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Safin planning to retire in 2010

tennisgal_001
10-04-2006, 04:35 PM
Wednesday, 4 October 2006, 13:52 GMT 14:52 UK
Safin planning to retire in 2010

Russia's Marat Safin says he will retire from tennis in 2010.

The 26-year-old, who won the US Open in 2000 and Australian Open in 2005, has slipped to 63rd in the world and split with coach Peter Lundgren in August.

"My last season will be 2010," the former world number one told L'Equipe. "I will be 30 years old and it will be time to move onto something different.

"The season has been very tough. If I had won half the games I should have, I would have a different ranking."

Safin, who plays fourth seed Mikhail Youzhny in the second round of the Open de Moselle on Wednesday, says his short-term goal is to return to the world's top 30.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/5406812.stm
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Isn't it a bit premature to start making such statements?!

Horatio Caine
10-04-2006, 04:37 PM
I wouldn't pay too much notice to that.

A. He is mad :bolt:
B. 2010 is ages away and anything can happen in that time :shrug:

tennisgal_001
10-04-2006, 04:38 PM
I wouldn't pay too much notice to that.

A. He is mad :bolt:
B. 2010 is ages away and anything can happen in that time :shrug:

Exactly, which is why I find it silly that he would say such a thing!

atheneglaukopis
10-04-2006, 04:44 PM
What he's said that I believe is that he doubts at the age of 30 he'll still want to be running around a tennis court, but if he surprises himself and does, he'll keep playing. 2010 is not set in stone.

Deathless Mortal
10-04-2006, 04:49 PM
That's bullshit

pistolmarat
10-04-2006, 04:49 PM
damn you Marat:smash:
I though you'll be the next Agassi:rolleyes: :o

In 2005, just before she took the USO crown, Kim Clijsters announced, that she'll be retired after 2007.
Maybe( :smash: ) Marat will follow her footsteps:confused: just to win Madrid, Paris and then the AO in 2007:aplot:

:haha:

Tennis Fool
10-04-2006, 05:53 PM
Same guy who said he'd never play Wimbledon again, last year.

NyGeL
10-04-2006, 05:56 PM
he may retire early.

Acasuso already said that he will retire in 2009 and he is 2 years younger, right?

Saumon
10-04-2006, 05:59 PM
Same guy who said he'd never play Wimbledon again, last year.

it was 2 years ago after he lost to Tursunov ;)

Corey Feldman
10-04-2006, 06:00 PM
its easy to say something like that when he's struggling..
but if Marat was in great form by 2010 i doubt he'd quit.

Same guy who said he'd never play Wimbledon again, last year.:lol:

cmurray
10-04-2006, 07:03 PM
I'm sure Marat THINKS he's retiring in 2010. Somehow I have a feeling if he's, say, number 3 in the world, he won't be retiring.

blueskye
10-04-2006, 08:40 PM
I really hope he reconsiders ( he sure has the time for it..;) ) I love watching Marat play, despite his tantrums at times! And as said above, if he manages to work his way back into the top 10 or even 5 in the world, then he might postpone his retirement.:)

chicky841
10-04-2006, 09:07 PM
Its not set in stone, but I think in general most tennis players choose to retire when they are around 30. I think its just the whole giving it an exact year that makes it sound worse.

bellascarlett
10-04-2006, 09:43 PM
Hmmm the publication might have taken the freedom to indicate 2010 specifically as Marat has indicated before that in 4 or 5 years, he might retire. Giving out an actual retirement year changes the tone of things completely. I still doubt Marat himself said "2010".

However, if he did - Please Marat, just shut up and play better. ;)

hablovah19
10-04-2006, 09:47 PM
:sad: non, marat, noooooooooonnnnnnnn !!! :banghead:

bellascarlett
10-04-2006, 09:55 PM
:sad: non, marat, noooooooooonnnnnnnn !!! :banghead:

Hab :hug:...He'll get over it once he starts playing better and winning titles.

seven
10-04-2006, 10:23 PM
Actually he´s said that pretty often already, not only these difficult days. He always said, he wanted to retire by 30, and said, if I remember well, that he admires Agassi for playing so long, but he´ll not be able to do that.
And I think even some time ago when his knee was still injured, he said I have another 5, 6 good years, so always comes to that age.
But I think when the time comes it´s always a different thing, maybe he´ll chance his mind, if he´s still fit and successful, hopefully:sad:
I really hope he will change his mind, coz it´s gonna be a very sad day when he retires and 3 years is not even that long:sad:

Vass
10-04-2006, 10:28 PM
B. 2010 is ages away and anything can happen in that time :shrug:

Compared to when Henman will retire, yes...

