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News & Articles Part 1 - Yeti Premonitions

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PennyThePenguin
04-17-2005, 10:05 AM
thanks andrea!

MariaV
04-17-2005, 11:08 AM
His record in Paris includes a semifinal and quarterfinal; but there have been problems as well, including blisters last year on both feet.


:haha: :haha:

Lara
04-17-2005, 02:39 PM
:haha: :haha:

well yes... :lol:
http://espn.starwave.com/media/ten/2004/0531/photo/a_safin_i.jpg

junekidd
04-17-2005, 03:06 PM
thanks Andrea. :)

:lol: let's call them "hippo paws" instead "hands" or "feet". :p

Damita
04-17-2005, 03:17 PM
thanks Andrea. :)

:lol: let's call them "hippo paws" instead "hands" or "feet". :p
:haha: :haha:

thanks Andrea :kiss:

chrissiej
04-17-2005, 07:04 PM
ya know. that IS true. :D

good :yeah:

thanks for the article andrea :)

PennyThePenguin
04-18-2005, 02:45 AM
feet...well..technically, if u're a hippo.......june's right ;)

girL_
04-19-2005, 01:21 PM
thanx 4 the article, Andrea!

Marat: "I'm trying, and I will try, try to win it" oh pleeez, do it... remember, %impossible is nothing%

storm923
04-23-2005, 07:41 PM
marat:"Nobody can change you, no matter how much you try. You have to live with that. The bad times will come."

But please try and try ........keep on going ...please.....

jerry2118
04-24-2005, 04:46 AM
I Feel a little sad from his words --Don't live so hard ~~Marat,enjoy your life~~please......:crying2::cool::cool:

Nella
04-26-2005, 07:50 PM
hello ladies....!!!! i didnt know where to post this ..... well ... i think u should take a look of TGFR... there is an interesting article that mentiones Marat... and SPECIALLY Dasha..... :rolleyes:



if u dont want to go to the site.... here it is...
http://www.theguyfromrussia.com/photogal6/maratarticle1.htm
http://www.theguyfromrussia.com/photogal6/maratarticle.htm

Meeek
04-26-2005, 08:01 PM
Gossip... :bolt:

Rome, Rome, Rome!!!
Savvy?

;)

maratski
04-26-2005, 08:03 PM
If it's British press then I hope people don't read too much into this and it's not our business anyway :tape:

I can't wait for Rome to start either :sad:

NINA_BCN
04-26-2005, 08:09 PM
I know I should :tape: but... ¡qué mal gusto tiene la chica! :(

Carolinita
04-26-2005, 08:42 PM
I know I should :tape: but... ¡qué mal gusto tiene la chica! :(
you're right...ugly guy...I hope this isn't true and she and Marat keep going together :inlove:

BelgianWaffle
04-26-2005, 08:44 PM
I know I should :tape: but... ¡qué mal gusto tiene la chica! :(

Well I don't speak spanish but I did understand that :lol:
It's British, it's tabloid, so :tape:

NINA_BCN
04-26-2005, 08:45 PM
I hope it so... or not :confused: ..... I don't know! :lol:

Bibir
04-26-2005, 09:35 PM
I have to admit that I like gossips and I read all those superficial mags, I find their dirty jokes funny. :o

chrissiej
04-26-2005, 09:41 PM
its the Daily Mail so probably around 0.0001% true - like there names and nationalities, thats it. knowing the british paparazzi the two of them were probably not even walking together just happened to be walking in the same direction ;) :o

even so its nice to see the "rugged" marat safin in the Daily Mail ;) it's not often he gets mentioned in england ;) and a picture, shock horror :eek: ;) this could be like AO all over again when he beat Fed and was in the Mail, people at school were like Hey Chris, that Safin dude was in the paper/on the radio :o

Vass
04-26-2005, 09:58 PM
Well they broke up, so it's not really about Marat now.
Btw. I experienced strange feelings when I saw that pic of MAratin the paper. Some deep sympathy or something. Weird.

Curls
04-27-2005, 02:50 AM
Well they broke up, so it's not really about Marat now.
Btw. I experienced strange feelings when I saw that pic of MAratin the paper. Some deep sympathy or something. Weird.

me too, they chose the pic of him after the AO where he looks shocking ...no sleep, blood shot eyes, dodgy hair and everything ... poor ol' Marat!

drf716
04-27-2005, 07:49 AM
oooh!
if that article is true,dasha is bad!

mer
04-27-2005, 08:10 AM
Poor Lord Freddie Windsor has to resort to Dasha's russian contacts to get first-class treatment in a box :rolleyes: How sad. Did these terrible russians take over London finally? :confused: :p

Curls
04-27-2005, 08:44 AM
Poor Lord Freddie Windsor has to resort to Dasha's russian contacts to get first-class treatment in a box :rolleyes: How sad. Did these terrible russians take over London finally? :confused: :p
:lol: all we need is Marat to win Wimby & then consider it conquered!!

AnnieNik
04-27-2005, 09:15 AM
:lol: all we need is Marat to win Wimby & then consider it conquered!!

Maybe the terrible russians could kidnap all other players, so that Marat will definitely win :devil: ;)

mer
04-27-2005, 09:16 AM
:lol: all we need is Marat to win Wimby & then consider it conquered!!

Winning Wimby would be his funniest joke (though people would suspect russian mafia was involved) ;)

mer
04-27-2005, 09:18 AM
Annie, our thoughts went in the same direction :D

AnnieNik
04-27-2005, 09:36 AM
Annie, our thoughts went in the same direction :D

Great minds think alike :D LOL

Mer :wavey:

Curls
04-27-2005, 10:46 AM
Great minds think alike :D LOL

Mer :wavey:
gosh you're a devious lot!! ... if he does win (:lol: ), the brit's will be knocking on your doors for some answers :aplot:

AnnieNik
04-27-2005, 12:07 PM
gosh you're a devious lot!! ... if he does win (:lol: ), the brit's will be knocking on your doors for some answers :aplot:

We will be somewhere safe with the terrible russians, and no one will dare to bother us :) :devil:

junekidd
04-27-2005, 12:37 PM
gosh you're a devious lot!! ... if he does win (:lol: ), the brit's will be knocking on your doors for some answers :aplot:
don't worry. it is little chance that Marat lets that situation take place. :devil: :p

mer
04-27-2005, 12:45 PM
gosh you're a devious lot!! ... if he does win (:lol: ), the brit's will be knocking on your doors for some answers :aplot:

If Marat wins it I won't mind brits knocking on my door. Besides will they risk going to Russia with their questions ? :p

BelgianWaffle
04-27-2005, 02:03 PM
If Marat wins it I won't mind brits knocking on my door. Besides will they risk going to Russia with their questions ? :p

:eek: I wouldn't! ;)

Besides if Marat ever won wimbledon you would still find me shocked on my couch a week later :p :lol:

Curls
04-27-2005, 02:08 PM
Besides if Marat ever won wimbledon you would still find me shocked on my couch a week later :p :lol:
:lol: true!

mer
04-27-2005, 02:12 PM
:eek: I wouldn't! ;)

Besides if Marat ever won wimbledon you would still find me shocked on my couch a week later :p :lol:

I think the shock would be too much for his own fragile mentality :p

BelgianWaffle
04-27-2005, 02:18 PM
me too, they chose the pic of him after the AO where he looks shocking ...no sleep, blood shot eyes, dodgy hair and everything ... poor ol' Marat!

oh come on ithe pic isn't that bad :lol:
They're probably hoping Marat is going to beat up that guy or sth.. Btw what does 'rugged' mean? Like 'rough'?
Don't get involved with (british) royalty :eek:

Curls
04-27-2005, 02:22 PM
oh come on ithe pic isn't that bad :lol:
They're probably hoping Marat is going to beat up that guy or sth.. Btw what does 'rugged' mean? Like 'rough'?
Don't get involved with (british) royalty :eek:
yeah, it means rough / strong, that kinda thing!

BelgianWaffle
04-27-2005, 02:27 PM
yeah, it means rough / strong, that kinda thing!

thanks!

gosh your avatar cracks me up every time I see it (I spontaneously start singing the tune in my head) ;)

Curls
04-27-2005, 02:32 PM
thanks!

gosh your avatar cracks me up every time I see it (I spontaneously start singing the tune in my head) ;)

the goggles are actually from a pic of my little boy at swimming lessons, and we were mucking around in photoshop the other day and he said "put my goggles on the funny man, mummy!" ... and voila, my avy was born! ... I shouldn't really take the piss out of honey-chunks Marat, but ah well!! :lol:

BelgianWaffle
04-27-2005, 02:49 PM
I'm sure if Marat could see it he'd start laughing too ;)

Bibir
04-27-2005, 05:14 PM
Safin vows to halt slump.

April 22, 2005
AUSTRALIAN OPEN champion Marat Safin vowed to battle through the slump wrecking his tennis season after listlessly bowing out in his opening match at the E850,000 ($1.44 million) Barcelona Open yesterday.

The scratchy Russian top seed went down without a fight 6-4 6-4 to Argentine journeyman Jose Acasuso in the second round after a bye.

The knockout in one hour, 33 minutes left Safin worried as his season slide continued unchecked.

"I slowed down after Australian," admitted the two-time Grand Slam holder and former world No.1.

"I haven't been able to win two rounds anywhere. It's frustrating being in this condition. The only solution is to run, to fight.

"I knew I'd be losing match after match. It's frustrating, it's difficult to come back. it's so much tougher than when you're playing well. It's all frustration and pressure for me.

"I'm under pressure to come back as fast as I can with the important tournaments coming up."

junekidd
04-27-2005, 05:20 PM
thanks Bea. :)

slow down, frustrating, frustration, tougher, pressure, difficult... no postive word at all... :shrug: :sad:

anyway, it was a week ago. let's look forward...

Bibir
04-27-2005, 05:25 PM
June, look at the title!...it's a positive one at least.

junekidd
04-27-2005, 05:29 PM
OK! I should've seen the title in the end. :p

chrissiej
04-27-2005, 09:29 PM
Poor Lord Freddie Windsor has to resort to Dasha's russian contacts to get first-class treatment in a box :rolleyes: How sad. Did these terrible russians take over London finally? :confused: :p

not last time i checked;)

marat winning wimbledon, oew don't make me laugh ;)

NINA_BCN
04-27-2005, 09:41 PM
not last time i checked;)

marat winning wimbledon, oew don't make me laugh ;)


You don't have to pay for dreaming....

Damita
04-27-2005, 10:43 PM
the goggles are actually from a pic of my little boy at swimming lessons, and we were mucking around in photoshop the other day and he said "put my goggles on the funny man, mummy!" ... and voila, my avy was born! ... I shouldn't really take the piss out of honey-chunks Marat, but ah well!! :lol:
:lol: "the funny man", what a nice new nic :lol: your boy's lovely :)

Wednesday Addams
04-28-2005, 07:10 AM
:eek: I wouldn't! ;)

Besides if Marat ever won wimbledon you would still find me shocked on my couch a week later :p :lol:
:lol: So true!

Wednesday Addams
04-28-2005, 09:08 AM
me too, they chose the pic of him after the AO where he looks shocking ...no sleep, blood shot eyes, dodgy hair and everything ... poor ol' Marat!
That's the "betrayed boyfriend" photo. Get it? ;) He must look devastated or as close to that as possible.

mer
04-28-2005, 01:19 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2005-04-27-safin-french_x.htm

NINA_BCN
04-28-2005, 01:30 PM
Thanx x the article!!! :yeah:

Sad, but it's the truth :sad:

AnnieNik
04-28-2005, 01:33 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2005-04-27-safin-french_x.htm

Thanks for the awesome article, Mer :worship:

Shadow
04-29-2005, 01:56 PM
here is a new forum about Marat:

http://www.safinartennis.blogspot.com/

junekidd
04-29-2005, 02:13 PM
thanks for the artical mer. :worship:
thanks for link, Andrea. :) but one more blocked site for me... :banghead: :rolleyes:

Curls
04-30-2005, 04:00 AM
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2005-04-27-safin-french_x.htm
Thanks for the link, mer. After reading that, it's a great big :worship: for Lundgren! keep it up boys!

Meeek
04-30-2005, 05:21 PM
If I have missed someone else posting this column before...forgive me.



SAFIN TRIUMPH IS GOOD FOR THE GAME

By Andy Schooler

A good a player as Roger Federer is, wasn't it good to see him beaten in Melbourne?

