06/14/2007 •  “Sharing a Laugh with Marat Safin” DVD Release

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AUSTIN, TEXAS JUNE 14, 2007 “Sharing a Laugh with Marat Safin”, the highly anticipated interview and career retrospective of one of the professional tennis tour’s most charismatic and interesting figures, was released today on DVD by SideSpin Productions.

“Marat’s fans love him because they get a sense of his true personality as he openly shows a wide range of emotions on the court,” says Tom Suhler one of the co-hosts and producer. “So as you might expect, his wit and charm were easy find. But we were also able to capture some of his more introspective thoughts in between the laughs.”

The DVD promises to deliver the questions to Marat’s answers like: “It’s too easy”, “I need a bigger one”, “I was shocked”, “He was also sleeping”, “Like to go to smoke a cigarette and have a coffee?”, “With all due respect”, and “More people to break my balls.”

Marat’s career accomplishments include a former #1 world ranking, U.S. Open and Australian Open titles, a 4-3 win / loss record over Pete Sampras, a 3-3 win / loss record with Andre Agassi, and more than 200 weeks in the Top 10. “His results suffered for a while due to a knee injury, but in late 2006 his results improved and his ranking moved above 30,” said Suhler. “He finished the last year by winning the deciding match for Russia as they defeated Argentina in the Davis Cup final. I’ll bet a dollar on a dime that he gets back in the Top 10. But from a spectator’s viewpoint his current ranking isn’t really important. Marat is always lot of fun to watch because you never know what is going to happen when he steps on the court.”

“Sharing a Laugh with Marat Safin,” is co-hosted by Niclas Kroon, former Swedish ATP touring pro, and Suhler. The show includes comments about Marat from his former coach Peter Lundgren. Lundgren, who coached Marat from 2004 - 2006 and Roger Federer from 1997 – 2003, is now England’s Davis Cup Coach. Grand Slam Champion and Television Commentator Cliff Drysdale also shares a few thoughts about Safin.

The DVD contains the interview, which runs 22 minutes, plus two very nice extras. There is an extended “Fan Cut” that runs 33 minutes and includes comments from Marat’s former coach and Grand Slam Champion Mats Wilander. Viewers will also find “The Golden Bagel Award Story” featuring the inaugural award presentation to Roger Federer. SideSpin Productions, Inc. honors the top male tennis pro who delivers the most “bagels” (6-0 sets), to his opponents throughout the year. You can go to the Golden Bagel Award™ website www.goldenbagelaward.com to learn more about the irreverent award.

Since Safin is a huge international sports figure, the DVD includes subtitles in Russian, Spanish, and Chinese to help make it accessible to more fans. You can view promos and purchase the DVD on the web at www.safinlaughing.com.

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