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Re: Latest News on Andy and Roland Garros « Reply #45 on: May 19, 2013, 06:48 PM »
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He is in the qualifying draw.

Monfils has got a wildcard thankfully. I really want him to improve his ranking - hope he gets a good draw.

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2013-05-15/201305151368631934208.html
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Re: Latest News on Andy and Roland Garros « Reply #46 on: May 19, 2013, 07:55 PM »
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Another thing though is this might be Andy's best shot at getting to no.1 I think he should really try to play the French Open and Wimbledon if he can - then if he does well in them continue to try to push for no.1 before the US Open, if he doesn't do well then take a break and only comeback for the US Open. He can take a longer break after the US Open as well, he might take the rest of the year off after it.
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Re: Latest News on Andy and Roland Garros « Reply #47 on: May 19, 2013, 08:04 PM »
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Another thing though is this might be Andy's best shot at getting to no.1 I think he should really try to play the French Open and Wimbledon if he can - then if he does well in them continue to try to push for no.1 before the US Open, if he doesn't do well then take a break and only comeback for the US Open. He can take a longer break after the US Open as well, he might take the rest of the year off after it.

No!!! Andy shouldn't play RG at all, unless the specialists say its unliklely he will do further damage, if he's gonna be living on injections, and feeling depressed and frustrated every time he tries to rip a FH cos he's in so much discomfort its not worth it!!
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Re: Latest News on Andy and Roland Garros « Reply #48 on: May 19, 2013, 08:25 PM »
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I agree Rachie, Andy shouldn't play RG given the clay is so bad for his back.  Recuperate so he's more likely to be fit for the surfaces he can excel on.

And ABF agree re Nole: the more I think about it the more I think his remarks were positively Federesque ie appearing to be sympathetic towards Andy etc but putting the knife in by implying that he wouldn't allow a mere back problem from preventing him compete at a major.
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Re: Latest News on Andy and Roland Garros « Reply #49 on: May 19, 2013, 08:32 PM »
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I agree he should not play RG. Getting his back right is his first priority he should be able to play in comfort without any pain. Quick fix no gain.
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Re: Latest News on Andy and Roland Garros « Reply #50 on: May 19, 2013, 08:45 PM »
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I agree completely that Andy should not play RG unless he is told he is fit to do so without causing further damage. Furthermore, as I said earlier, if Andy's instinct tells him all is not right, even if cleared to play by a specialist, he shouldn't.

The thing I am afraid of for Andy is 1) further injury to his back and 2) a repeat of what happened last year in the second round. Andy was so criticised after that and it clearly still stings. I don't want him going through that again, not if it can be helped.

I may as well say what I think. Stuff world no.1 for now. Andy's wider career is far more important than getting world no.1 this year, and I mean no disrespect to anyone when I say that. The single most important thing is that Andy makes a decision he feels all right with, whether he decides to play or not. Andy has got time to get to no.1., but he needs to look after himself.

The more I think about what Djokovic said the more I want to slap him. To be honest he's become like Federer this year, I've said it before. Someone should take him aside and remind him of when he was Court Whiner. Just because he doesn't do it now (so often) it doesn't cancel out what he was like.

Djokovic's problem is that he thinks he's become bigger than the sport. Someone should remind him that he isn't and while they are at it they should tell him to shut his mouth. We all know that players can play through niggles. What Andy has does not sound like a niggle. Continuing to play when the body is trying to tell you not to, i.e. through injury, is not clever, it's not smart, it doesn't make you look tough. It's stupid and potentially career threatening. Djokovic is nothing but a two-faced hypocrite.
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Re: Latest News on Andy and Roland Garros « Reply #51 on: May 19, 2013, 08:46 PM »
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Well said TJ - on all counts!
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Re: Latest News on Andy and Roland Garros « Reply #52 on: May 19, 2013, 08:55 PM »
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To be honest I just think Andy is entitled to a level of privacy. The world didn't demand to know what the issue was with Nadal (maybe it should have done) exactly, and he gave out three different causes of his problems. I think it should suffice to say that Andy has a lower back problem, because that is exactly what he's said from the start. The cause, the treatment, what it might mean further down the line, is for him to know, and probably for others to speculate about.

