venues in Paris don't tell me they couldn't find at all what they wanted!!! And of all the brilliant doctors he has in his adress book, no one could help?

Amazing :rolleyes:
:retard:

i dun wanna he looks more mature when not-shaved...yeah i think that too ;) (but if he could do something with his hair... :o)

Chrissie_7
08-24-2005, 11:28 PM
:wavey:

Yes, I am going with my friends.


Marat :mad: :smash:


Really!!! have U got a ticket????? i write u a private message!!!

jmp
08-25-2005, 04:00 AM
No No No No NO! That just can't be the explanation for all this knee drama.

PUHLEEEEZE!! :rolleyes:

Pam, it's so PATHETIC it's funny. ;)

Curls
08-25-2005, 05:28 AM
No No No No NO! That just can't be the explanation for all this knee drama.

PUHLEEEEZE!! :rolleyes:

Pam, it's so PATHETIC it's funny. ;)
he must have very delicate little legs ... awww, bless! :angel: :rolleyes:

MariaV
08-25-2005, 08:20 AM
Tell me It is not true!!!!!! OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://bestsmileys.com/angry1/22.gif MMMMMAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTT TTTTTT!!!!http://bestsmileys.com/angry1/22.gif YOU IDIOT!!!!!!! http://bestsmileys.com/angry1/9.gif
Nice smilies Alicia! :haha: Well, good to know he's human too, i.e. a little bit stupid (Marat language). ;)

The latest from the official site:
25.08.05 Marat News
Marat had a good practice yesterday with a lot less pain so it would seem the new inner soles are solving the problem. Marat has seen the draw but as he has frequently said - he doesn't look ahead - just takes each game as it comes.

BelgianWaffle
08-25-2005, 10:47 AM
:haha: I can't believe this whole knee problem was due to the inner soles. It took an operation to figure that out?!
Next time try common sense, and deduction logic :rolleyes: (oh and BOO to those doctors) :p

Chrissie_7
08-25-2005, 01:31 PM
from the official site:

25.08.05 Marat News
Marat had a good practice yesterday with a lot less pain so it would seem the new inner soles are solving the problem. Marat has seen the draw but as he has frequently said - he doesn't look ahead - just takes each game as it comes.

Nimomunz
08-25-2005, 02:48 PM
he must have very delicate little legs ... awww, bless! :angel: :rolleyes:
damn those delicate legs now we will not be able to do that position i was dreaming about!! :mad:



:devil:

Curls
08-25-2005, 03:43 PM
:haha: ... OMG my mind is working at a million miles an hour now :eek: ... Nimo, you naughty naughty girl!!

*Pamushka yells out to hubby* " ...'ey, Mr Curls ... dust off the Kama Sutra!! ... tonight it's No. 34 The Nimo Noodle Nookie ...":o ... oh, we'd better watch those delicate legs ... ah, but it's OK, we'll sticky-tape on his inner-soles, so it should be fine :yeah:

NINA_BCN
08-25-2005, 05:35 PM
:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

Hoostie
08-26-2005, 09:45 AM
PAM = :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

jmp
08-26-2005, 11:08 AM
hehe :lol:

Meeek
08-26-2005, 11:18 AM
:haha: ... OMG my mind is working at a million miles an hour now :eek: ... Nimo, you naughty naughty girl!!

*Pamushka yells out to hubby* " ...'ey, Mr Curls ... dust off the Kama Sutra!! ... tonight it's No. 34 The Nimo Noodle Nookie ...":o ... oh, we'd better watch those delicate legs ... ah, but it's OK, we'll sticky-tape on his inner-soles, so it should be fine :yeah:

OMG Pam :lol: :lol: :lol:

You should consider becoming a stand up comedian you know :lol:

ragazza
08-26-2005, 12:03 PM
i think he must get specially made inner soles... mayb...that could explain the l;ong period of waiting, but doesn't explain y he didn't have another pair...

