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October 23rd, 2015

Justine Henin, Marat Safin Lead 2016 Hall Of Fame Nominees; Yevgeny Kafelnikov Not To Be Found

The Hall of Fame announced the nominees for the 2016 class. Absent was former No. 1

Posted by Staff @ 3:15 pm in hall of fame | 12 Comments »

December 15th, 2011

Marat Safin Elected To Russian Parliament

Marat Safin won a seat on the Russian Parliament.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 3:22 pm in 2011 Season | 23 Comments »

November 7th, 2010

Edberg Beats Safin for Seniors Grand Cayman Tennis Title

“I never played (Stefan), just watched him on TV, but I loved all his matches, of course, at Wimbledon, and I love the way he played,’ said Safin, the 2000 US Open champion. “He’s in great shape. He serves well and moves around pretty good. He’s good. He’s really good.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:38 pm in Tennis | 8 Comments »

May 19th, 2010

Ernests Gulbis: ‘I Don’t Care About Money, I Don’t Care About Fame’

Ernests Gulbis is turning into quite the character. Here’s a good profile on the 21-year-old Latvian.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:26 pm in 2010 Season | 62 Comments »

March 12th, 2010

Safin Entertains at Rio Champions Series Tennis

“It is almost a comedy that I am back in such a short time,” said Safin of so quickly jumping from the ATP World Tour on the Champions Series circuit. “It is an honor to be playing with these legends.”

Posted by Special @ 11:28 am in Tennis | 2 Comments »

February 13th, 2010

Some Sincere Thoughts on Roger Federer

Writing this goes against everything I’ve been saying lately, but I just have to get this off my chest.

Posted by Ben Pronin @ 8:33 am in Australian Open, French Open | 131 Comments »

February 11th, 2010

A World Without Roger Federer


Posted by Ben Pronin @ 12:03 pm in ATP, Australian Open, French Open, Grand Slams, US Open, Wimbledon | 126 Comments »

February 10th, 2010

Safin Returning to Tennis, Senior Tennis

Marat Safin will play on the Senior Tour next month.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 4:03 pm in senior tour | 8 Comments »

February 1st, 2010

Andy Murray in Oz — Too Much Pressure

I want to comment on Murray’s approach to attempting to win, let’s say, the last two Australian Opens. Last year he played an exhibition in Abu Dhabi and a warm up event in Doha. He won both, beating Nadal once and Federer twice. He was coming off a great 2008 where he won two Masters and reached the US Open final. In Oz, he lost to Fernando Verdasco in the 4th round.

Posted by Ben Pronin @ 11:16 pm in 2010 Season, Australian Open, Tennis | 28 Comments »

January 4th, 2010

Roddick, Cilic Start Strong at Australian Open Tune-ups; New Rules

Boy did Brisbane hit the jackpot in players.

Posted by Ben Pronin @ 2:48 pm in 2010 Season, Brisbane, Doha, ITF, Tennis | 20 Comments »

January 3rd, 2010

Clijsters Wins to Start 2010; Early Qualifying and Hopman Cup Action

he only thing that’s happened at these events is a bunch of qualifying matches have been played.

Posted by Ben Pronin @ 1:55 pm in 2010 Season, ATP, Brisbane, Doha, Exhibitions, Injuries, WTA | 6 Comments »

December 23rd, 2009

Top 10 Tennis Strokes of the Decade

With everyone doing top 10 lists of the decade or the year, I decided to take a slightly different approach.

Posted by Ben Pronin @ 5:08 pm in ATP, Tennis | 42 Comments »

November 10th, 2009

Safin in Final Career Match Wednesday v. Del Potro in Paris?

After three days of early round action, the top players finally hit the courts at the Paris Indoors, the final stop on the ATP’s regular season.

Posted by Staff @ 11:26 pm in ATP, Paris, Year-End No. 1 | 214 Comments »

October 17th, 2009

ATP Previews: Davydenko Opens vs. Safin in Moscow; Stockholm

Notes: Weak, weak seeded line-up; tough openers include (1) Davydenko vs. Safin, (4) Andreev vs. Ginepri, (6) Tipsarevic vs. Crazi Dani, and (5) Cuevas vs. Lu (upset alert); Russians have won 13 titles in the 19 years of the event; unseeded Igor Kunitsyn is the defending champ, and is looking at a second-round meeting with the Davydenko-Safin winner; Davydenko looking for fourth Moscow title; Yevgeny Kafelnikov won the Moscow title five years in a row from 1997-2001.

Posted by Staff @ 5:10 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

October 15th, 2009

Safin Takes Aim at Berdych, Roddick in Shanghai

Sean Randall breaks down the Shanghai third round matches.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:42 am in Asia, ATP, Shanghai, Wimbledon | 134 Comments »

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