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Safin goes off on 2nd serve foot fault; wants rule changed

Tennis Fool
08-27-2008, 01:36 AM
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Safin sounds here pretty hot over the foot fault he received to lose the fourth set. Do you agree that it should be changed?

Safin d. Vinny Ice

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Did you learn something about the rules today that you didn't know before? Because a lot of people seemed to think that you haven't foot faulted, but apparently the rules say you did.

MARAT SAFIN: Okay, so first of all, the call was made on the sideline. I think it was complete (expletive). How you can see on the side, 35 meters away, foot fault like that?

Second of all, it's impossible, and it shouldn't be ‑ it's unwritten rule ‑ anybody who plays tennis in their life, in a career, it's difficult and it's almost impossible to make a foot fault on a second serve, and especially in the important moments you shouldn't call it.

If you are doing a foot fault on a second serve, first of all you need to get a warning. So basically you're making foot fault? Just watch out; next time I'm going to call you. This is how it should be.

So I don't think I'm missing some rules in tennis. I think the people in tennis are missing some rules. It's really, really disappointing on the fourth set because foot fault on the second serve and you're facing set point.

So I think I have the point here, and the people, they should, they should do something about it. I understand there are tons of people, officials are telling them about the rules.

But sorry. Who are the players? If you ask anybody in the locker room, they will tell you the same thing. It's wrong. I think the officials, they should change something, because they don't understand it.

Q. Do you think the official wanted to insert himself and impose?

MARAT SAFIN: No, because they never face the rules like this. All the players know about it. You can ask anybody. They'll tell you, First of all, they need to get a warning for that. Watch out. Listen, you are making a foot fault.

That's it. Next time, then you call a foot fault. But official who never played professional tennis, how he can decide what are the rules? I mean, this is really ‑‑ like it's really pissing me off, because it's official that never touched a racquet, and they're telling you what are the rules. This is what is...

Q. Have you had problems with that before?

MARAT SAFIN: No, I never. I started here in the states for some reason. I had the same thing in Cincinnati. Same thing in Cincinnati. For some reason ‑‑ I explain them, you should make, first of all, a warning. It's the same thing.

It's like talking to the wall, the same thing. Doesn't make any difference, so what I can do? They want me to be happy and they want me to be great in the press room, like be nice, speak nice and all these things. Why should I?

Q. Just to clarify, I mean, you're in the middle of a Grand Slam here. You have better things to do than fight this battle. Do you talk to people? I mean, what's the procedure when you have a situation like this?

MARAT SAFIN: No, I mean, a procedure, no. I have my point. I raise that had to official for ATP, and they have to think about something. It's very simple. Just give me a warning first before I'm making foot fault. First foot fault, not to call me, especially if you make a foot fault this way doesn't make any difference.

And if you're making it on sideline, what the difference makes? Doesn't help me to serve better. It's stupid rules that somebody made it in, I don't know, 1850, and now they give me the problems with these things, and it shouldn't be that way.

Q. On a happier note, were you pleased with how you came back in the fifth and put it behind?

MARAT SAFIN: Just rather to be nicer to close it than four instead of facing the fifth set and never know how it's going to end.

Plus it's windy, plus Vince is playing well, he's shooting left and right, balls are going inside the line. It's not really perfect scenario, but I put myself together and played a very good fifth set.

Q. Have you received this courtesy in the past? Have other officials warned you and said you, All right, thanks. I'll look out for it? Is this the first time someone has called it without giving you a warning ?

MARAT SAFIN: No, I never received a warning. This is the point.

Q. But you'd like to?

MARAT SAFIN: I would love to. It's not so complicated. The guy, the chair umpire, when they go with the linesman, on the back sideline, first when I start to make the foot fault, they should tell me, Listen, you're making a foot fault. Be careful. Next time I'm calling it.

Okay. So that's my problem if she gonna call it or not. I've been advised already. You can't call on a deuce and then face the set point. That's my point.

