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NINA_BCN
06-14-2005, 06:20 PM
"small cut or fracture in the ligament"


That's OK! But.....Which ligament? There's a half dozen of ligaments in a knee. :rolleyes:

chrissiej
06-14-2005, 06:38 PM
That's OK! But.....Which ligament? There's a half dozen of ligaments in a knee. :rolleyes:

Tell me about it...would be funny if he had to do the learning to walk exercises like I did lmao :lol: but i doubt it...;):p Ugh, you're a proffesionall sports person and they operate on you, yeah I guess he's paying;), you're a bog standard teenager and they let a small cut in the ligament fuck you up for years. :mad:

Hopefully this will solve his "knee issues" :o

tall_one
06-14-2005, 06:48 PM
Thanks for the news, Irochka!

"small cut or fracture in the ligament" - wasn't it the same thing that started 2003 misery? Or am I just being paranoid about injuries and surgeries?
yup same thing, but it could be that this tear is smaller then the one that was in his wrist. :shrug:
it is strange that he would never have surgery on his wrist but he will on his knee :confused:

NINA_BCN
06-14-2005, 07:14 PM
yup same thing, but it could be that this tear is smaller then the one that was in his wrist. :shrug:
it is strange that he would never have surgery on his wrist but he will on his knee :confused:

There's no comparision between wrist surgery and knee surgery. :o It's more, more, more complicated. :mad:

tall_one
06-14-2005, 07:51 PM
which is more complicated? And why should it being complicated make a difference?

chrissiej
06-14-2005, 07:57 PM
which is more complicated? And why should it being complicated make a difference?

longer to recover maybe :confused:

NINA_BCN
06-14-2005, 08:07 PM
longer to recover maybe :confused:

Yes! :mad: The anathomy of a wrist has nothing in common with a knee. If I find good pics or draws of them, I'll post them.

chrissiej
06-14-2005, 08:53 PM
Yes! :mad: The anathomy of a wrist has nothing in common with a knee. If I find good pics or draws of them, I'll post them.

I'd show you the MRI scans of my knee - they're pretty clear :lol: but the damn doctors won't let me have them:sad: i think they're keeping something from me, like I have a creature living in my knee and thats why its so fucked;):o

NINA_BCN
06-14-2005, 08:59 PM
I'd show you the MRI scans of my knee - they're pretty clear :lol: but the damn doctors won't let me have them:sad: i think they're keeping something from me, like I have a creature living in my knee and thats why its so fucked;):o

There's an alien in Chris Knee!!!! http://bestsmileys.com/aliens/8.gifRUNNNN!!!!!!!!!! http://bestsmileys.com/scared/8.gif

chrissiej
06-14-2005, 09:04 PM
:eek: if he (its gotta be a bloke right?;) they always cause the hassle :lol: ) looks anything like that its not surprising its so messed up :lol:

NINA_BCN
06-14-2005, 09:09 PM
Have they checked your knee in the last months??? :scratch:

chrissiej
06-14-2005, 09:24 PM
Have they checked your knee in the last months??? :scratch:

No. The last time I had anything done to it was the day Marat lost at Wimbledon last year; so 51 weeks ago today! :lol: I had to go to the orthotics department and they gave me special insoles to well so that I walk correctly. :rolleyes: They won't do anything until I hurt myself again. :rolleyes:

NINA_BCN
06-14-2005, 09:33 PM
They won't do anything until I hurt myself again. :rolleyes:

Good idea! :p.......................Hey no, don't do it!!! I'm jocking! :haha:

If your knee still gives you problems, don't think twice, you have to go to the doctor.

meena
06-15-2005, 04:45 AM
Could someone who speaks Russian please tranlsate this article on Marat. Thanks heaps

Марат Сафин променял Уимблдон на девочек?
- - "Комсомольская правда"
9 июня 2005 г.

Павел Буре пришел на тусовку с очередной очаровательной блондинкой


Своеобразно решил восстановиться после поражения в 1/4 финала «Ролан Гарроса» наш лучший теннисист Марат Сафин. Пока его испанский коллега Рафаэль Надаль бегал по парижскому корту в финальном матче, Сафин уже тусовался в первопрестольной.

Его заметили на вечеринке Муз ТВ. Кроме звезд шоу-бизнеса, почтили светский раут своим присутствием многие спортсмены. Хоккеисты Олег Твердовский и Илья Ковальчук веселились со своими вторыми половинами. Правда, красавчика Твердовского его супруга Наталья то и дело оттаскивала от эффектных солисток «ВИА Гры».

А Илья Ковальчук вел себя примерно - ни на шаг не отходил от беременной подруги Николь.

«Русскую ракету» Павла Буре, как всегда, сопровождали очередная длинноногая блондинка и аж четыре охранника. Буре выглядел неважно - заметно прихрамывал на левую ногу.

Заметно располневший теннисист Евгений Кафельников бродил за кулисами в одиночку. Оскандалился лишь его коллега Марат Сафин.

Нет-нет, теннисист был абсолютно трезв, но куролесил на полную катушку. На концерт Марат приехал с блондинкой Аленой из группы «Другие правила». Мы уже писали в одном из номеров «КП», что теннисист втайне от своей постоянной подруги Даши ухаживает за 19-летней Аленой. Но через полчаса, оставив несчастную девушку в баре, Сафин уже примерно заседал в VIP-ложе со своей невестой Дашей. А блондинке Алене ничего не оставалось, как печально побрести восвояси.

Потусовавшись в Москве, Сафин отправился в Германию, где принял участие в скромном турнире в городе Галле с призовым фондом всего 650 тысяч долларов. Успешно сыграв во втором круге, Марат огорошил журналистов заявлением, что может пропустить несколько месяцев из-за травмы.

- Я должен посоветоваться с врачами и принять решение, буду ли я играть или остановлюсь на пару месяцев, - сказал Сафин. - Принять правильное решение сложно. Всегда найдутся люди, которые скажут, что ты должен попытаться победить боль. Но это не моя игра, когда я мучаюсь на корте в течение трех часов. Теннисный сезон слишком длинный, нет времени на отдых, на то, чтобы залечить травмы. Отсюда и проблемы.

Если после советов с врачами Сафин все-таки примет решение взять тайм-аут, то ему придется пропустить один из четырех турниров Большого шлема - знаменитый Уимблдон (это соревнование начнется 20 июня). Кроме того, он не сможет помочь нашей сборной в матче Кубка Дэвиса против французов в середине июля. Интересно, что матч Кубка Дэвиса пройдет в «Олимпийском», где Сафин «отрывался» на вечеринке после «Ролан Гарроса».

mer
06-15-2005, 04:50 AM
OMG, that @@@@ kp "article" again *faints*
LOL

foul_dwimmerlaik
06-15-2005, 09:33 AM
No. The last time I had anything done to it was the day Marat lost at Wimbledon last year; so 51 weeks ago today! :lol: I had to go to the orthotics department and they gave me special insoles to well so that I walk correctly. :rolleyes: They won't do anything until I hurt myself again. :rolleyes:
Take care of your knee sweetie. You're far to young to be careless like that.

And the same to Marat.

Damita
06-15-2005, 09:45 AM
And he waited for 3 months to visist a specialist...
Marat...:rolleyes:well maybe the doctors on tour told him it was just a tendonitis, and then the fracture appeared but they couldn't really see it, or they were'nt sure and only a deeper examination could show it... and as Marat poobably didn't want to miss RG... :shrug:
thanks for posting the info Irina :)

so no DC :sad:..... but i just found out something!!!! :eek: Wimbledon won't be broadcasted by the channels on cable here, it will be on one of our national channels, but you have to pay for this channel... I don't have it, my parents don't have it, but, since a few months, my bro has it!!! He decided he wanted it so he bought the machine needed for it and he pays for it, which means he's the only one at home being able to watch that channel, in his room
So if i'm really really nice :angel: he might let me watch tv in his room or tape the matches :woohoo: Viva Wimbledon! :bounce: :crazy:

MariaV
06-15-2005, 11:26 AM
Good for you Steph!!!! :woohoo: :bounce: :yippee: Be nice to you bro then! ;)

NINA_BCN
06-15-2005, 11:59 AM
Good for you Steph!!!! :woohoo: :bounce: :yippee: Be nice to you bro then! ;)

He's her brother!!!!!! :rolleyes: I'd kill my sister if she didn't let me watch her TV. :smash:

chrissiej
06-15-2005, 12:15 PM
Good idea! :p.......................Hey no, don't do it!!! I'm jocking! :haha:

If your knee still gives you problems, don't think twice, you have to go to the doctor.

:hug: but if I did that I'd be going to the doctor every other day, they can't/won't help me so there's no point. :rolleyes:

maratski
06-15-2005, 08:36 PM
He's her brother!!!!!! :rolleyes: I'd kill my sister if she didn't let me watch her TV. :smash:

I share a bedroom with my sister and you don't want to know what it takes for me to watch tennis...

NINA_BCN
06-15-2005, 08:43 PM
I share a bedroom with my sister and you don't want to know what it takes for me to watch tennis...

I'm lucky!!!! My sister got married 4 months ago. :lol:

Damita
06-15-2005, 09:14 PM
He's her brother!!!!!! :rolleyes: I'd kill my sister if she didn't let me watch her TV. :smash:lol. He's my bro but that doesn't me he'll let me squat in his room all afternoons! (i don't know if i would let him squat in mine :o). The thing is he wakes up at 4:30 every morning, and works from 6am to 12. So he likes to take a nap in the afternoon sometimes... but hopefully he'll agree to tape the matches for me :)

NINA_BCN
06-15-2005, 09:19 PM
¡¡¡Viva la siesta!!! :lol:

chrissiej
06-15-2005, 09:20 PM
lol. He's my bro but that doesn't me he'll let me squat in his room all afternoons! (i don't know if i would let him squat in mine :o). The thing is he wakes up at 4:30 every morning, and works from 6am to 12. So he likes to take a nap in the afternoon sometimes... but hopefully he'll agree to tape the matches for me :)

you could swap for the duration of the tourney :angel: because steppy has to watch wimbledon, to see what its all about, even though you can't tell unless you're in england or have been :o

somehow can't see your bro letting you take over his room :p

BelgianWaffle
06-15-2005, 09:23 PM
somehow can't see your bro letting you take over his room :p

:eek: I'd be so dead if I was in my brother's room without his permisson :rolleyes:
It's seems like all the girls in here have no tv but all girls have brothers who have tv's in their room ;)

chris dude, how's it going! :wavey:

Lila
06-15-2005, 09:31 PM
I share a bedroom with my sister and you don't want to know what it takes for me to watch tennis...

Me too! :) But luckily both of us love tennis. And Marat. :D :p We have these Marat/tennis tapes and stuff everywhere in our messy room...:cool:

BelgianWaffle
06-15-2005, 09:35 PM
Me too! :) But luckily both of us love tennis. And Marat. :D :p We have these Marat/tennis tapes and stuff everywhere in our messy room...:cool:

you're lucky.. someone to perv over marat with ;)
I don't have a sister :sad:

Lila
06-15-2005, 09:41 PM
you're lucky.. someone to perv over marat with ;)

I don't have a sister :sad:

:p :hug:

Damita
06-15-2005, 09:43 PM
¡¡¡Viva la siesta!!! :lol::lol:

:eek: I'd be so dead if I was in my brother's room without his permisson :rolleyes:
It's seems like all the girls in here have no tv but all girls have brothers who have tv's in their room ;)
lol, he'd kill me too if i was there without asking him first (like i would kill him if he was in my room without permision ;))
and i did have a TV, but i don't have that channel (me being a poor student :p and him being a worker already and saving as much as he can given the fact that my parents pay for food and all :cool:... guess who of the too can afford paying for that channel? :p ;))

So i have to ask him if i can tape during the day, and then i'll watch matches at night in my room :woohoo:... i have to start telling him about it, but i shouldn't talk about it too much otherwise i'll bore him and then he might get tired of me and refuse... this is all about strategy :devil: ;)

chrissiej
06-15-2005, 09:44 PM
:eek: I'd be so dead if I was in my brother's room without his permisson :rolleyes:
It's seems like all the girls in here have no tv but all girls have brothers who have tv's in their room ;)

i have my brothers tv in my room...go figure :p but no tennis except what the BBC deigns to show on normal service or what I have on tape from Sky @ Grandads or Mums bf :o


chris dude, how's it going! :wavey:

ulrike due :wavey: its going good, only 3 exams left :banana: how's ma girl? and your darling roomies? :angel:

BelgianWaffle
06-15-2005, 09:50 PM
this is all about strategy :devil: ;)

lol! It's all about saying the right things at the right time ;)

Well I'll be home next week so I hope I get to see some matches.. It's weird.. for the early rounds of RG I'm staying in gent, where I don't have tv, following the scores online.. at least this way I won't have to see marat lose in the early rounds of his fave tournament.. when we get to QF, I go home and watch it.

