He's baaaaack...#2

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  1. pound cat

    pound cat G.O.A.T.

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    SAFIN TO MAKE CHAMPIONS SERIES DEBUT IN RIO DE JANEIRO

    NEW YORK, February 10, 2010 – Marat Safin, the charismatic winner of two major singles titles and one of 24 men to rank No. 1 in the world, will make his debut on the Champions Series tennis circuit at the 2010 Rio Champions Cup to be played March 12-14 at the Maracanãzinho Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Safin will become the ninth former world No. 1 player to compete on the U.S.-based international tennis circuit for champion tennis players.

    Safin will be joined in the eight-player, single-knock out event by Jim Courier, Mats Wilander, Mark Philippoussis, Cedric Pioline, Wayne Ferreira, Mikael Pernfors and Fernando Meligeni. The Rio Champions Cup will be the opening event on the 2010 Champions Series circuit and will feature $150,000 in total prize money, with the singles champion earning $60,000. Tickets can be purchased by calling +55 21 3005-4023.

    “It is going to be a lot of fun to play in Brazil for the first time at the Rio Champions Cup and join some of the great legends in tennis,” said Safin, who turned 30 on January 27. “It will be an interesting change to be one of the young guys on the tour again and I look forward to playing in front of the Brazilian tennis fans.”



    That was a short retirement.


    He probably will like this stress free tennis a lot.

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    http://www.championsseriestennis.com/news.php?newsid=712
     
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  2. Ocean Drive

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    He can actually enjoy himself for a change, it was a titanic struggle since 2005 when he got injured, playing in pain until 2008 leaving him with laboured movement and a forehand worthy of a 50 year old + club player.
     
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  3. nabbydian

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    yeah, at times when watching Safin i feel like i'm watching a much older man plays

    the looks and physique are still there but the movement aint :(
     
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  4. malakas

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    I don't want him to be back at the seniors tour!I want to be back in the atp!!!:_-(
     
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    He lost in R1 of so many tournaments last year watching him was extremely depressing. A shadow of his former self.

    I think we will see much better tennis from Marat on the seniors just like Rios, who thrived in this non-stressful series. .
     
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  6. Ocean Drive

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    True Safin fans are glad he called it a day, he was much better than the player he was the last few years. Those three masters series matches he lost in a row from Miami to Rome were just terrible to watch, then he went and screwed up a match he had in control in Montreal, again against Monfils.
     
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    Yeah!! So glad he's back playing, even it's on the seniors tour. I know some want him back on the ATP and part of me does as well, but he seemed so unhappy when he was and it was like he couldn't wait to get out of there. I feel like it got to the point where he clearly disliked tennis and the everything about it. Now he can play and enjoy himself without the competition and the pressure.
     
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  8. Ocean Drive

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    People talk about Marat and his loss of desire, it was kind of the opposite of that. In his younger days, there were times were he didn't care and screwed things up when he didn't need to but post 2005 his body gave way and his mind grew frustrated with the injuries but he desperately wanted another chance to recapture his best form, he said it himself after his loss to Monfils in Montreal last year, he was too "desperate to win".

    Marat did incredibly well to achieve what he did, before the age of 25.
     
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  9. HunterST

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    This seniors tour thing is getting ridiculous. Safin is only 30 years old and just retired this year. How are guys like McCenroe who are over 50 supposed to be able to compete with guys fresh off the tour?
     
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  10. VictorS.

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    Good point. On one hand, I think it is great that now recently retired players can continue to play the game, albiet on a less competitive/stressful platform. However, it is a little unfair for guys like McEnroe & Arias. There's probably not enough interest, but maybe they'd be better off having 40 & u and 40 & over divisions. I agree 30 yrs old is probably a bit too young for senior tennis. I'm thinking more like 35.
     
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    Yeah, he would embarrass himself on the ATP - he's just not motivated to play serious stuff anymore. I think the Champion's Tour will be a much better fit and we'll probably see a more relaxed and happier Marat. Looking forward to it.
     
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  12. pound cat

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    Champions tour was for 35+ until a couple of years ago. I would pay to watch Safin and Phillipousis age 30 when they are still good looking and appealing, & play decent tennis, (yes, this is a great motivator to sell tickets in order to fill venues and also to allow the enigmatic Rios to come back and show his tennis under the best circumstances (no stress, no injury) Besides if 35 was the limit Rios would never have played and become #1 iin the series as he is now completely involved in the family construction business.
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    People will pay to see young guys, but the idea of shelling out money to see oldsters they likely have never heard of will make them think twice.

    Having players who are recent retirees are still fresh in people's minds...most people have never heard of C.U Steebs or J. Bates.
     
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  13. VictorS.

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    I agree. At the end of the day, this is a business. People are way more likely to pay to see Sampras battle it out against Safin than say Arias v. Krickstein. When you see Sampras against some of these older guys like Wilander....you just know Mats has no chance unfortunately. I saw a match where Sampras just anniliated Pernfors, like 0 and 1.
     
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    sorry but I don't agree.I don't care how many losses he had,I preffered to see him still playing.:(
     
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