Q. Do you think the call itself should be changed?

MARAT SAFIN: Well, it's just have to be review it again. Just has to go through, Listen, guys, let's say it happened already Cincinnati; it happened here. Let's do something about it.

I'm sorry, how your guy can see with the sunglasses from 35 feet meters away on a foot fault which is probably is this foot fault on a sideline, which doesn't make any sense he calls me. Why? Why you want to do that? What for?

So if I ask him, he tell me, I don't know. He will tell you, I don't know.

Q. I was just going to ask you what did the chair umpire say to you for explanation?

MARAT SAFIN: Marat, rules are rules; Marat, Marat, you cannot put two words together unfortunately in this situation. We understand the pressure he has. He has to go by the rules.

But at least he should, you know, speak to both linesman and explain them, Listen, if he's making, first of all make the warning. Don't go straight and make him the foot fault. This is what would be normal.

But the guy is answering, These are rules. I mean, how should be just to give this answer? Speak to the linesman and explain them, Listen, if you start to making, call him the warning and then we go with foot a fault.

Q. Did you actually ask the linesman? Did you get a chance to ask him yourself how he saw the call, or did you just talk to the umpire?

MARAT SAFIN: If I ask him he doesn't even hear he's so far away. How he can see if he doesn't even hear me?

Q. Did you ever get a chance to go up to him and talk to him, the linesman himself?

MARAT SAFIN: For what? What he going to tell me? He will not speak to me and then he will say, No. Rules. Foot fault. This much. So this is the answer is you're going to get.

Q. When the call was made in Cincinnati, was it also by the same...

MARAT SAFIN: Not the same guy, thanks God. Otherwise would be...

Q. Same area of the court? Was it more of an area where...

MARAT SAFIN: No, because in Cincinnati it was more from the linesman. But it's just a little bit weird. Never happened to me. First time in my life that I'm making foot faults on my second serve, so I think it's a little bit ridiculous, because I never, ever did this.

Q. You've talked in the past year about situations where you've let your temper tear your game apart and not been able to regroup. The fact that you were able to regroup, you know, you were obviously quite upset, come back in that fifth set and regroup and take it, I mean, can you take something positive out of this?

MARAT SAFIN: Oh, first of all, I'm 28. I've been already on tour for 10 years, and I want to enjoy my tennis. I don't want to fight anybody. I don't want facing any problems on the court. I just want to enjoy.

It's not like I'm playing because I'm starving from death and I need to do something original to earn money. I want to enjoy. It's so simple. I just want to enjoy. I don't want to fight. I don't want to shout.

I just want to have a nice match, win or lose, and whatever happens to go home. That's it. I don't want to face the foot faults and all these things. So I don't have to put myself together, let's try to calm down, let's play some tennis.

The guy from Vince's side was shouting every five minutes, Come on Vince; come on Vince. Also it's annoying. (laughter.)

So you need really to concentrate on that. But unfortunately I have to. I have to do that. But I wish I could play normal tennis and enjoy my matches sometimes.

Q. Your sister was in here earlier after her win, and she talked about you actually have talked to her through the years about trying to learn from your...

MARAT SAFIN: My mistakes, yes. (laughter.)

Q. Can you just give us a couple minutes what you think of what she's done professionally so far this year in particular and maybe what her chances are?

MARAT SAFIN: I think if she will do everything opposite of what I've been doing throughout the years she will be No. 1 in the world for a long time. That's as simple as it is.

Q. As a brother, how proud of her are you?

MARAT SAFIN: Always, of course. I mean, she's doing so well, and she's very close to finish the year No. 1. She's playing well. Two tough finals in the French Open and Beijing, so I think the third one is here. She should take her chance.

It's a little too early to speak about it, but I think she deserved it. And the way she was working already this year, and the decision she made at the age of 22 for a girl, I think it's very tough one.

She made them, she's doing very well, and I think she deserved it. I think she's totally ready to win the first Grand Slam, so I think why not? I'm really proud of the way she's handling the pressure and the way she's handling herself.

I think it's ‑‑ and the way she's treating the people around her, I think it's amazing, so I'm really happy for her.

