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Old 06-30-2004, 09:28 AM   #1
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Question will MARAT play in LA?

as the title, I saw some news said that he would not play in LA. I also didn't see his name on the official website of the tournament. what happens to him? does anyone know the details?
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Old 07-01-2004, 03:29 AM   #2
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no idea. sorry. would love to find out too but...no idea.
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Old 07-02-2004, 06:28 AM   #3
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i dunno, i really dunno....i have no clue. although i've heared he'll play LA but i'm not so sure...

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Old 07-02-2004, 07:16 AM   #4
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Default Re: will MARAT play in LA?

thanks, jiat and denise. I have seen a message on theguyfromrussia.com said:

Official News : 1st July 2004
Marat's goal is the US Open and as it is a long summer, including the Olympics, he will start easy and build up to it [US Open] slowly - that's his main focus.

Tentative Schedule for Summer 2004:

Withdraw from Mercedes-Benz Cup, LA
1 month vacation (in Alaska ?)
Toronto : 26th July
Cincinnatti: 2nd August
Olympics: 9th August
US Open: 30th August

It's been suggested that Marat will avoid 'minor' tournaments this summer to avoid tiring himself. This schedule is not definite, it's just a guideline.
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so, which means that he'll play in LA even being a "small" tournie???

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Old 07-02-2004, 07:45 AM   #6
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Default Re: will MARAT play in LA?

urmmm...sorry, denise, I don't understand what u mean...
I don't think he will play in LA. instead, he will have a one-month vacation!
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Default Re: will MARAT play in LA?

If this is the definete scedule....well.
Again long vacations for Marat. LOL! Well, maybe it can help him to find his desire for tennis back.

But I don`t think it`s smart to only concentrate on the big tourneys. In my opinion he should play some small events, and if he wins one it would be very, very good for his confidence and probably a keypoint. He hasn`t won a tourney since 2002 and he doesn`t seem to bother about it He is only talking about gaining points and bla bla, but he needs the feeling back of WINNING something and then i believe it will turn around.
But after his logic probably, he will suddenly have a great week, play from the down, and win a big tourney... ok might very well happen with M A R A T, but WHEN?
Anyway he should know what to do and lets hope for the best.
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Old 07-02-2004, 01:36 PM   #8
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Default Re: will MARAT play in LA?

Look at what happened to Lleyton when he decided to play less tournaments, that's all I need to say
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Old 07-02-2004, 05:30 PM   #9
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Default Re: will MARAT play in LA?

oh...I think it's only a tentative schedule...although I have the feeling that the real schedule might be worse...
I agree with u, andrea! the feeling of winning is really important to marat. winning a tournament might be a choke point to him! so whether the tournament is small or not, victory makes for his confidence and all the things!
what we can do is waiting and support...hope he makes decisions with his head!
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hey gals! that's just the rumoured schedule for now. could change wthin the hour for all we know... so... once again, we'll have to take it with a bucket of salt.
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Look at what happened to Lleyton when he decided to play less tournaments, that's all I need to say
I love a comparison between Mr. Obsessive and Mr. Idontgiveashit!
I get what you mean though. It's hella hard performing well (let's not even talk winning) on the big tournaments. But what the hey, let's give it a shot!
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I love a comparison between Mr. Obsessive and Mr. Idontgiveashit!

mr obsessive makes me think of someone cleaning the house all day long. i've no idea why... obsessive compulsive behaviour?
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Haha, it's not funny really! He won't be able to win a BIG tourney after such a long break (look at AO!!! and all the draws he's had this year b/c of his ranking which is going to drop now even more!) and without playing in some smaller tourneys, no way!
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Merle, he came pretty damn close at the AO, didn't he? And his ranking isn't going to drop this year as he has nothing to defend, although obiously he will get passed by others if he underperforms.

I'm not saying "no way" cause on the other hand we have to admit that Marat hasn't been able to play tennis for long amounts of time without getting sick of it (I guess winning some tournies would "ease" that though). And chances are with playing smaller tournaments before a big one, he runs out of mental gas. The beginning of the year was ideal of course, 1 small no pressure tournament where he does well, some time off/practice and then AO. I'm hoping for a fresh start when he gets back. But with a trophy in his hands, it's about fucking time!
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