Wimbledon; it's the opposite scenario.. :scratch: Usually marat loses in the early rounds, so for wimbly I stay home so I can at least see a bit of marat.. :p
Of course this year let's hope he proves my theory wrong this year and gets 'till at least QF ;)

Hmm. I have an exam tomorrow. :mad: Shouldn't i be studying instead of posting *insert panic smiley here* ;)
Pff almost midnight and I still have some work to do :rolleyes:

BelgianWaffle
06-15-2005, 09:54 PM
and your darling roomies? :angel:

only one roomie left for exam period, the worst one :p ;)
He hasn't seen his gf for a loooooong time so he's been getting increasingly frustrated over the past few weeks.. :eek: :o He really drives me nuts.. I'm not getting any either but you don't see me going all :crazy:, now do ya ;)

chrissiej
06-15-2005, 10:10 PM
only one roomie left for exam period, the worst one :p ;)
He hasn't seen his gf for a loooooong time so he's been getting increasingly frustrated over the past few weeks.. :eek: :o He really drives me nuts.. I'm not getting any either but you don't see me going all :crazy:, now do ya ;)

:haha: aaahh poor him :rolleyes: :rolleyes: men eh? ;) :p

exam tomorrow...uhoh

off to bed now, night all :wavey: :hug:

Lila
06-15-2005, 10:13 PM
I'm off to bed too! :zzz:

Sweet dreams to u all!! :)

Damita
06-15-2005, 10:31 PM
lol! It's all about saying the right things at the right time ;)

exactly! :yeah:

only one roomie left for exam period, the worst one :p ;)
He hasn't seen his gf for a loooooong time so he's been getting increasingly frustrated over the past few weeks.. :eek: :o He really drives me nuts.. I'm not getting any either but you don't see me going all :crazy:, now do ya ;):lol: poor Ulrike :hug:
good luck for your exam ;) and you too Chrissie :)

BelgianWaffle
06-15-2005, 10:35 PM
good luck for your exam ;)

thanks! I'll need it :scared:
It's an oral exam, and the name of the professor is Deforce, so now we have this joke 'may deforce be with us' ;) :p

*goes back to plasmid cloning vectors and recombinant DNA techniques* :angel:

Damita
06-15-2005, 10:52 PM
thanks! I'll need it :scared:
It's an oral exam, and the name of the professor is Deforce, so now we have this joke 'may deforce be with us' ;) :p
:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

i'm off now, so goodnight :hug:

BelgianWaffle
06-15-2005, 10:56 PM
night! :wavey:

Soon I'll be saying good morning to Pam :haha:

Curls
06-16-2005, 02:20 AM
only one roomie left for exam period, the worst one :p ;)
He hasn't seen his gf for a loooooong time so he's been getting increasingly frustrated over the past few weeks.. :eek: :o He really drives me nuts.. I'm not getting any either but you don't see me going all :crazy:, now do ya ;)
:haha: awwww poor Ulrike!!

oh, and good morning btw :lol:!!

Damita
06-16-2005, 09:38 AM
erm.... this morning i was bored and i started to read a magazine we got with our TV program book this week. It's a scandal-sheet, a brand new one and they gave their first edition with the TV book so that people know their magazine :rolleyes:...
I never read those things, but today i did and :eek: :eek: :eek: they talk about Marat in it. Quite surprising, cuz i think the French press (apart from sports press) doesn't know about tennis player who aren't French...

Anyway, there was "information" on him. I dunno if that's true :o (don't forget that this magazine contains also articles untitled: "i've got my first child at 60" or "My hubby is 1,50m tall and i love him".... :tape: )

Here is what they say:
After his defeat in RG, Marat Safin went to the Stringfellows to admire strippers performing the dance of the seven veils.

Ok, i've translated the name of the dance literally from the French name, i'm not sure it's called this in English. It's an Arabic dance you know, a belly-dance, very sensual. :aplot:

And me being a bit curious :angel: i've searched for that club on the i-net. It's a cabaret, but a very select one. Wanna see? ;) >> http://www.stringfellows-paris.net/

At the bottom of the page there's a link to the same cabaret in London... now we know what Marat will do after he loses in wimbledon :devil: (j/k)

Lila
06-16-2005, 10:00 AM
erm.... this morning i was bored and i started to read a magazine we got with our TV program book this week. It's a scandal-sheet, a brand new one and they gave their first edition with the TV book so that people know their magazine :rolleyes:...
I never read those things, but today i did and :eek: :eek: :eek: they talk about Marat in it. Quite surprising, cuz i think the French press (apart from sports press) doesn't know about tennis player who aren't French...

Anyway, there was "information" on him. I dunno if that's true :o (don't forget that this magazine contains also articles untitled: "i've got my first child at 60" or "My hubby is 1,50m tall and i love him".... :tape: )

Here is what they say:
After his defeat in RG, Marat Safin went to the Stringfellows to admire strippers performing the dance of the seven veils.

Ok, i've translated the name of the dance literally from the French name, i'm not sure it's called this in English. It's an Arabic dance you know, a belly-dance, very sensual. :aplot:

And me being a bit curious :angel: i've searched for that club on the i-net. It's a cabaret, but a very select one. Wanna see? ;) >> http://www.stringfellows-paris.net/

At the bottom of the page there's a link to the same cabaret in London... now we know what Marat will do after he loses in wimbledon :devil: (j/k)


MARAT!!! You are so dirty! :haha: :devil:
Ok I'm not surprised.

BelgianWaffle
06-16-2005, 10:08 AM
lmao at the stripper thing..

Ah well.. lots of people in paris go see cabaret (moulin rouge) and strippers (although there might be a 'class' difference between both ;) ). The man is only human. :p

PennyThePenguin
06-16-2005, 11:50 AM
cabaret eh? :aplot: interesting news....;)

jmp
06-16-2005, 12:34 PM
thanks! I'll need it :scared:
It's an oral exam, and the name of the professor is Deforce, so now we have this joke 'may deforce be with us' ;) :p

*goes back to plasmid cloning vectors and recombinant DNA techniques* :angel:

Deforce be with you - :haha: Good Luck! :yeah:

MariaV
06-16-2005, 12:44 PM
At the bottom of the page there's a link to the same cabaret in London... now we know what Marat will do after he loses in wimbledon :devil: (j/k)
:haha: :devil:

jmp
06-16-2005, 12:58 PM
The stripper thing seems to be very 'Marat'. Yes, Steph, we call the dance by the same name here. Here in the US we have channels called public access. They are local channels where you might see just about anything like local talent shows, etc. On the weekends I sometimes see a belly dancing class. It's so cooool. :cool: When ever I turn to it and the teacher is giving instructions I yell at the TV "Shut up and dance!". When they're dancing I clap along and imitate them for my husband. :lol: A lot of women get in belly dancing clubs to have fun with other ladies and work their abs.

Curls
06-16-2005, 02:14 PM
:haha: why is it that i have no trouble believing the whole stripper thing ... you naughty naughty boy :devil: !

Anyway, here is Pamushka doing her Dance of the Seven Veils (clothed, thank you very much!) ... oh, & Marat is the drool bucket in the corner, with the cushion on his crotch!

http://bestsmileys.com/dancing/6.gifhttp://bestsmileys.com/drooling/3.gif

jmp
06-16-2005, 02:36 PM
:haha: why is it that i have no trouble believing the whole stripper thing ... you naughty naughty boy :devil: !

Anyway, here is Pamushka doing her Dance of the Seven Veils (clothed, thank you very much!) ... oh, & Marat is the drool bucket in the corner, with the cushion on his crotch!

http://bestsmileys.com/dancing/6.gifhttp://bestsmileys.com/drooling/3.gif

GREAT smileys, Pam! :yeah: :haha:

lauralou
06-16-2005, 05:24 PM
:haha: :haha: I imagine perfectly Marat sitting in this kind of places! :rolleyes: I'm sure if he did not became a famous tennisplayer he would become parties supervisor or something else, he's not serious! ;)

Vass
06-16-2005, 06:31 PM
:haha: :haha: I imagine perfectly Marat sitting in this kind of places! :rolleyes: I'm sure if he did not became a famous tennisplayer he would become parties supervisor or something else, he's not serious! ;)
People like him are very serious when it comes to business.

NINA_BCN
06-16-2005, 07:06 PM
People like him are very serious when it comes to business.

:aplot: Bussines is bussines. ;)

Liberty
06-17-2005, 02:58 AM
The club provides lap dance servixes too! You guys think he paid for it???

Crystal702
06-17-2005, 03:29 AM
It reminds me of the interview in which he mentions the distractions in Paris....

Btw, I love the harem smiley!:tape:

Curls
06-17-2005, 04:37 AM
The club provides lap dance servixes too! You guys think he paid for it???
:haha: ... I don't think Marat would EVER have to pay for it .. lap dances or otherwise ;)

Damita
06-17-2005, 09:03 AM
It reminds me of the interview in which he mentions the distractions in Paris....

It reminds me of it too. But the article says he went to that club after he lost in RG, he's improving ;)

Hoostie
06-17-2005, 09:24 AM
:haha: why is it that i have no trouble believing the whole stripper thing ... you naughty naughty boy :devil: !

Anyway, here is Pamushka doing her Dance of the Seven Veils (clothed, thank you very much!) ... oh, & Marat is the drool bucket in the corner, with the cushion on his crotch!

http://bestsmileys.com/dancing/6.gifhttp://bestsmileys.com/drooling/3.gif


:worship: :worship:

Pam you truly are the smiley queen :lol: :lol:

(Do you have one for a drunkin pregnant girl with an elderly boyfriend? :p )

jmp
06-17-2005, 09:31 AM
...

(Do you have one for a drunking pregnant girl with an elderly boyfriend? :p )

:haha: :haha: Elderly! :haha:

Tony Randall was elderly when he fathered his children...

Crystal702
06-17-2005, 09:43 AM
Well, I can honestly confess that if I ever had the pleasure of lap-dancing for Mr. Safin, I wouldn't charge him one cent! :devil:

LOL...Larry King looks like death ran over, but I think he has young kids, too! :p

....now, we will return to our regularly scheduled program....

Curls
06-17-2005, 01:52 PM
:worship: :worship:

Pam you truly are the smiley queen :lol: :lol:

(Do you have one for a drunkin pregnant girl with an elderly boyfriend? :p )
:haha: eurm that's a very specific request ... ... the whole elderly bf is just a bit ewwwwwwwwwww ... my hubby will be 45 when I'm 41, at least we'll both be horrid and wrinkly at the same time :lol:

too tired to find your smiley now ... finally put the kids to bed after having dinner at Sizzler ... great place for family's, but it takes FOREVER for the kids to get the deserts out of their system ... they've been runnin' around like crazies for hours :eek:

jmp
06-17-2005, 02:39 PM
:haha: eurm that's a very specific request ... ... the whole elderly bf is just a bit ewwwwwwwwwww ... my hubby will be 45 when I'm 41, at least we'll both be horrid and wrinkly at the same time :lol:

too tired to find your smiley now ... finally put the kids to bed after having dinner at Sizzler ... great place for family's, but it takes FOREVER for the kids to get the deserts out of their system ... they've been runnin' around like crazies for hours :eek:

Pam, we have Sizzlers in the US and a similar cafateria style place called Golden Corral. They are both great for families and friends to zoom in and get variety without waiting to be waited on. We also have cafaterias that cater to the elderly and the Sunday-afternoon-after-church crowd. One chain in Texas is called Luby's. I can't remember the name of the one on the east coast. :scratch: Anyway, fooooodddd.... Yum! :lick:

Horrid and wrinkly at the same time?? Good lord! :rolleyes: :lol:

Saumon
06-17-2005, 06:28 PM
:haha: ... I don't think Marat would EVER have to pay for it .. lap dances or otherwise ;)
he pays for girls... so why not for a "lil" dance :rolleyes: :o

Meeek
06-17-2005, 06:34 PM
he pays for girls... so why not for a "lil" dance :rolleyes: :o

'pays for girls...' :scratch:

Thanks for the info Steph ;) :lol:

Saumon
06-17-2005, 06:39 PM
yeah you know "professional" girls :o

Meeek
06-17-2005, 06:42 PM
yeah you know "professional" girls :o

Oh... and you know that because.... you're a professional girl he has paid or what?

Saumon
06-17-2005, 06:44 PM
i'm a guy ;) :p

tall_one
06-17-2005, 06:45 PM
(Do you have one for a drunkin pregnant girl with an elderly boyfriend? :p )
this work? ;)
http://img114.echo.cx/img114/8510/untitledtruecolor010kj.jpg

Meeek
06-17-2005, 06:46 PM
i'm a guy ;) :p

I bet you get my point, smart guy :p

Nickii :lol:

BelgianWaffle
06-17-2005, 06:48 PM
Oh... and you know that because.... you're a professional girl he has paid or what?

:lol:

Saumon
06-17-2005, 07:00 PM
dont worry my sources are quite reliable :p

Meeek
06-17-2005, 07:01 PM
dont worry my sources are quite reliable :p

Aren't everyone's sources? :p

Saumon
06-17-2005, 07:12 PM
Well the exact quote was:

He is a guy who can have really a lot of women,because really many like him.He has a girlfriend though and doesnt really like to fight too much for a girl..Instead ..he loves prostitutes..

