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Today 01:15 AM
monkey247
Re: News & Articles Part 3 - The Return of the Yeti

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OMG time flies... seems like yesterday it was the other IPTL.
I kind of wish it were. This year's edition is such a damp squib, especially for the Warriors. Thomas Enqvist defected to the Indian Aces (not that he was much cop), Serena and Roger bailed after the money ran out, and there won't be a Philippines or UAE leg this year. I really hope IPTL can keep the flame alive, it would be such a shame for the whole enterprise to collapse after just three years.

Interview with May Chen of the Straits Times in Singapore yesterday (7 December).

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Tennis: From tanker to thinker - the evolution of Safin

The philosopher is speaking deeply and in abstract terms, describing how one can tread carefully between light and darkness; his palms gesturing in the air for added effect.

These days, Marat Safin ruminates on the concept of will and belief. Yet it was not too long ago that the thinker of today was a tennis player known for a far more vulgar vocabulary.

The former world No. 1 wrecked rackets (the record apparently stands at more than 80 a year), was fined for tanking a match, and showed up in Australia to start the season one year sporting black eyes after a brawl.

A wry smile creeps up his bearded face and his fingers rummage through the curls in his hair as the retired Russian tennis star recalls the days when a bad-boy image was affixed as a footnote in his impressive tennis curriculum vitae.

Safin, in town to play at the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), calls it "self-expression" but even he admits his tantrums often went overboard.

"I went a little too extreme, but it was me, " he told The Straits Times yesterday. "There was no anger and it wasn't against anybody. For me, it was self-expression."

From berating himself on court, to using choice words at umpires, to celebrating a winning point at the 2004 French Open by dropping his shorts (he was docked a point for it), the two-time Grand Slam champion never held back his emotions.

Perhaps by wearing his heart so freely on his sleeve, Safin endeared himself to many who saw passion rather than petulance.

He said: "I just couldn't hold certain things inside me because I was boiling. I pushed the limits a little too far. Looking back, (at) some moments I don't really like or enjoy what I was doing.

"But I really appreciated people who didn't judge me for certain things. They took it in a nice way even though I pushed the limits a little too far."

It is not hard to see why Safin, with the benefit of hindsight and now the maturity of a 36-year-old retired professional, can empathise with Nick Kyrgios as someone who might be misunderstood.

He described the 21-year-old starlet, whose antics have been punished and criticised, as "a good person" with "a great heart" and "a person with light inside".

Safin urged observers to allow the Australian time to mature, since dealing with pressure is one of the most important and tricky parts of the professional game.

To survive the volatility of being on tour and the "very mental" pressure that comes with it, a good support team is vital.

Said Safin: "With time, you learn it's very important who is around you. (Your) team has to tell you the truth even if it's ugly... give you opportunity to continue your journey."

Just as critical, he learnt, was discerning between learning from mistakes and letting a shortcoming "eat you from the inside".

He said: "There is a very thin line. You can get caught up in a way of being unsatisfied with yourself.

"When you're starting to judge yourself and dig inside of yourself, you can get lost there in your own emotions."

Like a teacher, it was life lessons like these that Safin imparted yesterday when he was placed in front of an audience of malleable minds at a townhall session organised by the IPTL's title sponsor Coca-Cola.

The Russian candidly took questions from 20 young tennis enthusiasts, drawing on his 2005 Australian Open triumph - which followed his 2000 US Open win - in particular to emphasise the importance of enjoying what is ultimately just "a game".

He said: "It was more of a relief that I won a second Grand Slam. I thought I would be this guy who got a Grand Slam by mistake and never achieved anything else.

"I sat down in the locker room and was saying, 'Thank you, God, thank you, God, I made it.' Instead of enjoying it, I was suffering. That's why I don't want kids to suffer because it's a game.

"Accept things that you do wrong. Sometimes, the truth can hurt, but when you learn about it, you grow up and you become more mature.

"Life is about learning. You learn every day, until the last day."

