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Question: Will Andy win any clay court titles?
He wins them all - 3 (6.7%)
He wins at least one - 32 (71.1%)
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Andy's 2013 clay court season

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Re: Andy's 2013 clay court season « Reply #15 on: April 02, 2013, 08:11 PM »
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U beat me to it- great minds thinkalike. Was just thinking last night that I'd start a clay court thread.
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Yes, Andy's movement is poor on clay. He just can't slide like Rafa and Nole. He wears ankle braces so that might make his ankles stiffer and less flexible?
Contrast with his movement on grass, which is superb.
In a way the clay season is a blessed relief. I don't expect too much of Andy and I would expect him to be beaten by any of the other top5.
From what Andy has said it seems his bipartite patella is responsible for his poorer movement on clay because of all the sliding around, which also aggravates it.  He's also said the ankle supports are light-weight and very flexible, so don't hamper his movement on any surface.  I did notice last year that he frequently ran round the ball to return a shot rather than slide into it, so he's obviously adapted his game for clay, and I'm sure Lendl will also have some invaluable input here.

I'm actually looking forward to the clay-court season this year, although thank goodness Madrid got rid of the blue stuff.  I watched Nadal's matches in S. America closely and began for the first time to really appreciate what clay-court tennis is all about.



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Re: Andy's 2013 clay court season « Reply #16 on: April 02, 2013, 08:45 PM »
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That was probably his best performance on the clay all season, at least in terms of start to finish. The 3rd and 4th sets against Gasquet (sadly no highlights on youtube, but full match is on Dailymotion courtesy of Craig) were something else.

Full match is on youtube if anyone gets the sudden urge to give it a watch. Just type in 'Murray Troicki Monte Carlo'.
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Re: Andy's 2013 clay court season « Reply #17 on: April 02, 2013, 08:50 PM »
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^ Andy should start more matches like that ^
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Re: Andy's 2013 clay court season « Reply #18 on: April 02, 2013, 08:54 PM »
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Was this the last time he served a first set bagel?
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Re: Andy's 2013 clay court season « Reply #19 on: April 02, 2013, 08:58 PM »
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The point at 11:22 was cat and mouse tennis at its best.

Of course this was just after Murray decided to cut his own hair and shaved it to a 1. Great reactions on here at the time.
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Re: Andy's 2013 clay court season « Reply #20 on: April 02, 2013, 09:01 PM »
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I wish he would go back to normal outfits like that one though XD

Been wearing the gold for long enough now.
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Re: Andy's 2013 clay court season « Reply #21 on: April 02, 2013, 09:37 PM »
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That was probably his best performance on the clay all season, at least in terms of start to finish. The 3rd and 4th sets against Gasquet (sadly no highlights on youtube, but full match is on Dailymotion courtesy of Craig) were something else.

Full match is on youtube if anyone gets the sudden urge to give it a watch. Just type in 'Murray Troicki Monte Carlo'.
It's strange that Andy often plays his best tennis when he's carrying an injury - and as we all know he had a back problem at that time.


I wish he would go back to normal outfits like that one though XD

Been wearing the gold for long enough now.
I agree.  The gold's getting a bit tedious.  I much prefer it when he has different completely outfits, although not yellow shorts.
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Re: Andy's 2013 clay court season « Reply #22 on: April 03, 2013, 05:08 PM »
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It's strange that Andy often plays his best tennis when he's carrying an injury - and as we all know he had a back problem at that time.

I agree.  The gold's getting a bit tedious.  I much prefer it when he has different completely outfits, although not yellow shorts.
Well he wasn't playing his best for most of clay season last year Aileen so not sure about the injury theory!  But yes I remember now Andy saying it was his patella that created problems on the clay and that the clay can aggravate it.  It's incredible really that someone with a congenital condition like that can be a top tennis player.
I'm afraid yellow is the Adidas colour this year so we're going to get it in some shape or form all year.  I just wish they'd give Andy a more attractive design - but I don't think he cares so I guess we shouldn't either.
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Re: Andy's 2013 clay court season « Reply #23 on: April 03, 2013, 05:17 PM »
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I look forward to it. Wille be nice to find out what's the form of our two R's (Roger en Rafa) now adays. Nole wants to win RG because he wants to win the four GS's in one year, and Andy...I think he also thinks it's a good year to win...(doesn't he play in his Spanish time a lot on clay...?)
Besides...it's my favorite underground to play tennis myself...
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Re: Andy's 2013 clay court season « Reply #24 on: April 03, 2013, 06:27 PM »
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Well he wasn't playing his best for most of clay season last year Aileen so not sure about the injury theory!  But yes I remember now Andy saying it was his patella that created problems on the clay and that the clay can aggravate it.  It's incredible really that someone with a congenital condition like that can be a top tennis player.
True, Ruthie - but at least he did find a way of playing round the problem until eventually the pain got so bad he had to give up.