The Swiss has proved a brilliant entertainer over the past 12 months, but even those who continue to marvel at his skills on a tennis court must have been growing tired of his domination of the game.

He arrived at the Australian Open unbeaten in five months and looked like making it six as he cruised through the early rounds.

Then he ran into Marat Safin.

The Russian has long been touted as the one player with the natural talent to challenge Federer's position as world number one, but time and again he has failed to live up to considerable promise.

That was until the back end of last season when he won back-to-back Masters Series events in Madrid and Paris.

Despite that form, Safin was still a big outsider before he took to the Rod Laver Arena to face Federer in a semi-final which will earn a considerable entry in the history books of Melbourne Park.

Federer was unable to shake off Safin as he had done with many other opponents during the fortnight and when he blew match point in the fourth-set tie-break, you sensed something special was about to happen.

Safin, so often the architect of his own downfall with a fragile mind, refused to buckle in the decider, but when he missed match point an incredible six times you wondered if the tantrums would return.

Yet there were few signs of his famous temper and he eventually managed to close out a memorable victory.

It is Safin's mind which adds to his 'watchability'.

His ability to implode has infuriated his supporters on many an occasion in the past and depite looking mentally tough in Melbourne, he still showed his frustration on many an occasion.

Comparisons with John McEnroe will undoubtedly be made.

Some will tut and say there is no place for such behaviour in the game. Others, including me, believe it is good for players to express their emotions on court.

'Super Brat' of course made his name with his success at Wimbledon, an event he won three times.

Safin seems unlikely to follow in his footsteps though, and that is sad for fans of the game in England.

Last year Safin was dumped out of SW19 in the very first round, disgusted by his inability to adapt to the surface.

"I give up on Wimbledon," Safin said after losing to little-known Dimitry Tursunov. "It's definitely not the tournament for me. I hate this. I was trying to prepare myself and give myself another chance but I think it's the last one."

The world number four has since vowed to return to the All England Club, but despite possessing fine volleying skills - as he showed at times in the Melbourne final against Lleyton Hewitt - he admits his chances of success are slim.

Even if he does show up, English tennis fans are unlikely to see that best of Safin on their grasscourts and he will therefore struggle to earn the plaudits that Federer has done in this country.

With interest in tennis in England so focused on two weeks in the summer, those who only loosely follow the game will be missing out.

In Melbourne, Safin showed he has all the shots and a much-talked about rivalry with Federer could well be brewing nicely in five months' time.

Let's hope so.

A one-man domination of any sport may be fascinating in the short term, but as time goes by it can border on the tedious - Pete Sampras wasn't just tagged 'boring' for his off-court demeanour.

As good as it would have been to have seen a player complete the Grand Slam, something which hasn't happened in my lifetime on the men's side, I'm looking forward to the season more now than I did prior to Safin's memorable victory.

http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.dor?STORY_NAME=tennis/05/02/04/manual_120909.html

Carolinita
04-30-2005, 05:31 PM
Thanks Meeek :hug:

Damita
04-30-2005, 08:50 PM
Thanks mer and Meeek :yeah:

Crystal702
04-30-2005, 10:11 PM
Superbrat!!!


I love it!

Thanks for the article!

BelgianWaffle
05-01-2005, 04:23 PM
I'm gonna ask a probably very stupid question here but why is Wimbledon called SW19? :o

PennyThePenguin
05-01-2005, 04:24 PM
postal code? that's my guess.

MariaV
05-01-2005, 05:43 PM
Right Jiat. In short it's the postal code of the area.

Damita
05-05-2005, 01:55 AM
I don't remember who asked about the World Championship, and where, but anyway i just read this:

Russian Tennis Team Barred From World Championship After Safin Refuses to PlayCreated: 04.05.2005 17:06 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 17:06 MSK, 11 hours 46 minutes ago

MosNews


The Russian tennis team will not take part in the World Team Championship in Dusseldorf on May 15-21 after Russia’s top player Marat Safin refused to play for the national team reducing its rating critically.

Russia’s RIA-Novosti news agency on Wednesday quoted a source in the organization committee of the championship as saying that Safin’s refusal to head the Russian team had led to a drastic drop in the team’s rating as it is composed of the individual players’ ratings. As a result, Russia’s place in the championship was taken by the French team.

The Russians have taken part in 10 world team tennis championships, but won none so far.

Carolinita
05-05-2005, 03:08 AM
"I was running from side to side and I couldn't hurt him, and that really bothered me," Safin lamented after his shock exit.

"He played solidly and he had nothing to lose, but he didn't do anything spectacular. I just couldn't play my game." :rolleyes:

Asked if the surface was the problem, he replied: "No - it's me."

"I really better start thinking about the next couple of tournaments because the way I'm playing now I can't get any good results," Safin said.

"I didn't have any chance to win today."

Curls
05-05-2005, 03:54 AM
"I didn't have any chance to win today."
:bs: eurm, Marat, if you are on court you have a chance to win, stop selling yourself short ...

Thx Carolinita :yeah:

Curls
05-05-2005, 04:01 AM
The Russian tennis team will not take part in the World Team Championship in Dusseldorf on May 15-21 after Russia’s top player Marat Safin refused to play for the national team reducing its rating critically.

Do we take this to mean that Marat can't (or doesn't want to) handle the pressure of playing for his country at the moment ... or is it something else ... :confused:

hmmm, there must really be trouble in paradise :p as playing for Russia seems to mean so much to him, even though it means the added weight of the nation on his shoulders ...

chrissiej
05-05-2005, 08:51 AM
Do we take this to mean that Marat can't (or doesn't want to) handle the pressure of playing for his country at the moment ... or is it something else ... :confused:

hmmm, there must really be trouble in paradise :p as playing for Russia seems to mean so much to him, even though it means the added weight of the nation on his shoulders ...

bloody big country....he needs to hit the gym a bit more to carry Russia ;) :o

chrissiej
05-05-2005, 08:57 AM
I'm gonna ask a probably very stupid question here but why is Wimbledon called SW19? :o

yup the girlies were right, its the first section on the post code of the All England Club's address - coincidentally, not reaaally in Wimbledon itself ;) In London the first two letters of the post code refer to which bit of the city you're in, so in this case - South West. Then the numbers are the area of SW London, and then there will be 3 more letters/numbers to narrow down the area even more. In the rest of the UK, the 1st two letters refer to the nearest large postal town (eg in my postcode TQ - for Torquay) :o

lesson in british postcodes over

oh, yeah, in London everyone talks in postcodes, that's why everyone calls it SW19 :o

:)

Curls
05-05-2005, 09:01 AM
bloody big country....he needs to hit the gym a bit more to carry Russia ;) :o
I dunno, his 'ceps were enormous ... but I'd need a close up detailed inspection at the rest of him just to make sure he's in tip top physical condition before he takes on such a task .... :drool: :drool: :drool: (wake up now Pam!!)

chrissiej
05-05-2005, 09:06 AM
I dunno, his 'ceps were enormous ... but I'd need a close up detailed inspection at the rest of him just to make sure he's in tip top physical condition before he takes on such a task .... :drool: :drool: :drool: (wake up now Pam!!)

:haha: hmmmm, I'm not sure, I've seen bigger :o (rowers....:drool: ) ;) yeah they were big, but in the Almagro match he looked so skinny! Who didn't eat his spinach on Tuesday night? :o :p

Curls
05-05-2005, 09:15 AM
:haha: hmmmm, I'm not sure, I've seen bigger :o (rowers....:drool: ) ;) yeah they were big, but in the Almagro match he looked so skinny! Who didn't eat his spinach on Tuesday night? :o :p
oh yeah rowers 'ceps would be yooooooj ... how are yours, not too Amelie Mauresmo I hope?

chrissiej
05-05-2005, 09:17 AM
oh yeah rowers 'ceps would be yooooooj ... how are yours, not too Amelie Mauresmo I hope?

no no, mine are delicate little things...my shoulders are one of the few features of mine i like :o ...everyone in my family finds it impossible to build a lot of muscle on our arms...i just have freakishly strong legs :o

;)

Curls
05-05-2005, 09:21 AM
I like my shoulders & arms too, the only bits that never put on weight!!! ... I'm a bit :scared: about the 'freakishly strong legs" though

chrissiej
05-05-2005, 09:24 AM
I like my shoulders & arms too, the only bits that never put on weight!!! ... I'm a bit :scared: about the 'freakishly strong legs" though

i can push 195lbs on a leg press :o but can't do reps on that...i rep on 115lbs :o

i'm posting two pics of me rowing in the champs in the gathering ;)

PennyThePenguin
05-05-2005, 01:10 PM
:haha: hmmmm, I'm not sure, I've seen bigger :o (rowers....:drool: ) ;) yeah they were big, but in the Almagro match he looked so skinny! Who didn't eat his spinach on Tuesday night? :o :p


maybe popeye stole it?

chrissiej
05-05-2005, 01:20 PM
maybe popeye stole it?

damn popeye ;)

PennyThePenguin
05-05-2005, 01:32 PM
right on ;)

chrissiej
05-05-2005, 01:35 PM
right on ;)

:rocker2: :yeah: ;)

maratski
05-05-2005, 06:31 PM
Do we take this to mean that Marat can't (or doesn't want to) handle the pressure of playing for his country at the moment ... or is it something else ... :confused:

hmmm, there must really be trouble in paradise :p as playing for Russia seems to mean so much to him, even though it means the added weight of the nation on his shoulders ...

I think he just prefers to prepare for a slam by just practising instead of playing a tournament.

Damita
05-05-2005, 09:02 PM
Do we take this to mean that Marat can't (or doesn't want to) handle the pressure of playing for his country at the moment ... or is it something else ... :confused:
well, i'll tell you how i take it:
this is the week before RG, and with the way he's playing right now he probably prefers to go to Paris early and train hard and start concentrating on it... instead of playing in a tournament that, even though it's for his country, will bring him no points anyway...

bloody big country....he needs to hit the gym a bit more to carry Russia ;) :o
Chris! :lol:

chrissiej
05-05-2005, 09:12 PM
Chris! :lol:

quoi? ;)

why am i not talking to you on msn :confused:

Damita
05-05-2005, 09:17 PM
hmm dunnow :p
damn my comp is so weird again, i can't see any smileys nor any avatars... and that makes the board look sad!

chrissiej
05-05-2005, 09:22 PM
hmm dunnow :p
damn my comp is so weird again, i can't see any smileys nor any avatars... and that makes the board look sad!

aaww poor board;)

damn mum needs the phone, if i get back on, i'll have a quick chat later :)

Damita
05-05-2005, 09:23 PM
wokeej :)

chrissiej
05-05-2005, 09:41 PM
wokeej :)

or not - apparently I have to go to bed :o

Damita
05-05-2005, 10:25 PM
or not - apparently I have to go to bed :o
ah well, shit happens ;)

Pamushka :lol: i just saw your avvy (not i'm not slow :o my comp was acting weird, and now it's better :p ), good one one dear :haha: :yeah:

chrissiej
05-06-2005, 05:40 PM
ah well, shit happens ;)



it most definetly does ;)

PennyThePenguin
05-07-2005, 03:03 AM
hello everyone! what's new?

Damita
05-07-2005, 06:57 PM
hello everyone! what's new?
I'll tell you what! I've received Tennis Magazine this morning (ah, sometimes you just wake up and everything's perfect! :p), and there was a big Marat interview (perfect i said!). so i've been working on it in the afternoon and i just finished translating it, and i hope no one else already posted an itw cuz then i would have done that for nothing :mad:

Okay so, there's is nothing new really, he says things he has said before (but at least that proves he's true to himself, and that's a good thing don't you think? ;)).
Pamushka, don't count all the "difficult" or "hard" you'll read... there are too many of them (gosh he can be soooooo negative). anyway i've talked enough already, here is the itw (oh btw, it's been made in Monte Carlo)

Interview with Tennis Magazine. by Guy Barbier

He’s the only one this year being able to claim the Grand Slam! And all the players know it well: when it’s time for Roland Garros, Marat Safin, winner of the last Australian Open, will be ready to wear his full evening dress. But it’s in a very relaxed atmosphere that the Russian champion welcomed us for this exclusive interview, which revealed a very touchy character.