My worry for Andy has been that other players now know he has a chronic back issue and could use it. However, I thought again. Andy got to the Wimbledon final with the problem. He won the Olympics with the problem. He won the USO with the problem. The surface it causes him the problems is the clay, for reasons we've already discussed. Then again, the clay is Andy's weakest surface anyway, so maybe he has decided not to worry about that.
The difference last year being that he had eight injections before RG which were to help him through to the end of the USO.  Now it seems that he's fighting shy of going down the injection road, so what does he want - miss RG and play half-cocked and half-crocked at Queens and Wimbledon, because if things are that bad I don't see how he can even practise much before Queens - or have injections and play at RG and get the match practice he needs, even if it is only three or four matches?

As far as privacy goes - I think he owes it to his fans to at least give some indication of what exactly the problem is.  That doesn't mean that we should get every little detail about it or the treatment involved because that does intrude into medical confidentiality, but surely just a simple statement should be sufficient to stop the speculation?   
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Re: Latest News on Andy and Roland Garros « Reply #53 on: May 19, 2013, 09:04 PM »
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but is it worth going for match practice on clay Aileen when it could make his back worse?  Wouldn't he be better to concentrate on preparing for and then match practice on grass at queens and hurlingham (I know just exhibition)?  Although Andy doesn't usually face too many problems with the transition to grass from clay (apart from last year at Queens) I'm not sure that match practice on clay is the priority in this situation. 
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Re: Latest News on Andy and Roland Garros « Reply #54 on: May 19, 2013, 09:09 PM »
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The difference last year being that he had eight injections before RG which were to help him through to the end of the USO.  Now it seems that he's fighting shy of going down the injection road, so what does he want - miss RG and play half-cocked at Queens and Wimbledon, because if things are that bad I don't see how he can even practise much before Queens - or have injections and play at RG and get the match practice he needs, even if it is only three or four matches?

Injections just mask the problem. Aileen - they don't cure it and going down that road could build up untold problems for Andy in the long run.  

I'm with you TJ - Djoko's definitely getting too big for his boots.
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Re: Latest News on Andy and Roland Garros « Reply #55 on: May 19, 2013, 09:15 PM »
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If it's as bad as some of you are making out, we probably need to write off the rest of the season...
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Re: Latest News on Andy and Roland Garros « Reply #56 on: May 19, 2013, 09:19 PM »
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If it's as bad as some of you are making out, we probably need to write off the rest of the season...

I agree, I don't see it being as bad as some are saying it is. Continue with RG Andy.
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Re: Latest News on Andy and Roland Garros « Reply #57 on: May 19, 2013, 09:37 PM »
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If it's as bad as some of you are making out, we probably need to write off the rest of the season...
But that's the point I was making - we wouldn't be going into all this agonising and speculation if we could just have some clue as to what the problem is.



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Re: Latest News on Andy and Roland Garros « Reply #58 on: May 19, 2013, 09:39 PM »
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I think the worrying thing is that 5 tough sets v Simon (3 sets) and Berdych (2) in Madrid, albeit badly scheduled late at night with little recovery time, was enough to aggravate Andy's back problems. He then took the weekend off, possibly delayed the first match in Rome, then retired during it. It's hard to see that possibly playing 5 setters is a good idea. Maybe he feels it will be worth it for a round or two, but if not, how much do a few ranking points really matter?

I'd imagine Andy will spend some time with Ross Hutchins while he is back in the UK, and won't be feeling too sorry for himself.
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Re: Latest News on Andy and Roland Garros « Reply #59 on: May 19, 2013, 10:04 PM »
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Injections just mask the problem. Aileen - they don't cure it and going down that road could build up untold problems for Andy in the long run.  
I realise that, Alis, which make me even more surprised that Andy didn't get the problem properly treated at the end of last season as he initially said he would.  He must surely have known what was in store come this year's clay-court season.
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