Q. Were you surprised that the referee called security to the court?

MARAT SAFIN: No, no, it wasn't for me. No, it wasn't for me, no, no, no. Thanks God we didn't get to that stage.

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happy928
08-27-2008, 01:42 AM
safin's such a cry baby.

flower14
08-27-2008, 01:50 AM
marat is mad at the guy from 1850 who made rules. :)

alfonsojose
08-27-2008, 01:54 AM
The lazy, overhyped russian strikes again :zzz:

Yappa
08-27-2008, 02:06 AM
This is damn funny. :D Thanks for reminding me that I should check out the interviews on the US Open site. :)

GlennMirnyi
08-27-2008, 02:07 AM
Safin gets older but doesn't change: a huge attention whore.

Neely
08-27-2008, 02:10 AM
I already had to laugh and rolls so hard when I followed the situation with the foot fault in Cincinnati. I'm not sure how Marat does it, but the arguing with Mourier was really great entertainment :yeah:

especially if you make a foot fault this way doesn't make any difference.
Does Marat think if he is serving from the wrong side into the correct service box that this does not make a difference? As much as I read, the foot fault was called because he touched, exceeded the imaginary center mark, not the baseline. Right?

If so, then I disagree with him.

Of course he is right somehow that a footfault is a bit of a problem, because a lay person can have big impact on matches if he wants to (nobody is going to overrule a foot fault, right? even the chair umpire will trust the call and doesn't primarly look at the feet of the server).


Nobody happens to have a video of this situation? The foot fault and Safin arguing after it?

I would love to see it, though it probably would not top the Cincinnati case.

Deboogle!.
08-27-2008, 02:16 AM
As much as I read, the foot fault was called because he touched, exceeded the imaginary center mark, not the baseline. Right?Yes that's correct. Our commentators got the rulebook and looked it up - he touched/crossed that little stub of a line in the middle of the baseline, BEFORE he started his serve motion I guess. I didn't quite catch exactly the details but I thought it was something like, if your foot starts out on the correct side but in your motion it sweeps across this center line, that's ok, but it's not ok to start there. Someone please correct me if I heard it wrong.

Albop
08-27-2008, 02:24 AM
:zzz:

GlennMirnyi
08-27-2008, 02:25 AM
Yes that's correct. Our commentators got the rulebook and looked it up - he touched/crossed that little stub of a line in the middle of the baseline, BEFORE he started his serve motion I guess. I didn't quite catch exactly the details but I thought it was something like, if your foot starts out on the correct side but in your motion it sweeps across this center line, that's ok, but it's not ok to start there. Someone please correct me if I heard it wrong.

That's one of the most basic rules of tennis, to be honest.

Tennis Fool
08-27-2008, 02:26 AM
[QUOTE=Neely;7554268]I already had to laugh and rolls so hard when I followed the situation with the foot fault in Cincinnati. I'm not sure how Marat does it, but the arguing with Mourier was really great entertainment :yeah:

The Cincinnati ff is on Youtube. Straight comedy. :)

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I'm sure today's match will soon be posted.

Neely
08-27-2008, 02:36 AM
Yes that's correct. Our commentators got the rulebook and looked it up - he touched/crossed that little stub of a line in the middle of the baseline, BEFORE he started his serve motion I guess. I didn't quite catch exactly the details but I thought it was something like, if your foot starts out on the correct side but in your motion it sweeps across this center line, that's ok, but it's not ok to start there. Someone please correct me if I heard it wrong.
The before sounds really strange to me. Probably the refs must have deemed him at least being in his service motion (or having started his serving motion) to call him a foot fault. Then it makes sense again.

Or they said his feet weren't immediately before beginning to serve enough at rest. There is a rule which says your feet have to be somewhat at rest.



I'm sorry, how your guy can see with the sunglasses from 35 feet meters away on a foot fault which is probably is this foot fault on a sideline, which doesn't make any sense he calls me. Why? Why you want to do that? What for?
So not the center service line judge behind him called the fault, but the judge from the opposite site?

