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04-07-2017 08:50 PM
rosespower
Re: News & Articles Part 3 - The Return of the Yeti

the price of the tickets are whoaaaaaaaaaaaaa
04-05-2017 08:10 PM
monkey247
Re: News & Articles Part 3 - The Return of the Yeti

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
rosespower
Re: News & Articles Part 3 - The Return of the Yeti

you see this article shows why he was at Burning man. to become a better philosopher:P
12-07-2016 12:15 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 12:26 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 05:00 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 06:34 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 09:00 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 09:00 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 08:24 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 01:45 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 09:55 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 10:48 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 05:00 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 01:41 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
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