Working With Rosset During Clay Court Season
By Richard Pagliaro
In his continuing quest to find a full-time coach, Marat Safin
has settled on someone he can look up to пїЅ 6-foot-7 Swiss
Marc Rosset пїЅ to serve as his coach during the clay court
The tallest player on the ATP Tour along with Germany's Alexander
Popp, Rosset carries some successful clay-court credentials.
He reached the Roland Garros semifinals in 1996 and teamed
with Jacob Hlasek to win the 1999 Roland Garros doubles title.
Though the 31-year-old Rosset has not officially retired as
a player and has little coaching experience, Safin said he
is happy with the progress he's made working with the former
"Marc Rosset is helping me at this moment, he's trying
to help me," Safin said. "Already, three weeks together
and we're doing well."
The 2000 U.S. Open champion and former ATP leader in smashed
racquets has gone through coaches faster than he once went
through racquets. Safin has hired several coaches in his five-year
career including Rafael Mensua, Briton Tony Pickard fellow
Russians Andrei Chesnokov and Alexander Volkov, seven-time
Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander and most recently, his business
manager, Amit Naor, who still works with Safin.
During his run to the Australian Open final in January, Safin
was accompanied by a sizeable entourage including coaches,
trainers and attractive female friends making, which made
the friend's box at Rod Laver Arena look a bit like a coaching
convention attended by the Laker girls. The 22-year-old Safin
has hired Amit Naor, his manager, as his coach for the time
being despite Naor's limited experience coaching elite pros.
Though his coaching situation has been a position in transition,
Safin is satisfied with his recent play.
"I'm playing well, I'm satisfied. I am confident,"
said Safin. "I think I'm going to be dangerous on clay,
very dangerous. The way I'm playing at the moment I have a
big chance. I hope this year I can finish No. 1, it would
be a great present for me."