Whether he is in the top 5 or close to the #100 world ranking, Marat Safin remains in a class of his own. He’s able to make Pete Sampras look powerless in a US Open final – like he did when he was 20 – but he’s also able to “dispatch”, almost with a smile, a final at the Australian Open against Thomas Johansson. He’s able to become #1 (in November 2000) and to then fall in the rankings after a year spoiled by an injury, as it happened in 2003. He’s able to win a second Grand Slam title, defeating Roger Federer and then Lleyton Hewitt – at the last Australian Open – but he’s also able to win 2 consecutive matches in a tourney only once (in Monte Carlo) within the 3 months that followed the Australian Open. He’s able to be the most friendly and pleasant man ever and able to be, in one of his bad days, the grumpiest man ever.
To sum up, as you should have understood, it’s quite an adventure to track this big Russian wildcat, and as his coach, Peter Lundgren, says: “you’ll never get bored with Marat Safin”. It’s not the public who would tell the contrary; people are usually fascinated by Marat’s power and reactions on court. A few days before Roland Garros, where he became famous, in 1998, after he defeated Andre Agassi and Gustavo Kuerten consecutively, Marat Safin, 25, is the first person to hope he can – through the perpetual fluctuations of his course between the very bad, the ordinary and the sublime – show the very best of him. And that would probably be sufficient to win the title…

Tennis Magazine: How long did it take for you to realize you had won the Australian Open?
Marat Safin: The problem is that we never have enough time to celebrate a victory. Other events come fast. You have to get prepared immediately for anther tournament. You can’t celebrate like you should.

TM: At the very moment of your victory, you remained very “calm”. Almost strangely calm. What was your feeling?
MS: It’s fabulous when you win. I felt good. The reaction, it depends on the man and on the moment. Some guys bounce like they’re crazy, some cry. Others stay more neutral. For me on that day it was that.

TM: You once said that you learnt a lot from the defeat, 2 years ago in Australia, against Thomas Johansson. What have you learnt?
MS: I was coming back from very difficult times. Everything happened all a sudden. I was in the final, and for everyone I was the favourite just because it was a surprise to see Thomas in the final. But he had won some great matches to reach the final, he fully deserved it. As for me, being aware of those expectations people had on me, it put me under pressure. I didn’t handle this.

TM: During the ceremony, you looked almost happy on the court, despite the defeat…
MS: You know, for me, reaching the final at the moment was already a huge performance. When something happens to you, you should always remember where you’re coming from. It helps you enjoying the situations. 10 years ago I couldn’t imagine that I would play finals like those ones. I used to imagine myself at a very lower level. If some things hadn’t turn my way, I would be giving lessons in a club today. So I’m happy. Like everyone, I have good and bad moments. And I try to keep the same state of mind, whether I win or lose. It’s just sport, ou have to keep this in mind.

TM: How can you explain that, with your talent, you had to wait so long before you won a second Grand Slam title?
MS: It’s a psychological problem. After I lost 2 finals at the Australian Open, I began to have doubts about myself. And also, whatever you do, it’s impossible not to hear what people say about you. And thus I began to question myself, I began to believe that, yes, I was a good player, I had talent, but maybe not enough of it to go where I wanted to. Actually I couldn’t believe it would happen again. In Roland Garros in 2002 for instance, I lost in the semis because I didn’t believe in myself enough. But now I feel highly relieved thanks to this victory. As I’ve said before, you can win a big title “by accident”, like I did at the US Open in 2000. But this one in Australia, I worked very hard to win it. And now I’d like to win more of them.

TM: Since that awesome victory, you didn’t have very good results. But there’s a moment of the year, in February-March, which is often difficult for you. Is it due to (a lack of) form at this moment of the season?
MS: It’s true that I’ve never been playing well in Indian Wells and Miami. I don’t know why. There’s nothing new really. I accept thing as they are. Again, I try to take event well, and I’m looking forward to better days.

TM: So you’re the living proof that a tennis champion can be happy without winning very often…
MS: But we shall be happy! We have a great life. For instance, to be able to attend a tournament like Monte Carlo is already a chance and a performance.

Damita
05-07-2005, 06:57 PM
TM: Playing in Roland Garros is another performance. What do you think of your results there so far, since we discovered you in 1998 when you defeated Andre Agassi in the first round?
MS: It’s a huge tournament. And the difficulty relies mostly on the fact that you want to win it badly. It’s difficult to play well when you want to win so much. There are so many good players in the draw. Clay court specialists. The Argentines, the Spaniards, the French. There are a lot of guys who can claim the victory. Last year though, I was surprised to see Gaudio win but that’s the way it is. To win in Roland Garros you have to be in a great shape, to be mentally fresh, and not to let anything distract you. It is extremely hard to gather all those conditions during 2 weeks. And also, you have to be lucky!

TM: Can you compare the difficulty of reaching the final in Roland Garros and reaching finals of the other Grand Slam tournaments?
MS: Last year in Roland Garros I couldn’t give the best of me. In the second round against Mantilla, it started well but then I had to save 2 match points. In the next round against Starace, I saved 2 match points again. Against Nalbandian in the fourth round, I did not play that bad, but I had my hand injured with blisters and thus it couldn’t work. Too bad. In 2002 I was close to the final, before I lost to Ferrero in the semi-final. I’ve said it before, and it’s even more true in Roland Garros: you need a part of luck to win.

TM: What would be the ideal draw for you?
MS: A draw in which there would be no clay-courters! (laugh) If you have to face 4 Argentines and 3 Spaniards in a row, you’re in trouble…

TM: Do you think you’re stronger than you were the other years at the moment of Roland Garros?
MS: Not stronger, but more intelligent. I have more experience. I’m in peace with myself as I think I have a nice career. I don’t say I’m not hungry anymore, but it’s already pretty good, no? I have a good support. My coach Peter (Lundgren) brings me a lot of serenity. Ha can bring me confidence to win. It took some time, but now we’re on the right way. We talk a lot, it’s perfect. This year I’ll have a good team around me, it’s important to go through those 2 weeks.

TM: Can you compare, technically speaking, the conditions in Roland Garros and in the other clay-court tournaments. The surface, the balls, where do you feel at ease the most?
MS: Of course there are many good tournaments, like Rome and Hamburg… But in Roland Garros the conditions are incredibly good. Courts are perfect. There are not many bad bounces. The speed of the courts and the kind of balls used are also perfect for me. And I don’t even speak of the atmosphere. Roland Garros is excellence.

TM: From 13 to 18 years old you lived in Spain. What did you keep from the Spanish culture and way of life?
MS: Many things. A mentality. In tennis for instance, it’s the fighting spirit. Do you see the Spaniards, how they are? They fight, they fight… even by going through difficult situations. And there’s clay. For me it’s very positive that I grew up there. It’s been excellent for my knees, and for the solidity of my game.

TM: Paris is one of the places that bring you luck: 3 titles in Bercy and a Davis Cup final. Is it one of your favourite cities?
MS: Paris is a difficult place to play tennis. There are too many forms of entertainment, too many temptations. It’s hard to… concentrate. I shouldn’t say it, but…

TM: What do you think of Roger Federer? As a tennis player, as a man?
MS: He’s the most complete player I’ve ever seen. One of the best players of all time probably. He can do everything, but also he’s very tough mentally. He’s too good. He’s so good he forces us all to progress; he puts the general game level on a higher scale. He can play every shots, every possibilities. Even when he doesn’t play well ha has enough talent to hide it. Me, when I don’t play well, you see it immediately because my game consists in taking risks. So when I’m not in a good shape, I make many mistakes…
In reality he makes light of the difficulties. We can sometimes play at his level, but it is extremely difficult to stay at this level for long. To do that we have to work hard, very hard.

TM: You beat him in a very important moment though, in the Australian open semi-final. Is this match a model now? Have you find a way to bother Roger on a court…?
MS: It belongs to the past. It’s a great match, but now I must view the future. As for my tactics against him, I won’t explain them to you. I keep them for me. But I’m sure that the players who watched the match saw what it was about. Actually, every player knows how to plain against Roger. The problem is to do it.

Damita
05-07-2005, 06:58 PM
TM: A new generation is joining the men’s circuit, especially players born in 1986: Nadal, Gasquet, Monfils… what do you think about them?
MS: Nadal I know him, the others too. There are very good players. I think gasquet has had too much pressure on him (1). Everyone was waiting for him and observing. All those players have very different styles. But that’s not what matters. It’s the number of titles. Gasquet for instance, he has the game, but now he needs the results (2). Monfils has a huge potential. He’s a big athlete and obviously he enjoys being on court. Nadal, I think he’s almost gone too far for his age. It’s true that he has won already a lot, but he has also been injured often.

TM: Your sister, Dinara, is now among the 40 best players in the world. At the beginning of the year you pushed her, through some public declarations, to “get a move on”. And she answered by winning the Open Gaz de France in Paris!
MS: I’ve never “pushed” anyone. The press exaggerated. I was kidding. It’s sad to see this happen by the way. I must have said 2 or 3 words on the topic, they became long articles, and we ended with a young girl – my sister – being unfairly criticized and attacked. Some people have tried to create issues between my sister and I. It’s really some abusive exploitation of a few innocuous words to the press. Yeah, it’s very sad…

TM: What has been less sad is her victory over Amelie Mauresmo in final in Paris…
MS: Yes. A victory that should be important for her. She needed to win matches like this one. She had lost confidence.

TM: Do you follow women’s tennis?
MS: No.

TM: Sometimes you come to pieces on court. You throw a tantrum or you break a racket. Does it help you for the rest of the match?
MS: Everyone has his problems on court. Everyone gets frustrated. Tennis is a game in which psychology takes a huge part. It’s like 2 brains fighting against each other. Sometimes a little thing, a tiny detail, can bother you or drive you mad. Everyone can explode. Later, you wonder how such things can happen. But at the moment, the emotive power is too strong. Actually the line that separates calm and anger during a match is very, very, very thin. Especially when the score is close…

TM: That’s why there are rules…
MS: I’m sorry but sometimes no one care about the rules. Besides, rules are made to be broken, no? Anyway, sometimes there are situations in which you can’t apply the rule.

TM: Like when you dropped your shorts last year in Roland Garros against Mantilla?
MS: But this kind of incidents makes people talk about tennis, so it’s good! Besides, people don’t remember the score at this moment, or the court we were playing on, or even the name of my opponent! (3) It was the same with John McEnroe. People remember some of his scenes, but not necessarily the score of his matches. I’m not saying you should do this kind of things everytime. I’m not trying to defend myself or to defend an unsporting behaviour. But all I say is that this kind of events helps making people talk about tennis. Because at this moment my adversary can take advantage of it and win the match. This is why I first try to stay calm, to save my energy and thus to be more focussed on the match. And besides, I behave more than in the past.

TM: We can see all those Russian female champions joining the WTA tour. But it’s not the case on the men’s side. What’s the reason in your opinion?
MS: I don’t know why. To preserve their quiet, easy life I guess. But it’s true that the girls’ success could alert the junior boys, but that’s not the case. It’s true also that competition is more difficult among men than among women, without giving female players less credits of course.

TM: What’s the image of girl like Maria Sharapova in Russia?
MS: I don’t know exactly. But she hasn’t spent much time in Russia. She lives in the US. So I don’t know how people see her in Russia. Maybe not as they see Myskina, Dementieva, Kuznetsova, who have always been living in Russia.

TM: But you spent yourself a few years in Spain as a teenager…
MS: Yes but I’ve spent the bigger part of my youth and of my time in Russia. It’s not like I left and never came back. I’m Russian above all. And I’ve always been willing to come back to Russia as often as possible, because this is where I feel at home.

TM: But you also have a place in Monte Carlo, and one in Valencia. Where do you spend most of your time?
MS: I live a bit more in Moscow, really. I’m going there and back very often. Moscow is the city of my childhood. And you it’s funny, everyone always ask me what I do when I’m there. I have to say again and again that I go on walks, I go to the cinema, to the beach, I go to the cafés, the restaurants, the shops… exactly like all other big cities! Moscow is a very beautiful city, which evolved a lot during the past few years. That’s a good thing for the Russians. I go to Monte Carlo and Valencia mostly to train. It depends on where I can find players to train with.

TM: In Monte Carlo you sometimes take part in official events? Are you in touch with the royal family?
MS: You know, in general, they’re very busy (laugh). No, seriously, I respect the royal family. And I went and meditate at Prince Rainier’s mortal remains. He was a great person.

Damita
05-07-2005, 07:00 PM
TM: Marat is a name of Tatar origins, right?
MS: Yes, I’m Tatar.

TM: Are you a Muslim?
MS: Tatars, in Russia, are Muslims. Yes I do observe some of the religious principles. Not the Ramadan of course. There are more important things than this. But I don’t want to get into details. It’s private.

