Former No. 1 Marat Safin has not hung around the tennis scene much since his retirement.
So it was fun to see him present the champion’s trophy in Paris on Sunday.
Contemporaries Mikhail Youzhny and Nikolay Davydenko have taken the coaching path. So why not Safin?
He told Russian Eurosport that he wouldn’t say no – if an “interesting guy with a good heart, a good soul” made an offer. Which hasn’t happened yet.
Safin said he wouldn’t travel all year, but could do some weeks, “Especially since players don’t need to constantly travel with them all year, like a nanny.”