Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
2000 Open Champ Marat Safin Retires; Venus, Nadal Cruise Despite Knee Issues
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NEW YORK — Marat Safin burst onto the tennis scene like a comet, beating Pete Sampras in straight sets to win the 2000 U.S. Open and looking like he might dominate the sport for a decade.Nine years later, the mercurial Russian says he has played his final Grand Slam match after losing to Jurgen Melzer of Austria 1-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the Open.
“It’s the end, it’s the last one,” Safin, 29, said. “Could’ve been better ending, but it’s still OK. I have no regrets and I have no worries about it at all.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.