Nov 12, 2009

Marat Safin bids farewell to tennis in Paris‎

Marat Safin calls it a career yesterday, receiving a huge ovation from the fans after a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 defeat to Juan Martin del Potro in the second round of the Paris Masters.

It was the former world no.1's last match on the men's tour.

He may be famous for his furious, racket-throwing rants, but Safin would rather be remembered for the hard work he put in during a 12-year career.
“A lot of people there really thought that I’m not a really hard worker,” Safin, a two-time Grand Slam winner, said.

“But you can ask all my coaches how I dedicated myself to tennis. They will tell you it’s completely the opposite of what a lot of people think.”

During a modest ceremony where he received a special trophy, Safin said, “Today I will put all my memories, all my wins and losses in a small box."

“Today a door is closed, hopefully another one will open.”

Safin remained unclear about his projects for the future.
“Sportsmen are great when they are sportsmen,” Safin said.

“Afterwards, it’s a little bit tough for them. The transition from being a tennis player to do something else is difficult. And if time passes too much, you’re just an ex-tennis player.”
Here's a tribute video for Safin. You are one in millions and we will definitely miss you!

(Via AP)

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