Marat Safin

Tennis Player
Born Jan 27, 1980

Marat Mubinovich Safin is a Russian politician and retired tennis player of Tatar ethnicity. Safin won two grand slam tournaments and reached the World No. 1 ranking during his career. He was also famous for his emotional outbursts and sometimes fiery temper on court. Safin also holds the record for most broken racquets in a year with 87. Safin is the older brother of former World No. 1 WTA player Dinara Safina.… Read More

related links

News + Updates

Browse recent news and stories about Marat Safin.

  • Henin, Safin Ushered Into International Tennis Hall Of Fame
    Yahoo News - Jul 16, 2016
  • Henin, Safin, Sukova Nominated For Hall Of Fame
    Yahoo News - Oct 23, 2015
  • Swiss Wawrinka Taking Solace In 'failing Better'
    Yahoo News - Jan 11, 2014
  • Tennis 'big Four' Reach Star Studded Cincinnati Quarters
    Yahoo News - Aug 16, 2013


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Marat Safin.


1980 Birth Born on January 27, 1980.


1997 17 Years Old 1 More Event
Safin began his professional career in 1997, and held the No. 1 world ranking for a total of 9 weeks between November 2000 and April 2001. … Read More
1998 18 Years Old In 1998, Safin consecutively defeated Andre Agassi and defending champion Gustavo Kuerten at the French Open.
1999 19 Years Old He won his first ATP title at the age of 19, in Boston, and later in 1999 he reached the prestigious Paris, Bercy final losing a closely contested 4 set match to world No. 1 Andre Agassi.


2000 20 Years Old Safin held the No. 1 ATP ranking for 9 weeks during 2000 (making him the tallest No. 1 ranked player of all time) when he won his first Grand Slam tournament at the US Open, becoming the only Russian in history to win this tournament in the Men's Singles draw, by defeating Pete Sampras in straight sets. … Read More
2001 21 Years Old 1 More Event
He often lost in the first or second rounds in other years, although he made the quarterfinals in 2001, losing in 4 sets to eventual champion Goran Ivanišević. … Read More
2004 24 Years Old 1 More Event
He holds a record-tying three (2000, 2002, and 2004) wins in Paris, France, and one in 2004 in Madrid, Spain.
Prior to the 2005 Australian Open, Safin had caught fire towards the end of the 2004 season, thanks in part to his hiring of Peter Lundgren, and was seen as among the favourites for the title.
Although a serious knee-injury hampered his progression and rankings within the ATP (he missed the 2005 US Open, 2005 Tennis Masters Cup and 2006 Australian Open), he made appearances at the 2006 ATP Masters tournaments at Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome and Hamburg.
2007 27 Years Old …  In Las Vegas he was defeated by Lleyton Hewitt during the semifinals round in 2007 7–5, 6–1. … Read More
Despite his dislike of grass courts, he became the first Russian man to reach the semifinals of Wimbledon at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships. … Read More
Safin started the 2009 season by playing in the Hopman Cup event in Perth with his sister, Dinara Safina. … Read More


In 2011, Safin stated that during his career he broke 1055 racquets. … Read More
2012 32 Years Old On 17 December 2012, he voted in support of legislation in the Russian Parliament banning the adoption of Russian orphans by United States citizens.
2016 36 Years Old In 2016 he became the first Russian tennis player inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. … Read More
Original Authors of this text are noted on
Text is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.