Marat Safin, politician and tennis player
Marat Safin is a Russian politician and retired tennis player, Honored Master of Sports of Russia, Commander of the Order of Honor, winner of two Grand Slam singles titles (US Open-2000, Australian Open-2005), two-time winner of the Davis Cup (2002, 2006), winner of 17 ATP tournaments (15 of them – in singles). Safin reached the World No. 1 ranking during his career. His younger sister, Dinara Safina, is a professional tennis player and a silver medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. They are the first brother-sister tandem in tennis history to both achieve No. 1 rankings.
Marat was born on January 27, 1980 in Moscow, USSR (now Russia). 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. He won his first Grand Slam title at the 2000 U.S. Open.
He became the first Russian man to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships.
Since retirement Safin has been an official for the Russian Tennis Federation and a member of the Russian Olympic Committee.
In December 2011, Safin was elected to the Russian Parliament as a member of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party. He represents the Nizhny Novgorod region.
He speaks Russian, Spanish, English, Italian and Tatar.
Safin was not married, but he had a close relationship with a number of stars of cinema, theater and show business.
Valeria Jakubovskaya (who was also the ninth wife of General Dmitry Jakubowski) gave birth to their daughter Eva.
His first serious romantic relationship was in Spain. Spanish top model Silvia Torrens-Valero attended all of his training and tournaments. However, the relationship ended as soon as the tennis player went up to Olympus. They were together for four years.
He was together with Ekaterina Bestuzheva for a year.
New passion of the athlete became a fashion model Maria Krivtsova.
In 2003, Safin dated top model Tatiana Korsakova.
In 2004, he met designer Daria Zhukova, but the girl left him and married oligarch Roman Abramovich.
After that Safin dated Elena Korikova, Alice Selezneva, Jessica Biel, Nastya Osipova.
In 2007 Marat met Russian model Anna Druzyaka. Later he dated several girls but in 2012 Marat returned to Anna.