:angel:

NINA_BCN
06-17-2005, 07:22 PM
What???????????????????

NuKuru
06-17-2005, 07:25 PM
Well the exact quote was:



:angel:


Hahahhha you really are a little :devil: you know that don't you
not an :angel: at all.........naughty naughty boy....now come here
and let me give that a little spanking ;)

Meeek
06-17-2005, 07:30 PM
Well the exact quote was:



:angel:

That really doesn't tell me anything though. But thanks :p

Lila
06-17-2005, 07:32 PM
Marat? With prostitutes?? :lol:
I don't think so, sorry!

BelgianWaffle
06-17-2005, 07:41 PM
Can I just say this: tennis = goodlooking, rich, young, charismatic people. Away from home 10 months a year. Guys = horny.. girls everywhere..
Do you guys *really* think that they go on a whole year w/o ever taking advantage of that. :rolleyes:

Really it's no worse then your average college student.. I know people like to idolise their heros and think that they're perfect, but save it for you fantasies, ladies. ;)

Vass
06-17-2005, 07:49 PM
Can I just say this: tennis = goodlooking, rich, young, charismatic people. Away from home 10 months a year. Guys = horny.. girls everywhere..
Do you guys *really* think that they go on a whole year w/o ever taking advantage of that. :rolleyes:

Really it's no worse then your average college student.. I know people like to idolise their heros and think that they're perfect, but save it for you fantasies, ladies. ;)
I think that most players don't take advantage of that. Marat's probably one of them.
Besides who wants www.kp.ru or "The Sun" to be filled with stories by prostitutes screaming "I fucked tennis-star ******", "Tennis star ***** paid me for ...", etc. ?

Lila
06-17-2005, 07:50 PM
Can I just say this: tennis = goodlooking, rich, young, charismatic people. Away from home 10 months a year. Guys = horny.. girls everywhere..
Do you guys *really* think that they go on a whole year w/o ever taking advantage of that. :rolleyes:

Really it's no worse then your average college student.. I know people like to idolise their heros and think that they're perfect, but save it for you fantasies, ladies. ;)

I don't think that he's perfect. He's a human. Young, v v handsome man. Like many 25-year-olds, he thinks about sex all the time and he probably does it all the time (when he's not on court :lol: )


Now I'M horny. :p

Lila
06-17-2005, 07:51 PM
I think that most players don't take advantage of that. Marat's probably one of them.
Besides who wants www.kp.ru or "The Sun" to be filled with headlines screaming "I fucked tennis-star ******"?

:)

BelgianWaffle
06-17-2005, 08:01 PM
and he probably does it all the time

.. with whom then :p
No gf, and if he has a gf she's usually not with him :p (solo sex doesn't count :devil: :p )

Vass, most professional escorte bureaus have very strict privacy rules.. besides I don't think that, say an italian 'prostitute' (or escort girl) knows about the existence of kp.ru ;)

Lila
06-17-2005, 08:04 PM
.. with whom then :p
No gf, and if he has a gf she's usually not with him :p (solo sex doesn't count :devil: :p )

Just some one night stands? It doesn't have to be a prostitute!

BelgianWaffle
06-17-2005, 08:07 PM
Just some one night stands? It doesn't have to be a prostitute!

Don't worry, I wasn't implying that marat does it all the time with prostitutes.. ;) But let's not be naive.

NINA_BCN
06-17-2005, 08:07 PM
Vass, most professional escorte bureaus have very strict privacy rules.. besides I don't think that, say an italian 'prostitute' (or escort girl) knows about the existence of kp.ru ;)

Who knows it....:aplot: Maybe someday we'll have a surprise. :devil:

BelgianWaffle
06-17-2005, 08:10 PM
Who knows it....:aplot: Maybe someday we'll have a surprise. :devil:

lmao.. I hope not. It's his life and he should enjoy it ...whatever that means :p

Damita
06-17-2005, 08:21 PM
Just some one night stands? It doesn't have to be a prostitute!
true. I've been told a few years ago by a guy i knew that Marat was going every year in the same restaurant in Paris during RG (the said guy went there too so that's how he knew) and didn't always go back to his hotel alone ;) (when he was single). And during RG this year the French Tennis Magazine ppl organized a party in that same restaurant (so i guess, the parties Marat used to go to were those ones) and you know it's like any show business kind of parties: champagne, famous ppl, and bimbos... so i guess if he was attracted to any of these girls, and if the girl was attracted to him (which must not be that rare :angel: ), i doubt he really had to beg (=pay :o) for her favours ;)

(and now i suddenly have J.Timberlake's lyrics in my mind...
I've got plans tonight... and you, you know what i like... and you're approaching me right :aplot:... but i gotta make sure it's right for me ;))

Damita
06-17-2005, 11:18 PM
from Rediff.com

Safin enters chamber of horrors (great title :rolleyes: )
Martyn Herman | June 17, 2005 10:59 IST


For Australian Open champion Marat Safin the grasscourt season represents something akin to a chamber of horrors.

His five previous visits to the treacherous lawns of Wimbledon have been instantly forgettable with two first-round and two second-round defeats.

Only a quarter-final run in 2001, when he lost to eventual champion Goran Ivanisevic, offered any evidence that the combustible Russian had come to terms with the surface.

After losing his head, and the match, against Tommy Robredo in the fourth round of the French Open recently, Safin looked about as enthusiastic as a man facing root-canal treatment when asked about the looming grasscourt grand slam.

"Not many players can play on it (grass). You can try...you can have a good draw," said the deep-thinking resident of Monte Carlo.

"When you don't play a grass-court specialist it can look like you can play tennis but when you're playing somebody good on grass, it's tough.

"It's a mental problem for me, every time I go on grass I cannot move, I feel like I'm going to fall over every single time. The bounces are too low, bad bounces, it's raining all the time...You know, the whole thing makes me go nuts.

"There's only a few people who can play on this thing, and I'm not one of them."

COLOURFUL PERSONALITY

Strange then that less than a fortnight later the Russian reached the final, on grass, in Halle where only world number one Roger Federer, unbeatable on the surface for more than two years, stopped him.

In a sport crying out for colourful personalities, Safin fits the bill perfectly.

Not only does the 25-year-old boast one of the most eye-catching styles in the sport -- a huge serve and effortless power off the ground -- his expressive body language, penchant for racket smashing and glamour-model entourage make him compulsive viewing.

Whatever he might say about grass, there is something about the twinkle in his eye that gives the impression that he is fascinated by the unconventional challenge it represents. :)

His performance in Halle even suggested he might arrive at Wimbledon with slightly higher expectations than he would like to admit. :)

"That was my best match ever on grass, I don't know the last time I played such great tennis," Safin said after his narrow defeat by Federer in Halle.

"I hope to do well at Wimbledon, you have to have belief in yourself on grass. I played the best player in the world and I came close to beating him."

Should his knee hold out -- he has a niggling injury that requires surgery -- and if he survives a tough-looking early draw, Safin might get another crack at Federer in the semi-finals.

If that proves the case the burly Russian may well have exorcised his grass-court demons for good.

PennyThePenguin
06-18-2005, 03:12 AM
:yeah: GRASS!

that knee of his is goign to be plaguing him for a long time to come. so if his head is right, the knee won't matter

Curls
06-18-2005, 07:23 AM
:yeah: thx for the article Steph

as for Marat & his 'ladies of the night' - grow up people! ... I'm sure he doesn't maintain that cheeky grin all by himself :aplot:

(note to Marat ... please, always wear a raincoat)

foul_dwimmerlaik
06-18-2005, 09:01 AM
lmao.. I hope not. It's his life and he should enjoy it ...whatever that means :pExactly. Cabarets, hookers, lapdancing - it's all none of our business.

Thanks for the article. Damita!

jmp
06-18-2005, 09:50 AM
this work? ;)
http://img114.echo.cx/img114/8510/untitledtruecolor010kj.jpg

:clap2:

jmp
06-18-2005, 09:59 AM
Steph, speaking of J. Timberlake...

He has a song out with Snoop and Charlie Wilson called 'Signs'. I LOVE it! :hearts: Open Windows Media and type Signs and Snoop in the search box to watch the video!

:singer: "Are you telling me this is a sign?" :dance: :D

Crystal702
06-18-2005, 10:20 AM
Everytime I hear Ludacris' new song, "Pimpin' all over the World," I think of Marat, for some strange reason. Not that I believe any of these articles and all. It just makes me laugh every time I hear the song.

As mentioned above, it's really none of our business what he does off the court. He's young, single, very good-looking, etc. He's entitled to have fun. The nurse in me would like to lecture him on safety, if you know what I mean, but....it's his life.

Lila
06-18-2005, 12:01 PM
Everytime I hear Ludacris' new song, "Pimpin' all over the World," I think of Marat, for some strange reason. Not that I believe any of these articles and all. It just makes me laugh every time I hear the song.

As mentioned above, it's really none of our business what he does off the court. He's young, single, very good-looking, etc. He's entitled to have fun. The nurse in me would like to lecture him on safety, if you know what I mean, but....it's his life.


I think that he knows the safety thing. He's a big boy. :) He takes care of himself. He's not stupid..(I hope :smash: )
Damita, thanks for the article! :D

Damita
06-18-2005, 01:45 PM
:I'm sure he doesn't maintain that cheeky grin all by himself :aplot:

hehe ;)
Steph, speaking of J. Timberlake...

He has a song out with Snoop and Charlie Wilson called 'Signs'. I LOVE it! :hearts: Open Windows Media and type Signs and Snoop in the search box to watch the video!

:singer: "Are you telling me this is a sign?" :dance: :D
i love the song too :yeah: (but can't find it on Windows Media :o)

Mikas
06-18-2005, 05:45 PM
www.acemag.co.uk »

Safin And Sharapova Voted The World’s Hottest Tennis Players In The 2005 Hot List By ACE Magazine.


It’s that time of year again for ACE magazine’s much anticipated Hot List to pick the sexiest players in the world. Russians Marat Safin and Maria Sharapova ran away with the votes to top the list as the hottest players on the circuit.

More than 50,000 votes were cast online to determine the final select list of ten. The finalists were then decided by a prestigious panel from fashion, fitness and beauty including Head of New Faces at Select Model Management, Sarah Leon; Glamour magazine Feature Editor, Rachel Pask and Channel 4 presenter Nicky Hambleton. Players needed to have been ranked in the top 100 at some point over the last 12 months to be eligible for the short list.

The competition was fierce, but having been described as the most marketable woman in the history of women’s sports, Sharapova was a sure thing.

Sharapova says, “I want to thank ACE magazine and all of my fans that voted for me. Hopefully at the end of the year I will be No. 1 in the tennis rankings as well.”

Marat Safin has been the man in demand after ending Roger Federer’s winning streak at the Australian Open this year and going on to take the title. Being named sexiest player, Safin says: “I am very happy that ACE makes me their No. 1 Hot Man! But for now, it is important that I work hard on my game so they can also make me No.1 for my tennis.”

linus
06-18-2005, 06:25 PM
but now from reuters, the things seem worse:(

Wimbledon-Safin puts off surgery for Wimbledon bid
2005-06-18 16:43:49 GMT (Reuters)

By Martyn Herman

LONDON, June 18 (Reuters) - Fifth seed Marat Safin will play through the pain barrier at Wimbledon.

The volatile Russian, who has never been beyond the quarter-finals at the grasscourt grand slam, has a ruptured knee ligament, an injury that will require surgery.

However after reaching the final in Halle on grass last week, the powerful 25-year-old arrives at Wimbledon confident of making a big impression on what has hitherto been his least favourite surface.

"The way I played last week I did not really expect," said Safin, who lost in three sets to world number one and defending Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the final.

"Federer and (Andy) Roddick are the favourites, but I don't mind being an outsider. People don't expect much from me."

Safin admitted his doctor told him not to play at Wimbledon for fear of worsening his knee injury.

"He told me not to play but on grass it's better than if it was a hardcourt tournament," he said.

"I'm in pain with it. I was going to retire in Halle, but I'm playing on with pain killers and anti-inflammatory tablets."

Safin, who has struggled this year after winning the Australian Open, said his new-found form on grass is down to his coach Peter Lundgren.

"He told me to be more aggressive which you need to do on grass," he said. "The problem is when you lack confidence it can be a very risky way to play.

"You're not going to see me serve and volleying all the time, but I will mix it up, use more slice. Hopefully I will get to the second week and then see what happens."

Safin expects to be out of action for a month after Wimbledon, but hopes to be back well in time for the U.S. hardcourt season.

-SaFiinsBabY-
06-18-2005, 06:32 PM
Safin expects to be out of action for a month after Wimbledon, but hopes to be back well in time for the U.S. hardcourt season.

:sad:

lau
06-18-2005, 06:46 PM
Safin admitted his doctor told him not to play at Wimbledon for fear of worsening his knee injury.

