7/31/09 11:15 PM | Johan Lindahl
Marat Safin says he will exit tennis in four months with no true friends in the game, but is not worried to be leaving a major portion of his life behind when he retires in November.
For the former world No. 1 Russian, there has been little comradeship - at least with his male rivals - during a career which led him to Grand Slam titles at the US and Australian Open.
"Tennis is now just a huge business, and everyone is hungry for money, of course. It‘s too professional, it‘s not fun like it was before", said the winner of 15 trophys currently ranked 55th.
"Nobody is friends with anybody, everyone travels with his group, there is no more friendship like when I could hang out with [Patrick] Rafter or [Mark] Philippoussis".
"There is even someone to carry the bags. I don't have an entourage, I don‘t like dealing with so many people. I don‘t have any friends on the tour - but it‘s not sad for me, don‘t worry", Safin said.
The 29-year-old is determined to make a new life when he finishes playing next autumn at Paris Bercy, which he won twice. "I‘ll need to take six months off just to realise how things have changed, that I have no more tennis career".
"There will be no more match points, no more deuces, it will be something different".
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