NINA_BCN
08-26-2005, 12:06 PM
Titanium inner-soles for not to break them!!!!! :mad:

Saumon
08-26-2005, 12:40 PM
Titanium inner-soles for not to break them!!!!! :mad:
:lol:

Saumon
08-26-2005, 12:50 PM
what about oppossum inner soles? :shrug: :lol:

http://www.opossumworld.co.nz/images/footwear/6001.JPG

:bolt:

Curls
08-26-2005, 12:51 PM
OMG Pam :lol: :lol: :lol:

You should consider becoming a stand up comedian you know :lol:
I'm usually too drunk to stand up ........ :lol: j/k!!

I do love going to watch live comedy though ... but there's always one joke that I can never stop laughing at ... and I just have to put my hand over my mouth and chuckle away ... and I always take tissues, coz I usually end up crying I laugh so much!! :haha: ... as my Dad (Grandad Curls :lol: ) always says to me .. "you're a long time dead, so enjoy yourself while you can!"

Curls
08-26-2005, 12:52 PM
Dean !!! :haha:

Meeek
08-26-2005, 12:57 PM
I'm usually too drunk to stand up ........ :lol: j/k!!

I do love going to watch live comedy though ... but there's always one joke that I can never stop laughing at ... and I just have to put my hand over my mouth and chuckle away ... and I always take tissues, coz I usually end up crying I laugh so much!! :haha: ... as my Dad (Grandad Curls :lol: ) always says to me .. "you're a long time dead, so enjoy yourself while you can!"

:lol:

And yeah, that's a nice motto that Grandad Curls has there, very true too!
So Pam, just continue your hilariousity (that a word) as long as you can ;) :yeah:

ragazza
08-26-2005, 02:01 PM
26.08.05 Marat News
Dr Feder has advised Marat with regards to practice to do one day on and one day off. So Marat did not practice Thursday, will practice Friday, no practice Saturday, practice Sunday and then he will play his first match Monday.He is feeling fine and pleased with the way the knee is responding.

funny guy... he feels great, just that can't practice normally... :confused:

BelgianWaffle
08-26-2005, 02:17 PM
what about oppossum inner soles? :shrug: :lol:

What does an opossum look like? :shrug: (I gather it's a furry animal) :p
For some reason the word makes me think of Dame Edna, altough I'm pretty sure she called everyone possums :o :lol:

Saumon
08-26-2005, 02:31 PM
http://nrs.ucdavis.edu/stebbins/Images/Animals/opossum_tab.jpg

BelgianWaffle
08-26-2005, 02:43 PM
Right. Never seen one of those :lol:


..but I'm sure they make great inner soles :tape:

Damita
08-26-2005, 03:29 PM
what about oppossum inner soles? :shrug: :lol:
:scared: how could someone use this as inner soles?

I'm usually too drunk to stand up ........ :lol: j/k!!
:spit:

26.08.05 Marat News
Dr Feder has advised Marat with regards to practice to do one day on and one day off. So Marat did not practice Thursday, will practice Friday, no practice Saturday, practice Sunday and then he will play his first match Monday.He is feeling fine and pleased with the way the knee is responding.

funny guy... he feels great, just that can't practice normally... :confused:are they sure he'll play on Monday? the OOP isn't out yet, is it? :confused: :scratch:

AnnieNik
08-26-2005, 03:40 PM
are they sure he'll play on Monday? the OOP isn't out yet, is it? :confused: :scratch:

what if his match happens on a non-practice day? :awww: :unsure:

Damita
08-26-2005, 03:50 PM
what if his match happens on a non-practice day? :awww: :unsure:
lol, i guess he'll tell them: 'no thanks, i won't play on Monday, you have to re-schedule the match.... hmmm let me check my organizer... put me on Tuesday! i can practice on Tuesday so i can play as well'

;)

mer
08-26-2005, 03:53 PM
lol, i guess he'll tell them: 'no thanks, i won't play on Monday, you have to re-schedule the match.... hmmm let me check my organizer... put me on Tuesday! i can practice on Tuesday so i can play as well'

;)


Organizer ?? Marat?? :scratch: :p

BelgianWaffle
08-26-2005, 03:56 PM
Organizer ?? Marat?? :scratch: :p

Good point :lol:

Damita
08-26-2005, 03:57 PM
Organizer ?? Marat?? :scratch: :p:lol: true

let me correct this: 'let me ask Peter when i'm allowed to play'...

better? ;)