I`m having a deja vu... :scratch: My brother was having surgery in his knee and went to play tennis 2 days before the surgery :smash: No comments :tape: (BTW, my brother`s job is not tennis :rolleyes: :lol: ) Like I said in the General thread... I hope he knows what he`s doing...... :awww:

linus
06-18-2005, 06:48 PM
and a description with a more afflictive photo, but i am not affected by it and firm more, god bless marat, really!

linus
06-18-2005, 06:51 PM
I`m having a deja vu... :scratch: My brother was having surgery in his knee and went to play tennis 2 days before the surgery :smash: No comments :tape: (BTW, my brother`s job is not tennis :rolleyes: :lol: ) Like I said in the General thread... I hope he knows what he`s doing...... :awww:

good lau, i wish marat well indeed, and what he had made up is right, wish!

JuanChuffy007
06-18-2005, 07:25 PM
not good :(

"The doctors said I shouldn't really play here but it's grass so it's soft and I can't break anything," Safin said Saturday.

I hope he knows what he`s doing......

yep, same here :awww:

foul_dwimmerlaik
06-18-2005, 07:29 PM
I think we should just wait news from the official site - it seems to be the most reliable source.

Take care Marat!

NINA_BCN
06-18-2005, 08:22 PM
I think we should just wait news from the official site - it seems to be the most reliable source.

Take care Marat!

It's the best we can do. :rolleyes:

Damita
06-18-2005, 08:34 PM
:rolleyes: :unsure:

chrissiej
06-18-2005, 09:30 PM
i think that article's being over dramatic...one month after wimbledon is beginning of August. One month after that is USO...:tape:

-SaFiinsBabY-
06-18-2005, 09:59 PM
We won't hear anything from the official site, because webby wrote in the forum that she won't be here the next days - she'll be at Wimbledon ... :sad:

Crystal702
06-18-2005, 11:51 PM
{{"Federer and (Andy) Roddick are the favourites, but I don't mind being an outsider. People don't expect much from me."}} :sad:

God bless you, Marat.

Hoostie
06-19-2005, 03:16 AM
this work? ;)
http://img114.echo.cx/img114/8510/untitledtruecolor010kj.jpg


:worship: :worship:

Its perfect!!!!!


All he needs is a beer can in the other hand and its a family portrait!!! :lol:

Hoostie
06-19-2005, 03:17 AM
:haha: Good God....there really are smileys for everything!!! :haha:

foul_dwimmerlaik
06-19-2005, 07:53 AM
We won't hear anything from the official site, because webby wrote in the forum that she won't be here the next days - she'll be at Wimbledon ... :sad:
Oh, I see... Let's keep our cool then, and hope Marat knows what he's doing.

Lila
06-19-2005, 10:10 AM
Marat :sad: :sad: :sad:
Please take care of yourself.

I think he should listen to his doctor. But men...
Men are like that. "I'm not ill. I'm just fine!" :mad:

Shadow
06-19-2005, 10:26 AM
ARGH MARAT! Not listening to the doctors again... you are making it worse.

PennyThePenguin
06-19-2005, 01:18 PM
marat....are you sure you want to spend half a year fishing again??????

Damita
06-19-2005, 01:25 PM
marat....are you sure you want to spend half a year fishing again??????yeah maybe he had some much fun last year he wants to go fishing again :rolleyes: http://smileys.******************/cat/36/36_14_11.gif

PennyThePenguin
06-19-2005, 01:43 PM
last year? you mean year before last don't you? though maybe he went fishing during his month off last year too. i wouldn't know. :sad:

Damita
06-19-2005, 01:56 PM
last year? you mean year before last don't you? though maybe he went fishing during his month off last year too. i wouldn't know. :sad:
oops.... excuse me... it's hot in here, my ideas aren't clear :p

PennyThePenguin
06-19-2005, 01:57 PM
hot eh? give some of it to peta, kell and pam then. it's freezing down under

Damita
06-19-2005, 02:06 PM
*sending some heat to Australia*
http://smileys.******************/cat/28/28_1_3v.gif

NINA_BCN
06-19-2005, 02:06 PM
I can give you too!!!! :fiery: The weather is getting hotter here. Worse than the last year. :mad:

Curls
06-19-2005, 02:13 PM
I'm freezing my backside off tonight ... 4 degrees or something stupid .. hey, thats cold for me :lol:!

PennyThePenguin
06-19-2005, 02:14 PM
*sends more sunshine to perth*


pssst...:secret: off topic as usual :o

NINA_BCN
06-19-2005, 02:17 PM
http://bestsmileys.com/sun/5.gif

jmp
06-19-2005, 02:38 PM
Here's some Texas sunshine for The Land Down Under and a warm hug!

http://www.geocities.com/jamiemac@flash.net/General/Marat_tumbleweed3.gif

http://www.geocities.com/jamiemac@flash.net/General/GlowingSun.gif

:hug:

:D

Lila
06-19-2005, 04:05 PM
It's hot in here too!!! :mad: This heat drives me crazy!
(one good thing has happened: I have a nice tan. ;) :p )

Jennay
06-19-2005, 04:22 PM
Marat :hug:

I'll send some of the heat from Florida. It's obnoxious! :mad:

Curls
06-20-2005, 06:17 AM
Wow ... it worked guys ... freezing morning ... but bootiful day so far :yeah: thx!! ... nice to thaw out every now and then!

Vass
06-20-2005, 09:09 AM
Lila, how hot can it get in Finland?
It's 41 degrees over here, 75% humidity.

ninie
06-20-2005, 10:22 AM
Hey,
I don't know if it has already been posted, but there's a new interview on Marat's Russian site here (www.maratoss.narod.ru)

EternalFlame
06-20-2005, 11:03 AM
Lila, how hot can it get in Finland?
It's 41 degrees over here, 75% humidity.

It sound a bit weird that it can get so hot in Finland. I heard from another friend of mine and told my friends but refuse to believe me...

jmp
06-20-2005, 11:41 AM
Hey,
I don't know if it has already been posted, but there's a new interview on Marat's Russian site here (www.maratoss.narod.ru)

:wavey: Hi there, ninie, and welcome! :hug: :D

Thank you for the link. :)

linus
06-20-2005, 06:50 PM
a report from reuters on marat's match vs chaphan:

Wimbledon-Impressive Safin brushes aside Paradorn
2005-06-20 17:08:24 GMT (Reuters)

LONDON, June 20 (Reuters) - Russia's Marat Safin wasted little time beating Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan 6-2 6-4 6-4 to reach the second round of Wimbledon on Monday.

The fifth seed and Australian Open champion looked unusually comfortable on a surface he admits is not his favourite against an opponent known for his serve-volley game on grass.

Safin broke in the first game of the match and never looked back, clubbing winners from all angles with his serve and backhand particularly impressive.

The 25-year-old reached the final of the grasscourt event at Halle eight days ago and Monday's display boded well as he seeks to surpass his best previous Wimbledon showing of reaching the quarter-finals in 2001.

Safin secured victory in the 500th match of his career with two successive aces to set up a second round clash with either Slovakia's Karol Beck or Australian Mark Philippoussis, the 2003 Wimbledon finalist

Lila
06-20-2005, 06:54 PM
Lila, how hot can it get in Finland?
It's 41 degrees over here, 75% humidity.

It can get over 30 degrees, even 35. It's very hot for us. It's never over 40 degrees, thank heavens. ;)

Lila
06-20-2005, 06:57 PM
It sound a bit weird that it can get so hot in Finland. I heard from another friend of mine and told my friends but refuse to believe me...

Yeah, it's never over 40 degrees here. :)
30-35 degrees is possible, and it's very hot for us. Usually it's about 25 degrees (on summer).

Damita
06-20-2005, 07:52 PM
This article is from The Age, it was before the first round

Grass starting to grow on Safin
By Richard Hinds
London
June 20, 2005

Marat Safin's struggle to adjust his big game to grass has always been something of a mystery, even by the standards of a man whose mind is usually more difficult to read than a James Joyce novel published in Eritrean braille.

Was it that he could not find his footing? Was it his somewhat wooden volley? Was it a psychological block? Was it just too difficult to break a racquet on the soft grasscourts?

For whatever reason, Safin has not been beyond the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and, after last year's first-round loss to compatriot Dmitry Tursunov, may or may not have said that he hated grass and would not be back again.

Yet, Safin is not only back, he has an Australian Open trophy on his mantelpiece and a new-found belief that he can one day place the Wimbledon version there as well - particularly after reaching the final of a grasscourt tournament at Halle, Germany, last week.

But first, Safin wanted to set the record straight. He claims he did not say he would not come back to Wimbledon. Rather, he said he would not come here earlier than two days before the tournament to practise as he had in the past because, with the fickle English weather, "it was just a waste of time".

Instead, after his loss to Federer in the Halle final, he spent a few days sunning himself in Spain and resting a chronic knee injury that has required pain-killing injections during his past two tournaments and almost forced him to pull out of the final in Halle.

Safin has a small rupture in the ligament and was warned by his doctor that he should not play Wimbledon. "But I wanted to come and he said, 'Just go, because if it's a hard court, it's a problem, but grass, you can't break anything'," said Safin. "But soon as I am done here, I have to fly back and stay there (with a specialist) for a month."

The fact that Safin is playing Wimbledon with a sore knee, when in earlier years he admits he would have withdrawn, is a sign of his new-found confidence on grass. The first test of that will be tonight (Melbourne time), when he plays his first-round match against Thai Paradorn Srichaphan. Then, potentially, comes a clash with Australian Mark Philippoussis.

Because of his poor record at Wimbledon, Safin has been virtually overlooked in pre-tournament forecasts. Most money is on a final between Roger Federer and Andy Roddick - although Safin did not seem ready to concede the second leg of that quinella would necessarily salute.

Asked about Roddick's recent struggles against top players, he said: "Other players can play decent tennis, it's not like Roddick is the most amazing player in the world and when he plays his best tennis, no one can beat him. He is not Roger Federer. I am not saying he is just a decent player, he is a great player. But other players can play good tennis, too."

For those jostling at the level just below the world No. 1, Safin suggested it was a mental rather than physical battle. "Sometimes you lose because you have no confidence, you have some problems," says the man who would know better than most. "It is mental, everybody has ups and downs. Except Federer."

Mihret
06-20-2005, 07:59 PM
This sucks!!! To be able to access Marat's interview on the wimbledon website, you have to subscribe and pay a fee!!!
None of the other Grand Slams do that!!!

foul_dwimmerlaik
06-21-2005, 06:47 AM
Safin strolls through
20 June 2005

Marat Safin proved himself to be a serious Wimbledon contender on Monday with a ruthless straight-sets demolition of Paradorn Srichaphan.

The Thai was expected to provide the fifth seed with a stern test on centre court but Safin was in imperious form, sealing a 6-2 6-4 6-4 triumph in one hour, 44 minutes.

The Russian has often struggled at SW19 and has, in the past, made no secret of his loathing for grass. But he remains one of the few players who can challenge defending champion Roger Federer and on this form, he will certainly be tough to beat.

Safin started quickly, breaking the Srichaphan serve in the opening game and he never looked back. Another break moved him 4-1 ahead as the Asian number one struggled to cope with Safin's thundering groundstrokes and neat touch at the net.

The Russian was also impressive on serve with several deliveries exceeding the 130mph-mark. It was, therefore, no surprise that he closed out the first set with ease in just 24 minutes.

Safin picked up where he left off at the start of the second, breaking Srichaphan again to go 3-1 ahead. The 25-year-old Muscovite has suffered from lapses in concentration throughout his career but he could not be accused of that when his opponent broke back to level at 3-3.

Srichaphan hit two wonderful backhand winners to put the pressure on Safin and, for once, he was unable to respond.

Safin then found himself 0-40 down in his next service game but he managed to hang on. And it proved to be a decisive moment in the match as, in the next game, he took the Thai's serve to move 5-4 ahead. There was to be no second chance for Srichaphan as Safin closed it out.

If Srichaphan was expecting the Safin storm to blow itself out he was sadly mistaken as the Australian Open champion kept hitting winner after winner.

Another early break gave him an edge which proved decisive. Even though Srichaphan was being outplayed, he didn't lose his sense of humour. He may have entertained but he just wasn't good enough to overcome Safin, who coasted the rest of the way.

foul_dwimmerlaik
06-21-2005, 06:49 AM
And there's bbc's game-by-game for us poor buggers without coverage:

Impressive Safin cruises through
Wimbledon first round result:

P SRICHAPHAN (Tha) v M SAFIN (Rus)

2-6 4-6 4-6



Game-by-game:

Third set:

Srichaphan 2-6 4-6 4-6 Safin
Safin closes out the match with an uncharacteristically nervous service game. The Russian has to save two break points, but ultimately prevails with his 10th ace and reaches the second round.

Srichaphan 2-6 4-6 4-5 Safin
An impressive forehand winner keeps Srichaphan in the game, but he needs to break Safin in the next game to avoid defeat.

