daniela Posted November 9, 2006 Share Posted November 9, 2006 Marat Safin Profile NAME: MARAT MIKHAILOVICH SAFIN DATE OF BIRTH: 27TH JANUARY 1980 ETHNICITY:TATAR NATIONALITY: RUSSIAN RELIGION: MUSLIM IN NAME ONLY, NEVER PRACTICING. BIRTHPLACE: MOSCOW, RUSSIA OFFICIAL RESIDENCE: MONTE CARLO, MONACO OTHER HOMES: MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MIAMI, USA - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND COACH: PETER LUNDGREN (as of 2004) BEST FRIENDS: DENIS GOLOVANOV (Tennis Player) & LEONID NERUSHENKO Both are childhood friends and sometimes travel with him. See profiles on 'COURT 1' and 'DID YOU KNOW' on 'CENTRE COURT' RACKET: HEAD CLOTHING: ADIDAS PLAYS: RIGHT-HANDED EYES: BROWN HAIR: BROWN HEIGHT: 6'4" / 1.93M WEIGHT: 88 Kilos / 195 lbs TURNED PROFESSIONAL: 1997 HIGHEST SINGLES RANKING: 1 HIGHEST DOUBLES RANKING: 79 Credit goes to: http://www.maratsafin.com/content.php?did=9 Safin was born in Moscow, USSR (now Russia) to an ethnic Muslim Tatar family. His parents, Rausa Islanova and Mubin Safin, were former tennis players and coaches. His younger sister is professional tennis player Dinara Safina. Mubin managed the local Spartak Tennis Club where Safin trained in his youth aside several up and coming tennis players, including Anna Kournikova, Elena Dementieva, and Anastasia Myskina. At age fourteen he moved to Valencia, Spain, to access advanced tennis training programs which were not available in Russia. Safin gained the attention of the tennis establishment in 1998 with his consecutive victories over Andre Agassi and (defending champion) Gustavo Kuerten at the French Open. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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