Birth Date: 27 January,
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Height: 1.93 metres (6 ft. 4 ins.)
Weight: 82 kilos (180 lbs)
Year turned pro: 1997
Final ATP Champions Race 2000 Position: 2
Current 52 week rank for singles: 3
Current ATP Champions Race Position: 31
High ATP Champions Race Position: 1
High Rank Date for Sinles: 11.20.2000
High ATP Champions Race Position Date: 09.18.2000
High rank for doubles: 91
Current rank for doubles: 116
High rank date for doubles: 11.06.2000
Career titles for singles: 8
Career titles for doubles: 0
Career matches won: 145
Career matches lost: 93
Year 2001 Singles Titles: 0
Year 2001 Doubles Titles: 0
Year 2001 ATP Tour Tournaments Played: 1
Year 2001 Tour Singles Record: 16 - 15
Year 2001 Tour Doubles Record: 5 - 8
Year 2001 to date prize money for singles: $ 393,650 USD
Year 2001 to date prize money for doubles: $ 27,262 USD
Career prize money: $ 4,869,313 USD
Marat Safin was born in Moscow
on 27th January 1980 and you wouldnt have needed a crystal ball
to predict that this guy was to be a tennis star.
Marat was introduced to the game at a very early age. His mother, Rausa,
was a former top 10 Russian who used to take baby Marat with her when
she practised at the local Spartak club, managed by his father Mikhail.
This is where Marat also learnt to play.
He had picked up his racket almost as soon as he could walk and at five
was hitting balls alongside a toddling Anna Kournikova, another member
of the same club until 1992.
When Marat was 13 his parents decided to see if they could send him
abroad, realising that he could not fulfil his potential using the dodgy
facilities of the Russian tennis federation.
In that year Marat and his mother visited a specialist tennis academy
in Valencia where Maria Pasqual, former director of Spanish womens
tennis, was asked to assess his potential. Pasqual liked what she saw
and managed to persuade a Swiss client into sponsoring Marat and keeping
him at the academy.
For four years Marat lived in Valencia employing Pasqual as his career
advisor, lodging with a retired teacher and studying at the tennis academy
as well as working on his great clay court skills and learning the Spanish
language (which he now speaks perfectly).
However, in 1997 his sponsor changed management company and Marat was
sent back to his native Moscow. But, despite home-sickness at first,
Marat had learned to love Spain and begged his agency IMG to let him
return to his adopted home. They agreed and he still lives in Valencia
today, employing Spaniard Rafael Mensua as his coach.
Marat's first title came in 1997 at a Challenger in Espinho and soon
afterwards he turned pro. His introduction to the ATP Tour came in November
of that year when he took part in the Kremlin Cup in the city of his
birth, Moscow. Unfortunately he went out in the first round to the Dane
Kenneth Carlsen but since then his career has gone from strength to
Marat won his first title on the ATP Tour in August 1999 when he beat
Greg Rusedski in the final of the MFS Pro Championships in Boston. He
has also reached the last 16 round of 3 of the 5 Grand Slams he's taken
part in so far.
The future certainly looks rosy for Marat. John McEnroe has already
predicted him as a future top-tenner and like his former mentor, Maria
Pasqual said, "He will be a champion one day" - surely he
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