Srichaphan 2-6 4-6 3-5 Safin
Safin wins one memorable point with a full-length dive which is reminiscent of Boris Becker. And the Russian holds to move within one game of a place in the second round.

Srichaphan 2-6 4-6 3-4 Safin
The Thai player survives a mid-game wobble to hold, but he knows he must make an impact on the big Russian's serve if he wants to extend his Wimbledon stay.

Srichaphan 2-6 4-6 2-4 Safin
Safin moves ever closer to the winning post, holding comfortably despite losing the first point.

Srichaphan 2-6 4-6 2-3 Safin
Srichaphan - eventually - holds in an epic game which involved nine deuces. The Thai player saves five break points suggesting he is not out of fighting spirit just yet.

Srichaphan 2-6 4-6 1-3 Safin
Safin seems to have the answers to whatever Srichaphan throws at him. Even in the final point of the game, when the off-balance Russian approaches the net, the Thai cannot find a way past.

Srichaphan 2-6 4-6 1-2 Safin
Srichaphan starts in eccentric fashion, unnecessarily attempting to hit a shot between his legs and netting the ball. Safin takes his cue from this, bossing the game, winning one epic rally and taking the first break of the third set.

Srichaphan 2-6 4-6 1-1 Safin
The Russian is dominant once again on his own serve, dropping just one point on his way to holding.

Srichaphan 2-6 4-6 1-0 Safin
It all looks to be going wrong for the Thai as he falls 15-40 behind, but to his great credit, he digs deep, saves the break points and holds.

Second set:

Srichaphan 2-6 4-6 Safin
The Russian is back to the form he showed at the start of the set and closes it out with another very confident service game.

Srichaphan 2-6 4-5 Safin
Safin has regained the momentum and breaks the Thai's serve to set up a chance to serve for the second set.

Srichaphan 2-6 4-4 Safin
Some explosive returns see Srichaphan race into a 40-0 lead, but that seems to spark the Russian into life and he saves all three break points to hold.

Srichaphan 2-6 4-3 Safin
The Russian looks to have a half-chance at 30-15 ahead, but Srichaphan comes back to secure a potentially crucial hold.

Srichaphan 2-6 3-3 Safin
Srichaphan ups the intensity and makes an impact on the Safin serve for the first time. Trailing 15-40, Safin pulls out an ace, but Srichaphan wins a lengthy rally on the next point to break back.

Srichaphan 2-6 2-3 Safin
Srichaphan cruises to 40-0 up, but Safin hits back to 40-30 to unsettle the Thai player once more. Srichaphan holds his nerve, however.

Srichaphan 2-6 1-3 Safin
The Russian looks in brilliant touch and, once again, holds comfortably. Srichaphan has not scored a point in Safin's last four service games.

Srichaphan 2-6 1-2 Safin
Safin makes the first break of the second set, brilliantly winning one rally while leading 30-15. Srichaphan sends a forehand out on the next rally and is struggling again.

Srichaphan 2-6 1-1 Safin
A masterful hold from the Russian who shows both power and delicacy, closing out the game with a deft backhand which drops just inside the line.

Srichaphan 2-6 1-0 Safin
A confident start to the second set from Srichaphan who fires his second ace as he holds to love.

First set:

Srichaphan 2-6 Safin
Safin is not put under any pressure from Srichaphan as he closes out the set with ease. If the Russian was troubled by his knee earlier in the set, he seems to be totally over it now, and is looking in ominous form.

Srichaphan 2-5 Safin
Srichaphan wins his second game of the match as his serve comes together, but he faces a tough task to stop the Russian taking the first.

Srichaphan 1-5 Safin
A comfortable service game from Safin, who holds to love and the out-of-sorts Thai player will now serve to stay in the first set.

Srichaphan 1-4 Safin
A sublime topspin lob from the Russian drops just inside the line and there is also a great powerful backhand to seal the game and go two breaks up.

Srichaphan 1-3 Safin
Safin holds, serving his first ace along the way, although the Russian does not appear to be all that mobile, perhaps still troubled by his knee.

Srichaphan 1-2 Safin
Safin takes the first two points, but Srichaphan benefits from a debatable overrule from the umpire and goes on to win the game. Safin appears to have a problem with his knee - the Russian is limping ever so slightly.

Srichaphan 0-2 Safin
Safin, at full stretch, drops a neat winning volley over the net to hold comfortably.

Srichaphan 0-1 Safin
A nervy start from Srichaphan who is some way out with a forehand at break point down. Safin takes the early advantage.

Lila
06-21-2005, 09:33 AM
Thanks for all reports. :D :cool:

chrissiej
06-21-2005, 03:19 PM
Lila, how hot can it get in Finland?
It's 41 degrees over here, 75% humidity.

Why am I coming again? :scratch: :shrug: I must be mad I swear... :o ;)

PennyThePenguin
06-21-2005, 03:35 PM
Why am I coming again? :scratch: :shrug: I must be mad I swear... :o ;)


and that's a surprise why?

chrissiej
06-21-2005, 03:53 PM
and that's a surprise why?

I guess I convinced myself of my sanity. Was I wrong to do so? :o

PennyThePenguin
06-21-2005, 03:54 PM
so wrong you can't get any wrong-er....what good is sanity? :D

chrissiej
06-21-2005, 03:56 PM
okay so this is from the Wimbledon site...

and Jiat told me to look at it :yeah: but its very British, so be prepared :lol:

Safin Happier on Grass


©EPA/ F.Coffrini

Monday, 20 June, 2005


For a bloke with a sore knee and a self-confessed aversion to grass, Marat Safin is doing rather well. This time last year he lost to Dmitry Tursunov in the opening round. Fed up, miserable and grumpy, he gave the biff-baff-bosh of grass court tennis both barrels.

"I give up on Wimbledon," he harrumphed. "Is definitely not the tournament for me. I give up on spending time on these courts. I give up on practising before the tournament. I hate this. I don't like to play on this surface. I don't feel like I'm moving. I cannot move there. Every time, I don't know how it's gonna bounce. So it's like a real nightmare for me. So after a while, I just get bored."

So, Marat wasn't happy, then. But, 12 months and one Australian Open title later, Mr Safin has changed his mind. Ranked No.5 in the world and fresh from the final in Halle - where it took Roger Federer to beat him in three tight sets - Safin is getting the hang of this grass court tennis lark. Beating Paradorn Srichaphan, the sometimes stylish, sometimes flaky Thai, with consummate ease, he looked more than at home on the slick Centre Court.

"I wish I could have these matches every day," he said. "I wish I could play this level of tennis every day. But it doesn't happen like that."

There is an awful lot of Safin - 6'4" and 14 stone of him, to be precise. When Tim Henman was put in one of Safin's shirts (they share the same clothing sponsor), Britain's finest was lost in the massive folds of cloth and could walk around the inside of it.

Hugely strong and with the ability to play any shot in the book - and make up those that aren't - he can, if he wants, win on any surface. But, depending on his mood, he doesn't always want to. Confidence is the key to every player's chances but particularly for the big Russian. From winning in Melbourne, he stumbled around the globe unable to win more than a match here and there. He was not quite sure how it had happened - all he would say is, "many things were bothering me" - but once the run of failure had started, it would not stop.

"The more matches you lose, the more difficult to come back," he explained. "It's very difficult to find your confidence, but very easy to lose it. I need to hold this feeling for as long as I can. It looks like I found the confidence that was missing for the last six months. I'll try not to lose it again."

As for the grass, he is still not completely sure he likes the stuff but, for the moment, he will give it the benefit of the doubt. That said, it was still touch and go even a fortnight ago as to whether he would play at Wimbledon.

"I felt really comfortable, really comfortable today," he said. "Two weeks ago, I made the final in Halle and that helped me. I try to focus on every single point. The first match is always tough, especially on grass. You need to find your movement on the grass. Peter [Lundgren, his coach] tried to make me play more aggressive and improve my volleys. It's important to come to Wimbledon with some good results behind you. If I had not had good results in Halle, I would not have played."

The only cloud on his horizon is his left knee. He has ligament damage and the joint could collapse at any moment. Once he is finished with Wimbledon, he will have to take a month off to let the injury heal and may need surgery. If he does not give himself time to recover, he is not sure that he will be able to finish the season.

For the moment, though, Safin is happy, he is winning and he is confident. And 14 stone of confident Russian thundering towards them should frighten the life out of most of his opponents.


Written by Alix Ramsay

chrissiej
06-21-2005, 03:57 PM
so wrong you can't get any wrong-er....what good is sanity? :D

dunno, if I ever ever achieve sanity I'll let you know dude ;)

PennyThePenguin
06-21-2005, 04:00 PM
can't wait...though why you need it i really don't know ;) be psycho, like the penguins, not like those other type.

Wednesday Addams
06-21-2005, 04:00 PM
*said with british accent* Wicked article, mate :yeah:

chrissiej
06-21-2005, 04:12 PM
*said with british accent* Wicked article, mate :yeah:

lol, can't imagine dora with a british accent...apparently I sound reaaally British, well according to Anita... :o

Wednesday Addams
06-21-2005, 04:17 PM
lol, can't imagine dora with a british accent...
lol can't imagine myself with a british accent either. The only things I pronounce "british" are "can't", "neither", "either".... All my friends are like :eek: when I do that, but I can't help it. That's how I was taught and it's weird for me to pronounce them with an american accent.

apparently I sound reaaally British, well according to Anita... :o
You must. I can reaaally imagine that. :lol:

chrissiej
06-21-2005, 04:24 PM
lol can't imagine myself with a british accent either. The only things I pronounce "british" are "can't", "neither", "either".... All my friends are like :eek: when I do that, but I can't help it. That's how I was taught and it's weird for me to pronounce them with an american accent.

:lol: I sound more British than my friends too. :p Anita sounds so American its scary. And she says she's dutch. ;)


You must. I can reaaally imagine that. :lol:

i'll gmail you a clip ;)

Damita
06-21-2005, 04:25 PM
Thanks for the very British article Chrissie! ;)

There is an awful lot of Safin - 6'4" and 14 stone of him, to be precise. When Tim Henman was put in one of Safin's shirts (they share the same clothing sponsor), Britain's finest was lost in the massive folds of cloth and could walk around the inside of it.

:haha: :haha:

Wednesday Addams
06-21-2005, 04:35 PM
i'll gmail you a clip ;)
Wokeej. :D

chrissiej
06-21-2005, 04:44 PM
Wokeej. :D

addy? :angel: i just recorded a bit of the article for you ;)

Wednesday Addams
06-21-2005, 04:57 PM
addy? :angel: i just recorded a bit of the article for you ;)
Actually, that sounds better than I thought it would. I can actually understand what you're saying!! :D ;) LMAO!!

chrissiej
06-21-2005, 05:02 PM
Actually, that sounds better than I thought it would. I can actually understand what you're saying!! :D ;) LMAO!!

JeeJ! I'm understandable! :clap2: I sound posher when I'm around posh people, and sorry for the breakdown in the middle/end, saying "biff baff bosh" is harder than it seems :lol:

Wednesday Addams
06-21-2005, 05:04 PM
JeeJ! I'm understandable! :clap2: I sound posher when I'm around posh people, and sorry for the breakdown in the middle/end, saying "biff baff bosh" is harder than it seems :lol:
That was hilarious! :lol:

chrissiej
06-21-2005, 05:17 PM
That was hilarious! :lol:

:ras: I can't help the fact I'm giggly.

Wednesday Addams
06-21-2005, 05:18 PM
:ras: I can't help the fact I'm giggly.
Aww, but I liked it. And I'm giggly too, so no worries..... :p

chrissiej
06-21-2005, 05:32 PM
Aww, but I liked it. And I'm giggly too, so no worries..... :p

*giggle* :p

Wednesday Addams
06-21-2005, 05:36 PM
*giggle* :p
GMAO!! :p

chrissiej
06-21-2005, 05:44 PM
GMAO!! :p

rdtsgmao ;)

Wednesday Addams
06-21-2005, 05:45 PM
rdtsgmao ;)
gol ;)

MariaV
06-21-2005, 07:21 PM
addy? :angel: i just recorded a bit of the article for you ;)
Hey you giggling girl, you could send it to me too, my gmail is mariav.692000@gmail.com. :D How's your knee doing?

chrissiej
06-21-2005, 08:15 PM
Hey you giggling girl, you could send it to me too, my gmail is mariav.692000@gmail.com. :D How's your knee doing?

giggling, giggling, giggling, sent ;)

PennyThePenguin
06-22-2005, 12:43 AM
DUDE! i vaguely recall you sending me a mumblywumblymuffly clip last time. but hopefully this time it'd be better....so...couldja pweeeeetttyy pllleeeeaaassee send me the clip? :angel:

Curls
06-22-2005, 02:34 AM
thx for the article Chrissie :yeah: ... lmao at the bit about Henman :lol:

So Dame Chris, can you send me a clip of you saying ... 'lorks a-lordy sweety darling precious poppett!' :haha:

PennyThePenguin
06-22-2005, 03:25 AM
:haha: POPPETT...awwweee..looky dearie at that sweet 'iddle poppett.

and how are the little curls today?