TM: Do you admire some famous athletes, of other sports?
MS: I admire all those who achieved great things in their sport. Because I know that, whatever your discipline is, you need a lot of talent and you need to work hard to be successful. There are so many difficult obstacles. But I have no favourite athlete. No name comes in mind.

TM: And a personality you admire, apart from sports?
MS: I admire no one in particular. I need to know the person to admire him/her. You can admire for several reasons a person who has made stupid things you ignore. So I want to know the people. And if I admire someone it would be more because of his/her character, his/her state of mind, more than for any other reason.

TM: In July, Russia will welcome France for the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup. A rendez-vous that means a lot for you I guess…
MS: Yes, but it’s far from today. There are many tournaments left before, and many things can happen. We still have to work on a lot of things before…

TM: Is Davis Cup a priority for you every year?
MS: Playing Davis Cup every year it’s a bit too much. Sometimes you’re excited when you think about playing a tie, sometimes it’s just a job. 3 years ago it was an extraordinary moment of joy when we win the cup for the first time. We would have liked to keep that feeling alive longer. But since then, 2 other countries have won it. It goes too fast. Headmasters of the tour should think about that: playing Davis Cup every other year should be enough. Even once every 3 years!

TM: It’s not your sole criticism about the way the circuit works. Do you think some changes should be made in emergency?
MS: Lots of things should be changed. But I can think or say anything, that won’t help. Players have been asking for some changes for 15 years, nothing changed. It’s sad. Nothing evolves, nothing improves.

TM: But what would you like to change?
MS: Many, many things! But nobody wants to take his responsibilities. Even though decisions could be taken to make tennis more important. But the influential people stay in the warm, and that’s it.[/B)

TM: But Marat, what is it about: the schedule, the marketing…?
[B]MS: Everything, I tell you, everything! The way they make the schedule, it’s a joke. The season is far too long. The longest of all sports. Our vacations? 2 weeks only, and that’s it. It’s not normal at all. When you know you’ll be running for 10 years at least, you must be able to stay in form. Instead of this, players get tired or injured and they withdraw from tournaments. Yes, I could tell many things, but I would have to tell them to people who would answered me blahblahblah, blahblahblah…And nothing would move. So I prefer to shut up, I play tennis, and they decide whatever they decide. It’s their business…

TM: Could you one day take part in that business?
MS: I don’t want to, no. Because no one cares, and that’s all.

TM: Tennis is also a wealthy sport that can afford to help people. As it did with victims of the Tsunami. Given its financial power, do you think tennis should play a model role in matters of solidarity?
MS: It’s the minimum we can do. But how can you give these poor people what they lost? Their houses, their families… So okay, we play for half an hour with kids to collect some money, but we won’t be decorated for having collected $15,000, like we did in Indian Wells, and which won’t change a lot. In my opinion, we could do more, to help people to re-build.

TM: Marat, has tennis made a happy man of you?
MS: Yes. The life of a tennis professional requires many sacrifices. But they worth it. Tennis is the ticket to an easy life.

TM: You have already a career of 9 years behind you. Do you feel tired or do you still have the same envy?
MS: The question isn’t really whether you feel new or used. The question is to take or not intelligent decisions at the good moment. And to know what you want to achieve. And to take the good ways to achieve it. It’s the experience on the tour that shall help you to make the good choices. Because indeed you can feel “new”, “fresh” and you won’t act wisely, and you’ll take wrong decisions.

TM: What memories would you like to leave when you stop your career?
MS: I don’t care. I don’t even think some kids would start playing tennis “thanks to Marat Safin”. Other Safins will come, with other names. We’re not here to last. People forget, it’s normal. I simply hope I’ll still be able to get a table in a restaurant without a booking…


1- Safin met – and beat – Gasquet twice: in Monte carlo and Lyon, in 2002
2- It was just before Gasquet’s performance in Monte Carlo
3- An epic second round match, played on 2 days, on court “1, and won by Safin 11-9 in the fifth set after he saved 2 match points

there are pics with the article, i'll scan them later as i have to go eat dinner now... but surely you guys we be busy enough reading the article, no? ;)

BelgianWaffle
05-07-2005, 07:24 PM
:worship: thanks for translating that huge article! :worship:

foul_dwimmerlaik
05-07-2005, 07:53 PM
MS: I don’t care. I don’t even think some kids would start playing tennis “thanks to Marat Safin”. Other Safins will come, with other names. We’re not here to last. People forget, it’s normal. I simply hope I’ll still be able to get a table in a restaurant without a booking…Here, Marat, you're wrong. There won't be any other Safins.

Thanks a lot Damita for your work! :worship:

Shadow
05-07-2005, 09:53 PM
thanks a lot damita!! :worship:

great interview.

I agree Tanya. There definetly wont be any other Safins.

joeb_uk
05-07-2005, 09:56 PM
Thanks louise

ladybird
05-07-2005, 10:49 PM
Damita, your are amazing !!!
Rapidité, précision...les qualités de Marat au service !

lau
05-07-2005, 11:24 PM
Thanks for translating that Damita!!!! :eek: ;)
I sent you a private message

NINA_BCN
05-08-2005, 12:12 AM
Thanx!!!!!!!!!!!!

Damita
05-08-2005, 12:36 AM
you're very welcome everyone :kiss:

Damita, your are amazing !!!
Rapidité, précision...les qualités de Marat au service !:haha: :haha: :haha:

lau>>i've seen your PM and replied. No problem ;)

Jennay
05-08-2005, 01:35 AM
Thanks a lot! :hug:

Curls
05-08-2005, 03:33 AM
:bigclap: Thanx Damita ... what a great article ... and don't worry, I'm over picking out the negativity in his articles ... plus I think this one is quite positive ... my favourite bit would have to be ...
I simply hope I’ll still be able to get a table in a restaurant without a booking…
:haha: typical Marat ... always thinking about enjoying his life to the max!

PennyThePenguin
05-08-2005, 06:33 AM
you know what pamushka...i picked out the same line too!!!! :haha: typical marat eh ;)

steppy doo...:worship: :worship: thank you ssOOOO much...has your dvd arrived?

Curls
05-08-2005, 08:17 AM
... I've sent my 'message of support' to Marat via the official website ... I couldn't resist but I had to make a wise-crack about his hair :o ...

"The ‘Safinholics’ (on the ‘net) generate enough positive energy for you, it’d make your hair stand on end … oops, I promised I wouldn’t mention your hair, only joking!!" ... here's hoping it doesn't damage his fragile ego :p ... if he shaves it off I'll be devastated ... oh God, what have I done :banghead:

MariaV
05-08-2005, 10:18 AM
Oh Pam, say you didn't do this. :haha: :haha:

NINA_BCN
05-08-2005, 10:23 AM
... I've sent my 'message of support' to Marat via the official website ... I couldn't resist but I had to make a wise-crack about his hair :o ...

"The ‘Safinholics’ (on the ‘net) generate enough positive energy for you, it’d make your hair stand on end … oops, I promised I wouldn’t mention your hair, only joking!!" ... here's hoping it doesn't damage his fragile ego :p ... if he shaves it off I'll be devastated ... oh God, what have I done :banghead:


:lol: :haha: :haha: :haha:

Curls
05-08-2005, 12:44 PM
Oh Pam, say you didn't do this. :haha: :haha:
:haha: I simply couldn't resist!! :devil:
IF (and that's a damned big IF) he reads it :rolleyes: I hope he'll have a chuckle!! ... but to save myself from any possible litigation, I refuse to take the blame for any mid-life crisis / nervous breakdown / total loss of ability to play tennis etc etc that he has anytime soon :lol:

MariaV
05-08-2005, 01:23 PM
... but to save myself from any possible litigation, I refuse to take the blame for any mid-life crisis / nervous breakdown / total loss of ability to play tennis etc etc that he has anytime soon :lol:

:haha: :haha: :haha: At least you cheered me up! :haha: :yeah:

PennyThePenguin
05-08-2005, 03:48 PM
PAM!! :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: shaved head looks good though...as in.... the RG2002 way ;)

maratski
05-08-2005, 04:57 PM
Thanks a lot for translating this for us!!!

For once he answered a religious question and he gave the wrong answer :tape:

Damita
05-08-2005, 07:46 PM
you know what pamushka...i picked out the same line too!!!! :haha: typical marat eh ;)
That line is soooo cynical... and typical yes :rolleyes:
When i read it it made me thought of Lilian Thuram (football, Juventus... my favourite player :cool: ) who, during the World Cup in 1998 said to one other football player what was good being in The French national team: "you get the official outfit, classy... it's all what matters. you don't care if you suck and the coach never select you again, at least you have the outfit"... he was joking (i hope :o ) but that was damn cynical. Why do i have to cheer for the most cynical sportsmen ever? :rolleyes: ;)

steppy doo...:worship: :worship: thank you ssOOOO much...has your dvd arrived?erm, humdee... no mail on Sunday ;) but hopefully tomorrow... :bounce: ;)

safinaferrero
05-08-2005, 08:21 PM
nice avatar damita ;)

Damita
05-08-2005, 08:28 PM
thanks :)

Nimomunz
05-08-2005, 10:06 PM
I love how he said Paris is full of distractions..... wonder wat that means... :angel:

NINA_BCN
05-08-2005, 10:08 PM
I love how he said Paris is full of distractions..... wonder wat that means... :angel:


:lol:

Damita
05-08-2005, 10:18 PM
I love how he said Paris is full of distractions..... wonder wat that means... :angel:
:angel:

sol
05-09-2005, 12:17 AM
TM: A new generation is joining the men’s circuit, especially players born in 1986: Nadal, Gasquet, Monfils… what do you think about them?
MS: Nadal I know him, the others too. There are very good players. I think gasquet has had too much pressure on him (1). Everyone was waiting for him and observing. All those players have very different styles. But that’s not what matters. It’s the number of titles. Gasquet for instance, he has the game, but now he needs the results (2). Monfils has a huge potential. He’s a big athlete and obviously he enjoys being on court. Nadal, I think he’s almost gone too far for his age. It’s true that he has won already a lot, but he has also been injured often.

TM: Your sister, Dinara, is now among the 40 best players in the world. At the beginning of the year you pushed her, through some public declarations, to “get a move on”. And she answered by winning the Open Gaz de France in Paris!
MS: I’ve never “pushed” anyone. The press exaggerated. I was kidding. It’s sad to see this happen by the way. I must have said 2 or 3 words on the topic, they became long articles, and we ended with a young girl – my sister – being unfairly criticized and attacked. Some people have tried to create issues between my sister and I. It’s really some abusive exploitation of a few innocuous words to the press. Yeah, it’s very sad…

TM: What has been less sad is her victory over Amelie Mauresmo in final in Paris…
MS: Yes. A victory that should be important for her. She needed to win matches like this one. She had lost confidence.

TM: Do you follow women’s tennis?
MS: No.

TM: Sometimes you come to pieces on court. You throw a tantrum or you break a racket. Does it help you for the rest of the match?
MS: Everyone has his problems on court. Everyone gets frustrated. Tennis is a game in which psychology takes a huge part. It’s like 2 brains fighting against each other. Sometimes a little thing, a tiny detail, can bother you or drive you mad. Everyone can explode. Later, you wonder how such things can happen. But at the moment, the emotive power is too strong. Actually the line that separates calm and anger during a match is very, very, very thin. Especially when the score is close…

TM: That’s why there are rules…
MS: I’m sorry but sometimes no one care about the rules. Besides, rules are made to be broken, no? Anyway, sometimes there are situations in which you can’t apply the rule.

TM: Like when you dropped your shorts last year in Roland Garros against Mantilla?
MS: But this kind of incidents makes people talk about tennis, so it’s good! Besides, people don’t remember the score at this moment, or the court we were playing on, or even the name of my opponent! (3) It was the same with John McEnroe. People remember some of his scenes, but not necessarily the score of his matches. I’m not saying you should do this kind of things everytime. I’m not trying to defend myself or to defend an unsporting behaviour. But all I say is that this kind of events helps making people talk about tennis. Because at this moment my adversary can take advantage of it and win the match. This is why I first try to stay calm, to save my energy and thus to be more focussed on the match. And besides, I behave more than in the past.

TM: We can see all those Russian female champions joining the WTA tour. But it’s not the case on the men’s side. What’s the reason in your opinion?
MS: I don’t know why. To preserve their quiet, easy life I guess. But it’s true that the girls’ success could alert the junior boys, but that’s not the case. It’s true also that competition is more difficult among men than among women, without giving female players less credits of course.

