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Old 11-01-2009, 03:48 AM   #3076
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Is that mag out yet? Can someone tell me why he looks like he's been hit by a mack truck? was he in an accident? where is that pic from and why is it on the cover? Alsooo could someone please transcribe? xx
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He looks like that because he got into a fight but he didn't say much about it except that "he won" the confrontation.
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Marat on Agassi's confession:

Safin said the eight-time Grand Slam champion should have spoken up at the time of the positive test or kept his mouth shut.

"One should know how to be silent, but if you are so smart you should have spoken up earlier," Safin said of Agassi after reaching the quarterfinals at the St. Petersburg Open.

"You will never live to see such revelations from me.

"How they will escape this situation -- this is the ATP's and Agassi's problem," Safin added.
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Is that mag out yet? Can someone tell me why he looks like he's been hit by a mack truck? was he in an accident? where is that pic from and why is it on the cover? Alsooo could someone please transcribe? xx
this was from waaaaay back at the beginning of the year kiara. got into a fight at a new year's party
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this was from waaaaay back at the beginning of the year kiara. got into a fight at a new year's party
thats terrible. Did he win the fight at least?
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Old 11-02-2009, 11:29 AM   #3081
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He said he did.
Wonder what the other guy looks like. Maybe a bageled, broken-nosed, missing teeth at that, kind of person.

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Marat on Agassi's confession:

Safin said the eight-time Grand Slam champion should have spoken up at the time of the positive test or kept his mouth shut.

"One should know how to be silent, but if you are so smart you should have spoken up earlier," Safin said of Agassi after reaching the quarterfinals at the St. Petersburg Open.

"You will never live to see such revelations from me.

"How they will escape this situation -- this is the ATP's and Agassi's problem," Safin added.
Look at this guy.

He slams everybody in style.
Who wouldn't miss him...
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:28 PM   #3083
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Marat on Agassi's confession:

Safin said the eight-time Grand Slam champion should have spoken up at the time of the positive test or kept his mouth shut.

"One should know how to be silent, but if you are so smart you should have spoken up earlier," Safin said of Agassi after reaching the quarterfinals at the St. Petersburg Open.

"You will never live to see such revelations from me.

"How they will escape this situation -- this is the ATP's and Agassi's problem," Safin added.
Well, I guess he's right, but "One should know how to be silent (...)"?! Bitch, please, I love dearly, but you are the reigning opinionated big-mouth around, so...
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Well, I guess he's right, but "One should know how to be silent (...)"?! Bitch, please, I love dearly, but you are the reigning opinionated big-mouth around, so...
LMAO. I agree with my Big Pixie on this one. As someone who is still idolised by many, why tell the world that you took drugs, lied about it, cheated ... and got away with it after all these years? There's a lot of people who, rightly, will be disappointed in him for a variety of reasons. He should have kept his mouth shut and concentrated on the good work that he now seems to be doing with his charity. Now he's gonna be remembered for taking drugs, and lying and cheating. The one thing that he didn't lie about was that he sacked the guy that he blamed. Eejit. That makes it even worse in my view.

Surely to God he's got more than enough money that he ain't worried about the book sales ...

And I'm pissed off with him as he said he hated tennis!

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PS Re the French Open wig incident. I would have thought that he would have at least bought a decent rug. That collection of rats' tails was a wig!!!
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Old 11-04-2009, 03:28 PM   #3085
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I don't know if you all have seen the Tennis magazine article but I have it and will copy the text.. It's called the "Magical Misery Tour" I scanned it into my computer but can't figure out how to get it in here with the pictures. If anyone would like me to email the file I can do it though. Anyway, here is what it says..

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If the measure of a man is taken from the tales told about him, Marat Safin is the size of a mountain. Nine years ago, a 20-year-old Safin didn’t so much announce his arrival in the game as destroy all our preconceived notions about it. Here was a big man who moved like a small one, a clean-swinging killer who pummeled Pete Sampras in the 2000 U.S. Open final and left no doubt that the era of serve and volley tennis was over. “He can be No.1 for many, many years,” Sampras said. But Safin wanted something else, and in the 13 seasons he spent looking for it, he revealed as much of himself—his charm, his fury, his humor, his heart, his misery—as any player who came before him. In honor of Safin’s retirement, effective in November, here are a few of his stories, told by Safin and the people who loved him, indulged him, loathed him, and no matter what, found him impossible to resist.

