From Andy's facebook-
"Don’t forget to watch the Daily Mirror’s The Pride of Britain Awards next tuesday. It’s always such an incredible night full of inspiring and courageous people. I’ve taken part in a special recording which will be shown at the beginning of the awards, I can’t say anymore than that but all will be revealed next tuesday on ITV at 8pm!”
Noted by me too! Andy apart, I really enjoy watching these type of award programmes because the amount of courage some people display in the most adverse of circumstances never ceases to amaze me.
Re the piece in tennis news a few pages back - they seem to forget Andy has had experience of having to take months out for an injury. He had months out when he hurt his wrist badly and was out for months from the clay court season until US hard court season. So it won't be a totally new experience though admittedly a wrist injury wouldn't have affected his fitness training aa back injury will.
From what I read in his autobiography "Hitting Back" (yes, I know it's been updated and the title changed) it seems that laterally his problem lay more in his head than his wrist. He wasn't out for too long really, although it did seem like ages, i.e. from his birthday on 15 May - what a present to get! - until he took part in the Canadian Open which started on 5 August and played woefully. The same thing happened in Cincy, at which point he flew back to the UK to see a sports psychologist and had three sessions with him. The same psychologist then accompanied him to the US Open, by which time, as Andy says, his mentality had improved. He played well, and despite going out in R3, was satisfied with his performance. Fortunately things continued to get better, although relations with BG were becoming more and more strained.
Andy's come a long way in six years and has a coach and a team he trusts implicitly, so hopefully will feel much more confident about returning to competition than he did then.
Also, as far as fitness training with his wrist injury went, Andy definitely wasn't into it as much as he is now, and in fact it doesn't even rate a mention in his book!