The whole question of whether or not Andy will win a grand slam has reached fever pitch. Every time he steps out on court he is carrying the hopes and aspirations of so many fans, pundits, media moguls and sponsors that he just has to be a bag of nerves - he wouldn't be human if he wasn't. The other players are very aware of the extraordinary pressure he's under at Wimbledon and all of them fancy their chances against him, on the one hand saying he'll definitely win a slam and on the other plotting their tactics to take him out. They resent the ridiculous amount of media coverage Andy attracts and relish the chance to play the home-grown hero in a high profile showcase match - little wonder Andy finds himself up against opponents punching well above their weight.
Andy is bombarded with advice from all corners, everyone seems to want a piece of the action when it comes to just how he should go about the business of winning. No other player, indeed sportsman, is subjected to this feeding frenzy of OTT attention. Wimbledon is insane, the pressure is a joke and even an exceptionally cool, laid-back guy like Andy Murray cannot but be effected by it, it's just not humanly possible. There are pressures for every player but nothing like the levels Andy has to deal with. He needs a break from all this pressure and expectation and his natural ability will be allowed to flourish. Easier said than done of course, but maybe the press could just cut him some slack and lay off him just a wee bit. Match reports and analysis is one thing but the past couple of weeks have thrown up so many tennis hangers-on coming up with their very own take on Andy and what they think he should do, most of them, it has to be said, serial losers.
Andy's timing is not good. He is playing fantastic tennis in an era of living-breathing legends, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic and at a time when the Internet ensures phenomenal global broadcasting of every little scrap of information about him. He is a brilliant tennis player and doesn't want to be a celebrity, he is uncomfortable with the sideshow circus that goes with the territory. Unfortunately for Andy his reluctance with the paps makes him all the more appealing and he is a sponsor's dream - William and Kate came to watch him at Wimbledon when just a few weeks back some two billion people throughout the world had been watching them. He's just got it, whether he likes it or not. Whether or not Andy wins a grand slam has almost become more of a talking point than the tennis.
Good posting clementine and also good to read the posts from the supernewbies to whom welcome! I believe Andy still can win a slam. Whether or not he does depends on so many factors. If he doesn't, I agree he will then go down as the best man not to have won one. And it would be such a shame as it's what he wants so much and it would mean he hadn't fully fulfilled his marvellous potential. I also agree that when he gets to a GS final it's as if he wants it too much and that shackles him from playing the tennis he is capable of. Ultimately I believe the pressure he puts on himself has more impact than the pressure from the media.