ROADTRIP
Marat safin is banged up, playing badly, and less than a month away from trying to defend his 2000 U.S. Open title, which he won by playing the perfect Final. “That match was like a 59 round in golf,” Mats Wilander says. “It’s not going to happen more than once in a lifetime.” Safin refuses to believe this. Wilander, Safin’s coach at the time, decides that he needs break, so after an early exit from Montral the two set out from Sun Valley, Idaho where Wilander has a home, for Boise, where Eric Clapton is playing a show. They spend three days driving in Wilanders winnebago, padding what would have been a three hour trip with visits to hot Springs. Safin is relaxed, happy, far away from tennis. Then it’s time for the show. A few songs into it, Safin has heard enough. Acoustic Clapton - boring stuff. Him being the player and I being the coach, we left, Wilander says. “1 really wanted to watch that whole concert. We had great seats.” Wilander a guitarist and Clapton worshipper, isn’t pleased by safin’s gloominess at the time, though he tells the story affectionately; ‘That’s Marat,”

DROP IT
It’s late evening in Paris, at the 2004 Fr Open. Safin hits a drop shot winner in the fifth set and drops his shorts to celebrate. He’s penalized a point. “They tried to destroy the match,” he says later. “All the people who n the sport, they have in clue.”

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
Safin stands on the practice courts of Barcelona in 2005. He isn’t happy. Crack.. One racquet down. Smash. There goes another. And another. Peter Lundgren, Safin’s coach, begins to worry: Safin has a match to play in two days, and he has two racquets left in his bag. crack! Make that one. Smash! ‘I called his manager and said, ‘we have a problem, Marat broke all his racquets,” Lundgren says. The next day Lundgren drives to the airport and collects a bag of racquets from one of the managers friends, who had received a few Safin racquets as a gift and now has to give them back. The friend immediately hops on a return f1ight “I was pretty pissed off when he did it, but now afterwards it’s pretty Funny;” Lundgren says. He gets angry and, he can’t help himself, he’s just S000000 angry. But he’s honest. You can almost feel for him when he’s that angry. You understand it.” Safin loses in the first round.
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The first stop on the 2OO9 Marat Safin Farewell Tour is the Hopman Cup, in Perth, where he’s teamed up with his sister, Dinara Safina. It begins with a surprise. Safin shows up with two black eyes, obtained in a fight in Moscow. Safin doesn’t explain; he says only that he won. Not even Lundgren, a close friend, knows the whole story, “If he doesn’t want to talk about it, I don’t ask for details,’ he says. “1 wouldn’t like to fight him, I tell you that.’ In the Hopman cup final, Safin prepares to return serve against Dominik Hrbaty. The serve lands wide but Safin reflexively stretches for a two-handed backhand and gives the ball a ride. It hits the net judge. Safin jogs to the net, apologizes, and gives her a pat on the shoulder and a kiss on tile cheek.

LOST AND FOUND
Many times he forgot racquets when he came to the tournaments and shoes,” says Ivan Ljubicic, who met Safin as a kid during international team competitions and often practiced with him in Monte Carlo, where they both live. It happens again this year as Safin travels to his final Wimbledon. He arrives at the airport, gear in tow. The season isn’t going as planned. He has a losing record, he’s bored with interviews, tired of talking about his retirement. “ a little bit different, different from what I thought—it’s difficult to explain Safin says. ‘The feeling that I thought I would get from coming back for the last time to the tournaments, I don’t get this particular feeling that I was hoping to get. When his plane lands in London, he’s missing something. “I forgot them in the airport,” he says, smiling. ‘it happens.’ The equipment arrives the next day. Satin loses in the first round.

THE ALPINIST
To climb Cho Oyu in the Himalayas, aka “The Turquoise Goddess,” the sixth-tallest mountain in the world, you must walk slowly. Safin doesn’t do slow. It’s the fall of 2007 and his tennis stinks so he flies to Nepal. Dmitry Tursunov, who has met Safin’s climbing buddies, shares a few laughs about the trip. Marat sprinted out of the gates up the hill and he was just dead, his head was ringing, there’s no oxygen,” Tursunov says. “He thought it was a fifth set so he was hauling ass with the backpack, Yeah, I’m going to conquer mountain!’ And these guys are walking really slow, saying, ‘Look at this jackass.” The hike was supposed to last 30 days; Safin comes down after 10. “We were just imagining what was going on,’ Tursunov says of Safin’s fellow players. “Somebody had to go there with him because there’s no way he would go a month without sex.” Safin doesn’t understand the fuss over his adventure. It’s a little bit funny that people paid so much attention to that,” he says. “I’m not going into space. I bought the ticket, I went to Himalaya, had fun with friends, that’s it. ‘Never thought it would make such a big noise—all the people, Wow, you went to Himalaya?’ Yeah, well, buy the ticket. the ticket costs 600 bucks, you get your ass on the plane, and you go there?’
I don think he enjoys the spotlight as much as other people", Tursunov says.
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It’s summer in Cincinnati, three or four years ago. The exact date and round are fuzzy, but a veteran umpire, who asks not to be identified, remembers the details. Safin is on court and Carlos Bernardes, is in the chair. Safin objects to a call; he believes the ball is out. He finds the mark. He traces the distance between the mark and the line with his middle finger, and then turns his hand up and shows Bernardes said finger. “The ball was this far out, Safin says playfully “If you show the middle finger to the chair, it’s usually a call to the supervisor and maybe a default,” the veteran umpire says. “ he made it funny,’ He gets off with a warning. Is Safin a nightmare for at umpire? “He’s very demanding, but he’s a fair guy,” the umpire says. ‘He would never circle the wrong mark, never cheat. It’s difficult to find guys who are that honest’

TAKE A LEFT
Welcome to Melbourne, site of so many Safin memories. The tournament drivers know Marat well. One time, he asks a driver for help. ‘Excuse me, could you turn here?” the driver recalls Safin saying. Safin had noticed a woman on the street near the car, a woman he once knew and didn’t want to know again. The driver takes the long way back to the hotel.

REDEMPTION
“Everyone thinks he’s really lazy,’ Ljubicic says, ‘but I tell you, when he wanted to do something, it got done.’ He recalls Safin in the fall of 2004. “Running, medicine balls, weights— he was in the club all day”
“It was important or my ego,” Safin says firmly. He had to win a second major just to prove to himself that he could. Is Marat Safin an underachiever? Wilander says that’s nonsense: ‘When you that emotional on court, you don’t underachieve’ Safin admits that the 2000 U.S. Open title became an obstacle. ‘1 was like, ‘Game over. I achieved everything I wanted, what’s next?” he says. ‘There wasn’t a real person who could guide me. I was guessing; I was a little bit stubborn.”
Now, in January 2005, here’s another chance, an Australian open semifinal meeting with Roger Federer, the defending champion and the man who became everything Marat Safin might have been. Lundgren coached them both and describes the difference between them. “Marat likes other things too much,” he says. He likes tennis, but he doesn’t burn for it like Roger does.” on this night, though, Safin does. It’s the fourth-set tiebreaker, match point for Federer. Federer stretches for a volley and drops it short. Safin moves inside the service line. He lunges before the ball bounces a second time and flicks a lob over Federer’s head, Federer retreats and tries a trick shot, a between-the-legs winner. The ball lands in the net. It takes 16 more games, but Federer falls, literally; on match point, after an awkward stretch for a bullet Safin backhand, 5-7, 5-4, 5-7, 7-6 9-7. Safin doesn’t celebrate. He just limps to the net, his shoulders slumped. I still think that’s the greatest tennis match that I ever watched,” Wilander says. What few men have done once, Safin did twice. Two 59s on the golf course. He’ll be missed.

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Thank you so much ad-out! I enjoyed reading the article.

They missed many things, but it was well-written!

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Thanks for typing that up ad-out!

So Marat isn't a Eric Clapton fan. The mountain story had me cracking up.

I going to try to find this magazine - not so easy to do in my snowy neck of the woods.
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Safin said the eight-time Grand Slam champion should have spoken up at the time of the positive test or kept his mouth shut.

"One should know how to be silent, but if you are so smart you should have spoken up earlier," Safin said of Agassi after reaching the quarterfinals at the St. Petersburg Open.

"You will never live to see such revelations from me.

"How they will escape this situation -- this is the ATP's and Agassi's problem," Safin added.


I absolutely agree with Marat. Why did he reveal the "truth" after so many years? I don't see the point.
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