TM: What’s the image of girl like Maria Sharapova in Russia?
MS: I don’t know exactly. But she hasn’t spent much time in Russia. She lives in the US. So I don’t know how people see her in Russia. Maybe not as they see Myskina, Dementieva, Kuznetsova, who have always been living in Russia.

TM: But you spent yourself a few years in Spain as a teenager…
MS: Yes but I’ve spent the bigger part of my youth and of my time in Russia. It’s not like I left and never came back. I’m Russian above all. And I’ve always been willing to come back to Russia as often as possible, because this is where I feel at home.

TM: But you also have a place in Monte Carlo, and one in Valencia. Where do you spend most of your time?
MS: I live a bit more in Moscow, really. I’m going there and back very often. Moscow is the city of my childhood. And you it’s funny, everyone always ask me what I do when I’m there. I have to say again and again that I go on walks, I go to the cinema, to the beach, I go to the cafés, the restaurants, the shops… exactly like all other big cities! Moscow is a very beautiful city, which evolved a lot during the past few years. That’s a good thing for the Russians. I go to Monte Carlo and Valencia mostly to train. It depends on where I can find players to train with.

TM: In Monte Carlo you sometimes take part in official events? Are you in touch with the royal family?
MS: You know, in general, they’re very busy (laugh). No, seriously, I respect the royal family. And I went and meditate at Prince Rainier’s mortal remains. He was a great person.

Thanks for the translation, Stepp! :hug: :worship:

Great avatar! :yeah: http://www.piecesmended.org/images/smilies/004.gif

Crystal702
05-09-2005, 01:57 AM
Pam,

Marat has such a good sense of humour. And knowing him the way we all do, I bet your comment will make him laugh.

PennyThePenguin
05-09-2005, 04:12 AM
erm, humdee... no mail on Sunday ;) but hopefully tomorrow... :bounce: ;)

oww great..are u using this name on mtf too :p hehe.......

and ilhame...when i read marat's answer to the religiojn question, i thought of u and knew u wouldn't like it :hug:

maratski
05-09-2005, 07:45 AM
oww great..are u using this name on mtf too :p hehe.......

and ilhame...when i read marat's answer to the religiojn question, i thought of u and knew u wouldn't like it :hug:

He's free to live his life the way he wants to, but he's wrong when saying fasting isn't an important part of the religion, cause it REALLY is!!!

Wednesday Addams
05-09-2005, 09:20 AM
... I've sent my 'message of support' to Marat via the official website ... I couldn't resist but I had to make a wise-crack about his hair :o ...

"The ‘Safinholics’ (on the ‘net) generate enough positive energy for you, it’d make your hair stand on end … oops, I promised I wouldn’t mention your hair, only joking!!" ... here's hoping it doesn't damage his fragile ego :p ... if he shaves it off I'll be devastated ... oh God, what have I done :banghead:
:spit:
'message of support' :haha: 'make your hair stand on end' :haha: get it? :haha: :haha: :haha:

Thanx for translating the interview, Steppy! :hug:

PennyThePenguin
05-09-2005, 12:25 PM
He's free to live his life the way he wants to, but he's wrong when saying fasting isn't an important part of the religion, cause it REALLY is!!!


yep. i understand that. would it be right to say something along the lines of it being a true test of your faith? :shrug:

Curls
05-09-2005, 12:35 PM
yep. i understand that. would it be right to say something along the lines of it being a true test of your faith? :shrug:
I would imagine that it would be very difficult for elite athletes (in particular) to observe Ramadan strictly though

PennyThePenguin
05-09-2005, 12:38 PM
taht is true but i do believe that several Muslim athletes also observe Ramadan despite their training, Ithough they would have to modify their training regime in order to accomodate that. :shrug:

mer
05-09-2005, 12:43 PM
I hope I won't hurt anyone's feelings and I don't want to open a religious discussion but I have to mention that young and middle aged people in Russia, especially born in Moscow and other big cities are not very religious (least to say). They consider themselves Orthodox or Muslim just by tradition and in majority it has nothing to do with deep faith. You can call it Soviet legacy or whatever. Of course I don't know about Marat's case, but still I would't pay serious attention to his comments on religion questions.

Curls
05-09-2005, 12:43 PM
taht is true but i do believe that several Muslim athletes also observe Ramadan despite their training, Ithough they would have to modify their training regime in order to accomodate that. :shrug:
Marat can't even stay off the Tsingtao during a tournament ... how can we expect him to fast :p :lol:

Wednesday Addams
05-09-2005, 12:43 PM
Marat was never brought up in an actual muslim comunity/world/environment/whatever u wanna call it. His family barely practices it. Plus, once he went to Spain he was surrounded by a mostly catholic comunity. You can imagine what that did to any principles/rules he had followed until then (if any). It's really a result of how he was brought up and the fact that he travelled (and still travels) so much. :shrug:
Plus rules and Marat are like oil and water....

Wednesday Addams
05-09-2005, 12:45 PM
I hope I won't hurt anyone's feelings and I don't want to open a religious discussion but I have to mention that young and middle aged people in Russia, especially born in Moscow and other big cities are not very religious (least to say). They consider themselves Orthodox or Muslim just by tradition and in majority it has nothing to do with deep faith. You can call it Soviet legacy or whatever. Of course I don't know about Marat's case, but still I would't pay serious attention to his comments on religion questions.
Yeah, that's true. And it's he same almost everywhere nowadays....

PennyThePenguin
05-09-2005, 12:46 PM
lots of valid points...hmm....didn't know about the situation in russia. but dora's right. in many places, such situations are true nowadays.

Wednesday Addams
05-09-2005, 01:00 PM
It's the whole 'you are born into it' thing with religion nowadays. I agree with you Irina when you say it doesn't have much to do with deep faith, but you also have to remember that these last few decades have changed the world a lot. Access to incredible amounts of information, wars. The world is getting smaller. We are becoming more cynical. We are discovering that some things that were taken as absolute truths a few decades/centuries ago are lies. Religions are blending and ppl tend to take the best of one religion and mix it with others, and create their own personal beliefs and ideas abt God and all that. That's not a bad thing, IMO. Because the 'my God can beat up your God' game can't go on any longer. Maybe, ppl will finally realise that it's not abt the right god, its abt the principles behind it. And the principles are more or less the same with every religion. Truth, honesty, love, friendship..... I'm rambling, I know...... :o I'll shut up now.

Curls
05-09-2005, 01:04 PM
:bigclap: Dora

PennyThePenguin
05-09-2005, 01:05 PM
That's not a bad thing, IMO. Because the 'my God can beat up your God' game can't go on any longer. Maybe, ppl will finally realise that it's not abt the right god, its abt the principles behind it. And the principles are more or less the same with every religion. Truth, honesty, love, friendship..... I'm rambling, I know...... :o I'll shut up now.


:worship: :worship: i SUCK at putting thoughts into words. so thank you for saying all that dora....

mer
05-09-2005, 01:08 PM
Religions are blending and ppl tend to take the best of one religion and mix it with others, and create their own personal beliefs and ideas abt God and all that. That's not a bad thing, IMO. Because the 'my God can beat up your God' game can't go on any longer. Maybe, ppl will finally realise that it's not abt the right god, its abt the principles behind it. And the principles are more or less the same with every religion. Truth, honesty, love, friendship..... I'm rambling, I know...... :o I'll shut up now.

:worship:

I'm afraid it's only Utopia though, people can't do without enemies and religion is one of the convenient grounds to find them... ups now I should shut up :o

MariaV
05-09-2005, 02:30 PM
Wow at your discussion on religions!

maratski
05-09-2005, 05:35 PM
yep. i understand that. would it be right to say something along the lines of it being a true test of your faith? :shrug:

It's not a true test to your faith. Fasting is one of the 5 pillars of islam, it's an essential matter.

Like I said, he can do whatever he wants, he just can't deny the importance of Ramadan.

chrissiej
05-09-2005, 05:43 PM
It's not a true test to your faith. Fasting is one of the 5 pillars of islam, it's an essential matter.

Like I said, he can do whatever he wants, he just can't deny the importance of Ramadan.

Ilhame's right, having had my Dad living in a Muslim country for the past four years, and having been out there during Ramadan a couple of times, it is impossible to deny the importance of it. I presume its like this in a lot of Muslim countries, but the whole of Abu Dhabi changes for Ramadan, everywhere and everyone, even someone completely a-religious and not a citizen of the UAE, has to respect it. My lifestyle out there during Ramadan is completely different during Ramadan, what I wear, where I go, who I go with, when I go...

...last year I went to a party thing at sunset for breaking the fast, please excuse me, I can't remember what its called :o , and I was actually with Russians, only one Muslim but it was completely clear how important it was to her, and each of us really respected that.

maratski
05-09-2005, 06:56 PM
It's a special month and like you said, life changes completely for everyone. It's like that in all Muslim countries. I assume you ate at home when you were there during Ramadan? In Morocco restaurants are closed during the day and open at night. Tourists or non-Muslims have to adapt big time. I'm not saying they have to fast, but only few places will be open for them.

Ramadan is the holy month and it brings people together.

chrissiej
05-09-2005, 07:07 PM
It's a special month and like you said, life changes completely for everyone. It's like that in all Muslim countries. I assume you ate at home when you were there during Ramadan? In Morocco restaurants are closed during the day and open at night. Tourists or non-Muslims have to adapt big time. I'm not saying they have to fast, but only few places will be open for them.

We didn't always eat at home, but fairly often because many restuarants didn't open til 10 or 11pm, and the shops too. I have to dress more modestly, especially in daylight hours, can't eat/drink whatever in the street etc etc. Which wasn't a problem, I adapt easily. ;) Except in October I made the mistake of going out at night to walk the dog wearing a long sleeved t-shirt, bucket hat, and a short skirt :o no one seemed to mind to much (Khalidyah is a mainly European neighbourhood and I stayed away from the mosques, but the guys in the Ferrari were happy. :o Oh the memories...


Ramadan is the holy month and it brings people together.

Even for a non - Muslim like me it was great fun, the atmosphere in AD at nights during Ramadan is really great, fireworks almost every night, big parties, and of course the Arab Shopping Festival :rocker2:. If I'm honest, my best trips to AD have been during Ramadan. :)

maratski
05-09-2005, 08:42 PM
Your skirt must have been the highlight of the day for those guys :o

I'm never in Morocco during Ramadan. My sis spent the first week of Ramadan in Morocco last year and she loved it. Your entire rythm changes, but in a good way. Stores are open till late, resaurants too, there's always some sort of fair, there's parties in Morocco too. The greatest thing of all is that men behave almost the entire month, thus women can enjoy themselves too when going out ;)

chrissiej
05-09-2005, 09:41 PM
Your skirt must have been the highlight of the day for those guys :o

i think it was :o they certainly wasted enough time following me round in their ferrari as i walked my dog :rolleyes: :rolleyes: too bad the car doesn't impress me guys, my bro's best mates a millionaire, i see flash cars all the time :o
never quite understood why they just happened to have an ice cream with them tho :o but it tasted nice ;)


I'm never in Morocco during Ramadan. My sis spent the first week of Ramadan in Morocco last year and she loved it. Your entire rythm changes, but in a good way. Stores are open till late, resaurants too, there's always some sort of fair, there's parties in Morocco too. The greatest thing of all is that men behave almost the entire month, thus women can enjoy themselves too when going out ;)

you should go some time ;) :lol: silly men ;) (sorry vass :o ;) )

maratski
05-09-2005, 10:00 PM
:lol: @ the ice cream.

In a few years time Ramadan will be during the summer and I'll be in Morocco then ;)

chrissiej
05-09-2005, 10:05 PM
:lol: @ the ice cream.

In a few years time Ramadan will be during the summer and I'll be in Morocco then ;)

:yeah:

Puschkin
05-10-2005, 06:47 AM
In the most recent French edition of Tennis Magazine is a long
interview with Marat. I translate two of the last questions which I
think are very revealing and apolgize for any clumsy wording, both languages are not my mother tongues ;)

Q: Marat, did tennis make you a happy man?
A: yes. The life of a tennis professional requires a number of sacrifices.
But they are worth the effort. Tennis gives you a ticket for a good life.

Q: Which impression would you want to leave when you quit tennis?
A: I don't care. I don't even think that children take up tennis "thanks to
Marat Safin". Other Safins with other names will arrive. One is not there to
last, this is normal. I simply hope that I will still get a table in a
restaurant without having made a reservation....

