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Old 07-01-2011, 11:36 PM   #4456
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Russian expert living in France hahaha. Not going to bother, I will live in Russia and make my opinions judged on everyday life.

Get over it, Yeltsin was an idiot who with his cronies sent the country into bankruptcy while the west paraded him as a hero. Russia gets back on it's feet and starts showing prosperity and Putin is a villain

Lets just agree to disagree, this is wasting both our time
i never tried to convince you that i was right, nor pretended i was an expert as you like to think. i didn't even write about yelstin. i'm just pointing at your use of percentage as a "definite proof" that you are right.

your funny pic applies quite well.
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:53 PM   #4457
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In other news Marat is cooking dinner for Dinara right now. I'm kinda worried for Dinara
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A small blip talking about Marat and his political ambitions in the elections: http://www.newsnn.ru/portal/content/view/81862/39/
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Old 07-26-2011, 02:01 AM   #4459
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Tennis Development Brings Safin Back to Moscow
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/arts_n...ow/441022.html

Tennis Development Brings Safin Back to Moscow 24 July 2011
By Howard Amos

Marat Safin is so keen to raise the standards of Russian tennis, he is even willing to live in Moscow.

Safin, who won two major titles before retiring in 2009, became vice president of the Russian Tennis Federation last year and an adviser to the president of the Russian Olympic Committee, moving to Moscow to concentrate on producing more quality Russian tennis players.

Safin, 31, spent nine years of his childhood in Spain before traveling the world over a decade from one tournament to the next.

He said he is committed to Russian tennis. “That’s why I am here — otherwise I would live somewhere else. … I grew up here so it makes things easier, but sometimes I want to shoot somebody, particularly when I don’t see sunlight in November.”

Though living in a top-floor apartment around the corner from Patriarch’s Ponds — which Safin said he bought as just one room before putting in the walls and designing the interior himself — probably makes the travails of Russian life a little easier to bear.

One of the best tennis players Russia has ever produced, Safin was the world No. 1 for nine weeks and achieved two Grand Slam titles — the U.S. Open in 2000 and the Australian Open five years later — although he was often as well known for his habit of smashing rackets, for once mooning the crowd after a sublime drop shot at the French Open, and for an impressive list of female conquests that allegedly included oligarch Roman Abramovich’s girlfriend, Darya Zhukova.

In an interview with The Moscow Times near his home, he said his role models these days included legendary Soviet wrestler Alexander Karelin — who joined United Russia before forging a successful career in the State Duma — and former world tennis No. 1, Stefan Edberg, who is now making more money from managing an investment fund than he ever did playing.

“I respect the guys who have really done something: They finished [a sporting career], and they moved to something different where they want to achieve as well,” Safin said.

But in Safin’s chosen field of Russian tennis administration he will have an uphill struggle. Though Russia’s female tennis players — from Maria Sharapova who reached the Wimbledon final this year to Svetlana Kuznetsova with two Grand Slam singles titles under her belt — have excelled in recent years, little has been heard from the Russian men.

And Safin is not convinced that the female success is sustainable. What happened to the men can also happen to the girls because fewer and fewer people are interested in tennis, and there are fewer and fewer professional coaches, he said.

Asked which young Russian players coming up in the game he would tip for future glory, he floundered. “I have no answer,” he said. “It’s kind of complicated.”

Safin said he preferred his work for the Tennis Federation over that for the Olympic Committee because there are “less politics” and identified a number of steps that need to be taken to strengthen the game’s future.

Russia needs a national tennis center like Flushing Meadows in the United States, Britain’s Roehampton or Roland Garros in France, Safin said, and interest in the sport must be stimulated by big events and set-piece professional tennis tournaments. Tennis must also be brought to mainstream television, he added, and cited — as something to be emulated — the surge of interest in ice skating following its higher profile in broadcast media.

The bottom line, though, is money. Safin estimated that the Tennis Federation had an annual budget of about $5 million, compared with $80 million to $100 million in France and about $180 million in the United States.