Saumon
08-26-2005, 04:09 PM
lol, i guess he'll tell them: 'no thanks, i won't play on Monday, you have to re-schedule the match.... hmmm let me check my organizer... put me on Tuesday! i can practice on Tuesday so i can play as well'

;)
I hope there wont be any rain delay :scared:

Damita
08-26-2005, 04:24 PM
I hope there wont be any rain delay :scared:oh but see, i'm sure the rain is well aware of Marat's schedule, and it will poor only on days he isn't playing :angel:

Chrissie_7
08-26-2005, 08:07 PM
from the official site

26.08.05 Marat News
Dr Feder has advised Marat with regards to practice to do one day on and one day off. So Marat did not practice Thursday, will practice Friday, no practice Saturday, practice Sunday and then he will play his first match Monday.He is feeling fine and pleased with the way the knee is responding.

Curls
08-27-2005, 02:30 AM
... I think it's all a scam ... Marat's in NY ... one of his fave cities (one of his 12,000 fave cities, anyway) ... I think he wants to get out and about and fitting in the odd practice session might clash with, let's say, his hairdresser's appointment, or his new seasons wardrobe fit-out at Hugo Boss, or maybe Dash wants to pop down to Tiffany's ... gosh, who could possibly practice with all that going on :shrug: :yeah:

mer
08-27-2005, 08:31 AM
Some bad news on Safinator forum. I hope it's not serious.
:banghead:

Meeek
08-27-2005, 09:11 AM
Some bad news on Safinator forum. I hope it's not serious.
:banghead:

:eek: :eek: :eek:
Please no.
Let it be bullshit. I love bullshit.

Edit: This it what it says:

FLASH This from tennis-warehouse..

Just came back from the qualies at Flushing, took a little look around and ran into a rather distressed looking Safin and crew (PL, hitting partner and trainer) attending to his knee. Apparently he twisted the right one. They were sitting there a good 15 mins before the next session rushed 'em off. Not looking good for Marat. Poor Marat. [R] - M.Safin # 7, Aug/26/2005 23:33:05 [new]



Further to the FLASH..not really from M. safin but from Maryann.."

The only two bits of info I have are a player escort said "he twisted it or jammed it" and "it wasn't looking good," (whatever that means), and that he ended the practice session early to attend to his knee on court. Also, Peter (sp?) Lundgren looked really disappointed (that's the first thing I saw as I rounded the corner, a dejected PL)".SHIT!!!! (Maryann) [R] - Maryann, Aug/26/2005 23:41:04 [new]

*

NINA_BCN
08-27-2005, 09:17 AM
:rolleyes:

ragazza
08-27-2005, 10:20 AM
pure bull**it... dun believe it, he can't be THAT dumb!

mer
08-27-2005, 10:37 AM
pure bull**it... dun believe it, he can't be THAT dumb!


What are you talking about ? :confused: :rolleyes:

ragazza
08-27-2005, 10:51 AM
Just came back from the qualies at Flushing, took a little look around and ran into a rather distressed looking Safin and crew (PL, hitting partner and trainer) attending to his knee. Apparently he twisted the right one. They were sitting there a good 15 mins before the next session rushed 'em off. Not looking good for Marat. Poor Marat. [R] - M.Safin # 7, Aug/26/2005 23:33:05 [new]i was just confused and worried..also a bit angry abb that...

Meeek
08-27-2005, 11:02 AM
pure bull**it... dun believe it, he can't be THAT dumb!

Well, that can happen anytime to any player really. It has more to do with misfortune than with dumbness.
I just hope this is story has no truth in it.

BelgianWaffle
08-27-2005, 11:11 AM
:scared: (why would it be bullshit btw.. nobody would lie abt sth like that.. I just hope it's nothing serious.. like a twisted ankle or sth)

NINA_BCN
08-27-2005, 11:20 AM
Marat will need an armour for the practices if he continues having twistes. :(

Curls
08-27-2005, 01:47 PM
please please please let it not be so :sad: .... if it is :mad: Fuckitty Fuck Fuck!! ... oh, and a :hug: for our poor twisted Marat :hug:

Shadow
08-27-2005, 02:13 PM
damm :(:( poor marat. i hope its not too serious. it always has to happen with him :(

Damita
08-27-2005, 05:58 PM
:scared: oh no! oh nooooooooo! :bigcry: *please, please, please...no!*

Chrissie_7
08-28-2005, 10:18 AM
hi!