PennyThePenguin
05-10-2005, 01:11 PM
hmm. well, over here, because we're a predominantly chinese population, we dont' see the same situation as over in Morocco or the UAE or the other Muslim countries basically. things come to a standstill here only during the chinese new year holidays :p

but of course, we're in a Muslim region and we have a large proportion of Muslims in our population as well and during Ramadan and Hari Raya Puasa (erm...Aidilfitri?) it's a great atmosphere...plus..the FOOD... (ok..me = fat blob of lard...greedy penguin)

sounds like I should visit Morocco etc during Ramadan eh? ;)


btw..Ilhame... 5 pillars of Islam..one's fasting, one's the zakat right? (donating money to the needy?), one's erm....performing the Haj? what are the rest?

chrissiej
05-10-2005, 05:41 PM
hmm. well, over here, because we're a predominantly chinese population, we dont' see the same situation as over in Morocco or the UAE or the other Muslim countries basically. things come to a standstill here only during the chinese new year holidays :p

but of course, we're in a Muslim region and we have a large proportion of Muslims in our population as well and during Ramadan and Hari Raya Puasa (erm...Aidilfitri?) it's a great atmosphere...plus..the FOOD... (ok..me = fat blob of lard...greedy penguin)



Eid Al Fitr Jiat?;) actually i'm not sure how you spell it really, i know the Eid bit....Ilhame - help us out here;)

Bibir
05-10-2005, 06:18 PM
In the most recent French edition of Tennis Magazine is a long
interview with Marat. I translate two of the last questions which I
think are very revealing and apolgize for any clumsy wording, both languages are not my mother tongues ;)

Q: Marat, did tennis make you a happy man?
A: yes. The life of a tennis professional requires a number of sacrifices.
But they are worth the effort. Tennis gives you a ticket for a good life.

Q: Which impression would you want to leave when you quit tennis?
A: I don't care. I don't even think that children take up tennis "thanks to
Marat Safin". Other Safins with other names will arrive. One is not there to
last, this is normal. I simply hope that I will still get a table in a
restaurant without having made a reservation....
Thanks Pushkin, we already have the long version here...But thanks.

Your english is definitively better than mine (Sorry Nicki :o )

BelgianWaffle
05-10-2005, 06:29 PM
Phew, he still likes tennis! ;)

maratski
05-10-2005, 06:57 PM
Penny should come to Morocco in July or August. It's cooler then during Ramadan, especially in a certain city named Meknes ;)

prayer and belief in one God ;)

-SaFiinsBabY-
05-10-2005, 09:44 PM
Did you see the interview on the official site?

I don't know why but wasn't feeling good while I was watching this interview.
No jokes - nothing - I always waited for the parts ... but they didn't appear.

Maybe he was only tired ... I hope so ... :/

tall_one
05-10-2005, 10:00 PM
Your english is definitively better than mine (Sorry Nicki :o )
http://smileys.******************/cat/14/14_6_8.gif

Bibir
05-10-2005, 10:44 PM
http://smileys.******************/cat/14/14_6_8.gif
:lol:

I don't care...I'm like cats...I have nine lives. :angel:

chrissiej
05-10-2005, 11:13 PM
as far as i can see, nicki's blasted you more than nine times there tonight bea;):p

safinaferrero
05-10-2005, 11:30 PM
i agree with you Ilhame for the first time he talked about religion but he was wrong as u already say it ramadan is one of the most important thing in Islam so when marat is saying that of course he never do ramadan and that there are other important things in Islam he's wrong. I agree with you Morrocco is the best place ever to spend the ramadan i m waiting the summer holidays when i will be in Casablanca with my family in this spiritual moment ...i love the atmosphere during this month brotherhood the rich help the poor, no fight etc.... great spirit

safinaferrero
05-10-2005, 11:56 PM
btw someone read the post math interview of marat after his victory vs martin? he's the link to read it
http://maratsafin.com/forums/read.php?f=5&i=33774&t=33774

safinaferrero
05-10-2005, 11:56 PM
if it doesn't work

Safin vs. Martin 6:1, 6:0

Q: Congratulations. It’s helpful to get a job done as quick.

A: Yes. Thanks. It’s pretty good to finish the evening so fast. I wasn’t playing so good lately and wasn’t really in good shape in the past few weeks. It’s a good start for me. I see whether I can continue this way tomorrow. It was pretty good and pretty fast.

Q: Did you expect such a win?

A: I knew it was going to be a difficult match, because I wasn’t playing well. I wasn’t coming here with a lot of confidence. So, I knew I would have to fight a lot. Because it will not come easy. I felt comfortable on the court. I played my best tennis probably. I hope I can hold the level. Then I’ll be on the right track.

Q: Are you in better shape now?

A: Yes, I’ve been working hard. The week after Barcelona, I had 1 ½ weeks. I was working a lot for my fitness, but then my knee started to hurt a little bit. In Rome, I had to withdraw from the doubles. So, I was coming here without any expectations. But I’m in pretty good shape. I’m moving pretty well which is very important. I felt comfortable on this court which his strange because it’s slow and a lot of bad bounces.

Q: But you’ve done well in the past here. That might help.

A: In a way yes. I made two finals here, although I should have won one of them. I played pretty good tennis here, so it might give me a feeling of being comfortable on the court. That’s very important before coming to the French Open.

Q. Is this your best tennis since Australia?

A: Yes, probably.

Q: When I watch a match like this, I ask myself why you don’t use your talent much more? Is it just a mental thing?

A: I think everything together. Sometimes you’re a bit out of shape because you’re feeling a bit tired or because you’re putting too much pressure on yourself. After Australia I was a bit under pressure because I wanted to do well and make a lot of points coming to the US. Then, I didn’t play well. I lost my confidence, then I was struggling. Then I wasn’t moving well on the court. Especially for me, I’m a big guy, I have to work continuously on my fitness. Now, I’m doing everything in stages. You have to be careful not too work too much. The year is very long. You have to be smart.

Q: Do you think you are a contender for the French Open.

A: That’s my goal to go there with confidence.

Q: Did you no Alberto from your earlier stages?

A: Yes, he is three years older than me, but I saw him in Orange Bowl in junior tournaments. I was playing under 16. I know him for a long time.

Q: Did that contribute to tonight’s match?

A: We’ve played a lot of times. I always felt comfortable against him.

Damita
05-11-2005, 12:29 AM
Did you see the interview on the official site?

I don't know why but wasn't feeling good while I was watching this interview.
No jokes - nothing - I always waited for the parts ... but they didn't appear.

Maybe he was only tired ... I hope so ... :/
well he's not always joking you know... but it's true that he looks sad/tired/bored (?)... bored probably

PennyThePenguin
05-11-2005, 02:14 AM
Penny should come to Morocco in July or August. It's cooler then during Ramadan, especially in a certain city named Meknes ;)

prayer and belief in one God ;)

but would certain people be in certain cities names Meknes then? need to find ppl to go with me..and the money...me no rich jet setter like certain other ppl ;)

PennyThePenguin
05-11-2005, 02:19 AM
so i should go read that interview in german..and brush up on my german eh...good practice :p

Curls
05-11-2005, 02:38 AM
just saw the itw on the hamburg site ... Marat STOP SCRATCHING YOURSELF!! left ankle, cheeks, chin, right ankle ... for god sake, get some stopitch cream!! :lol: ...

he looks as if he's about to fall asleep ... he was half out of his seat when they ask anymore questions ... then one silly sod asks another ... but when it was all finished, he was outta that seat damned fast ...

... "I'm a big guy" ... hey, there's no need to brag, Marat! :o

but anyway, I'm sooooo glad he had an 'easy' win :bigclap: ... if he says he's lost his confidence again I'm going to :smash:

PennyThePenguin
05-11-2005, 02:43 AM
ah yes...off to watch the itw now..and read the german itw translation :p need to do sth about my pathetic language skills

Curls
05-11-2005, 02:48 AM
in the company of you multi-lingual chikees, I feel like a complete dork ... I only speak English ... end eye du that kwyt baddlee :)

PennyThePenguin
05-11-2005, 02:52 AM
he was certainly out of his seat fast..like :bolt:

maybe he was hungry?

maratski
05-11-2005, 08:50 AM
but would certain people be in certain cities names Meknes then? need to find ppl to go with me..and the money...me no rich jet setter like certain other ppl ;)

The pics of this wonderful place are somewhere in non-tennis :angel:

Money ain't an issue, I have it :p Although I'm no jet set girl. I might be able to pass for one, but no...

I don't have real player btw :sad:

mer
05-11-2005, 09:00 AM
he was certainly out of his seat fast..like :bolt:

maybe he was hungry?

could it also be the reason for such a fast match ? :)

AnnieNik
05-11-2005, 09:43 AM
could it also be the reason for such a fast match ? :)

Ira :haha: :haha:

Damita
05-11-2005, 10:35 AM
just saw the itw on the hamburg site ... Marat STOP SCRATCHING YOURSELF!! left ankle, cheeks, chin, right ankle ... for god sake, get some stopitch cream!! :lol: ...
lol, very true. And when he's not scratching himself he's touching his hair, putting it behind his ears, etc... (another evidence that he needs a haircut! :p :devil: )

PennyThePenguin
05-11-2005, 10:35 AM
The pics of this wonderful place are somewhere in non-tennis :angel:

Money ain't an issue, I have it :p Although I'm no jet set girl. I might be able to pass for one, but no...

I don't have real player btw :sad:


psst... download real player ;)

and hmm i'd need the money to get an air ticket there...air tickets are exorbitant pfffffffftttt...i'll figure something out...in a few years :p

Damita
05-11-2005, 10:36 AM
could it also be the reason for such a fast match ? :)could be :lol:

PennyThePenguin
05-11-2005, 10:37 AM
lol, very true. And when he's not scratching himself he's touching his hair, putting it behind his ears, etc... (another evidence that he needs a haircut! :p :devil: )


soon he'll be twirling his hair :bolt:

mer
05-11-2005, 10:45 AM
soon he'll be twirling his hair :bolt:

so sweet :devil:

Liberty
05-11-2005, 10:51 AM
Uhm.....can I have the link to the interview video again, please? I dumbly can't find it. And btw, what does it require to play the video?

PennyThePenguin
05-11-2005, 11:30 AM
http://62.201.170.1/livescoring/pc/press-conferences.html

that's the link...and you will need real player!

Curls
05-11-2005, 11:35 AM
soon he'll be twirling his hair :bolt:
if you look closely he already has ringlets :angel: ... awwww ... but seriously Marat, you'll never attract the ladies with ringlets!!

Wednesday Addams
05-11-2005, 12:36 PM
I'm loving your avvy, Pam! :hearts:

mer
05-11-2005, 12:41 PM
I'm loving your avvy, Pam! :hearts:

yes, great avvy, Pam :)

May be we should send this pic to Marat to remind him how nice haircut can look?

Curls
05-11-2005, 12:52 PM
I just love the facial hair thing :hearts: ... the little goatee beard :drool: (it's not even that, it's an almost goatee beard but not quite) .. and the upper lip hair moustache- wanna-be :kiss: ... he can have any haircut (aside from shaved) ... as long as there's some facial hair I'm a happy woman :devil: :D

maratski
05-11-2005, 01:29 PM
I just love the facial hair thing :hearts: ... the little goatee beard :drool: (it's not even that, it's an almost goatee beard but not quite) .. and the upper lip hair moustache- wanna-be :kiss: ... he can have any haircut (aside from shaved) ... as long as there's some facial hair I'm a happy woman :devil: :D

I'm not the only one to like the three hairs on his face! :woohoo:

Curls
05-11-2005, 01:58 PM
I'm not the only one to like the three hairs on his face! :woohoo:
:haha:

chrissiej
05-11-2005, 10:14 PM
soon he'll be twirling his hair :bolt:

if a girl fiddles with her hair it means she's attracted to the person she's looking at....does this apply to guys as well? :scratch: ;)



if you look closely he already has ringlets ... awwww ... but seriously Marat, you'll never attract the ladies with ringlets!!

maybe he thinks he's in the 17th century? :scratch: :p

chrissiej
05-11-2005, 10:17 PM
but would certain people be in certain cities names Meknes then? need to find ppl to go with me..and the money...me no rich jet setter like certain other ppl ;)

why is there no flipping the middle finger smiley? ;) ;) ;) :p

PennyThePenguin
05-13-2005, 01:48 AM
why is there no flipping the middle finger smiley? ;) ;) ;) :p

and why would you need it? :angel:

chrissiej
05-13-2005, 06:30 PM
and why would you need it? :angel:

i wonder? ;) :angel: *cough*abu dhabi*cough*st anton*cough*france*cough*dubai*cough ;) :angel:

tall_one
05-13-2005, 09:23 PM
why is there no flipping the middle finger smiley? ;) ;) ;) :p
because the :banana: stole it for his own personal uses http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v345/fuzwadd/smileys/b_red_angry.gif

Damita
05-13-2005, 09:31 PM
Nicki :lol:

chrissiej
05-13-2005, 09:57 PM
:lol: cheers nicki;)

ladybird
05-14-2005, 10:01 PM
There is an article about Marat in the french weekly magazine " L'équipe" (today's issue) entitled "Marat Safin facing his intimate devils".
(a long article .... Damita...where are you :scared: ?)