Moreover, in Russia, finding money is not just about sponsors and government grants, Safin said. You need a sugar daddy.

One example is politician and billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who “takes care” of the biathlon, Safin said. “[That’s] the way our system works. We are very limited in how we make money. … That’s why we need someone to take care of us, somebody big — that’s the only way it can work.”

Asked about the biggest sugar daddy of them all — whether he would rather see Vladimir Putin or Dmitry Medvedev running Russia after the 2012 election — Safin refused to be drawn.

“We need someone who can control our country, otherwise it will be a mess — some people complain, some people don’t complain, but they [Putin and Medvedev] are doing the right thing. … They are [both] smart enough not to make our lives more complicated.”

On more familiar ground, however, Safin was less cagey. If he had to choose between the two players who grab most of tennis’ headlines today — Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal — Safin said he would go for the Spaniard.

Nadal has more going for him, Safin said. “He is younger, faster and more hungry.”



Read more: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/arts_n...#ixzz1TAWe0F6X
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Old 07-26-2011, 06:00 PM   #4461
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Marat, why POLITICS, WHY?????


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Old 07-26-2011, 08:44 PM   #4463
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Marat's political aspirations made it to the Bulgarian press, which says that "He retired from professional tennis in the end of 2011"

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Marat's new column
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Marat Safin column on championat.ru 28 July 2011, post Nr. 6

The US tour is a tough period in the season

The summer US series is a very tough and important part of the season. Usually after Wimbledon the top 10 players don’t play tournaments, they prefer to spend time relaxing and doing the planned preparation for the US Open Series. That’s indeed an important part of the season having in mind the load of big tournaments for a short time-span - two Masters and a Grand Slam. Currently play only the ones, who are aiming for a higher rating. I mean that it’s crucial to be seeded at US Open. That’s why the players use all their energy to make it to to 16 or top 32. That will make sure they will not meet strong opponents in the first rounds on US Open.

All in all, the American series is a tough time i the season. Firstly, all players arrive in the USA well prepared, which means that the competition increases. Secondly, it’s very hot in America. Such a weather is not good for playing tennis, and brings many complications. Thirdly, the balls are different. .In Europe mostly are used the heavy Head ball, while in the States are used the light Wilson balls. One has to accustom themselves to all this. Fourthly, on the American continent there is completely different time, food, people. When you spend a lot of time in Europe, one accustomed to a certain lifestyle. After that one has to go to the USA, where the lifestyle is radically different.

In Canada and the USA people love tennis and they come to the significant tournaments. Let’s say that on tournaments in Toronto, Los Angeles or Washington, DC there is always big crowd.
Tennis is highly respected on the american continent. Despite that, people are very calm, there is no fanatism at all. That means you can normally walk on the street and no one will recognize you. Usually we are asked for autographs only on the tennis center areas.

I have always preferred to have one week of holiday after Wimbledon, and after that within two weeks to train in Spain. The weather conditions there are very similar - it’s hot and very humid. It’s crucial to switch your body to such weather. During the US Open series a lot of points are at stake, and that’s why one aims to take a big chunk of them.

Nevertheless the fact that this leg of the season as any other, the players go to the US with the feeling of going on a tour. In that tour one participates in 5-6 tournaments and it all ends with the US Open. The Americans do all like a real show, and the interest to players is being held up.

.I most;y liked the tournaments in LA, NY, DC, and in Canada - Montreal and Toronto. I never liked the one in Cincinnati. As a matter of fact the tournament is not even held in the city of Cincinnati, but a 40 minutes drive away.

regarding this year, I still do not know, whether I will be able to fly to the USA and watch the game. lately I had a lot of work piling up. I have new responsibilities, my schedule is changing all the time. Very soon in Moscow will be held two futures tournaments. I would like to go there and see the level of our youth. .
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This is an interesting read.

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This guy is so refreshingly honest...will he stay that way or will politics change him ?
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He will always be Marat!! Fame didn't change his values--some of his outlook maybe--but not his core values. He will be fine.
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I have a doubt. Where is living now Marat? In Moscow, Spain..??
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