Apparently having a bipartite patella isn't a congenital condition.  Everyone is born with the bones of the kneecap not properly fused together, but they should be fused by the time a child is 5 or 6.  However in about 1% of the population that doesn't happen, although it's possible for somebody to have the condition and not be aware of it until it's picked up perhaps in a routine knee examination. It's just very unfortunate that Andy happens to be one of that minute percentage, and obviously his playing tennis and football brought it to light when he was, I think, about 12.

From what I've read about it (and there is an article by an orthopaedic specialist which I posted on MW) it shouldn't stop anyone from taking part in sport provided it's properly managed, the main problem being that, because the bones aren't properly fused, the large tendon behind the kneecap has to take more stress than normal and so becomes painful and inflamed.

Andy did though invest in an expensive device about two years ago which it was hoped might very gradually push the bones closer together, but as he never talks about his knee we don't know how successful that might have been.

I can have some sympathy with him because I've got 'funny' knees as well, i.e the edges of the bones in both kneecaps are rough instead of being smooth, and so don't always rub together too happily!
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Re: Andy's 2013 clay court season « Reply #25 on: April 03, 2013, 06:51 PM »
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Thanks for that information Aileen.   I just hope that Mr L can help him find a way to play well on clay without aggravating his knee problem.
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Re: Andy's 2013 clay court season « Reply #26 on: April 03, 2013, 07:59 PM »
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It seems Andy is remaining in Miami to train for the clay-court season rather than returning to London.  That does make sense, and no doubt Kim and the doggies will still be there too to keep him company.


Murray eyes French Open title [Pakistan Today, 2 April]

LONDON - The clay-court season begins for the Brit in Monte Carlo in two weeks and there is much work to be done, culminating in the French Open, which begins on Sunday, May 26.

Andy Murray rightly afforded himself some time for a swim by the beach in Miami after coming through a gruelling test of body and mind against David Ferrer to win the Sony Open on Sunday.

But the newly crowned world No 2 will not be resting on his laurels now that he has cemented his position as one of the game’s leading players.

The clay-court season begins for the Brit in Monte Carlo in two weeks and there is much work to be done, culminating in the French Open, which begins on Sunday, May 26.

Coming through such a physical slog against the tenacious Spanish No 4 was testament to the work and the hard yards that Murray puts in on and off the court for extended periods of the year on the Florida coast.

And now, opting to miss Great Britain’s Davis Cup Euro/Africa Zone Group One tie against Russia in Coventry this weekend, Murray will remain in America as he hits the clay courts with coach Ivan Lendl to begin his preparations for an assault on the French Open title.

Murray acknowledges that it is his worst surface, but previous semi-final appearances in Paris, Rome and Monte Carlo show that he is indeed not quite as bad on clay as some may suggest.

Murray said: ‘I will focus on Monte Carlo now. I’ll take a few days off and then start my training on the clay courts around here. I’ll try to keep improving my clay-court game. I just need to serve better - it’s much easier to return on clay so I need to make sure that I serve well.’

Full article - http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2013/04/02/news/sports/murray-eyes-french-open-title/
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Re: Andy's 2013 clay court season « Reply #27 on: April 03, 2013, 08:08 PM »
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Speaking of clay, I got to play on it today at an academy down the road from my hotel called The Nadal Academy (It´s not owned by Rafa, just dedicated). It´s now my favourite surface.
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Re: Andy's 2013 clay court season « Reply #28 on: April 03, 2013, 08:40 PM »
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cant wait tosee andy again i have withdrawal symptoms  ,will have to work out time difference etc like to be organised lol roll on 2 weeks time
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Re: Andy's 2013 clay court season « Reply #29 on: April 03, 2013, 08:49 PM »
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cant wait tosee andy again i have withdrawal symptoms  ,will have to work out time difference etc like to be organised lol roll on 2 weeks time
Until we get back to the UK, all matches will be BST+1hr, so not too difficult.
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