Wednesday, November 11, 2009

VIDEO: Players say goodbye to Marat Safin

I don't know if it is possible to overuse the word 'charismatic' when describing Marat Safin. I don't think it is.

Today is a very sad day for tennis. An emotional one to say the least. Marat Safin, one of the most adored players to ever hit the tennis courts, was handed his very final defeat by the hands of Juan Martin Del Potro, in the Paris Masters second round on Wednesday.

Like Stepanek said in the video above, and like hundreds of tennis experts have said before him; on a good day, Marat Safin can beat anyone!

Although Safin hasn't broken any records like Federer, hasn't won as many Slams as Sampras or Agassi, nor has he shown the tenacity like that of Nadal's, the Russian is indisputably one of the most gifted tennis players to ever compete in the game, and his wild personality just added to his appeal, making him without a doubt, one of the most memorable characters we have had the privilege to watch.

I don't think we will witness someone like him again on court, but he sure has given us a hell of a lot of memories and moments to remember him by.

Au revoir Marat!!!

Some footage from the farewell ceremony in Bercy:

Share you favorite Marat moment, tantrum, quote... Whatever you've got. Hit me up in the comments section!