Dinara Safina's brother Marat says that given his sister's physical condition, i.e. the state of her back, it is impossible for her to come back to tennis. She should forget about putting more strain on her body and simply lead a normal life.
She had tried several times to make a comeback but it only caused her more problems. Now she must think of herself, not if she could play again, but just to live a normal life. She must continue with her therapy, but would not be able to play again.
Marat also said that Dinara will make an official announcement of the inevitable retirement herself.
In August Safina announced she would not play tennis until the end of the year for sure, and possibly indefinitely, while she hadn't competed in tournaments since the Madrid Open in May because of the persistent back injury. She is now ranked 130th.
This outcome is so unfortunate. Safina is still young and she's a powerful player with one of the most interesting personalities on the Tour. (source: Reuters, photo by our reader Tony)