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    Marat élu

    Named for the famous revolutionary who was stabbed in the bath, Marat Safin was about as talented and powerful as anyone that has played tennis. While the he earned a handful of good results on the tour, like defeating Sampras in the 2000 US Open and briefly claiming the #1 ranking, the rumor was that he spent too much time satisfying his female fans. Though charming off-court, he was known for angry outbursts on court and claims to have smashed over a thousand racquets. He once played the Hopman Cup, "sporting a bandaged right thumb, two black eyes, a blood-filled left eye, and a cut near his right eye, all suffered in a fight several weeks earlier in Moscow."

    So he's well prepared for a life in Russian politics.

    Marat Safin Reveals His Plans for His Future

    When he announced that he was going to retire and then played his way through a farewell season, Marat Safin would not reveal what he would do after he hung up his racquets. Many thought he might go into business, a few thought he might take up coaching, but pretty much no-one had any idea that he would enter politics.

    But that is what he has done. The former world number one and winner of the Australian and US Opens and a member of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party, won a seat in the Duma, Russia’s parliament, during last Sunday’s elections. He will represent the Nyzhny Novgorod region, approximately 500k (310 miles) from Moscow.

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