If there were only two line judges on each side of the court for the sidelines, then it's indeed hard to see. You have to look through the net, don't even have a clear view because the net tape which holds the net to its required height in the middle is in your view, and you have to focus on your line.

CyBorg
08-27-2008, 02:43 AM
I agree that it was laughable that the call was made from that far away. I can see why Marat is pissed.

*Viva Chile*
08-27-2008, 03:15 AM
This Marat is so funny :lol:

lina_seta
08-27-2008, 03:49 AM
hilarious stuff... i love his logic hahaha

~*BGT*~
08-27-2008, 03:52 AM
Q. Can you just give us a couple minutes what you think of what she's done professionally so far this year in particular and maybe what her chances are?

MARAT SAFIN: I think if she will do everything opposite of what I've been doing throughout the years she will be No. 1 in the world for a long time. That's as simple as it is.

:lol: :yeah:

I already had to laugh and rolls so hard when I followed the situation with the foot fault in Cincinnati. I'm not sure how Marat does it, but the arguing with Mourier was really great entertainment :yeah:

The Cincinnati ff is on Youtube. Straight comedy. :)


:lol: Reminds me of "It's just keeling me today."

ms_ykAweKVY

Lucinda
08-27-2008, 04:47 AM
ahaha, that video is awesome. I love seeing emotion from the Fed.

Forehander
08-27-2008, 08:50 AM
I hate the fact how Safin doesn't chuck as much crazy tantrums as he use to. Use to be much more entertaining when he had a whole bunch of girlfriends around.

Lopez
08-27-2008, 09:22 AM
That's one of the most basic rules of tennis, to be honest.

But is it truly so that during the service you can cross the middle line? Or did I understand Deb's text wrong?

I've always though that you can't pass/touch neither line before you touch the ball, not the baseline nor the "middle line".

I think that he has a slight point though, a foot fault is so insignificant that they could only say about the first one and then start taking points away from the following ones. Just like timewasting etc.

Btw, what's with the Finnish flag :) ?

Jelena
08-27-2008, 10:08 AM
Safin sounds here pretty hot over the foot fault he received to lose the fourth set. Do you agree that it should be changed?

Safin d. Vinny Ice

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Did you learn something about the rules today that you didn't know before? Because a lot of people seemed to think that you haven't foot faulted, but apparently the rules say you did.

MARAT SAFIN: Okay, so first of all, the call was made on the sideline. I think it was complete (expletive). How you can see on the side, 35 meters away, foot fault like that?

Second of all, it's impossible, and it shouldn't be ‑ it's unwritten rule ‑ anybody who plays tennis in their life, in a career, it's difficult and it's almost impossible to make a foot fault on a second serve, and especially in the important moments you shouldn't call it.

If you are doing a foot fault on a second serve, first of all you need to get a warning. So basically you're making foot fault? Just watch out; next time I'm going to call you. This is how it should be.

So I don't think I'm missing some rules in tennis. I think the people in tennis are missing some rules. It's really, really disappointing on the fourth set because foot fault on the second serve and you're facing set point.

So I think I have the point here, and the people, they should, they should do something about it. I understand there are tons of people, officials are telling them about the rules.

But sorry. Who are the players? If you ask anybody in the locker room, they will tell you the same thing. It's wrong. I think the officials, they should change something, because they don't understand it.

Q. Do you think the official wanted to insert himself and impose?

MARAT SAFIN: No, because they never face the rules like this. All the players know about it. You can ask anybody. They'll tell you, First of all, they need to get a warning for that. Watch out. Listen, you are making a foot fault.

That's it. Next time, then you call a foot fault. But official who never played professional tennis, how he can decide what are the rules? I mean, this is really ‑‑ like it's really pissing me off, because it's official that never touched a racquet, and they're telling you what are the rules. This is what is...

Q. Have you had problems with that before?

MARAT SAFIN: No, I never. I started here in the states for some reason. I had the same thing in Cincinnati. Same thing in Cincinnati. For some reason ‑‑ I explain them, you should make, first of all, a warning. It's the same thing.

It's like talking to the wall, the same thing. Doesn't make any difference, so what I can do? They want me to be happy and they want me to be great in the press room, like be nice, speak nice and all these things. Why should I?

Q. Just to clarify, I mean, you're in the middle of a Grand Slam here. You have better things to do than fight this battle. Do you talk to people? I mean, what's the procedure when you have a situation like this?

MARAT SAFIN: No, I mean, a procedure, no. I have my point. I raise that had to official for ATP, and they have to think about something. It's very simple. Just give me a warning first before I'm making foot fault. First foot fault, not to call me, especially if you make a foot fault this way doesn't make any difference.

And if you're making it on sideline, what the difference makes? Doesn't help me to serve better. It's stupid rules that somebody made it in, I don't know, 1850, and now they give me the problems with these things, and it shouldn't be that way.

Q. On a happier note, were you pleased with how you came back in the fifth and put it behind?

MARAT SAFIN: Just rather to be nicer to close it than four instead of facing the fifth set and never know how it's going to end.

Plus it's windy, plus Vince is playing well, he's shooting left and right, balls are going inside the line. It's not really perfect scenario, but I put myself together and played a very good fifth set.

Q. Have you received this courtesy in the past? Have other officials warned you and said you, All right, thanks. I'll look out for it? Is this the first time someone has called it without giving you a warning ?

MARAT SAFIN: No, I never received a warning. This is the point.

Q. But you'd like to?

MARAT SAFIN: I would love to. It's not so complicated. The guy, the chair umpire, when they go with the linesman, on the back sideline, first when I start to make the foot fault, they should tell me, Listen, you're making a foot fault. Be careful. Next time I'm calling it.
Okay. So that's my problem if she gonna call it or not. I've been advised already. You can't call on a deuce and then face the set point. That's my point.

Q. Do you think the call itself should be changed?

MARAT SAFIN: Well, it's just have to be review it again. Just has to go through, Listen, guys, let's say it happened already Cincinnati; it happened here. Let's do something about it.

I'm sorry, how your guy can see with the sunglasses from 35 feet meters away on a foot fault which is probably is this foot fault on a sideline, which doesn't make any sense he calls me. Why? Why you want to do that? What for?

So if I ask him, he tell me, I don't know. He will tell you, I don't know.

Q. I was just going to ask you what did the chair umpire say to you for explanation?

MARAT SAFIN: Marat, rules are rules; Marat, Marat, you cannot put two words together unfortunately in this situation. We understand the pressure he has. He has to go by the rules.

But at least he should, you know, speak to both linesman and explain them, Listen, if he's making, first of all make the warning. Don't go straight and make him the foot fault. This is what would be normal.

But the guy is answering, These are rules. I mean, how should be just to give this answer? Speak to the linesman and explain them, Listen, if you start to making, call him the warning and then we go with foot a fault.

Q. Did you actually ask the linesman? Did you get a chance to ask him yourself how he saw the call, or did you just talk to the umpire?

MARAT SAFIN: If I ask him he doesn't even hear he's so far away. How he can see if he doesn't even hear me?

Q. Did you ever get a chance to go up to him and talk to him, the linesman himself?

MARAT SAFIN: For what? What he going to tell me? He will not speak to me and then he will say, No. Rules. Foot fault. This much. So this is the answer is you're going to get.

Q. When the call was made in Cincinnati, was it also by the same...

MARAT SAFIN: Not the same guy, thanks God. Otherwise would be...

Q. Same area of the court? Was it more of an area where...

MARAT SAFIN: No, because in Cincinnati it was more from the linesman. But it's just a little bit weird. Never happened to me. First time in my life that I'm making foot faults on my second serve, so I think it's a little bit ridiculous, because I never, ever did this.

Q. You've talked in the past year about situations where you've let your temper tear your game apart and not been able to regroup. The fact that you were able to regroup, you know, you were obviously quite upset, come back in that fifth set and regroup and take it, I mean, can you take something positive out of this?

