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Re: News Articles « Reply #4110 on: November 15, 2012, 09:27 AM »
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The other thing we have to remember is,up until now Andy's focus has been winning a grand slam,and doing that was all about maximising his potential.He had to work with his strengths,and make them the best they could possibly be,so as to give himself the best possible chance-and no matter what he does,Andy is never going to be as comfortable or naturally gifted on clay as he is on grass or hardcourts.

I don't mean with hard work he can't improve on them-he can,and I believe he will,if he wants to.I just think up until now he has had to focus on being the best he could be on the surfaces he was already good at playing on,without so much work and trouble,so as to give himself that extra chance.It's quite possible that now he's got that slam he may change up the training a bit,add in more clay work.Andy's not stupid,he doesn't think he's just going to wake up a genius on clay someday,so he must be thinking of doing something different in regards to clay work if he's talking about wanting to improve there.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4111 on: November 15, 2012, 09:37 AM »
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Andy as you observe is not stupid. After all that was why he hired Alex Corretja, a clay court specialist.

It was also the reason Andy and Alex parted company. Corretja brought nothing to the table.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4112 on: November 15, 2012, 09:40 AM »
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I guess we're just going to have to wait and see what he decides to try in regards to clay court season for '13!It'll be interesting to see!
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4113 on: November 15, 2012, 11:29 AM »
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Lendl looking to make bigger changes to Murray's game


Ivan Lendl is expecting to have a greater influence on Andy Murray's game after revealing he only made small tweaks in 2012.

Lendl, who joined forces with the British No. 1 on the eve of the 2012 season, began working with Murray in the run-up to the Australian Open, but admits it would have been a fluke if the Scot had gone on to win his first grand slam in Melbourne.

As he prepares to spend his first off-season with Murray in Miami, Lendl believes the four-week training block will reap huge benefits next year.

"We have only been together ten months and it took a little over six months for him to win something really important and now we are two months after the US Open, where he excelled himself," Lendl told The Times.

"I said this would take time, that there was no overnight solution. If Andy had won the Australian Open, it would have been a coincidence that I had just come on board.

"We haven't really had much time to look at his overall game - that will come at the training camp next month. We have four weeks there, then I believe things will get even better.

"I am sure he would have like to have won more than three events this year. It might have looked better on his record had he won seven, but would he have preferred to win more, or the events he won?"

While Lendl admits winning Wimbledon will always be the ultimate goal for Murray, the former world No. 1 believes his employer is capable of winning the French Open, despite Rafael Nadal's dominance at Roland Garros.

"I have not talked to Andy about this, but I'm pretty certain that if you gave him a choice of winning the US Open or Wimbledon, he would take Wimbledon every time," he said.

He added: "There is much to look forward to next year, especially the clay-court season. If you go through history, no-one has won the French Open without having had a good clay-court season.

"Andy can win the French Open, but there are a lot of other players besides Nadal who can play on clay. I know it is the most difficult for him, but if he works on the things I want him to work on, of course he can do it."

http://www.espn.co.uk/tennis/sport/story/179394.html
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4114 on: November 15, 2012, 11:44 AM »
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Great article by Evening standard re: booing and SPOTY.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4115 on: November 15, 2012, 11:46 AM »
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Thanks dani.  Great to hear Lendl sounding so positive. But hope he doesn't change Andy's game too much.  I just think he needs to iron out the remaining weaknesses and boost the growing number of strengths.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4116 on: November 15, 2012, 11:46 AM »
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Great article by Evening standard re: booing and SPOTY.
can you post a link or paste it on here tamila?
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4117 on: November 15, 2012, 11:49 AM »
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Thanks for that Dani.  Lendl is so good.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4118 on: November 15, 2012, 11:54 AM »
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Thanks dani.  Great to hear Lendl sounding so positive. But hope he doesn't change Andy's game too much.  I just think he needs to iron out the remaining weaknesses and boost the growing number of strengths.

If you recall, Ruthie, when Lendl came on board he stated that Andy was (and is) a player close to perfection. It was not his (Lendl's) intention to change Andy's game, but to help him (Andy) in cases where his game required slight adjustments.

This has been done in particular Gold Olympics and USO.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4119 on: November 15, 2012, 12:19 PM »
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If you recall, Ruthie, when Lendl came on board he stated that Andy was (and is) a player close to perfection. It was not his (Lendl's) intention to change Andy's game, but to help him (Andy) in cases where his game required slight adjustments.
That was certainly the impression I got and it may have been the case initially, but it's very possible that, after nearly a year of working together, Lendl may feel that some bolder steps have to be taken if Andy is to achieve his full potential, i.e. to win more Slams and, hopefully, become No.1.



can you post a link or paste it on here tamila?
Sorry for jumping in here, but I think this must be the article to which Tamila is referring - http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/sport-comment/booed-by-his-home-crowd-its-little-wonder-andy-murrays-going-to-throw-up-in-miami-rather-than-get-spoty-in-england-8319545.html.

Uh-oh ... I can't get the link to work, so here's the article in full in case you or anyone else has the same problem - and the penultimate paragraph is hilarious! Very Happy

Booed by his home crowd, it’s little wonder Andy Murray’s going to throw up in Miami rather than get ‘Spoty’ in England

During the dog days of the summer just past, I sat in the O2 Arena and watched something extraordinary. The occasion was the Olympic artistic gymnastics men’s team all-round final. Not a snappy title for a sporting contest, you’ll agree. But what played out on the floor of the O2 (or to be true to the brand-policed moment — the North Greenwich Arena) was truly special.