Marat Safin - a tennis player, a teacher, but also still a learner.
11-05-2016 01:26 PM
rosespower
Re: News & Articles Part 3 - The Return of the Yeti

OMG time flies... seems like yesterday it was the other IPTL.
11-01-2016 06:00 PM
monkey247
Re: News & Articles Part 3 - The Return of the Yeti

Marat will apparently play alongside McEnroe and Sampras in Seoul next week at the KIA Champions Cup. Via Korea Times.

He'll also be playing in this year's IPTL, according to the Japan Warriors website. Hingis and Gonzo have been added to the team roster. Also via Japan Warriors on Twitter.

In other news, he's been spotted in Peru (via Twitter). A week or so ago, Dinara had posted on Instagram that she and big bro were unplugging from social media for a while and going "far away". This being Marat, I didn't think it would be a spa break in the Caribbean but rather South America or somewhere else, so this seems feasible.
10-26-2016 07:34 PM
rosespower
Re: News & Articles Part 3 - The Return of the Yeti

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Hate to break the bad news, but Marat has been re-elected as a United Russia MP, representing the Nizhny Novgorod region, as before, in the VII Convocation of the State Duma. Via RSport.

He's now on the Committee for Physical Culture, Sport and Youth Affairs.

brilliant
10-06-2016 10:00 AM
monkey247
Re: News & Articles Part 3 - The Return of the Yeti

Hate to break the bad news, but Marat has been re-elected as a United Russia MP, representing the Nizhny Novgorod region, as before, in the VII Convocation of the State Duma. Via RSport.

He's now on the Committee for Physical Culture, Sport and Youth Affairs.

10-06-2016 10:00 AM
monkey247
Re: News & Articles Part 3 - The Return of the Yeti

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Thank you, once again. I must have typed it in wrong and it didn't come up on a google search.

Do you know of any other good websites where there would be a lot of photos of some of the old timers in their pomp? I ask because I like to make picture frames and canvases as decoration on occasion.
Apart from photo storage sites like Flickr and PhotoShelter, probably your best bet is press and photo agency archives like Getty, but their stuff is usually watermarked. Some sites make you log in as a member to access the material, which is a right pain in the arse if you're not a journalist.

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the only time I got to see him live... good times.
And you got to see him win in singles. Unlike my experience at Wimbledon '09. If he keeps playing exhos, you might get another chance.
09-29-2016 09:24 PM
rosespower
Re: News & Articles Part 3 - The Return of the Yeti

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2009 Davis Cup tie with Romania.
the only time I got to see him live... good times.
09-28-2016 02:45 PM
Burrow
Re: News & Articles Part 3 - The Return of the Yeti

Thank you, once again. I must have typed it in wrong and it didn't come up on a google search.

Do you know of any other good websites where there would be a lot of photos of some of the old timers in their pomp? I ask because I like to make picture frames and canvases as decoration on occasion.
09-27-2016 10:55 PM
monkey247
Re: News & Articles Part 3 - The Return of the Yeti

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It seems that the maratoss website is no more. Is it just me, or is it indeed gone? That is where I would access photographs.
I think it's still there (maratoss.narod.ru), but not particularly up to date, photo-wise. The last gallery to be posted, as far as I can see, is the 2009 Davis Cup tie with Romania.
09-22-2016 11:48 AM
Burrow
Re: News & Articles Part 3 - The Return of the Yeti

It seems that the maratoss website is no more. Is it just me, or is it indeed gone? That is where I would access photographs.
03-08-2016 06:00 PM
monkey247
Re: News & Articles Part 3 - The Return of the Yeti

Big congrats to Marat, who will be inducted later this year into the Tennis Hall of Fame, Class of 2016.

Still waiting for Kafelnikov's turn...
03-08-2016 02:41 AM
London14
Re: All the videos and audios of MaRaT!

There is a nice article about this TV program here: ?????? ?????? ??????????? 36 ??? - ?????????

I read it using Google translation and most of it made sense
02-22-2016 12:59 AM
rosespower
Re: News & Articles Part 3 - The Return of the Yeti

very interesting answers and interview in general. this actress that I never heard of managed to get a lot from him. I liked that she didn't back down. Takeaways: the political stuff is just ycky, him trying to be more spiritual makes sense given all the symbolism that he carries around, 3 soulmates: his first girlfriend, Dasha + ???. he is definitely more mature.
02-12-2016 01:00 PM
monkey247
Re: News & Articles Part 3 - The Return of the Yeti

Interview with Dutch-Ukrainian actress Victoria Koblenko, from last November in the Netherlands when he played the AFAS Tennis Classics. The interview was probably in Russian originally. I've tidied up the Dutch-English Google translation, but there may still be the odd mistranslation. Via Helden Online.

