Tennis legend Marat Safin was one of the most flashy players during his time. The big Russian was quite a character, often known for his emotional outbursts and blazing temper. Whenever he stepped on the court, fans would expect some kind of drama. Marat was also known to be outspoken.
The former World No. 1 also has a sister, Dinara Safina. Both of them were ranked as the world’s best players (World No. 1), which was the first time that a pair of siblings held the top rankings in men’s and women’s tennis, respectively.
Recently, while speaking on his retirement, he said, “Either you are in the top five, or nowhere. I didn’t want to play the 11th, 12th, 20th ranked. Either everything or nothing. Poking around with children on some kind of courts, getting tired, and running around with a sore knee is just discrediting oneself. As one literate person said: “It’s better to leave sports than sports leave you.”
Throughout his career, Marat was troubled by injuries. In 2003, he missed a major part of the season due to a wrist injury. Later in 2005, his results took a hit as he injured his knee.
Speaking more on his troubles with his knee, Marat said, “If my knee didn’t fly, I might have played for a few more years, but it’s not a fact. I was already tired of all this, I got bored, I outgrew tennis, burned out. I had no motivation, I began to lose to unknown people. If you can’t beat Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, then what to do there.”
Marat Safin had quite a successful career as a player and carried the sport forward. He won two Grand Slam titles and 15 titles on the ATP circuit.
Post-retirement, the Russian has been part of the Russian Tennis Federation. He even joined politics and is a member of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party.