Curls
06-22-2005, 05:39 AM
:haha: POPPETT...awwweee..looky dearie at that sweet 'iddle poppett.

and how are the little curls today?
all the males in my house are driving me round the bend ... grrrrrrrr!! Baby Curls has a terrible cough ... sounds like he's coughing up a lung or something ...v v nasty (I was up half the night with him :rolleyes: ) ... Curls Jr is the usual, busy busy busy little boy ... oh & Mr Curls, well he's got the flu (it's just a cold actually, but don't tell him that!!), it's the end of the world when he gets sick ... God, men are pathetic when they're sick! ...so all I have to say about my life at the moment is :rolleyes: :mad: :rolleyes: :mad: oh & Go Marat!! :yeah: :lol:

chrissiej
06-22-2005, 06:44 AM
:haha: POPPETT...awwweee..looky dearie at that sweet 'iddle poppett.



poppett is what my daddy calls me :angel:

PennyThePenguin
06-23-2005, 02:26 AM
*pinches chrissie's cheeks*

owwwww...that cutie idlle poppett :p

poor pam.....pamper yourself once this is over... ;)

Curls
06-23-2005, 09:32 AM
this from protennisfan.com (which I love btw!)

Safin Supports Moscow's Olympic Bid

We all know the 2012 Olympics are going to Paris, but Marat Safin is doing his part to help out Moscow's (super, super, long-shot) bid: Tennis star Marat Safin new ambassador for Moscow's 2012 Olympic bid

"As a Muscovite I am proud to support Moscow’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Moscow is a wonderful city. It is open, buzzing with dynamism and passionate about sports, you can really see it with all these Russian athletes achieving brilliant results in all sports around the world. I always go back to Moscow full of affection and admiration for the extraordinary expansion it has undergone. That’s the reason why Moscow should have the Games," said the tennis player.

:yeah:

Wednesday Addams
06-23-2005, 09:36 AM
this from protennisfan.com (which I love btw!)

Safin Supports Moscow's Olympic Bid

We all know the 2012 Olympics are going to Paris, but Marat Safin is doing his part to help out Moscow's (super, super, long-shot) bid: Tennis star Marat Safin new ambassador for Moscow's 2012 Olympic bid

"As a Muscovite I am proud to support Moscow’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Moscow is a wonderful city. It is open, buzzing with dynamism and passionate about sports, you can really see it with all these Russian athletes achieving brilliant results in all sports around the world. I always go back to Moscow full of affection and admiration for the extraordinary expansion it has undergone. That’s the reason why Moscow should have the Games," said the tennis player.

:yeah:
Yeah, Marat supports the Olympic Games, just not the Tennis Olympic Competition. ;) :lol:

Damita
06-23-2005, 09:59 AM
Yeah, Marat supports the Olympic Games, just not the Tennis Olympic Competition. ;) :lol:
:lol:

btw, he made that announcement yesterday after the match. 2 weeks only before the announcement of the city which will host the Olympics :rolleyes:... was he sleeping during all those months? :p

PennyThePenguin
06-23-2005, 04:00 PM
but he won't be coming here....:sad:

popov's coming. thorpe's coming to support NY. grant hackett supports erm...paris? but he's not coming :sad:

RogiFan88
06-24-2005, 03:04 AM
I like the title of this:

June 23, 2005
Scary Safin secures net gain after defusing missiles of Philippoussis
By Giles Smith

OO-ER! Scary tennis! Marat Safin’s thunderous 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 victory over Mark Philippoussis yesterday was hand-to-hand combat by any other name. It threw into the ring two glowering combatants with scorched-earth serves and take-noprisoners game plans, neither of whom have smiled in public since approximately 1987. And check out those wildly different on-court personalities — broodingly disciplined on one side and violently headstrong on the other. And that’s just Safin. The net itself trembled at the prospect.
Indeed, it pinged its wire in fright. This was during the third game of the second set. Funnily enough, Safin had, a moment earlier, struck the softest shot of the championships — a completely failed drop shot and the lamest hit you will see on a professional tennis court this side of the introduction of Plasticine rackets. Yet, as far as the net was concerned, that was the last straw. As Safin prepared to serve, it threw up its hands and folded down the middle.

People break down on Centre Court all the time, but this was the first net to do so since 1946. With a replacement summoned, the net was ignominiously bundled off and was presumably required to give a full explanation of itself to the All England Club’s committee. Details of that interview were not forthcoming, but the word is that that net may not be welcome back.

Put coldly, the victory that Safin constructed was a naturally ordered triumph of the seeded over the unseeded. But few would have regarded it as a banker going into the match — nor, indeed, as it unfolded, in tight and enthralling increments.

True, injuries have sent the man known as “Scud”, and familiarly referred to by Australians as “Pou”, tumbling back through the world rankings. But Wimbledon has tended to see Philippoussis right. He was a finalist as recently as 2003 and has been a quarter- finalist three times. He has his own place, then, in the history of these championships; Pou corner, if you will.

Safin, by contrast, has never risked outstaying his welcome at Wimbledon. Yesterday was only the second time in six attempts that the angry Russian has managed to pull himself out of the second round and he has always made clear that the place does not come fitted with his favourite surface. Safin feels about grass the way that sheep feel about clay; it’s all very well passing over it on your way to somewhere else, but you wouldn’t want to call it home.

Except that this year, Safin, whose head of curls and Lenin-style facial hair make him seem ready for commemoration on a coin, is muttering darkly about a new comfort on, and respect for, the green stuff — a relationship kindled, apparently, only a fortnight ago in Halle and continuing in the raging heat of Wimbledon. “All of a sudden I felt comfortable,” he said. “I don’t know how to explain it. I’m comfortable playing on it and I’m confident.”

Confidence typified his play yesterday, and also calm. History implies that Safin doesn’t need a blazing British summer to go into meltdown. Steam is ready to burst out of his head at any moment, in any season. Yesterday, however, he was a model of restraint. Yes, there was one shrill scream of anguish and one quickly dammed stream of something possibly rude in Russian. At the same time, he was shaping up to throw his racket to the ground, but then, crucially, not throwing it — the surest indication we have that all is, relatively speaking, sweetness and light in Safin’s mental landscape. Hell, he even claims to be “having fun”, although this may be a matter for interpretation.

Initially, as the players exchanged serves at up to 140mph, it was hard to see what would resolve their conflict, apart, possibly, from the crack of doom (not forecast). In the end, it took two tie-breaks, in both of which Philippoussis earned the first mini-break, but in neither of which could he hold on to it. Add in the three break points that he held when 5-4 up in the first set, only for Safin to pull off a dazzling recovery, and you can see why Philippoussis interpreted yesterday’s as a slim defeat and a minor setback.

It came, inevitably, with further costs to his already overdrawn body, this time in the form of a pained ligament that needed some on-court visits from the doctor and will now require an MRI scan. Safin, meanwhile, is carrying his own war wound — an intermittently painful knee. But he is still in the theatre of war and apparently ready for a long campaign. The word goes out to all nets: have you got what it takes?
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/

RogiFan88
06-24-2005, 03:06 AM
another good title:

Safin shows commitment to green party
By John Roberts at Wimbledon
23 June 2005

You could hear a net drop yesterday when Marat Safin announced to the Centre Court crowd and - more importantly - to himself that he really can play on grass.

Although the Russian fifth seed only broke serve once in advancing to the third round of the men's singles with a 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 win against Mark Philippoussis, of Australia, the 2003 runner-up, he displayed traditional lawn-tennis skills adapted to the demands of the modern power game.

The irony was that Safin was preparing to serve, having lost a point by playing one of the softest shots in the open era, tapping a forehand half-volley into the net at 2-1, 15-15 in the second set, when the net slowly fell to the floor, as if concussed by the earlier bombardment.

Nets have been known to fall down before, even on Centre Court at Wimbledon, the world's most prestigious tournament - but not of their own volition.

Yvon Petra, of France, broke a net cord cable with a serve on Centre Court en route to winning the men's singles title in 1946 - though the cable was rusted, having been around prior to the Second World War.

Play yesterday was delayed for about four minutes while the ground staff assembled a replacement net, and then the battle continued. By this time Safin had already survived what proved to be his biggest crisis of the match, salvaging three set points when serving at 4-5, 0-40, in the opening set.

Philippoussis, who created the opportunities with a spectacular forehand drive down the line, then helped his opponent by hitting a forehand long on the first, missing a backhand on the second, and netting a return on the third. Safin then delivered consecutive aces, the second at 140 mph.

Safin went on to win the subsequent tie-break, 7-4, after 51 minutes. Philippoussis then took an injury time-out for treatment to a damaged ankle ligament. The Australian had two break points in the opening game of the second set, and played some beautiful tennis, without much reward, before also losing the second-set tie-break, 7-4.

After denying Safin a break point until the seventh game of the third set, Philippoussis was broken to 3-4, and an entertaining match was as good as over.

Safin has spent most of his career complaining that his game was not made for Wimbledon, or vice versa. Even Stefan Edberg's coach, Tony Pickard, could not persuade him otherwise when they worked together during one of the Muscovite's early visits.

So what changed to convert Safin into a member of the green party? Competing at the Halle grass-court tournament in Germany two weeks ago helped, even though he lost to Roger Federer in the final, and he is managing to nurse a knee injury without suffering too much pain.

"I passed through some really difficult times on grass during the seven years of my career," he said. "I wasn't comfortable on the surface until I played in Halle. I beat some tough players there, and I felt comfortable moving, which is one of the most important things.

"You have to serve well, and find you are able to return. All of a sudden, all this came to me and I felt pretty good."

Though ruthless in the execution of his game, Safin could sympathise with the 28-year-old Philippoussis, who came to SW19 with a wild card and hope.

"If you follow Mark's story for the past five years, he's had so many bad injuries. When that happens, it's difficult to find your game, to build you confidence, I felt in the third set he couldn't really move to the sides. That's how I managed to break, actually."

Federer continued to play with the authority of the title holder for the past two years, doing enough to advance to the third round with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 win against Ivo Minar, of the Czech Republic.

"I played all right," the 23-year-old Swiss said. "I hung in there, waiting for my chances. He was tough from the baseline, and came up with some good shots."

Federer said he was not surprised that Safin has come to terms with grass courts. "I think he's more relaxed because of the knee [injury]," he said. "I got the impression when we played the final in Halle that if he loses, it's because of the knee. So he just plays. That probably helps him, especially on the grass, not to get too frustrated."

Lleyton Hewitt, the 2002 champion, had a more difficult afternoon negotiating his way past Jan Hernych, of the Czech Republic, 6-2, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. "To get a tough four-set match under my belt is going to hold me in better stead for the longer I go in the tournament," Hewitt said.

Gaël Monfils, of France, last year's boys' singles champion, advanced to the third round of the main draw yesterday with a 6-3, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 win against Dominik Hrbaty, of Slovakia, the 22nd seed.
http://sport.independent.co.uk/

Curls
06-24-2005, 05:32 AM
Lenin-style facial hair
didn't I say that the other day :lol: :yeah:

:yeah: thx for the articles RogiFan88

BelgianWaffle
06-24-2005, 07:10 AM
And that’s just Safin. The net itself trembled at the prospect.
Indeed, it pinged its wire in fright. This was during the third game of the second set. Funnily enough, Safin had, a moment earlier, struck the softest shot of the championships — a completely failed drop shot and the lamest hit you will see on a professional tennis court this side of the introduction of Plasticine rackets. Yet, as far as the net was concerned, that was the last straw. As Safin prepared to serve, it threw up its hands and folded down the middle.

Plasticine rackets? :lol:
(I admit that shot was pretty bad but it wasn't the worst ever) ;)

Reading that article makes it sound like Marat is always angry, moody, "muttering darkly" ( :rolleyes: ), going around swearing, etc :o

You gotta love these british articles though.. :worship:

AnnieNik
06-24-2005, 07:13 AM
Reading that article makes it sound like Marat is always angry, moody, "muttering darkly" ( :rolleyes: ), going around swearing, etc :o

You gotta love these british articles though.. :worship:

Many people have that idea of the Mad Russian...wonder how they come with that image? :scratch:

mer
06-24-2005, 07:22 AM
ESPN.com
Safin is crazy about grassBy Wayne Drehs

WIMBLEDON, England – Nobody ever accused Marat Safin of being sane. Throughout his up-and-down nine-year pro career, the former No. 1 has dropped his pants midmatch, been fined for not trying and destroyed an estimated 300 rackets in on-court displays of disgust.

But perhaps the biggest surprise of all came Wednesday, when the 6-foot-4 Russian, fresh off his 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4 second-round victory against Mark Philippoussis, confessed in his post-match news conference that he's actually enjoying this grass thing.

You know, the ferocious narrow-leaved plant that most of the world uses as front-yard ornamentation? Safin swore off the stuff a year ago. Sat at the same podium, after a first-round Wimbledon loss to Dmitry Tursunov and confessed that he was "giving up on Wimbledon" and that he "hated this."

