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 well.'

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 and Short.

Press release from adidas.