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Re: News Articles « Reply #4380 on: December 15, 2012, 01:04 PM »
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I agree dani.  But silly Guardian said it was Andy leading his team in a similar picture.  It was obvious to me that it was the journalists he was leading.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4381 on: December 15, 2012, 01:09 PM »
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/article-2248411/Sports-Personality-Andy-Murray-deserves-award--Martin-Samuel.html?ito=email-sportnewsletter-20121215
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4382 on: December 15, 2012, 01:12 PM »
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good article.  And here's another, also posted on the spoty thread,
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/sports-personality-of-the-year/9745095/BBC-Sports-Personality-of-the-Year-2012-Time-to-reward-magical-Andy-Murray.html
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4383 on: December 15, 2012, 01:13 PM »
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All the comments just say Wiggo though. It's a disappointment tbh.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4384 on: December 15, 2012, 01:56 PM »
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I don't think lack of motivation will ever be a problem for Andy, at least not while he is capable of playing at such a high level. The way Andy can still get a bit frustrated, i.e. like at times in Shanghai, shows that his motivation still burns hot. I'm convinced he will want to go on to bigger and better things next year.

Ruthie, I agree with you. The way Andy has opened up about how he felt before winning the USO is quite moving. It shows the weight of the burden he was carrying for all that time.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4385 on: December 15, 2012, 03:58 PM »
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That picture is ace. Kevin Mitchell looks to be a struggling the most!
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4386 on: December 15, 2012, 04:20 PM »
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That picture is ace. Kevin Mitchell looks to be a struggling the most!
just what I thought tmh.  He doesn't look exactly fit does he?!  But who cares when he writes such good pieces about our Andy.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4387 on: December 15, 2012, 05:50 PM »
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Revealed: The gruelling off-season regime that makes Andy Murray a champion

IN day two of our exclusive peek inside Murray's Miami training HQ we discover the extent of the Scot's punishing routine which keeps him at the top of the game.

I’M in downtown Miami with Andy Murray and I’m going downhill – rapidly.

A dream assignment in the Florida sunshine is turning into a nightmare as I toil desperately to keep pace with the US Open and Olympic champion.

While Scotland freezes, its favourite sporting son in on the gulf coast.

The sun is shining and the scenery’s breathtaking but this is no holiday.

This is pain in paradise and I’ve been invited along as Murray pushes his body to the brink, and beyond, in a determined effort to improve on what has been the best year of his life.

The 25-year-old is in the middle of a punishing winter training camp and to get a sense of the torture he endures for up to six hours on a daily basis he has asked me to join him.

By his own admission it’s purgatory and shortly after sunrise on a sun-kissed Miami beach I realise what he means.

I’m just halfway through the warm-up and it’s starting to feel like hell.

First up is a morning run with Jez Green, Murray’s conditioner and fitness coach, taking us through our paces.

A gentle giant of a man, Green has been by the Scot’s side since the start of his career and is widely regarded as one of the best in the business.

As we jog along the grabbing sand, which coupled with the 80 degree heat quickly saps your strength, he offers a valuable insight into the near superhuman capabilities of the world No.3.

Green said: “Andy is a phenomenal athlete. His time over short distances is the equivalent to 10 metres a second.

“He can move as fast as Usain Bolt over the first two or three seconds when he responds to a short ball on court.”

A 20-minute run complete, it is then down to the joy of 400m repeats.

Speed endurance is a key feature of the Dunblane star’s regime and to watch him churn out endless and agonising repetitions is awe inspiring.

My lungs are screaming and my legs feel like blocks of lead after the first 400 metres when Green informs me there are only another nine to go.

The sprints soon become jogs as the lactic acid almost brings me to a halt.

Murray regularly rattles out these drills at full speed with just a minute’s rest in between – his times not far off the world’s top athletes.

Green said: “The amount of strength Andy has in his legs is incredible. I reckon he is capable of running a sub 50 second 400m on the track.”

As we complete the session with a gentle recovery the topic of conversation moves on to this weekend’s Sports Personality of the Year awards, for which Murray has been short-listed.

The great and the good will gather to celebrate the most amazing 12 months in British sporting history – although for the fifth consecutive year the Scot will not be present.

He’d love to be there but with the Australian Open looming large on the horizon there is no time to bask in the glory of an extraordinary summer.

There is also the fact his one and only appearance at the glittering end of year ceremony featured an embarrassing incident in a toilet cubicle.

On the back of winning the junior US Open title in 2004 he won the Young Personality award but only just made it on stage to collect his gong.

Laughing, he said: “I was almost late for that one because I somehow managed to get myself locked in the toilet before I was due to go on stage.

“Someone had to come in and open the door with a knife! I haven’t been back since.”

A BBC film crew will be on hand to beam back live pictures if Murray does win.

Mercifully, there were no cameras around to capture my attempts at Bikram – another exercise designed to make a Yoga virgin like myself feel even more inadequate.

This is the hardcore version of Yoga where you complete a series of complex stretches in a studio heated to just over 40 degrees.

Preventing myself from passing out was an achievement in itself although I had to admit defeat when it came to standing on one leg with the other wrapped around my head.

The 90-minute classes are excellent for injury prevention, flexibility and concentration.

Murray said: “The training I do isn’t always fun and the last few days have been extremely hard but this is the most important month of the year for me.

“This is the only time when I get to do a proper five-week training block – and you cannot take any shortcuts.”

As I was quickly finding out, there are no half measures where Murray, who will cut his festive celebrations in Dunblane short to fly to Abu Dhabi on Christmas day, is concerned.