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PLAYTIME IS OVER FOR MARAT SAFIN

After his tennis career, Marat Safin went into politics as a member of president Vladimir Putin's party. Victoria Koblenko spoke to him when he was in the Netherlands for the AFAS Tennis Classics. The former world number one alternates between newly acquired political correctness and surprising candour.

Commotion on Twitter. Marat Safin is taking part in the AFAS Tennis Classics in Apeldoorn. It's not so much the fact that he has won two Grand Slam titles and is a former world number one, but that he is a member of United Russia, the party of president Vladimir Putin. Shouldn't we, as a champion of equal rights for gays, send out a stronger signal to the MPs of a political party that has adopted laws restricting freedom for gay men?


MUSLIM

You once said that a politician, like an athlete, should have a strong character. The end of your first term in the Duma is in sight. Is it OK to lose your temper in your new career?

Without discipline you can't do anything. Not in sports and certainly not in politics. I have to be on my toes every day, keep well versed in matters, speak to thousands of professionals, day in and day out prepare ahead. Ready for the press every day as well.

What is your portfolio?

I'm vice-chairman of the Committee for Public Associations and Religious Organizations, and of course sports affairs too.

Do you feel that you get space to present a vision?

Of course. The work we do is collective.

Give me an example of something you're proud of accomplishing.

Adapting the electoral system, so that the system is more democratic. That you can pass a mandate on behalf of a particular region, so that fewer signatures are required to get it represented in parliament.

Do you feel that you can make a real difference in the current political system in Russia?

Yes.

Who is teaching you the most as a politician?

I'm still learning. Every day. There are people who read countless pages to me and summarise, prepare me for various specific topics.

There was just announced a "golden hundred poll" of Duma members, whom the public most wants to see again in a successive term. You were in 127th place. How far does your ambition reach, as a politician? Are you hoping for another term?

I don’t think about it. I try to train my mind not to dwell on the past, and not to depend too much on the future. It has never made sense to me to look far ahead. If I've done good things, I'll be rewarded. The feeling I have inside, that I feel I make spotless decisions, is the only thing that counts.

The magical 'here and now'. Is that the influence of religion on your life?

I'm a Muslim, but not brought up strictly.

Has Islam had an impact on your upbringing, or was faith overshadowed by the Soviet influence?

During the Soviet era, faith wasn't actually promoted. Our country has frequently changed from an empire to ...

… a totalitarian regime? What would you call the regime anyway?

A young democracy. It's really too early to put a label on it that completely encompasses the contradictory content. After the Soviet Union fell apart, people were left alone in terms of their religious beliefs and some sought guidance in religion in uncertain political times.

Are you actively Muslim?

I respect all religions.

That's a politically correct answer. Let me rephrase the question: how many Muslim women have you dated?

None.


GAY OR BISEXUAL

Do you pray?

I have my own prayers, my own vision of God. Nobody can impose on me a definition of what God is. It's something I feel, an energy.

When have you felt it?

When I've gone through difficult periods. I've had my share.

Perhaps you're not religious, but spiritual.

I'm working on the spiritual. But fortunately everyone is free to believe in whatever he or she wants.

Do you think Russian society is that tolerant?

It's very slowly becoming more tolerant.

The opposite is true for gay rights in Russia.

The country isn't ready for that yet.

Do you think the country is as ready as it ever will be?

Everything is changing so fast. Through travel, internet and mobile phones, you get access to all information. All the ideas you are trying to define by law, are up for grabs. These things are changing society fast. But ingraining tolerance sometimes takes generations. That's culture-building, to change a mindset. It requires a certain collective state of 'being'. In the past century how many wars have there been, in which Russia has taken part? Seven! People are still recovering from conflict, or they're in the throes of the next. In such a situation, it takes longer to develop a tolerant mentality.