MARAT SAFIN: Oh, first of all, I'm 28. I've been already on tour for 10 years, and I want to enjoy my tennis. I don't want to fight anybody. I don't want facing any problems on the court. I just want to enjoy.

It's not like I'm playing because I'm starving from death and I need to do something original to earn money. I want to enjoy. It's so simple. I just want to enjoy. I don't want to fight. I don't want to shout.

I just want to have a nice match, win or lose, and whatever happens to go home. That's it. I don't want to face the foot faults and all these things. So I don't have to put myself together, let's try to calm down, let's play some tennis.

The guy from Vince's side was shouting every five minutes, Come on Vince; come on Vince. Also it's annoying. (laughter.)

So you need really to concentrate on that. But unfortunately I have to. I have to do that. But I wish I could play normal tennis and enjoy my matches sometimes.

Q. Your sister was in here earlier after her win, and she talked about you actually have talked to her through the years about trying to learn from your...

MARAT SAFIN: My mistakes, yes. (laughter.)

Q. Can you just give us a couple minutes what you think of what she's done professionally so far this year in particular and maybe what her chances are?

MARAT SAFIN: I think if she will do everything opposite of what I've been doing throughout the years she will be No. 1 in the world for a long time. That's as simple as it is.

Q. As a brother, how proud of her are you?

MARAT SAFIN: Always, of course. I mean, she's doing so well, and she's very close to finish the year No. 1. She's playing well. Two tough finals in the French Open and Beijing, so I think the third one is here. She should take her chance.

It's a little too early to speak about it, but I think she deserved it. And the way she was working already this year, and the decision she made at the age of 22 for a girl, I think it's very tough one.

She made them, she's doing very well, and I think she deserved it. I think she's totally ready to win the first Grand Slam, so I think why not? I'm really proud of the way she's handling the pressure and the way she's handling herself.

I think it's ‑‑ and the way she's treating the people around her, I think it's amazing, so I'm really happy for her.

Q. Were you surprised that the referee called security to the court?

MARAT SAFIN: No, no, it wasn't for me. No, it wasn't for me, no, no, no. Thanks God we didn't get to that stage.

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Obviously it IS possible to make a foot fault at second serve. The rule for foot fault is to have to play a second serve, or if it happens at a second serve, then you get a double fault. Period. The rule is NOT to give the player a warning before the foot fault is called. So I really don't know what he is whining about. If he thinks many other players support him in his views he should collect them to make a joint action to get the rule-book changed. But til now the rules are what they are, so it's simply not worth to whine about it.

Bernard Black
08-27-2008, 10:11 AM
I sympathise with Safin but come on, serving is a technique he has spent thousands of hours practicing. There's no excuse for foot-faulting other than succumbing to the pressure of the moment, so it's a problem in his head he needs to sort out and not something that needs to be changed in the rules.

HeretiC
08-27-2008, 10:40 AM
It is kinda stupid that baseline person(from the side of the court) decides about crossing an imaginary middle line during service motion. From that perspective there is no way he can call it accurately. He is responsible for the line that goes at 90 degrees to him (baseline), not for an imaginary middle line that goes parallel to him. That should be a job for the guy behind the server.

bjurra
08-27-2008, 11:29 AM
Marat is an idiot.

Speaking of second serve foot faults, check out this clip. Hilarious!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnQp9YoLl68

scoobs
08-27-2008, 11:36 AM
It is kinda stupid that baseline person(from the side of the court) decides about crossing an imaginary middle line during service motion. From that perspective there is no way he can call it accurately. He is responsible for the line that goes at 90 degrees to him (baseline), not for an imaginary middle line that goes parallel to him. That should be a job for the guy behind the server.
It isn't him - it's the centre linejudge behind the server that makes that call, I'm sure of it. I remember at Wimbledon there was a big fuss over Petrova, in the QF I think, making this centre mark footfault mistake and the camera work was all showing the linejudge behind her as the one responsible for the calls.

Meanwhile, Marat, learn the rules, play by the rules and stop whining - by all means argue that the linejudge was wrong if that is what you believe - but stop staying "change the rules, I don't like them." That's just lame.

scoobs
08-27-2008, 11:43 AM
Normally though, Marat's footfaults are touching the baseline when in the service motion so normally his beef is with the baseline service judge at the side.

Just not this time.

Marat is branching out with his footfaulting now, exploring new options.

Black Adam
08-27-2008, 12:07 PM
I don't understand why someone get roasted for voicing his opinion. Hewitt and Gaudio also have issues with footfaults and should be allowed to voice their opinions on the matter without worrying about making a scene or offending some poor souls that can't handle controversy.

scoobs
08-27-2008, 12:09 PM
They get roasted because, yeah they can express their opinion if they like but that doesn't mean they get a free pass to be immune from criticism - we're expressing our opinions, which are that he's wrong and needs to stop whining and fix his serving :angel:

madmanfool
08-27-2008, 12:45 PM
Marat is an idiot.

Speaking of second serve foot faults, check out this clip. Hilarious!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnQp9YoLl68

beat me to it :)

Burrow
08-27-2008, 01:00 PM
Safin gets older but doesn't change: a huge attention whore.

You have ironically just described the epitome of Stepanek.

~*BGT*~
08-27-2008, 04:08 PM
Marat is an idiot.

Speaking of second serve foot faults, check out this clip. Hilarious!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnQp9YoLl68

Oh my goodness, he's now turned over the chair. :haha:

Pfloyd
08-27-2008, 04:16 PM
:lol:

Safin. He should consider becoming a commentator for ESPN, or other sports networks.

He´s very good at ranting.

JolánGagó
08-27-2008, 04:31 PM
He should actually retire and stop making a fool of himself.

r2473
08-27-2008, 05:04 PM
Yes that's correct. Our commentators got the rulebook and looked it up - he touched/crossed that little stub of a line in the middle of the baseline, BEFORE he started his serve motion I guess. I didn't quite catch exactly the details but I thought it was something like, if your foot starts out on the correct side but in your motion it sweeps across this center line, that's ok, but it's not ok to start there. Someone please correct me if I heard it wrong.

I didn't watch the 5th set, so I didn't hear this. But, right after the foot fault was called, McEnroe and Courier were strongly opposed to the call. After reading the rulebook, did they change their minds or did they still think it was a BS call (given the situation)?

Personally, I think the call was BS. Safin is right. I bet 100% of the players would be on his side on this one. That is not a call that should be made from across the court in that situation. No way.

gulzhan
08-27-2008, 05:09 PM
You have ironically just described the epitome of Stepanek.

or himself :eek:

mariyella80
08-27-2008, 05:12 PM
I Loooooove Maaaaaarat!!!!!!!

EnriqueIG8
08-27-2008, 05:43 PM
Marat :worship:

bambelbitz
08-27-2008, 11:21 PM
safin's such a cry baby.

On this matter he really is!!!

Schu
08-28-2008, 12:09 AM
It was a pretty crappy time to enforce the stupid rule but it is a BASIC rule of tennis. And it's not like this didn't happen to Safin just a few weeks earlier.

Luv the guy but get a grip Marat.

dkw
08-28-2008, 12:18 AM
Safin is a nut job.

On a positive note - I haven't read one of his interviews in a while but his English which has always been very good is now practically native.

He should learn a 4th so he can engage in more useless arguments :D

Tennis Fool
08-30-2008, 04:45 AM
Update of OP with the Youtube copy of the infamous US Open centerline foot fool. From what it looked to me, total bs.

MarieS
08-30-2008, 05:54 AM
That's one of the most basic rules of tennis, to be honest.

Yes, a very basic rule that the tennis genius GlennMirnyi knew of before he started walking and talking but John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Boris Becker, Tracy Austin, and Marat Safin (with a combined 22 grand slams between them) were all unaware of. Vamos! :worship: