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With all the hoopla surrounding Agassi vs. Sampras and the battle of the Williams sisters, defending U.S. Open champ Marat Safin went almost unnoticed last week at Flushing Meadows. That was until we caught him in a strange pose for Page 2's Mystery Photo.

Marat Safin
We received more than 750 e-mails from readers suggesting captions for what Safin was really up to last week. Here are some of the best:

This one time, at tennis camp ...
Michael Nicholson

Scientists admit their attempt to clone a U.S. Open champion is considered a failure.
Jim Sauer
El Cajon Calif.

"No, really! I saw Bobby Riggs play like this once and win $100 from someone!"
Robert Igoe
Altoona, Pa.

Martina Hingis accused Safin of getting more endorsements because "he has a tennis racket growing out of his butt."
Ryan Mitstifer
Winston-Salem, N.C.

After breaking a string ... Safin pulls out a new racket ...
Jack Shapiro
Chestnut Hill, Mass.

"I have got to get rid of this jock itch. Boy I hope no one is looking."
John J.
Edison, N.J.

"Doing the bull dance, feelin' the flow."
Michael Caviness
Ramseur, N.C.

Safin's new "Back-door" backhand.
Chris With
New York

... and he's still thanking God for the man who invented the cup.
Peter Yates

"I always get a wedgie on the tough shots!"
Henry Richmond
Orlando, Fla.

No. Actually, the guy with the rubber glove was surprisingly more gentle.
Neal Koblitz
Jupiter, Fla.

Safin's tennis elbow takes a turn for the worse.
Scott Cost
Charlotte, N.C.

Yo! A little help here!
Adam M. Zdanavage

This guy literally eats and sleeps tennis.
Aaron Petrosky

Marat Safin learns the hard way to look before you sit down.
Derek Kirchner

Oh yeah?! Well ... here's what you can do with all your Grand Slam trophies, Pete!
Rob Razzano

Taking after, "Mr. Garrison," of South Park fame, Marat Safin introduces us to, "Mr. Racket."
Shawn LaRoche
Barre, Mass.

This Gold Bond stuff works pretty good!
Austin, Texas

Here's the real caption from The Associated Press: Marat Safin of Russia returns a shot through his legs Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001, against Mariano Zabaleta of Argentina at the US Open tennis tournament in New York. Safin defeated Zabaleta 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. (AP photo/Elise Amendola)

Mystery Photo Aug. 31: Oh, Danny boy!

Mystery Photo Aug. 24: Baby doll

Mystery Photo Aug. 17: Wild night at the ballpark

Mystery photo Aug. 10: Doubles divas

Mystery photo Aug. 3: Hoops, I did it again

Mystery photo July 27: I've got it!

Mystery photo July 20 extras: Fiddling with captions

Mystery photo July 20: The Devil you say?

Mystery photo July 13: The BoSox Boys

Mystery photo July 6: Reunited...

Mystery photo June 29: This just in ...

Mystery photo June 22: Caught in the act

Mystery photo June 18: What's up with Bobby Cox?

Mystery photo June 8: Kobe Bryant plugged

Mystery photo June 1: Something about Shaq

Mystery photo May 25: Two wild and crazy guys

Mystery photo May 17: Nothing but net

Mystery photo May 11: Tim and Jerry

Mystery photo May 3: Drop 'em

Mystery photo April 27: Great seats, eh?

Mystery photo April 23: Ready, aim ...

Mystery photo April 16: Hey, buddy

Mystery photo April 9: Gone fishin in Florida

Mystery photo April 2: Getting kissed off

Mystery Photo responses: March 26

Mystery Photo responses: March 16

Mystery Photo responses: March 9

Mystery Photo responses: Feb. 28

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