Safin, a former top-ranked player and a three-time champion at the Paris tournament, wants a long break before making a decision.
“I don’t know what happened. Just couldn’t find my rhythm and couldn’t find the game,” the 28-year-old Russian said. “I need to think everything through. I have no pressure and I have nothing to prove or show. I just want to be comfortable with my decision, whatever I will take.”
Former world No. 1 Marat Safin said he’s going to evaluate his future in tennis after his first-round loss.
Safin managed only 12 points in the first set and trailed 2-0 in the second after just 24 minutes. In the first service game of the second set, Safin had four double faults before breaking back to 2-2.
“I need to sit down and relax and just enjoy my life without any tennis [for] a couple of months and then I will see,” Safin said. “If I feel like I want to continue to play, I will. If not, it will be over.”