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Facing Marat Safin: Press Release

A wide range of forty professional tennis players discuss memories of playing Marat Safin, one of the most intriguing champions and characters in the history of tennis. Also various tennis world figures share additional insights and anecdotes about the Russian tennis superpower who reached the ATP world no. 1 ranking in 2000 and won the 2000 US Open and 2005 Australian Open, as well as two Davis Cups, the first two in Russian tennis history.

Mark Scoop Malinowski has published six previous books about tennis: Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew, Facing Federer, Facing Nadal, Facing Hewitt, Facing Sampras and Facing McEnroe.


“I totally understand him.” — Roger Federer

“It’s crazy how strong he is inside.” — Evgeny Donskoy

“I think that’s his curse. He had too many things going for him.” — Dmitry Tursunov

“Physically the best player in the world is Marat Safin. He’s better than Federer.” — Vince Spadea

“He was a very nice player to watch. Nice outside the court, on the court, nice technique. Everything was almost perfect.” — Dudi Sela

Contact: Mark Scoop Malinowski 201-218-0811
For Immediate Release

Teaneck, NJ —– Author/Journalist Mark ‘Scoop’ Malinowski is proud to announce the publication of his ninth book, Facing Marat Safin: Symposium of a Champion ($9.99, 152-pages, available at

About The Author
Mark Scoop Malinowski has written about tennis for ATPWORLDTOUR.COM, TENNIS Magazine, Tennis Week,, Ace Magazine of U.K. Australian Tennis Magazine,, Tennis View, Australian Open Official Program,,,, New York Tennis, Totally Tennis Magazine, The Daily Record of Morris County, N.J.,, Florida Tennis, South Asia Life & Times Magazine.

Question: Why did you decide to do a book about Marat Safin?

Scoop Malinowski: “Because he was a fascinating character and a super champion who left a very memorable impact on the sport. He’s an important player in tennis history and he should not be forgotten. I didn’t know what to expect upon interviewing so many tennis players but their observations, anecdotes, memories and respects well exceeded expectations.”

Question: What did you learn about Safin that you did not previous know?

Scoop Malinowski: “The degree of respect for him by the players was a big surprise. Two very accomplished players, champions in the ATP, even said with a healthy respect, that they wished in a sense they could be more like him. Also the aspects of did he love or hate the sport are examined thoroughly. Another theme which emerged during the process was that Safin remained the same man, same basic character despite accomplishing superstardom. Several players who knew him during teenage years emphasized this.”

Question: Why should tennis fans purchase this book?

Scoop Malinowski: “Because it’s a highly informative and entertaining read about one of the great champions of the modern era. To my knowledge there is no other book published about Safin in any language. I tried to model the book similarly to my Facing Federer book which Steve Tignor of Tennis Magazine called “addictive reading.” I also modeled this book after my Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew book which was called “amazing” by former ATP pro Ilija Bozoljac. I think it’s a terrific reading experience for tennis fans, I can’t tell you how many highlight moments there were doing this book. My interviews with Evgeny Donskoy, Jeff Tarango, Dmitry Tursunov, Gustavo Kuerten, Boris Sobkin and Safin’s racquet tech guy Tom Martinez were some of the best moments of working on this book.”

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  • Duke Carnoustie · August 12, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Sounds good Scoop, look forward to reading this as a big supporter of Safin.

    Wonder if you got any access to Dinara. I find the dynamic of them being the best brother-sister tennis combo in history intriguing.

    Also good find on TJ Scott being suspended on Twitter for no reason. I also have seen some new evidence regarding QAnon I am sure you have seen as well.

    Keep fighting the good fight!

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 12, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    Thanks Duke, but no access to Safina, she didn’t respond to twitter message to talk about brother Marat for this book. Would have been nice but I don’t think she would have said anything interesting anyway. I got some good juicy content, enough that I’m happy with the final composition.



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