Exactly 365 days later, Safin disposed of Philippoussis, reached Wimbledon's third round for just the second time in his career and openly confessed that he and the soft, spongy chlorophyll-filled surface are now buddies for the first time.

He even used the word "fun."

"Because if you're not having fun, it's impossible to do anything good here," he said. "You can't have any expectations if you are suffering and struggling. That's what happened to me in the past, during all my career."

This is bad news for the rest of the Wimbledon field. Safin has long been considered one of the game's most complete players, with the ability to beat anyone on any given day. He defeated Roger Federer at the Australian Open in February, ending Federer's 26-match winning streak.

Now he appears to be figuring out the game on its most challenging surface.

"When he plays right and feels right, he can be awesome no matter what the surface," former Wimbledon champion John McEnroe said. "If he continues to play at this level, he's going to be tough to beat."

What a story that would make, to find Safin standing at Centre Court, hoisting the Wimbledon cup high above his head. Not only has he struggled to figure out grass, but he's also battling a ruptured ligament in his left knee that will require surgery as soon as Wimbledon ends. Doctors urged him not to play in the tournament, but Safin went against their wishes.

"Some movements, it's really painful," Safin said. "But I have to deal with that because then the pain goes away and then comes back. It's not a continuous pain, like I'm struggling all the time. It goes away and then it comes back. I get used to it."

Just like he's finally getting used to grass. The first time Safin stepped on a grass court here in 1997, he said he felt uncomfortable. Too many erratic bounces. Too difficult to move. In five of his previous seven championships, he headed home after a first- or second-round loss.

But then, two weeks ago in Halle, Germany, Safin won four matches before losing a three-set final to Federer. It was at that point, Safin said, that he realized he has put the fear of the green blades behind him.

"I beat some tough players there," Safin said. "All of the sudden, I felt comfortable. I felt comfortable moving on it. And that's one of the most important things, when you're playing on grass, is to move. All of the sudden, this came to me and I felt pretty good."

Safin can't explain why he feels more comfortable, but in May 2004, he signed on with Federer's former coach, Peter Lundgren, who pushed Safin toward fully committing himself to the sport, be it in the weight room, dining room or even a bar. He also encouraged Safin to keep his emotions in check and, when it came to grass, to play more aggressively.

Federer hinted Wednesday that he thinks Safin's knee injury has become a mental crutch the Russian is using to take pressure off himself. Win, and Safin gets credit for overcoming the injury. Lose, and it's the knees fault.

"I had the feeling he was very relaxed in Halle," Federer said. "He still gets irritated and throws his racquet. But still I feel like he was more relaxed overall than maybe I've seen him. Maybe I'm mistaken."

Safin insisted that Federer was wrong.

"I don't need to find a reason for myself so I don't have to feel really depressed after the match and lie to myself that it's because of the knee," Safin said. "It's because of nothing.

"I don't have to find a reason to take off the pressure."

Whatever the reason, it worked Wednesday, with Safin overcoming a 5-4, love-40 deficit in the opening set to win and set the tone for the match. Now comes the challenge of overcoming his draw, which includes both Lleyton Hewitt and Federer on Safin's side of the bracket. Safin will face crafty left-hander Feliciano Lopez next, on Friday.

The Spaniard cruised to a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Great Britain's David Sherwood on Wednesday and hasn't lost before the third round in four Wimbledon appearances.

"I probably deserve it because the years before I had the easy ones and I couldn't make even past the first round," Safin said. "I have to pay the price, I guess. But I think the way I'm playing, it's OK."

He must be insane :confused: .

Hoostie
06-24-2005, 07:28 AM
Thanks RogiFan.....that first article was hilarious!!!! :worship:

AnnieNik
06-24-2005, 07:31 AM
Thanks, Irochka :wavey:

mer
06-24-2005, 07:34 AM
Why do they call him insane? We know he's complicated but not that much I guess. LOL

BelgianWaffle
06-24-2005, 07:37 AM
Many people have that idea of the Mad Russian...wonder how they come with that image? :scratch:

Maybe it's because of the press conferences? Because sometimes he does look a little bit drugged, you know mumbling and bored, looking down, .. ;)

AnnieNik
06-24-2005, 07:38 AM
Why do they call him insane? We know he's complicated but not that much I guess. LOL

Well, I guess he is complicated in our terms, and totally insane in their terms :confused:

"You can't understand Russians.." Remember? ;)

AnnieNik
06-24-2005, 07:47 AM
Maybe it's because of the press conferences? Because sometimes he does look a little bit drugged, you know mumbling and bored, looking down, .. ;)

yes ;) and he is Russian :devil:

mer
06-24-2005, 07:50 AM
Well, I guess he is complicated in our terms, and totally insane in their terms :confused:

"You can't understand Russians.." Remember? ;)

Actually after reading latest articles about Marat I started to wonder what would these reportes write about russians in general if they happened to spend some time here. :p

AnnieNik
06-24-2005, 07:54 AM
Actually after reading latest articles about Marat I started to wonder what would these reportes write about russians in general if they happened to spend some time here. :p

They wouldn't :angel:

But they are disinformed (is that a word?), so that they stick to the cliche of the Mighty-Bad-Russians-over-there-Easter-from-us :D

BelgianWaffle
06-24-2005, 07:56 AM
Actually after reading latest articles about Marat I started to wonder what would these reportes write about russians in general if they happened to spend some time here. :p

*in shock* You mean you're not all gloomy, serious people who drink vodka all day and wear furry hats?!?!

:p :p :p

mer
06-24-2005, 07:58 AM
They wouldn't :angel:

But they are disinformed (is that a word?), so that they stick to the cliche of the Mighty-Bad-Russians-over-there-Easter-from-us :D

No, I meant they would probably think we are all mad here LOL

Seriously some things about Marat which I consider quite normal seem strange to these reporters. :confused: Or they just like to dramatize ;)

Curls
06-24-2005, 08:03 AM
No, I meant they would probably think we are all mad here LOL

Seriously some things about Marat which I consider quite normal seem strange to these reporters. :confused: Or they just like to dramatize ;)
some things? like what? :)

AnnieNik
06-24-2005, 08:04 AM
No, I meant they would probably think we are all mad here LOL

Seriously some things about Marat which I consider quite normal seem strange to these reporters. :confused: Or they just like to dramatize ;)

Irochka, they think that everybody is mad in Eastern Europe (weeeeell, maybe we are? :shrug: ;) ).

We are just different and they have difficulties comprehending that that's the way we are :angel: The same way I have difficulties understanding some of the US/West Europeans....I guess that's normal....aaarghhh I have put too much thought this morning, I'd better stop :devil:

AnnieNik
06-24-2005, 08:05 AM
some things? like what? :)

breaking racqets, dropping pants...stuff like that :haha:

mer
06-24-2005, 08:08 AM
*in shock* You mean you're not all gloomy, serious people who drink vodka all day and wear furry hats?!?!

:p :p :p

:lol: we are gloomy, but not serious. Vodka? actually I do have a bottle of tequila under my desk...left from our last corporate party :o
Furry hats :lol: ! The best thing I like in American movies about Russia :p

foul_dwimmerlaik
06-24-2005, 08:09 AM
all the males in my house are driving me round the bend ... grrrrrrrr!! Baby Curls has a terrible cough ... sounds like he's coughing up a lung or something ...v v nasty (I was up half the night with him :rolleyes: ) ... Curls Jr is the usual, busy busy busy little boy ... oh & Mr Curls, well he's got the flu (it's just a cold actually, but don't tell him that!!), it's the end of the world when he gets sick ... God, men are pathetic when they're sick! ...so all I have to say about my life at the moment is :rolleyes: :mad: :rolleyes: :mad: oh & Go Marat!! :yeah: :lol:Awww, Pam, please be well. All the best to baby Curls and Mr. Curls!

Go Marat!

Curls
06-24-2005, 08:13 AM
breaking racqets, dropping pants...stuff like that :haha:
lmao :haha:

foul_dwimmerlaik
06-24-2005, 08:13 AM
breaking racqets, dropping pants...stuff like that :haha:Actually, some of Marat's traits seem strange even to me. His stubborn fatalism, for example - I don't know how he even became a professional sportsman with this kind of 'tude. I chalk it up to his Muslim roots.

mer
06-24-2005, 08:22 AM
Actually, some of Marat's traits seem strange even to me. His stubborn fatalism, for example - I don't know how he even became a professional sportsman with this kind of 'tude. I chalk it up to his Muslim roots.

I guess you are right. I think that fatalism is very russian feature though.
Marat probabaly has a deadly mixture of a certain complicated russian and muslim traits.

BelgianWaffle
06-24-2005, 08:23 AM
:lol: we are gloomy, but not serious. Vodka? actually I do have a bottle of tequila under my desk...left from our last corporate party :o
Furry hats :lol: ! The best thing I like in American movies about Russia :p

hehe.. actually my dad goes to Moscow regularly for his work and he did say he couldn't keep up with the drinking, saying you guys toast to everything, followed by bottoms up :lol:
He did bring some chocolate cookies that were really :lick: ;)

foul_dwimmerlaik
06-24-2005, 08:25 AM
Marat probabaly has a deadly mixture of a certain compicated russian and muslim traits.
*shudders*

I think Marat is plenty complicated, but the journos often imply that that's because he's russian - that's bull. Becker was as strange as it gets, and he wasn't russian. Goran, Connors - Marat's strange because he's Marat.

BelgianWaffle
06-24-2005, 08:32 AM
Actually I've seen Connors in the BBC studio a couple of times and I was pretty shocked how calm and eloquent he was :eek:
He really comes across as a very intelligent guy.

mer
06-24-2005, 08:34 AM
hehe.. actually my dad goes to Moscow regularly for his work and he did say he couldn't keep up with the drinking, saying you guys toast to everything, followed by bottoms up :lol:

Don't tell me. Last party was on Thursday and lasted till 5 a.m and at 10 a.m we had to be back in the office. I still don't know how I survived working on Friday. :o :lol:

foul_dwimmerlaik
06-24-2005, 08:37 AM
Actually I've seen Connors in the BBC studio a couple of times and I was pretty shocked how calm and eloquent he was :eek:
He really comes across as a very intelligent guy.
Well, he's what now, 50? :) I don't doubt his intelligence, only that in his day he's had plenty of, as we say "cockroaches in the head".

BelgianWaffle
06-24-2005, 08:42 AM
He looks pretty good for a 50-year old then :eek:
Anyway I had been watching documentaries about wimbledon in the 70's and 80's and compared to that footage he was remarkably.. lovable ;)

chrissiej
06-24-2005, 11:18 AM
Plasticine rackets? :lol:
(I admit that shot was pretty bad but it wasn't the worst ever) ;)

Reading that article makes it sound like Marat is always angry, moody, "muttering darkly" ( :rolleyes: ), going around swearing, etc :o

You gotta love these british articles though.. :worship:

I'm glad we're keeping you so well entertained during Wimbledon ;) :p

Bibir
06-24-2005, 11:32 AM
*shudders*

I think Marat is plenty complicated, but the journos often imply that that's because he's russian - that's bull. Becker was as strange as it gets, and he wasn't russian. Goran, Connors - Marat's strange because he's Marat.
People think he's strange because he's russian...and russians think he's strange because he's a tatar. :o

foul_dwimmerlaik
06-24-2005, 11:39 AM
He looks pretty good for a 50-year old then :eek:Cause I want to be anal sometimes, I looked him up at wikipedia. He's 52, actually.

Wednesday Addams
06-24-2005, 11:49 AM
People think he's strange because he's russian...and russians think he's strange because he's a tatar. :o
:lol: And to that I say.... What abt Kafel? He's not tatar, but he's still as strange as they come.
Just goes to show you it's not abt being russian/tatar.... they're just strange because that's them. :lol:

Bibir
06-24-2005, 11:59 AM
:lol: And to that I say.... What abt Kafel? He's not tatar, but he's still as strange as they come.
Just goes to show you it's not abt being russian/tatar.... they're just strange because that's them. :lol:
I know, but media needs "cliché" to survive. :sad:

Like in MTF, some posters tend to stereotype Marat fans (teeny booper, shallow girl blah, blah). Maria, Tanya, Curls and the others will appreciate. :p

tall_one
06-24-2005, 12:05 PM
I know, but media needs "cliché" to survive. :sad:
yeah that sure seems to be true :mad:

Wednesday Addams
06-24-2005, 12:06 PM
Like in MTF, some posters tend to stereotype Marat fans (teeny booper, shallow girl blah, blah). Maria, Tanya, Curls and the others will appreciate. :p
God, that's so old, it's not even funny anymore. :rolleyes: But, of course, it's okay for others to fervently root for their favs, they will not be called 'shallow', 'teeny bopper', obviously.... :rolleyes: They are REAL fans who don't care abt looks. :rolleyes:

Bibir
06-24-2005, 12:12 PM
God, that's so old, it's not even funny anymore. :rolleyes: But, of course, it's okay for others to fervently root for their favs, they will not be called 'shallow', 'teeny bopper', obviously.... :rolleyes: They are REAL fans who don't care abt looks. :rolleyes:
Worse, there's a new trend in GM...If you are a Marat fan and if you call him OAF, that means you are making excuses and you don't respect his opponent. :yeah:

Bibir
06-24-2005, 12:13 PM
yeah that sure seems to be true :mad:
ok...Cool Nicki...Calm down!

