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09-10-2017 07:44 PM
Re: News & Articles Part 3 - The Return of the Yeti

Yes Marat
09-10-2017 07:37 PM
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wish I could make it.... I really need to figure stuff now....
09-08-2017 10:14 AM
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Marat is apparently to play in this year's ATP Champions Tour event (formerly Statoil Masters) at the Royal Albert Hall here in London.

Via Champions Tennis and the RAH website.



Former World No. 1 Marat Safin is set to play Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall, taking place from Thursday 30th November – Sunday 3rd December 2017. He joins two-time US Open winner Pat Rafter, British fan favourite Tim Henman and French Open winner Juan Carlos Ferrero, with additional players to be announced in due course.

Marat Safin began his professional career in 1997 and rose to fame when he won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2000, defeating Pete Sampras in the final. Following this he held the World No. 1 singles ranking, claimed the 2005 Australian Open title overcoming Lleyton Hewitt and led Russia to victory in the 2002 and 2006 Davis Cups. Another career highlight includes Safin’s Wimbledon performance in 2008. He was the first Russian man to reach the semi-finals beating World No. 3 Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals, before going on to play defending champion Roger Federer. In 2016 Safin also became the first Russian tennis player to be introduced into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Safin commented "I am delighted to be joining the 2017 Champions Tennis line up for the first time. The Royal Albert Hall is such a spectacular entertainment venue and I’m looking forward to taking on my fellow tennis legends who I’ve had the pleasure of playing against in my professional career."

Hurlingham Club, London, 19 June 2008, original

Hurlingham Club, London, 20 June 2008, original
07-22-2017 02:43 AM
Re: News & Articles Part 3 - The Return of the Yeti

I like it that this forum is being kept up. It is more active than most current players' forums
07-22-2017 12:10 AM
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whoa!!! so Marat and politics is a closed chapter??
this is a huge surprise! good times!
07-19-2017 05:36 AM
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....and then there is this:
07-19-2017 03:58 AM
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Well well......


"Safin later explained that passed the parliamentary mandate in connection with its incorporation into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and has appeared in connection with the prospects. At the same time, Safin took Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin offer and became his adviser to volunteer for sport."

....or maybe it has more to do with the fact that he will now have to pay cash for hid days off.....

"Earlier retirement from the State Duma announced a famous tennis player, member of United Russia Marat Safin: he could not combine social activities with work in the lower house."

apologies - can't seem to get the hang of posting links.... :-(
06-09-2017 10:40 AM
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"On the systemic crisis in Russian tennis, the State Duma and Spartak football": Marat's interview with Alexei Nemov in May 2017 issue of "Bolshoi Sport".
05-25-2017 02:45 PM
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OMG. I am pinching myself. Can it be true? Marat gave up his parliamentary mandate today.

04-07-2017 08:50 PM
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the price of the tickets are whoaaaaaaaaaaaaa
04-05-2017 08:10 PM
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Apparently there will be a Safin v. Ivanisevic exho in Budapest on 23 April 2017. Via the Hungarian Open website. Programme of events in the lower right of the page.
12-08-2016 07:14 PM
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you see this article shows why he was at Burning man. to become a better philosopher:P
12-07-2016 12:15 AM
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Originally Posted by rosespower View Post

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).

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 12:26 PM
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OMG time flies... seems like yesterday it was the other IPTL.
11-01-2016 05:00 PM
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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.
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