Damita
05-14-2005, 10:30 PM
There is an article about Marat in the french weekly magazine " L'équipe" (today's issue) entitled "Marat Safin facing his intimate devils".
(a long article .... Damita...where are you :scared: ?)
i'm here i'm here! :bounce:
haven't bought L'Equipe today, damn. i did it on thursday (after the incident) and there was nothing, grrrrr

ladybird
05-15-2005, 12:13 AM
Damita, I think you can get it if you go early to the bookstall (tomorrow it's sunday, so they send the unsold journals § co on monday )

Damita
05-15-2005, 12:33 AM
Damita, I think you can get it if you go early to the bookstall (tomorrow it's sunday, so they send the unsold journals § co on monday )
dunno, never tried.
early? wow, it's 1:30am and i'm still not asleep, not sure if i can wake up early, you don't know me! :lol: but i'll try. And i'll sms my best friend, i know sometimes her father buys it too...
ok i should go to bed then! ;) goodnight everyone :zzz:

PennyThePenguin
05-15-2005, 08:30 AM
i wonder? ;) :angel: *cough*abu dhabi*cough*st anton*cough*france*cough*dubai*cough ;) :angel:

you forgot poland...though that's later of course...and i think i'll most probably be going to japan :D gotta pay for half of it though :sad:

LilyRoseAva
05-15-2005, 11:24 AM
Article Lequipe Magazine on the website http://maratletsar.fr.tc

enjoy :)

mer
05-15-2005, 11:45 AM
Article Lequipe Magazine on the website http://maratletsar.fr.tc

enjoy :)

Thank you, estheroff!

I have a notion now about what non-russian Marat's fans might feel when they see article about him in russian :)

lau
05-15-2005, 12:11 PM
Thank you, estheroff!

I have a notion now about what non-russian Marat's fans might feel when they see article about him in russian :)
:haha: :haha: Yeah, it`s not very nice, hahahaha. And it`s even worst with the cyrillic alphabet :awww: :scratch:
But you can allways find some kind russian fans to help you ;) :)

Shadow
05-15-2005, 12:33 PM
hope someone of the french will translate it :D

PennyThePenguin
05-15-2005, 02:03 PM
hmm......*tries psychic power*


*calling steph....calling steph....calling steppy doo....calling steppy doo* :angel:

Damita
05-15-2005, 02:21 PM
hmm......*tries psychic power*


*calling steph....calling steph....calling steppy doo....calling steppy doo* :angel:
Ta-Daaaaaaaaa! :banana:

I didn't go to the paperstore this morning cuz my friend sms me they have the magazine @ her work (library) and that she'll copy it for me. But she doesn't work until tuesday which meant you would have to wait til at least wednesday for the translation.
But since the article is now online! :bounce: i'll translate it (unless someone else already started... please PM then, so that i don't spend my time on it for nothing :p)). But not now cuz i have to go... be patient dear Safinholics, be patient :crazy:

PennyThePenguin
05-15-2005, 02:25 PM
*being patient*

merci steppy doo! :hug: see you soon! going shopping again?

LilyRoseAva
05-15-2005, 02:33 PM
my scans of the article on maratletsar.fr.tc
please don't use this article for your websites, it's my scans !!!! thanks

LilyRoseAva
05-15-2005, 02:35 PM
link : http://maratletsar.xooit.com/viewtopic.php?t=15&start=310

PennyThePenguin
05-15-2005, 02:41 PM
thanks esteroff!

NINA_BCN
05-15-2005, 02:42 PM
Can anybody translate it??? ;)

chrissiej
05-15-2005, 06:53 PM
you forgot poland...though that's later of course...and i think i'll most probably be going to japan :D gotta pay for half of it though :sad:

yeah i was only saying the places I've already been this year ;) :o and I missed IOS off that list. Poland's gonna be awesomeness though! :cool:

chrissiej
05-15-2005, 06:55 PM
Can anybody translate it??? ;)

steph said she'd translate it :)

NINA_BCN
05-15-2005, 08:51 PM
steph said she'd translate it :)

Ops, thanx!!! ;) I don't speak a french word. If the article was written in italian... :lol:

Damita
05-15-2005, 09:51 PM
phew! finally! French journalists like to make long descriptive sentences with no verbs. Very poetic, but a nightmare when you have to translate them, i hate that! oh, and it's amazing how they have to use all the medical/psychological words they know when they talk about Marat ;) :devil:

Anyway, here it is:

Marat Safin facing his demons.

At the age of 25, we thought he had calmed down. But since his victory at the Australian Open, in January, the Russian went through a lot of defeats without glory. Being prey to doubts again, will he find the key to his internal torments before Roland Garros?

There he goes again! Gloomy thoughts which appears and are eating into him. Dejection crises which make his craving shut up. Doubts which eat into his tennis. All those weird moods he has been going through since we know him and which start to sound like a cliché, in spite of himself, in spite of us. Wonderful champion at the Australian Open 3 months ago, in January, he has fallen to the bottom of water since then. He didn’t win any tournament due to matches beneath his talent. And now Roland Garros which is coming with this question: which Marat Safin will show? The one from Melbourne, calmed down (a little bit), with his high level of confidence and his brilliant game? Or the one from Monaco, Barcelona and Rome, whose mind is assailed with questions and whose racket is at half-mast?

And we thought he had changed since his Australian victory. He was in control, he seemed to have mastered his frustrations. A godsend for the tennis world: a new Safin was born, soon to be the regular challenger of Roger Federer. His brand new coach, Peter Lundgren, the guy who had restrained Marcelo Rios’ aggressive ardour, the guy who had then restrained Roger Federer’s fiery impatience, had once again done some great work. Armed with his Nordic coolness and his well-rounded stature, Lundgren had not let Safin’s uncertainties get the better of him. He has succeeded where his predecessors – 8 coaches since the beginning of Safin’s career – had failed. Marat’s work. Lundgren’s share. That was a gross mistake.

Because will Marat ever change? Gerard Tsobanian, the Russian’s French manager, disappointed, almost angry after his favourite’s failures, says: “Why is it not working for Marat? But because he has fallen back into the twists and turns oh his complicated psyche!”. And then he admits, puzzled: “The fact Marat might have lost his tennis in the Melbourne-Moscow flight is a mystery to me…”

But it seemed not to be a mystery for Russian player Nikolay Davydenko who says: “Marat took a long break after Melbourne. He preferred to go fishing near Moscow”. Lundgren, who in private is as surprised as Tsobanian, categorically denies: "In Moscow Marat trained very well. But after the Australia he was probably mentally tired. Since we are together he has worked a lot. He’s also given a lot during autumn. He won the tournaments of Beijing, Madrid and Bercy, he played the semi-final in Houston’s Masters. Marat was the man to beat during the last winter, and he is burnt now”. Then he adds: “At the beginning of the year, Marat was focussed. He didn’t show his emotions. He was in control. He was playing well. We need to have that state of mind back. But it’s difficult, he’s not someone who has a huge confidence…”

We would like to avoid the overused image. But with Marat you always go back to the same point, deep into the character who lives in his mind, back to his mental manipulations, his mental masochism. His mother, Rauza, doesn’t worry much about it and quietly explains: “Marat trains seriously, but he doesn’t know how to play his tennis anymore. He’s lost his concentration. Perhaps after Melbourne he wanted to succeed too much…”. Swiss Marc Rosset, a friend of the Russian – maybe because he acts like him, and like their 3rd buddy, the enigmatic Goran Ivanisevic – says: “What do you want, it’s Marat. Someone whose results depend on his craving, on his feeling, whereas some others can ignore their emotions. If something goes wrong in his mind, everything goes wrong. And he questions himself a lot, he sets very high standards for himself. Therefore, he may have won in Melbourne, it won’t change a lot: he may play 20 perfect forehands, if the 21st is bad, he’ll hate himself for it and it’s going to be a catastrophe”. Rosset talked to safin on the phone just after the Russian lost to Argentine Acasuso in the second round of Barcelona: ”Marat told me: “there will be better days”. He’s also quite fatalist for that matter”.

Here are some examples of this resignation that he expressed in a disconcerting month of April:

“Marat you went through tough times after Melbourne, is there an explanation for it?
- I just lost confidence. Anyway, over the past three years, I didn’t have any good results in these tournaments I played after Melbourne… It’s the kind of months I can’t play.
Why?
- I don’t know why. No matter how hard you train, how much you give of yourself, no matter if you try not to think about it or if you think about it a lot, no matter if you train a lot or not at all. At the end it doesn’t work anyway.
When you lost confidence, you just had won the Australian Open, you were feeling good…
- I took a break before Dubaï. I took 3 weeks off. Then I needed time to get used to the courts and I lost the confidence.
While you were on a break?
- Yes. During the break. It happens sometimes”.

Then he is asked if he has ever thought of working with a mental trainer. He prefers to avoid the question: “You have to be satisfied with what you are. You can’t change. You can’t pretend you can change because it’s not possible. No one changes, and no one can change you, no matter what they do, or how many time they spend trying. You must accept it. And I managed to finish in the top 10 for 4 or 5 years so… and I’ve been #1, so it’s not that bad”. Actually, Marat Safin worked last year with an Israeli psychologist found by Amit Naor, a former player who is now one of his managers, and whose name hasn’t been revealed to us by Marat’s staff as the Russian doesn’t like the idea anyway.

On another side, since Dubaï he’s been working with a new physiologist. He has fired the old talkative man Walt Landers, and he’s now working with Donald Nielsen, a former Thai boxing champion, who is also a chiropractor and an adept of mental coaching. Will Safin be able to peacefully associate physical and mental training at his contact?

“We must do everything to put him back on the right way” says Lundgren. Everything to get him out of this spiral, because they don’t want Melbourne to make him sink like his first GS title (the US Open, in 2000) did. More than 4 years have passes during his mythical victory over Pete Sampras in New York and his second GS title won in the last winter. Four years – the longest moment spent in wilderness by any player in the whole tennis history – to get rid of the image of a 20 year old exceptional kid whom his American victory had then crushed him more than it had transcended him.

“The situation is completely different this time” refutes Gerard Tsobanian. "At the US Open, Marat suddenly had to learn what it was to be famous. Now he is a more mature man, who has experienced plenty of good things in-between”. “And Marat knows today how to get out of this issue, whereas there are some who never find the solution to the problem” says Alexander Voltkov, a former player who has been Marat’s coach in the past and now works with the Russian Davis Cup and Fed cup teams. And he adds, laughing: “Tomorrow everything will be better with Marat, you’ll see. He’ll suddenly wake up in a better mood, he’ll decide to play better, and he’ll be there again”.

Safin will have the desire again. And everything will be solved. Peter Lundgren agrees: “I think Marat will be ready for Roland Garros. It’s a tournament he really likes”. And Marc Rosset: “You should never put Marat under pressure. And that’s why Peter is perfect for him. He is very quiet, he can be very severe when he has to be, but also very cool at times. And also yeah, what Marat is perhaps really looking for nowadays is the Grand Slams”.

Asked if he can compare Safin and Federer, Lundgren prefers to highlight their difference: “When I worked with Federer, he was an impulsive young man of 19-20 years, who has know found his maturity. Marat is a man of 25 years, he knows what he is doing”. Does the Swedish coach mean Safin isn’t a kid anymore, that he has found the way he wanted he to “live” his tennis and must accept the consequences? But does Safin even know what he wants in his life? His interviews don’t explain much. Of course he talks a lot. He bows his head down, takes a monotonous voice, and makes long, endless sentences which he suddenly ends in a disarming, charming smile. But what does he say about him really?