I'm safe...I'm safe...I'm safe..............For the moment. :scared:

Curls
06-24-2005, 12:14 PM
Worse, there's a new trend in GM...If you are a Marat fan and if you call him OAF, that means you are making excuses and you don't respect his opponent. :yeah:
I don't know why, but I just can't bring myself to call him an Oaf :shrug: ... there is always a reason for losing a match.

Wednesday Addams
06-24-2005, 12:17 PM
Worse, there's a new trend in GM...If you are a Marat fan and if you call him OAF, that means you are making excuses and you don't respect his opponent. :yeah:
Yeah, I know.... U just can't say anything anymore in GM these days, without being labelled a shallow PT making excuses for the tennis player she likes just for his looks. :rolleyes:

Bibir
06-24-2005, 12:20 PM
I don't know why, but I just can't bring myself to call him an Oaf :shrug: ... there is always a reason for losing a match.
:lol: yes, but when the reason is something like the wind, the sun, the air or the balls...It's pretty strange, no?


One of his best quotes "I didn't feel like playing today"

After his awful match (Hamburg 2004) I could say "I didn't feel like watching" :(

tall_one
06-24-2005, 12:22 PM
Worse, there's a new trend in GM...If you are a Marat fan and if you call him OAF, that means you are making excuses and you don't respect his opponent. :yeah:
*sigh* we seemed to be damned if we do, damned if we don't :o
of course reading stuff & responding to it on the GM is hazardous to your patience sanity health lol

tall_one
06-24-2005, 12:23 PM
ok...Cool Nicki...Calm down!

I'm safe...I'm safe...I'm safe..............For the moment. :scared:
huh?? see now you guys think i'm in a pissy mood when i wasn't pffffff i guess i'm damned if i do, damned if i don't :sad:

Bibir
06-24-2005, 12:25 PM
huh?? see now you guys think i'm in a pissy mood when i wasn't pffffff i guess i'm damned if i do, damned if i don't :sad:
I was kidding :bigcry: :bigcry:

Curls
06-24-2005, 12:25 PM
:lol: yes, but when the reason is something like the wind, the sun, the air or the balls...It's pretty strange, no?


One of his best quotes "I didn't feel like playing today"

After his awful match (Hamburg 2004) I could say "I didn't feel like watching" :(
Marat can be a such a prima donna :rolleyes:

Wednesday Addams
06-24-2005, 12:27 PM
Marat can be a such a prima donna :rolleyes:
Yup. "Drama queen" also.... me and my sister call him that all the time. :lol:

Curls
06-24-2005, 12:31 PM
the last few matches (Wimby & Halle) have been amazing tho ... he seems to be so patient, focussed, settled, restrained, calm etc ... in total contrast to the way he's been in the previous few months .... maybe the 'drama queen' has left his tiara in the closet for a while!

Wednesday Addams
06-24-2005, 12:32 PM
the last few matches (Wimby & Halle) have been amazing tho ... he seems to be so patient, focussed, settled, restrained, calm etc ... in total contrast to the way he's been in the previous few months .... maybe the 'drama queen' has left his tiara in the closet for a while!
Don't say it Pam, she may rear her ugly head today, it seems.... :scared:

Bibir
06-24-2005, 12:34 PM
Marat can be a such a prima donna :rolleyes:
Right!

He's so charming.

He can play like crap, I can be angry but after the press conference (a desperate face, a sad voice,a little frustrated smile) I just wanna forgive and hug the poor baby.

Yes, the multi millionaire poor baby. :rolleyes:

Curls
06-24-2005, 12:35 PM
Don't say it Pam, she may rear her ugly head today, it seems.... :scared:
this isn't a drama queen this is :tape: :eek:

Bibir
06-24-2005, 12:39 PM
the last few matches (Wimby & Halle) have been amazing tho ... he seems to be so patient, focussed, settled, restrained, calm etc ... in total contrast to the way he's been in the previous few months .... maybe the 'drama queen' has left his tiara in the closet for a while!
No the drama queen is just sleeping right now and waiting for an opportunity.:zzz:

RogiFan88
06-26-2005, 01:02 PM
Third round

Safin able to grin and bear loss to López
Russian quickly retrieves smile, writes Eleanor Preston
Saturday June 25, 2005
The Guardian

The first smile from Marat Safin came a good 45 minutes after he had lost 6-4, 7-6, 6-3 to Feliciano López in the third round yesterday. It certainly was not there as he trudged around the baseline during the match, throwing occasional despairing looks towards his coach, Peter Lundgren, or stropping at line calls.
He was still giving the umpire, Damian Steiner, stick afterwards, although that was also when the grin finally arrived. It was broad and cheeky and suggested that he bore Steiner and his linesmen no ill will.

"Well, he didn't see, like, a couple of mistakes, really big ones, but it's OK," said Safin. "Everybody is doing mistakes on the court. It doesn't matter which match you are going to umpire, everybody will give him shit because he's the only person who decides basically important points and really close calls. So he's always the bad one, no matter what he says."
The controversy at least ensured the crowd on Court One was treated to the kind of histrionics Safin is infamous for. The call that really annoyed the fifth seed came midway through the first set when he was a break down and had López at 15-40 to break back for 4-4. The first chance was a straightforward miss from the Russian, who screamed like a banshee; the second was a questionable decision by a linesman and prompted him to hit a ball so high and hard into the air that it must have had passengers on the 747 passing overhead ducking on reflex.

It landed on the roof and earned him a warning from Steiner for ball abuse. Safin was not impressed. López was clearly expecting a tantrum from the reigning Australian Open champion and ignored it when it came. "It's normal that Marat gets pissed, no?" he said afterwards.

The game, if not the call, turned out to be crucial, for López held and went on to take the first set. This is the third time that the Spaniard has reached the last 16 at Wimbledon and, although he is world-ranked only No33 to Safin's No4, he is one of the best grass-court players in the men's game and is equipped with a penetrating serve, a clever and beguiling backhand slice, crisp volleys and, for good measure, a worm-burning forehand.

Having come through a horrible draw, which required him to beat Paradorn Srichaphan and Mark Philippoussis in his first two matches, Safin played well against López but the Spaniard proved to be an obstacle too far. Safin had two further break points on López's opening service game of the second set but he survived both, the second with an ace.

The Russian held his racket in the air threateningly but, perhaps wary of receiving another sanction from Steiner, he resisted the temptation to smash it to smithereens, a fate which has befallen so many of his rackets down the years.

There was little to choose between the pair from then on until López, who has now won three of his four matches against Safin, took control in the tie-break, a clever backhand dink givng him the crucial mini-break.

At two sets down Safin seemed to remember how much his knee hurt and how much he dislikes grass and there was little suggestion of a fight-back. The knee problem should get better with rest and treatment but, though he may never love grass, his play over the past few weeks - he was runner-up to Roger Federer in Halle just under a fortnight ago - suggests that he is learning to like it more than he used to.

"I think the way I've been playing for the past two weeks is great," he said, "even though I lost today and I didn't have my day. I'm satisfied finally I found my game on grass. I was a little bit unlucky with the draw. I have nothing to complain about. I'm pretty happy."

He promised to continue playing at Wimbledon in the future, something which will please the All England Club and those who like their personalities explosive and unpredictable.

"I will play Wimbledon for the next four or five years, for sure. I can manage it," he said, before the smile made another appearance. "It's only two weeks on grass, so it doesn't take much."

http://sport.guardian.co.uk/

PennyThePenguin
06-27-2005, 02:00 AM
marat the diva ;)

blamethebloom
06-27-2005, 02:24 AM
What's an OAF?
(sorry that i am so uninformed)

BelgianWaffle
06-27-2005, 07:11 AM
What's an OAF?
(sorry that i am so uninformed)

'Oaf' (it's not an abbreviation but an actual word) ;)

NOUN:
A person regarded as stupid or clumsy.

ETYMOLOGY:
Old Norse alfr, elf, silly person; see albho- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
oafish (Adjective), oafish·ly (Adverb), oafish·ness (Noun)

It's meant to be affectionate when we use it (not insulting as some people think :rolleyes: ); when marat is 'oafing' we mean that his brain is temporary on vacation ;) :p

~lindsay~
06-27-2005, 08:58 AM
i dont know if this has been posted... sorry if it has, but marats profile is up on the rolex website....
www.rolex.com then just follow the links

Hoostie
06-27-2005, 09:05 AM
i dont know if this has been posted... sorry if it has, but marats profile is up on the rolex website....
www.rolex.com then just follow the links


I would have thought they would use a more 'sexy' photo than that. Not thats its a bad photo.... just I would have imagined a different one :)

Curls
06-27-2005, 11:30 AM
I would have thought they would use a more 'sexy' photo than that. Not thats its a bad photo.... just I would have imagined a different one :)
the watch has a very sexy price tag though ... around $US20k :eek: ... that's probably what Marat makes in a minute, or maybe an hour ... who cares, it takes me just a bit longer than an hour or so to make $20k :lol:!!

anyway, I think it's nice to see him associated with a quality product like Rolex :worship:

Saumon
06-27-2005, 05:18 PM
'Oaf' (it's not an abbreviation but an actual word)

NOUN:
A person regarded as stupid or clumsy.

ETYMOLOGY:
Old Norse alfr, elf, silly person; see albho- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
oafish (Adjective), oafish·ly (Adverb), oafish·ness (Noun)

It's meant to be affectionate when we use it (not insulting as some people think); when marat is 'oafing' we mean that his brain is temporary on vacation

I thought it stood for:

OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :eek: :bigclap: :yippee: :woohoo: 1st set

AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :scratch: :scared: :shrug: :awww: :unsure: :retard: 2nd set

FFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKK :fiery: :banghead: :mad: :bigcry: :hysteric: :sobbing: :crying2: 3rd set

BelgianWaffle
06-27-2005, 05:22 PM
ROTFLMAO :haha: :haha: :haha: :lol:

chrissiej
06-27-2005, 05:28 PM
lmao :haha::haha:

NINA_BCN
06-27-2005, 07:33 PM
:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

Damita
06-27-2005, 08:05 PM
that's a good one :yeah:

Saumon
06-27-2005, 09:55 PM
:confused: heyy that was not nice to badrep me for that :sobbing:

tall_one
06-28-2005, 12:06 AM
:confused: heyy that was not nice to badrep me for that :sobbing:
what?!?! someone bad repped you for that?!? Who??? :mad:

Damita
06-28-2005, 12:11 AM
what?!?! someone bad repped you for that?!? Who??? :mad:
I was wondering about that too.... :confused:

NINA_BCN
06-28-2005, 05:28 AM
I have a strange rep for my answer too. :confused: "strange" 'cause it has a grey mark.

Curls
06-28-2005, 06:32 AM
:confused: heyy that was not nice to badrep me for that :sobbing:
badrepped you? wtf?? ... grow a sense of humour whoever it was ... I goodrepped you for it :lol: :yeah: ... I'm still lmao :lol:

Curls
06-28-2005, 06:49 AM
I have a strange rep for my answer too. :confused: "strange" 'cause it has a grey mark.
I got a grey one too .. what's that?? not bad, but not good ... it's the :shrug: rep!! :lol:

AnnieNik
06-28-2005, 07:46 AM
I got a grey one too .. what's that?? not bad, but not good ... it's the :shrug: rep!! :lol:

maybe it's a shadow of a rep? :scratch:

tall_one
06-28-2005, 12:15 PM
grey reps are neutral!! Not bad reps lol You get them from people who have less then 50 posts or if they have a negitive rep themselves (they had red dots next to their username instead of green like all of us do) :)

Lila
06-28-2005, 12:18 PM
I thought it stood for:

OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :eek: :bigclap: :yippee: :woohoo: 1st set

AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :scratch: :scared: :shrug: :awww: :unsure: :retard: 2nd set

FFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKK :fiery: :banghead: :mad: :bigcry: :hysteric: :sobbing: :crying2: 3rd set


:haha: :haha: :yeah:

NINA_BCN
06-28-2005, 12:25 PM
grey reps are neutral!! Not bad reps lol You get them from people who have less then 50 posts or if they have a negitive rep themselves (they had red dots next to their username instead of green like all of us do) :)


Thanx for the explanation!!!! :D

jmp
06-28-2005, 12:32 PM
grey reps are neutral!! Not bad reps lol You get them from people who have less then 50 posts or if they have a negitive rep themselves (they had red dots next to their username instead of green like all of us do) :)

Thanks for the explanation, Nicki. :)

EDIT:

Clever, Saumon. :yeah:

Saumon
06-28-2005, 03:39 PM
oh ok it was a grey rep, i thought it was a badrep :o so i never had badrep, i'm such an :angel: