Marat Safin of Russia, ended his career at the BNP Masters indoor tennis tournament in Paris. He loss to Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in the second round of the Paris Masters 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
Marat Safin during a second round at the Paris Masters.
BNP Masters indoor tennis tournament in Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009.
“Sportsmen are great when they are sportsmen,” Safin said. “Afterwards, it’s a little bit tough for them. The transition from being a tennis player to do something else is difficult. And if time passes too much, you’re just an ex-tennis player.”
Marat Safin, of Russia, holds the key of the Bercy stadium, a farewell trophy to mark the end of his career, during BNP Masters indoor tennis tournament in Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009.
“It’s where I started and where I finished,” Safin said about the French capital. “I couldn’t have found a better place to (retire). French people have been great to me. Great fans, great spectators. They perfectly understand tennis.”
“Today I will put all my memories, all my wins and losses in a small box,” Safin said during a small ceremony where he received a special trophy. “Today a door is closed, hopefully another one will open.”
Marat Safin farewell with the guys at the BNP Paribas Master, Paris
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