Could somebody tell me please , when will we know the Russian team for the semifinal? It's very important for me , because i have to reserve tickets, and i want to know if Marat plays or not.

Thanks!!!

BelgianWaffle
08-28-2005, 11:03 AM
Keep checking Davis Cup website, chrissie7.. or MTF. I think it's safe to say Marat will play unless he's injured. :shrug:

BelgianWaffle
08-28-2005, 11:11 AM
Did you all read Rosie's practice report in GM? It's worrying me! I'd rather he'd withdraw. :unsure:

mer
08-28-2005, 11:14 AM
from Safinator
Has anyone noticed that Marat has been cut out of the U.S. Open commercial (the one with the Wagnerian-type music)? Right after showing Hewitt, they used to cut to a shot of Marat yelling and shaking his fists like a madman. Now it's Hewitt followed by a shot of Rafa flexing his bicep. Think they're trying to tell us something?

BelgianWaffle
08-28-2005, 11:25 AM
... and there you have it

Shadow
08-28-2005, 11:37 AM
Did you all read Rosie's practice report in GM? It's worrying me! I'd rather he'd withdraw. :unsure:

me too. He rather needs to rest and RECOVER. if he plays it will get worse and it could make some damage that can possibly end his career quickly. its just too risky and dangerous. As sad as it is not to play the US OPEN its better to rest fully and the come back and he wouldnt make many rounds anyway with limping.

mer
08-28-2005, 11:45 AM
Why did they keep on posting on official site the "news" about Marat and his knee doing fine ? :mad: Why? :sad:

Shadow
08-28-2005, 11:58 AM
Why did they keep on posting on official site the "news" about Marat and his knee doing fine ? :mad: Why? :sad:

they did until he twisted the other knee in practise (the right).

mer
08-28-2005, 12:01 PM
they did until he twisted the other knee in practise (the right).



I know, but according to the reports he was limping before he twisted his right knee on Friday.

Shadow
08-28-2005, 12:04 PM
oh, I didnt know that.

Meeek
08-28-2005, 12:29 PM
From today:

28.08.05 Marat News

Marat is ok. He has suffered some pain but it is not serious. Marat is not practising today Sunday but wll practice Monday. He is continuing physio and gym work and working with the doctor. Marat has requested a Wednesday start and he should hear the answer tonight. Although the schedule is not yet announced for Monday, it would appear from adverts for Agassi playing the 1st night session on Monday that US Open will be starting with the bottom half of the draw. This means that Marat should then play Tuesday at least and may have a chance of getting that Wednesday start. Despite all the speculation, Marat is determined he will play. Do not write him off.

:shrug:

Chrissie_7
08-28-2005, 12:30 PM
From today:

28.08.05 Marat News

Marat is ok. .

:shrug:

i hope its true!

mer
08-28-2005, 12:43 PM
He's so ok that asked for Wednesday start. :shrug:

btw how is it possible ? I mean Wednesday start :confused:

Wednesday Addams
08-28-2005, 12:47 PM
poor twisted Marat :hug:
:lol: That reminds me of Metallica's "Poor Twisted Me" (great song, btw)
I hope Marat really knows what he's doing. I mean, he just came back from recovery, no need to go back so soon. ;)

BelgianWaffle
08-28-2005, 12:48 PM
He's so ok that asked for Wednesday start. :shrug:

btw how is it possible ? I mean Wednesday start :confused:

Maybe they'll schedule him to play very late on Tuesday and hope for rain delay or really long matches? :shrug:

As I said in GM, I hate these contradictory reports. If Rosie says the practice session didn't look good and everybody looked worried, it's hard to believe the official site when they go "oh don't worry everything's fine"
Makes me :rolleyes: :mad: :boxing: :armed:

Meeek
08-28-2005, 12:49 PM
Makes me :rolleyes: :mad: :boxing: :armed:

Amen.

mer
08-28-2005, 12:56 PM
Maybe they'll schedule him to play very late on Tuesday and hope for rain delay or really long matches? :shrug:

I imagine all the safinholics around the world praying for rain delay until Sunday at least.

Meeek
08-28-2005, 12:57 PM
I imagine all the safinholics around the world praying for the rain delay until Sunday at least.

I'll be religious for a couple of days.

BelgianWaffle
08-28-2005, 12:58 PM
I'll be religious for a couple of days.

:lol:

ragazza
08-28-2005, 01:08 PM
he's okay, he's just fine...just that he can't play when he should be, and he dun practice,but he's fine...YEAH right... y?! y?! :(:(:(:( :confused: :confused: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

perrygreen
08-28-2005, 01:30 PM
Hello everyone. I seldom post here but I'm too worried about Marat:help:. 'He's ok?' 'He's not ok?' My poor tiny brain was kept occupied by these questions and could hardly concentrate on my study for tomorrow's school test:o.

I hope he's really ok.:unsure::scared:

Meeek
08-28-2005, 01:49 PM
There was a young man from Moscow
Who wanted to play the USO
But his knees fell apart
Just before the start
So now I'm feeling so low

Oh well :wavey:

:lol:
:sad:

Curls
08-28-2005, 01:51 PM
OH meeeek ... you're too quick ... I just deleted that post and re-posted it in the USO thread :lol: :hug: :haha: :yeah:

Meeek
08-28-2005, 01:57 PM
OH meeeek ... you're too quick ... I just deleted that post and re-posted it in the USO thread :lol: :hug: :haha: :yeah:

:lol: I just saw it in the other thread and was wondering where my reply had vanished to :lol: ;)

Curls
08-28-2005, 02:01 PM
:haha: ... I'm just keeping you on your toes!! :lol:

Shadow
08-28-2005, 02:30 PM
From today:

28.08.05 Marat News

Marat is ok. He has suffered some pain but it is not serious. Marat is not practising today Sunday but wll practice Monday. He is continuing physio and gym work and working with the doctor. Marat has requested a Wednesday start and he should hear the answer tonight. Although the schedule is not yet announced for Monday, it would appear from adverts for Agassi playing the 1st night session on Monday that US Open will be starting with the bottom half of the draw. This means that Marat should then play Tuesday at least and may have a chance of getting that Wednesday start. Despite all the speculation, Marat is determined he will play. Do not write him off.

:shrug:

:scared: I hope he knows what he is doing. I`m so scared...................... :scared: :sad:

Meeek
08-28-2005, 02:33 PM
:haha: ... I'm just keeping you on your toes!! :lol:

:lol: :yeah:

Chrissie_7
08-28-2005, 02:38 PM
hi!

there is no information on the davis cup website, about the teams, and i would go there only for Marat!
Do U think he will play? hard question...

Damita
08-28-2005, 02:55 PM
Irina>> the USO is the only GS that has its first round matches on 3 days instead of 2, that's why it is possible for him to play on Wednesday (if they agree)

Chrissie>> i've posted an article in the Davis Cup thread. Tarpi said he would call Marat and Kolya in singles, and Igor and Misha in doubles, and that he would also called Tursunov in case Marat couldn't play. That was earlier this week before the knee problem. anyway it is too early to say who will be in the team with no doubt. Lots of things can happen before the DC tie.

Saumon
08-28-2005, 02:56 PM
He's so ok that asked for Wednesday start. :shrug:

btw how is it possible ? I mean Wednesday start :confused:
at the US Open they play the 1st round on monday, tuesday and wednesday ;)

mer
08-28-2005, 03:00 PM
Irina>> the USO is the only GS that has its first round matches on 3 days instead of 2, that's why it is possible for him to play on Wednesday (if they agree)

Thanks for exlanation :)

tall_one
08-28-2005, 04:49 PM
i sure hope he knows what he is doing :scared:

Damita
08-28-2005, 04:50 PM
from Safinator
Has anyone noticed that Marat has been cut out of the U.S. Open commercial (the one with the Wagnerian-type music)? Right after showing Hewitt, they used to cut to a shot of Marat yelling and shaking his fists like a madman. Now it's Hewitt followed by a shot of Rafa flexing his bicep. Think they're trying to tell us something?
I just checked.... it is still Marat after Hewitt

NINA_BCN
08-28-2005, 04:56 PM
I haven't seen it. :confused: