Marat Safin and adidas Sign Long-Term Contract Extension
HERZOGENAURACH, Germany, Aug. 23
Defending US Open Champion, Marat Safin, and adidas have extended
their partnership. The 21-year-old Russian has already reached
at least the round of 16 at each of the four Grand Slams, proving
that he is a dangerous player on any surface. He finished the
2000 season as the #2 ranked player in the world.
Safin made headlines for the first time in 1998 with his 4th
round showing at Roland Garros, his first Grand Slam event.
He upset former champions Gustavo Kuerten and Andre Agassi back
to back along the way. He steadily worked his way up the rankings
throughout 1998 and 1999. Safin won an ATP Tour leading seven
tournaments in 2000. His US Open win over Pete Sampras vaulted
Safin to the top of the world rankings, making him the youngest
ever number one at 20 years and seven months.
Battling injuries throughout the 2001 season, Safin has reached
one final, one semifinal and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon
this year. Safin is seeded third for this year's US Open and
appears to be hitting his stride at just the right time, saying,
'I look forward to defending my title here. The support that
I received from the fans here last year is a great memory. I
hope that I give them something to cheer about this year as
Marat Safin has been with adidas throughout his professional
career. Safin is at the top of a group of impressive young players
that are leading tennis into a new era. The new contract is
a long-term deal that further solidifies adidas' position as
the leading performance tennis brand. Safin is currently playing
in the adidas Barricade II shoe and the adidas Performance Top
Press release from adidas.