Great Britain’s men won a bronze medal. They nearly won a silver but were demoted from second place on the Olympic podium after a technical appeal from the Japanese team, who vaulted (heh) over them at the death.

Nevertheless, despite the fact that Britain’s men had finished a mere third, the appreciation from the massive crowd that packed the cavernous hall was astonishing.

It was the first occasion during the London 2012 Games when I felt a saline prickle somewhere around my tear ducts. And if crying with joy at a sporting event is a hackneyed response then so be it. These guys deserved it.

Last week the O2 welcomed a different Olympic hero and gave him a rather different reception. Andy Murray — a gold and silver medallist at the London Games — was in town to contest the ATP World Tour Finals.

It was the first time he had played tennis in front of a home crowd since his Olympic triumph and subsequent victory in the final of the US Open, a feat which made him the first British man to win a singles Grand Slam event since 1936.

But at the O2 this weekend Murray was booed. Not throughout, not constantly and not by everyone. But booed nonetheless. During his semi-final with Roger Federer, there were heckles while Murray served — which coincided with him double-faulting — and jeers when he changed racket.

The warm beam of the crowd’s adoration was directed far more towards Federer than it was to his homespun opponent. Federer is a man apart but this was still a pretty sorry sight. Fortunately, it’s unlikely that Murray will care. He is 25 years old, an Olympic gold medallist and (finally) a member of the elite Grand Slam club. He has millions of dollars in the bank, two cute dogs and a hot girlfriend with nice hair who follows him around the world. Bada bing, as they say.

But Murray is also, in a sense, free from the obligation to care whether he’s booed in Britain. No matter what he has done throughout his career — whether chasing public affection, as he occasionally tries at Wimbledon time, or ignoring it as has mostly been his instinct — he has never been unconditionally loved by the Great One-Eyed British Public.

Whatever Murray does there will remain haters who can’t appreciate what he has done for British tennis. There’s no point wasting excessive mental energy on trying to be liked by everyone — especially idiots. Tennis is draining enough as it is.

That’s why I am delighted to read that Murray won’t be attending the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award ceremony next month — a terrific decision for which he should be instantly knighted.

It’s amusing enough that there had been talk of him as a candidate to win the silly gong in the first place — it’s even funnier that he’d rather spend his valuable time away from competition at home in Miami, working on his legendary fitness training in a bid to win more Slam events next season.

Let’s boil it down — what we’re saying here is that Murray prefers the idea of spending a day running back-to-back 400metre circuits in the heat until he vomits than the idea of turning up to be simpered at by Barker and Lineker in a spangly BBC tits-and-teeth bonanza that demeans sport with the Strictly Come Dancing treatment.

Good on him. Andy Murray’s default position has always seemed to be the Millwall FC approach: no one likes me, I don’t care. Long may he keep it up. It seems to be working out pretty well for him at the moment.


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Re: News Articles « Reply #4120 on: November 15, 2012, 12:27 PM »
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Aileen can not open it.

Managed it, but thanks for quoting the article in full
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4121 on: November 15, 2012, 12:33 PM »
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I have to say, I think I might be just a tiny bit in love with Lendl. He's always so positive, so encouraging, so supportive of Andy. I love the way he continues to suggest that Andy's game is still a work in progress. I think that is a good thing. Apart from anything else, what it suggests about the future, I'm sure it also keeps Andy on his toes, not that he needs much incentive lol.

I think it's a bit of a shame that the headline refers to 'changes' to Andy's game, which, when you read the article, is not what Lendl said, but you can blame a dopey sub editor for that, not Lendl.

I like the way he points out that Andy might have liked to have won more events this year, but it's obvious that he regards what Andy has won, not how many, as the important thing. I said it first Ivan lol.

It's interesting about the clay too. I'm sure Lendl knows what he is talking about, he did win the French, what, four times? Personally I wouldn't be surprised either way with Andy and Rolland Garros. I think it might be harder for him, because I don't think he moves quite so well on the clay as on the hard and grass, and he has admitted that his bipartite patella makes the clay harder for him to deal with, but who knows? Andy did get to the semi's at Rolland Garros last year, and at least one other clay semi. Rome rings a bell, but I can't rightly remember. I'm convinced his issues with the clay this year were largely down to his back, and also, possibly, the adjustments he was trying to make by playing more aggressively. I think that was all a bit new at that point. He is still adjusting, but it looks more second nature now.

I don't know about whether Andy would take a Wimbledon over the USO. That was an interesting comment. I know what Lendl probably means though, Wimbledon being at home so to speak, and being 'the' slam most players want to win. It just strikes me that Andy would like to win Wimbledon, he has said so, but I can't imagine he is fussy about what he wins as long as he wins lol. Mind you, Wimbledon!  Now that would make him popular  Whistle, and if he did finish up with a golden slam one day, well, you'd need to find me a nice padded cell. I would be unbearable to live with lol.

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Re: News Articles « Reply #4122 on: November 15, 2012, 12:50 PM »
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Aileen what a brilliant article, especially the penultimate paragraph. Hear, hear say I  clap
Thanks so much for putting it on in full.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4123 on: November 15, 2012, 12:55 PM »
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Very enjoyable article, thanks. It's written by Dan Jones, and I love his view of SPOTY.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4124 on: November 15, 2012, 12:56 PM »
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If Andy were to win Wimbledon would the 21 days a year followers of tennis take him to their hearts?

Frankly, I doubt it, if the semi-final of WTF is an indication after Andy's successes in the Olympics and at USO.
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