The continuous use of war as a strategy to divert attention from domestic problems does not contribute positively to this. But tell me honestly, as a member of a party that adopts active laws against gay rights, do you feel you contribute to tolerance in society?

Of course it's not as if we shoot gay men. I live in the country, I work there, and I just see firsthand how people respond to gays in public and in private. There's a discrepancy. I'm sure many people are okay with gay people, but they just don't want it to be promoted. They are passionate about this.

And so 'promote' then becomes a catch-all term, and a convenient excuse to dispense with the notion of 'live and let live'. Should gays be better protected in Russia?

But protected against what? If you want to be gay or bisexual, you can do so in Russia.

You've travelled the world for over twelve years, you're aware there's a difference on this issue between Russia and the rest of the world. Suppose you could sit in the French parliament, how would you stand on this issue?

Completely differently. Of course! If society is ready for it, then politics must provide the legal foundation for it. Not the other way around.

So, hypothetically, if you're still in the Duma in 2024, would you dare to present such a law?

If society is ready for it, sure!

How do you prepare society for this kind of thing?

You can't force it, it has to grow organically.

Don't you feel that athletes like you, who have travelled the world, can and should be role models in this area?

I'm very tolerant. But I'm against young children seeing two men kissing on TV before the children's bedtime. I don’t think you can even see that in the Netherlands.

If you were a father, and your child came home and told you his friend in the playground has two mums instead of a dad and a mum - what would you say?

Phew, that's intense. That you can ask me if I were a father.

When will you become a father?

Not for the time being... I've only just finished being a child myself. I think that's the greatest sacrifice that many athletes make, that they've had no childhood. Around me were just people who were involved in sport. I would've liked to play with children who had nothing to do with sport. Just play.

Have you made up for your youth?

In a way. I've played enough. I've tried everything. Everything.


SOUL MATE

What impact has "tried everything" had on your sporting career? Did you get the most out of it?

I could have got a lot more out of it. If I had known what I know now ... I've made many mistakes, not listening to people around me.

Is that down to your personality?

This too. I had a lot of injuries, but my mental state fluctuated a lot as well. If I had a chance to master the mental side, I probably still wouldn’t have done what was good for me, owing to my stubbornness. That I freely admit it now, is life experience. I’m more balanced now, I no longer suffer from my ego.

How did you reach that conclusion?

Life puts you in certain frameworks. You can't escape them, unless you give up your ego. If your ego is inflated, you're not in the real world, so you're not in the here and now. How my ego has grown disproportionately, I'm not sure. But it must have started somewhere in my youth. It often has to do with how you're raised by your parents and trainers. Look, all of a sudden I was a professional, at that time I had no confidence in myself. But I started collecting points for the world ranking. In tennis, it means you accomplished something at the expense of others. If you win, you get the idea: I'm better. At some point you're going to believe you're better than anyone, whereas you've just played a better game.

Are you, as a politician, also a magnet for women?

You should ask the women ...

I'm asking you.

I hope they don't find me interesting because I used to be a professional athlete, just as I hope it doesn't affect them that I'm a politician. I hope someone comes to me purely in terms of me as a person. It's cliché, but everyone is looking for a soulmate. The rest is irrelevant.

How many soulmates have you encountered?

In my life I've experienced it three times.

Are you now looking for the same spark?

No, I don't need any more sparks. If everything is on fire from the start, it can only burn out. A big fire doesn't burn for very long. Passion goes away, but love has to grow. I want to make a fire, but slowly. I don't want it to happen to me. To love this way hasn't made anyone happy for very long, in my opinion.

What is love, for you?

It's a ghost, everyone talks about it, but nobody has ever seen him or her.

Are you afraid of ghosts?

No – maybe of fire.
01-04-2016 03:18 AM
London14
Re: News & Articles Part 3 - The Return of the Yeti

Marat did an interview earlier in December with Sport 360 about his current political career (they did ask him the big question: why, to which his reply was: "Good question.... Why not?"

INTERVIEW: Former World No.1 Marat Safin swaps his tennis racquet for a suit and tie career in politics - International | Sport360.com
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