But in general it's so damn close. :( All of his seasosn fly by much too quickly. :( 1rd loss, 1st rd loss, 1st rd loss...

Kalliopeia
10-04-2006, 10:32 PM
He said this after losing to James Blake last week. The day before, after winning a tough match, he was talking about how it had been a rough year but he was pleased with his progress and thought he could make it back to the top ten.

I have a feeling Marat just opens his mouth and his mood comes out. Probably best to take any of it with a grain of salt.

Fedever
10-04-2006, 10:33 PM
Same guy who said he'd never play Wimbledon again, last year.

:haha: :haha: :haha: Yep thats Marat for you. Remember when he said about Wimbledon: "Grass is for cows"!

seven
10-04-2006, 10:44 PM
:haha: :haha: :haha: Yep thats Marat for you. Remember when he said about Wimbledon: "Grass is for cows"!


Nobody´s taking Marat serious. Poor Marat:o :p

mir
10-04-2006, 10:50 PM
:eek: top 30 WTF he has te be talking about his goals for next month...

Pfloyd
10-04-2006, 11:48 PM
If he keeps playing like shit, then yes, he should retire in 2010.

If he can recuperate his form, and win a slam or two, then he will change his mind about the retirement date, but no one knows for sure what'll happen in the future.

njnetswill
10-04-2006, 11:51 PM
Well at least he didn't retire at 24 like my favorite female player Clijsters is going to do. :o

Halba
10-04-2006, 11:59 PM
safin to hang up his racquet to start a modelling career? :sport:

godspeed

Corey Feldman
10-05-2006, 02:58 AM
:haha: :haha: :haha: Yep thats Marat for you. Remember when he said about Wimbledon: "Grass is for cows"!who actually did come up with that saying? because so far ive heard people say that quote was from Vilas then Rios then Moya and now Saf
:lol:

shotgun
10-05-2006, 03:01 AM
Marat is not meant to be taken seriously. Having said that, in 2010 he will be 30, which is the average age of retirement for tennis players. :shrug:

drf716
10-05-2006, 03:04 AM
i don't want to think about it

atheneglaukopis
10-05-2006, 03:09 AM
who actually did come up with that saying? because so far ive heard people say that quote was from Vilas then Rios then Moya and now Saf
:lol:Santana's supposed to have coined it, and then he won Wimbledon, and pretty much everyone else who hates grass has repeated it since then in hopes they'll win Wimbledon too. :lol:

I have a feeling Marat just opens his mouth and his mood comes out.:yeah:

Magical Trevor
10-05-2006, 10:28 AM
I wouldn't be too surprised to be honest. He's a big guy, and playing on surfaces like hardcourts would be punishing on the knees and other joints. He's had a few operations already.

If he want's to live a normal life after tennis, 30 seems a reasonable age to retire.

gogogirl
10-07-2006, 07:20 PM
Hey All,

Nice picture of Marat below.

Twenty-ten sounds reasonable by Marat. I applaud him. Hopefully, his knee will hold it out.


http://www.mosnews.com/news/2006/09/30/safinloose.shtml

World Beater
10-07-2006, 08:18 PM
If he keeps playing like shit, then yes, he should retire in 2010.

If he can recuperate his form, and win a slam or two, then he will change his mind about the retirement date, but no one knows for sure what'll happen in the future.

have you actually watched his matches recently?

he is progressing very well in terms of the standard of tennis...he was unlucky to lose to blake 7-6 in the third, but blake did play some of his best stuff...if marat can keep playing like this, he will be a danger for everyone indoors.

cris1085
10-08-2006, 04:25 PM
It's very sad to know that Safin will retire so soon but maybe it's right for him because tennis is not all for the players and he had so many health problems in the past year. But I really will miss him when he will retire. It's so amusing even if he beats constantly one of my favourite plauers. Good luck for your life after tennis.

Jimnik
10-08-2006, 05:03 PM
It won't be his decision. He'll probably be forced into retirement by a serious injury to his knee or wrist.

seanog
10-28-2006, 09:13 AM
He says he will retire soon.4 years so if he wants the slams he better start working....

Naranoc
10-28-2006, 09:15 AM
:dance:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=87461

robinhood
10-28-2006, 09:18 AM
Yes, in four years. That's not too soon, is it?
Anyways, he's said numerous times that he aims to get back to top 10 and give himself a chance to win couple more Slams, if possible.
So he does care, I would say.

safinalium
10-28-2006, 10:37 AM
he's working now on getting seeded for australia. :rolleyes: