A couple of days ago after he was knocked out of the US Open Marat Safin retired from tennis. He is 29. Tennis will never be as much fun to watch again. I loved Safin. In a world where everyone is so perfect and determined and single-minded he was a breath of women-chasing, car-racing fresh air. And very sexy.
He has that rather Russian, Byronic manner; he sulks and loses his temper (he himself estimates he has broken 300 tennis rackets since 2005) and lets his emotions get the better of him. If Federer is the Mozart of tennis, then Safin was the Pushkin of tennis, or maybe the Heathcliff of tennis. But can Heathcliff ever be Russian? Anyway, if anyone can find his resignation speech online please let me have the link, I can’t find it. And talking of Heathcliff did anyone see ITV’s new adaptation of Wuthering Heights? It was really excellent. Made me want to roam the moors looking for my hero. But I hear he’s retired….
Copyright: Helena Frith Powell 2009