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You don't get any good preparation from an exho event, where everyone just plays stupidly, hitting drop shots, lobs, moonballs etc. the whole match.
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Call me crazy but maybe, maybe taking into account his commitment to the IPTL (?) he doesn't want to over do it before the first slam of the year with too much exertion. Hopman cop maybe perfect just to get into a bit of rhythm without being too dogid.
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There are different sorts of exhos, and the Hopman Cup is one that the players take fairly seriously.  They won't risk serious injury, but they wouldn't in a 250 just before a slam either.  You can also be sure that the tournament director's nephew isn't given a wildcard.
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I would not presume to advise Andy on how he should prepare for the Australian Open, but his reasons for choosing the Hopman Cup sound good to me. Connor compares it to "an exho event, where everyone just plays stupidly, hitting drop shots, lobs, moonballs etc. the whole match." That does not remind me of the Hopman Cup at all.  As Andy says, he will have guaranteed matches and good chances to practice his play at the net.

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Hes certainly not "running scared!!"  Rolling Eyes
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You don't get any good preparation from an exho event, where everyone just plays stupidly, hitting drop shots, lobs, moonballs etc. the whole match.

That must be why Andy performed so badly at the AO the previous 2 times he played Hopman Cup in 2010 and 2011. 

Oh wait.
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That must be why Andy performed so badly at the AO the previous 2 times he played Hopman Cup in 2010 and 2011.  

Oh wait.

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I think it's a great idea as it guarantees him 3 singles and 3 doubles matches as Sparkle said. A great way to sharpen up his game and get used to conditions. Certainly not running scared - after all, he could get beaten 6 times (not that I expect him to!!!) so you can't say he isn't putting himself on the line.
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http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2014/aug/16/andy-murray-needs-a-new-york-state-of-mind-to-spark-revival-at-us-open
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I don't get Petko's random tweet about Andy? Is it in response to something or....

RT @andreapetkovic: Andy 'cheekbones' Murray
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Call me crazy but maybe, maybe taking into account his commitment to the IPTL (?) he doesn't want to over do it before the first slam of the year with too much exertion. Hopman cop maybe perfect just to get into a bit of rhythm without being too dogid.
Trouble is it isn't clear just how much of the ITPL he's taking part in, but it could just be Manilla, as he said originally he wouldn't do anything to interrupt his Miami training too much.

Also the Hopman Cup seems a good idea to me - competitive yet fairly relaxed and Andy has always enjoyed playing it.


Yet another pundit writing Andy off.  Doesn't he know by now that you NEVER under-estimate Murray!  Never mind, though, it should suit him nicely going into this as an underdog, and he tends to do better over best of fives anyway if he's struggling a little because there's more room for manoeuvre, and it means he can 'play his way in' to matches as well.
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Good interview Andy gave with Kevin Mitchell, here.

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/aug/19/andy-murray-us-open?CMP=twt_gu
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Good interview Andy gave with Kevin Mitchell, here.

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/aug/19/andy-murray-us-open?CMP=twt_gu
Yes, very good and one which has cleared up a few things as well, but I still maintain that Andy could benefit from seeking a little help from a psychologist.  OK, so we've been down this road before, but we do know that he did consult one recommended by Lendl (a lady who had helped him overcome one or two difficulties) and said that he had found the experience useful.  For all I know though Andy might already have done this, but I get the instinctive feeling from what he's saying in that article that this hasn't been the case.

In this respect I'd like to think that Andy watched Sir Chris Hoy's excellent documentary "How to win gold" because Sir Chris had no hesitation in seeing one, mainly to help him focus better and overcome the nervousness he felt the nearer he got to winning major events, particularly championships, because he was so desperate to win them that he feared losing them.  Basically this psychologist taught him, in a very simple manner, how to 'compartmentalise' his thoughts, a process which also included stopping unnecessary extraneous thoughts from creeping in in moments of stress and so diverting his focus. 
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Good interview Andy gave with Kevin Mitchell, here.

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/aug/19/andy-murray-us-open?CMP=twt_gu
Yes very interesting, and worth mentioning again so that it replaces "song title game" on murraysworld's front page for the benefit of readers who only access the forum by that route.
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Yes, very good and one which has cleared up a few things as well, but I still maintain that Andy could benefit from seeking a little help from a psychologist.  OK, so we've been down this road before, but we do know that he did consult one recommended by Lendl (a lady who had helped him overcome one or two difficulties) and said that he had found the experience useful.  For all I know though Andy might already have done this, but I get the instinctive feeling from what he's saying in that article that this hasn't been the case.

In this respect I'd like to think that Andy watched Sir Chris Hoy's excellent documentary "How to win gold" because Sir Chris had no hesitation in seeing one, mainly to help him focus better and overcome the nervousness he felt the nearer he got to winning major events, particularly championships, because he was so desperate to win them that he feared losing them.  Basically this psychologist taught him, in a very simple manner, how to 'compartmentalise' his thoughts, a process which also included stopping unnecessary extraneous thoughts from creeping in in moments of stress and so diverting his focus. 


Hey Aileen, watching that documentary made me think the same thing, that Andy too should invest in seeing someone who can help him train his mind in this way. It'll do him the world of good on court and off as-well.

From what a colleague has told me, the psychologist to the British cycling team has worked wonders with them.
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