Marat Safin in 2006
|Full name||Marat Mubinovich Safin|
|Native name||ÐœÐ°Ñ€Ð°ÌÑ‚ ÐœÑƒÐ±Ð¸ÌÐ½Ð¾Ð²Ð¸Ñ‡ Ð¡Ð°ÌÑ„Ð¸Ð½|
27 January 1980 |
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Retired||11 November 2009|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Prize money||US$ 14,373,291|
|Int. Tennis HoF||2016 (member page)|
|Career record||422â€“267 (61.3%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (20 November 2000)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||W (2005)|
|French Open||SF (2002)|
|US Open||W (2000)|
|Tour Finals||SF (2000, 2004)|
|Olympic Games||2R (2004)|
|Highest ranking||No. 71 (22 April 2002)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2000, 2009)|
|French Open||1R (2001)|
|Davis Cup||W (2002, 2006)|
|Hopman Cup||F (2009)|
|Last updated on: 16 July 2016.|
I could pose in fashion commercials as a high society star but politics is a new way of life.
Whenever I am losing, it's like, 'It's his fault'. And whenever I'm winning it's like, 'That's us'. That's the team, the people.
No matter what happens, tennis is still tennis: You can see a lot of great matches, a lot of new people.
You're playing or you're not playing. If you're playing, so just shut up and play.
If I was the type of person who had tennis, tennis, tennis all the time and I went to bed and ended up dreaming about tennis, I would go nuts.
I wish I could have won a lot more tournaments, but I got injured every time I played well.
There wasn't a rich father or rich family that paid for everything that I have right now, so I worked my way.
I could go and make commercials left and right and pretend like I am a celebrity, but that is not me.
I give up on spending time on these courts; I give up on practicing before the tournament I hate. I hate this.
I'm different than another person who wants to lay back and do nothing for rest of the life and talk nonsense on ESPN… I will not do that. I want to achieve something else.
I think it's difficult to be No. 1. 'There's too much attention, too much expectation from other people.
I definitely want to get out of tennis and try something completely different.
I achieved what I want to achieve and I want to continue doing something else.
My mother said I would have more chances to become a tennis player than a football player.
I think as a guy you need a little bit to be on your own from early on, to start to live your own life, and try to understand what is going on around you, you have to be able to survive.
There's a lot of things in life that we don't know why they're coming exactly at this moment.
I've had a lot of luck. If I didn't I'd be washing bottles in Russia.
I pass through the difficult moments in life, really difficult times on grass, during my seven years of my career. All of a sudden I felt comfortable.
Probably I'll not be so successful if I will keep everything in myself inside of me.
It's too many questions about what I'm going to do, why I'm retiring, and this and that. So I answer the same question, I don't know, a thousand times.
I can improve it a little bit. But it's my head, it's the way I am. So at the end of the day, I will be who I am and I will win how much I can win.
I've lived my life the way I wanted to, whether scaling the mountains, partying long into the night or having fun playing soccer.
One of the most important things, actually, when you're playing on grass, is to move.
All in all, I think Kazan is Russia's sportiest city after Moscow, leaving all the others far behind.
I was making comebacks every single year. That makes it difficult mentally. It causes a lot of stress.
It was really impossible to break through in Russia. We couldn't buy any balls. We really didn't have any courts, no rackets, nothing. And no people to practice with.
But when I'm losing a few matches, suddenly 'It's his fault', 'He doesn't want to practice', 'He doesn't need it', 'He doesn't care'. And when everything goes well, there are people coming behind the stone, saying, 'Oh, my God, he's back finally, and I was there to help him out'.
It's a pity that the tennis is really going down the drain. Every year it's getting worse and worse and worse. There has to be a radical change, and I hope it will be really soon.
I could be the best looking guy in the Duma, but that's only because all the other guys are over 60.