Saturday, March 3, 2012

Marat Safin

Marat Safin is a Russian tennis player. He reached the world no. 1 ranking in November 2000, a few weeks after winning his first Grand Slam, the 2000 US Open, where he defeated Pete Sampras. The fiery-tempered Russian held the no. 1 spot for a total of nine weeks.

Safin, who turned pro in 1997, won the Australian Open in 2005 to clinch his second Grand Slam. He also reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros in 2001, and Wimbledon in 2008. He has a total of 15 career titles, including 5 Masters Series tournaments. He plays right-handed.

Safin retired in 2009. He ran for and won a post in the Russian parliament, representing the Nizhny Novgorod region. 

Born: January 27, 1980, in Moscow, Russia
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 195 lbs

Achievements/Career Highlights:
  • Won ~$14.37 million career prize money
  • Career win-loss record: 421-266
  • he and his sister Dinara both held the no. 1 ranking 
  • won his first ATP Tour title at age 19
  • Due to his fiery temper on court, he managed to break 1055 rackets during his entire career

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