After a victory or a loss he stays calm, true to himself, which is a strange behaviour compared with his extreme reactions on court. In the past, he couldn’t stand it when his father was getting nervous and started screaming from the courtside. He asked him not to come to any tournaments anymore. But still… he’s always hiding behind this weird indifference, always saying he is happy the way it is. When somebody asked him, in Monaco, if he wasn’t frustrated of not being able to compete with Roger Federer since Melbourne, as everyone had been expecting it, he answered, impassive: "No, not at all. I try to play at my best, I try to be the most consistent I can. If something can help and I’m able to compete with Roger for the #1 ranking, good. But if I can’t do it, I’m still happy”.

Thus he pretends he is satisfied with him, with the way of life of the multimillionaire he is, dividing his time between his 3 apartments (in Moscow – on the Kalininski Prospekt where the communist dignitaries had their residence, in Valencia and in Monaco), with the lifestyle he has as a playboy, a reveller. Again, it’s hard to avoid the clichés. Marc Rosset: "It is a completely false image people have of him. Marat doesn’t like alcohol, and likes nightclubs even less. He’ll prefer staying at home with friends if he can. But if someone sees him out late a night, then everyone start fantasize”. But what about the beautiful girls around him? “OK, girls are there. But he’s handsome, he is attractive”. So there would be another Safin, more ambitious, with a superior emergency? Rosset again: “Maybe you shouldn’t try to understand Marat. Take him as he is. It took me a long time to understand him. Russians… you see them arguing, but at the end they fall into each others’ arms. Kafelnikov was the same. They are expressive, they cry, they laugh”.

That must be the famous Slavic spirit, which leads you to euphoria before it leads you into depression. It’s again an image which sticks to the character, but Safin himself uses it, probably to avoid the questions from journalists easier. Because it can’t be that simple. Somebody told him about Labadze’s theory: if the Russians don’t really want to play before they start a match, then they don’t really play. And Safin answered, mocking: “It’s Labadze. He is Georgian”. In brief, what does he know about Russians? Then it continues with the ups and downs of Davydenko, who disagrees: “Careful! Marat isn’t Russian. He’s a Tatar”. So what? What does it change? “Well, he’s a bit weird. Me for instance, I prefer to play doubles with Russians. I play with Andreev”. So Safin is a weird Tatar, born in Moscow in a family from Kazan, the capital city of the former autonomous Soviet Republic based on the middle regions of the Volga. He is a Muslim, like the 7 millions descendants of these Turkish- Mongolian nomads, even though he is not a practising Muslim. Dancer Rudolph Noureïev was another famous Tatar. And nobody ever understood his enigmatic genius either.

Françoise INIZAN. L'Equipe Magazine

NINA_BCN
05-15-2005, 10:26 PM
Thanks for the translation!!!!!!!!!!!:hug:

-SaFiinsBabY-
05-15-2005, 10:33 PM
Thank you, Damita ... :) :worship:

btw ... @ your rep ... My name's Stephanie too :) :wavey:

Hoostie
05-15-2005, 11:23 PM
Thanks Damita :wavey:

I am always fascinated by arcticles about Marat. He is such a mystery........

Damita
05-15-2005, 11:54 PM
Thank you, Damita ... :) :worship:

btw ... @ your rep ... My name's Stephanie too :) :wavey:really? :wavey: :hug:

Hoostie>>lol yeah, but a niiiiiiiiiiice mystery ;)

lau
05-16-2005, 12:34 AM
Thanks, Steph!!
I love how the article finishes :lol: :lol:

Curls
05-16-2005, 01:38 AM
Thanks Steph ... you're a gem :yeah:

Great article ... once again trying to answer the eternal question ... "Exactly what makes Marat tick?" ... that's in the same basket as "What's the meaning of life?":scratch:

I was laughing at how many different people they've quoted ... I mean did they ask Marat's white bunny for a comment, or pop down the local zoo for the Hippo's perspective on Marat ... gosh, I'd have even given them a comment or two if they'd asked :lol:

mer
05-16-2005, 06:47 AM
Thank you Steph! :worship:

Carolinita
05-16-2005, 06:51 AM
Thanks Steph ... you're a gem :yeah:

Great article ... once again trying to answer the eternal question ... "Exactly what makes Marat tick?" ... that's in the same basket as "What's the meaning of life?":scratch:

I was laughing at how many different people they've quoted ... I mean did they ask Marat's white bunny for a comment, or pop down the local zoo for the Hippo's perspective on Marat ... gosh, I'd have even given them a comment or two if they'd asked :lol:
:lol: Curls!

Thanks Damita :hug:

mer
05-16-2005, 06:53 AM
They almost gave away his Moscow address...Scissors-party could make an ambush on Kalininski prospekt :p

Curls
05-16-2005, 07:12 AM
:lol: I have visions of Ira scouring the Kalininski prospekt area with scissors in hand, waiting to spot the hippy prince in baggy jeans ...

BelgianWaffle
05-16-2005, 08:00 AM
What a great article :kiss:

mer
05-16-2005, 08:08 AM
:lol: I have visions of Ira scouring the Kalininski prospekt area with scissors in hand, waiting to spot the hippy prince in baggy jeans ...

It would be a tough job :D
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y145/JSB001/NA.jpg

-SaFiinsBabY-
05-16-2005, 08:57 AM
really? :wavey: :hug:

yeap ... :) :hug:

mer
05-16-2005, 08:59 AM
What a great article :kiss:

I think it's the best article I've read about Marat. Very kind (may be too kind) and insightful. Not very encouraging though...

btw it seems to me for some reason that such an article could have appeared only in French press, not even in Russian.

AnnieNik
05-16-2005, 09:10 AM
It would be a tough job :D
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y145/JSB001/NA.jpg

Come on, Irka, you can do it! ;) Marat needs you :angel:

mer
05-16-2005, 09:12 AM
Come on, Irka, you can do it! ;) Marat needs you :angel:

Too late, he must has gone to Paris already. :)

Shadow
05-16-2005, 09:32 AM
thanks steph!

very great article. its funny, even Marats closest people don`t know whats REALLY going on with him, he is a mystery for everyone.

Wednesday Addams
05-16-2005, 09:34 AM
Great job with the article Steppy! :yeah: Thank you. :hug:

Damita
05-16-2005, 10:00 AM
Great article ... once again trying to answer the eternal question ... "Exactly what makes Marat tick?" ... that's in the same basket as "What's the meaning of life?":scratch:
totally! :p

I think it's the best article I've read about Marat. Very kind (may be too kind) and insightful. Not very encouraging though...
the beginning is not encouraging at all. But what Peter and Marc Rosset said about RG cheered me up... *fingers crossed*

MariaV
05-16-2005, 10:01 AM
Thanks a lot Steph dear!!!!!!! :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

MariaV
05-16-2005, 12:02 PM
oh, and it's amazing how they have to use all the medical/psychological words they know when they talk about Marat

LOL, I wonder why's that! ;) :devil:

Damita
05-16-2005, 12:18 PM
LOL, I wonder why's that! ;) :devil:
yeah, very strange isn't it? ;)
sometimes i wonder if i'm reading a tennis magazine or the ecyclopedia of psychology and mental pathologies :devil:

AnnieNik
05-16-2005, 12:36 PM
yeah, very strange isn't it? ;)
sometimes i wonder if i'm reading a tennis magazine or the ecyclopedia of psychology and mental pathologies :devil:

Thanks for the great article, Steph! :worship:

"Mental masochism" made me burst out laughing :) I shouldn't laugh, since it is actually true about Marat, but the term is ridiculous. :devil:

MariaV
05-16-2005, 12:39 PM
yeah, very strange isn't it? ;)
sometimes i wonder if i'm reading a tennis magazine or the ecyclopedia of psychology and mental pathologies :devil:

He'd be an excellent subject for both of them. :devil:
And I still love him dearly.

NINA_BCN
05-16-2005, 12:46 PM
Thanks for the great article, Steph! :worship:

"Mental masochism" made me burst out laughing :) I shouldn't laugh, since it is actually true about Marat, but the term is ridiculous. :devil:


"Mental Masochism" :rolleyes: :haha:

.....JUST Marat. :lol:

Shadow
05-16-2005, 12:49 PM
And I still love him dearly.

good to hear ;)

Shadow
05-16-2005, 01:14 PM
Actually, Marat Safin worked last year with an Israeli psychologist found by Amit Naor, a former player who is now one of his managers, and whose name hasn’t been revealed to us by Marat’s staff as the Russian doesn’t like the idea anyway.

:eek: he actually did work with him.

Bibir
05-16-2005, 01:25 PM
Too late, he must has gone to Paris already. :)
That means I can do it. :)

mer
05-16-2005, 02:03 PM
That means I can do it. :)

Not too short! Please! :)

PennyThePenguin
05-16-2005, 02:29 PM
steppy....:hug: :hug: :hug:

BelgianWaffle
05-16-2005, 04:07 PM
I think it's the best article I've read about Marat. Very kind (may be too kind) and insightful. Not very encouraging though...

btw it seems to me for some reason that such an article could have appeared only in French press, not even in Russian.

the french have always appreciated a bit of drama, some emotion, a little madness.. ;) Plus they just really like marat.

For some reason I always enjoy watching tennis on french tv.. especially davis cup.. the commentators are too funny.. and they're so enthousiastic, always 'ooh-ing' and 'aah-ing' and 'oh là là -ing' :lol:

Wednesday Addams
05-16-2005, 04:15 PM
Yeah, what Ulrike said...... :p

casillas_girl
05-16-2005, 05:51 PM
Hey guys,

I found a website where you can do lots of quizzes about everything!!
And of course there's also a quiz about Marat! ;)
You really should do the quiz, its really fun! :) :) :)

casillas_girl
05-16-2005, 05:57 PM
Oops, I forgot to put the adress, dumb as I am! :o :rolleyes:
So, this is the adress then:
http://www.funtrivia.com/playquiz/quiz685907dcc98.html

HAVE FUN!!!

mer
05-16-2005, 05:59 PM
This article actually reminded me essays we wrote at school about some characters of russian classic literature. I bet the author likes Dostoevsky. :o :p

cosmicmonkey
05-16-2005, 06:06 PM
I love that you called Marat a hippie prince. It suits him--2 contradictory ideas.

AtPGiRL
05-16-2005, 06:25 PM
phew!
Françoise INIZAN. L'Equipe Magazine

thanks for your wonderful translation Damita! Would you mind if I put this on safinator.com? I'll give you full credit for the translation of course! :worship:

BelgianWaffle
05-16-2005, 06:37 PM
Oops, I forgot to put the adress, dumb as I am! :o :rolleyes:
So, this is the adress then:
http://www.funtrivia.com/playquiz/quiz685907dcc98.html

HAVE FUN!!!

thanks!
13/15.. not bad eh :angel:
I got the number of titles wrong, but I suspect that is because the site isn't up-to-date ;)

Shadow
05-16-2005, 06:39 PM
thanks!
13/15.. not bad eh :angel:
I got the number of titles wrong, but I suspect that is because the site isn't up-to-date ;)

i have 14/15, surprisingly i also got the number of titles wrong ;)

Damita
05-16-2005, 07:06 PM
"Mental masochism" made me burst out laughing :) I shouldn't laugh, since it is actually true about Marat, but the term is ridiculous. :devil:agreed! they seem to lack new "psychological" terms to talk about him... so now they create new, like this one, and they all sound very ridiculous :lol: but at least we can thus have a good laugh :angel:

Damita
05-16-2005, 07:09 PM
steppy....:hug: :hug: :hug:
:hug: Jiat, your new avy is so cute :)

thanks for your wonderful translation Damita! Would you mind if I put this on safinator.com? I'll give you full credit for the translation of course! :worship:of course not. no problem :)

maratski
05-16-2005, 10:08 PM
thanks!
13/15.. not bad eh :angel:
I got the number of titles wrong, but I suspect that is because the site isn't up-to-date ;)

I had that too :mad: ;)

Crystal702
05-17-2005, 02:10 AM
Thanks for the article translation.

It sounds like something you would read in a tabloid that tries not to be a tabloid, if you know what I mean.

AnnieNik
05-17-2005, 08:45 AM
This article actually reminded me essays we wrote at school about some characters of russian classic literature. I bet the author likes Dostoevsky. :o :p

That's exactly what I have thought ;) *cough* *cough* I hope you're not hinting on "Idiot" book :devil:

mer
05-17-2005, 08:51 AM
That's exactly what I have thought ;) *cough* *cough* I hope you're not hinting on "Idiot" book :devil:

:lol:
not exactly