Didn't they say during Wimbledon that Andy I wasn't around for personal reasons? I didn't read too much into it, but maybe that's just me.
As for the scheduling, I suppose Andy will say he doesn't really care as long as he plays, the court doesn't matter that much. He's always said that at Wimbledon, when he's been bumped off to Court One. It strikes me as ridiculous though, both from Andy's point of view and also the spectators perspective. I mean, as Andy, Djokovic, Nadal and Federer are all playing today, wouldn't it make sense to put two on the main court and two on Grandstand if they won't condescend to putting them all on the main court? Personally I'm inclined to think that if anyone should be bumped out to Grandstand it ought to be Federer, defending champion not withstanding. He's had a terrible year and his ranking has slipped. That's justification enough in my book, but that might just be me as well
I remember being really angry when Andy was moved for the Cilic match at the USO last year. I do understand why Roddick was put on Ashe, he is American and he was retiring, but even so. It wasn't solely the change of court that angered me though, it was moving the match to an earlier spot than it was originally meant to be. I thought that was grossly unfair to our Andy. As much as I can see he probably should have just got on with it, I can understand why he looked so livid when he came out for that match and how it took him a while to adjust. The different court, one he is known not to be keen on, the change in time, which would have had a bearing on his preparations, the dead atmosphere on Armstrong at first, not to mention an opponent who can be awkward when he's in the mood, at least for a while. None of it would have helped. I still think Andy did so well to regroup and get that match done in four sets.