But while the morning sessions were tough, he was saving the best for last.

After lunch it was on to the gym at the Four Seasons Hotel and a head-to-head duel with the dreaded ‘VersaClimber’.

It’s a weird-looking climbing contraption designed to test the strength and stamina of even the best sportsmen on the planet.

You pump your arms and legs simultaneously and go flat out for one minute intervals trying to maintain a certain level.

Green reckons it is the most under-used piece of equipment in gyms across the country – but thinks it is arguably the best.

Impressively, I kept pace with Murray for the first minute.

The fact he then completed a mind-boggling 30 intervals at the same intensity while I had to be helped off the machine was neither here nor there.

Murray said: “It is by far the hardest thing I do. A lot of boxers and UFC fighters use it.

“You’re climbing with your arms and legs and we have it hooked up to computers so we can see how hard I’m working. It’s so tough.

“I couldn’t even walk when I came off it earlier in the week. My legs all cramped up when I was walking home and I just couldn’t move.”

A fascinating day was rounded off with several sets of squats, chin-ups and press-ups before Murray headed off to scoff 48 pieces of sushi and I dragged my aching body to the nearest bar for a light refreshment.

Two hours later a text arrived from him expressing his gratitude and thanking me for joining him in Miami.

He finished off by saying: “Just been for deep tissue massage. Very sore but not as sore as you will be in the morning!”

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/tennis/revealed-the-gruelling-off-season-regime-that-makes-1490721
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4388 on: December 16, 2012, 12:08 AM »
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I never knew this. This is fascinating:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2248714/I-came-lay-flowers-offer-help-Woman-comforted-Dunblane-massacre-survivors-1996-inspired-tennis-champion-Andy-Murray-arrives-Sandy-Hook.html
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4389 on: December 16, 2012, 12:14 AM »
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That's extraordinary. Thanks for posting.

Andy on facebook 35 minutes ago: My heart goes out to all those poor children, their families and the community in Newtown in Connecticut, so so sad
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4390 on: December 16, 2012, 12:26 AM »
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I want to know more about the Dunblane thing and Andy. All we've had from him about it is two sentences - he retains patch impressions about the day and his mum gave Hamilton lifts in her car. But Jaeger said he seemed haunted. There's more than he's letting on.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4391 on: December 16, 2012, 12:49 AM »
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I want to know more about the Dunblane thing and Andy. All we've had from him about it is two sentences - he retains patch impressions about the day and his mum gave Hamilton lifts in her car. But Jaeger said he seemed haunted. There's more than he's letting on.

I have always though that this event in his life must have effected him in major ways. Not just the experience itself, but the subsequent years growing up in a small town grieving for its lost children. Perhaps his perfectionist streak has its roots in "survivors guilt"? I don't think enough people give him sufficient leeway for for what this might have done to him. I certainly have never bought the "I don't really remember it so it hasn't effected me" spiel. Logically it has to have done. Equally people like us should respect his choice not to discuss it.  To achieve what he has given this makes it even more impressive. He should be lauded even more.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4392 on: December 16, 2012, 12:54 AM »
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I want to know more about the Dunblane thing and Andy. All we've had from him about it is two sentences - he retains patch impressions about the day and his mum gave Hamilton lifts in her car. But Jaeger said he seemed haunted. There's more than he's letting on.

I think you might be waiting a while for that.I mean,I could be wrong-maybe with this latest horrific tragedy he might be asked about it in interviews more and have to say a bit,or something.But of his own accord,I don't think it's ever going to be something he really wants to talk to the press or public about,and we can hardly blame him.I'm sure there probably is more there than he's ever said-what he lived through,what he experienced that day was horrendous.But in interviews, even in his book,he said as little as he possibly could about it-only now,all these years later,whole lifetimes later,really,when you consider how much has happened in his life since then,is he even starting to feel a little bit more comfortable addressing the issue-and that was before what happened in Newtown.

And apart from his own experiences and the effects he probably felt,he may also be slightly hesitant to talk in too much detail about happened because of his ties with the people of Dunblane.I mean,half his family still live there.The town are enormously proud of him,and we know,because it's been said,that they're so grateful that Andy has given people a reason to know Dunblane other than the tragedy.And more than anything,we know he knew people that died that day,he probably still knows families that lost people that day.I could be completely wrong with this,but it just occurred to me that that might be one of the reasons Andy doesn't want to talk about it.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4393 on: December 16, 2012, 01:08 AM »
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Yeah, why would you want to dwell on it? But I just wonder if he's bottling a lot of stuff up. Part of me thinks, though, that Ivan Lendl would leave no stone unturned. With that in mind, I reckon he's had sessions with psychologists this year. The outward manifestation of that is the heavenly salutes we've seen since Wimbledon. I have no basis for this - it's just a hunch.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #4394 on: December 16, 2012, 01:34 AM »
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Yeah, why would you want to dwell on it? But I just wonder if he's bottling a lot of stuff up. Part of me thinks, though, that Ivan Lendl would leave no stone unturned. With that in mind, I reckon he's had sessions with psychologists this year. The outward manifestation of that is the heavenly salutes we've seen since Wimbledon. I have no basis for this - it's just a hunch.

Think you are totally right that he is bottling a lot of things up, and has Being doing for a very long time. At some point he will need to deal with it, but it will be in his own time, and in whatever way is right for him.  I suspect recent events will bring a lot to the surface. His "fans" might need to allow for it.  It's one of the reasons I personally get so riled by the comments of the cretins on the Dailly Mail site. He deserves a lot more tolerance and understanding than he often gets.
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