While Marat started playing tennis from the age of 6, he actually gained his real coaching from a professional coach only when he turned 14.
For this, he had to move to Valencia, Spain to get coached by Rafael Mensua.
Marat Safin, the good looking tennis player from Russia, is known for more than his looks.
He is also the older brother of Dinara Safina, who is the second ranked ladies player in the world.Finalist (7): 2007 - Stuttgart (w/Chan); 2006 - US Open (w/Srebotnik); 2005 - Hobart, Paris [Indoors], Antwerp (all w/Medina Garrigues); 2004 - Sydney (w/Shaughnessy); 2003 - Canberra (w/Bedanova). ADDITIONALRussian Fed Cup Team, 2005-06, 2008, 2011; Russian Olympic Team, 2008.2000 - Played first two events of career on ITF Circuit.2001 - Played first WTA qualifying at Madrid and Moscow; won one singles title and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.2002 - First Top 100 season; played first WTA main draw at Estoril, reaching SF (l. Nagyova in final); made Top 100 debut afterwards on July 29 (rose from No.169 to No.90); reached 2r four times (incl. Wimbledon); won three singles titles and two doubles titles on ITF Circuit.2003 - Another Top 100 season; won second WTA title at Palermo (d. Marat Safin was born into a Tatar family in Moscow Russia.His parents are Mikhail Alexeivich Safin and Rauza Islanova.