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Re: News Articles « Reply #5985 on: May 09, 2013, 03:50 PM »
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Scotnadian - that is so nice you are "coming home" - when was the last time you were in Aberdeen - a lot has changed !!!!    Are you going to do a drive by Pittodrie - it is the 30th Anniversary of the Gothenburgon Saturday and there is a home match - my lot are all season ticket holders (not me prefer my tennis!!)

And of course you will have to re-acquaint yourself with a rowie or two !!!!!

You will have to do a travel blog so we can track where you have visited - the Golden Postbox is well worth a visit but take the train into Dunblane - so much easier, that's what we were advised to do, so one weekend we were in Glasgow for a wedding, the following day we went and got a train to Dunblane just so I could take some photos of the "Postbox" I am sure my husband thinks I am mad !!!!

Good luck with your trip, looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Re: News Articles « Reply #5986 on: May 10, 2013, 02:33 PM »
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/22478964
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Re: News Articles « Reply #5987 on: May 10, 2013, 07:25 PM »
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Yes have a good trip Linda enjoy yourself.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #5988 on: May 10, 2013, 10:28 PM »
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Headlines like 'Murray crashes out' (SSN) don't help with the uninformed general public. Make it sound like a huge shock defeat, when in reality Berdych was favourite with the majority of the pundits.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #5989 on: May 11, 2013, 09:15 AM »
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 New Additions to Team Murray Offer Head for Business- The Times, Neil Harman


A match completed at 1.17am, with a few hardy souls in the stands, as he grinds down an opponent while manifestly struggling with his own game is hardly the package any salesman can use to go in and pitch for Andy Murray.
It is the perennial problem that those working behind the scenes have dealt with on behalf of the Olympic and US Open champion. He is not an easy sell.
Murray, who turns 26 on Wednesday, confesses as much, which is why the changes to his management team in the past month have been so illuminating. He has remained loyal to XIX Entertainment, to which he signed five years ago because it painted a compelling image of where it believes it could market him, and he has added those with a greater sense of who he is and what he wishes to be.
Against the multigarlanded Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic — those more easy on the eye and likely to entice more backers in the marketplace — Murray, whose exertions against Gilles Simon caught up with him in a 7-6, 6-4 defeat by Tomas Berdych in the Mutua Madrid Open quarter-finals last night, has run a distant fourth, and he accepts that he has not gone out of his way to court suitors.
“Since I was 14 years old I had a clothes sponsor, a racket sponsor and two [sponsorship] patches, but the last few years I haven’t had all of that, which was fine because I didn’t have to do so many appearances, but I think it’s important for me now,” the world No 2 says.
“I don’t know how long I’m going to be able to play, I work hard and I want to make sure, when I finish, I can have the freedom to decide exactly what I want to do and how I’d like to live the rest of my life. So I need to make sure the business side is handled in the best way, with people that I trust and that’s why there’s been the change.”
Into his group has come Mahesh Bhupathi, the Indian doubles specialist whose company, Globosport, has teamed up with XIX to extract mutual advantage, and Ugo Colombini, an Italian agent whom Murray has known from playing the European junior circuit at 13, and about whom he says: “I have never heard anyone say a bad word.”
Bhupathi and Colombini will work in tandem to enhance Murray’s business and tennis portfolios. “Since I’ve been a top player I’ve played no exhibition matches, none at all, which is fine,” Murray says. “It wasn’t important for me [initially] because I was able to do my tennis and training. Ivan [Lendl, his coach] is not against me doing more exhibition events — he did them when he played — but it has to be the right time and the right place and used in the right way, to get something out of it, not just turn up for the money and have a giggle. Provided you play the matches properly, it can help.”
As someone who has always been a staunch defender of his privacy, the desire to open himself up to greater sponsorship opportunities, has to be handled with delicacy. Murray is not a marketing mannequin and never will be.
“You need to find the right balance and that’s why being with the right company, who know what you stand for and what your values are, is so important,” he says. “I haven’t gone out there and chased money, I like being at home, being around the guys I know and work with, working hard, that’s what I needed to do to stay at the top.
“I want to maintain that. The new people in the team also need to understand that there are certain things I’m comfortable with and certain things I’m not and I know what they are. Whereas, when I was young, I didn’t know exactly what I liked and didn’t like, I do now. I’ve done some TV shows and I’m not against doing them, but it has to be the right thing, where I’m going to enjoy it and get something out of it.
“I want to keep my private life private. I don’t want to be doing photo shoots for Hello! with Kim [Sears, his long-time girlfriend], that’s not me. There have been a lot of offers, but it isn’t something that as a couple we are interested in and that won’t change.”
It is with the aim to make more of himself and yet not to arrest his advance as a player — “since the US Open win I’ve reset my goals and found the things that motivate me to continue to work hard, to play well, and give myself the chance to win more of the big events,” he says — that Murray has made these game-changing appointments. How they affect what is left of his career is almost as fascinating as how many more of the big ones he will win.
• Serena Williams had gone 209 matches since the last time she lost a set 6-0, but before securing her place in the semi-final of the Mutua Madrid Open, the world No 1 had to suffer such ignominy. Williams, who defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues, of Spain, 6-3, 0-6, 7-5, said: “I wasn’t really in it. My feet weren’t moving. To turn it around, I got up earlier on the changeover and started doing high knees and stretching, and doing anything to try to get my intensity back.” Williams must equal or better the performance of Maria Sharapova to retain her world No 1 ranking.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #5990 on: May 11, 2013, 09:42 AM »
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Milly thanks so much for posting that - an extremely informative and revealing piece.  I can understand that Andy wants to maximise his earning potential at this stage of his career but even more I really like the fact that he's not prepared to sell out on what he believes in to do that.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #5991 on: May 11, 2013, 09:52 AM »
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Milly thanks so much for posting that - an extremely informative and revealing piece.  I can understand that Andy wants to maximise his earning potential at this stage of his career but even more I really like the fact that he's not prepared to sell out on what he believes in to do that.


You're welcome Ruthie, I agree it was quite reassuring to read that whilst he is thinking of his future, he's also mindful that any commitment should a) be in line with his tastes and comfort and b) complhiment his training, not hinder it.

Even more reassuring giving I had concerns about the IPL style tennis thing but this shows he is taking a measured approach and what's more, he has Lendl's blessing to play exhibitions!
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Re: News Articles « Reply #5992 on: May 11, 2013, 10:06 AM »
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Thanks for that Milly.

I love how this piece shows how in control Andy is. He knows the importance of looking after his future from a financial point of view, but he isn't prepared to compromise himself to do it. I think the way he is so protective of his private life with Kim makes a refreshing change in this day and age. He also demonstrates, as if he needed to, that his focus is in developing as a player. Sensible man.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #5993 on: May 11, 2013, 10:14 AM »
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Thanks for that Milly.

I love how this piece shows how in control Andy is. He knows the importance of looking after his future from a financial point of view, but he isn't prepared to compromise himself to do it. I think the way he is so protective of his private life with Kim makes a refreshing change in this day and age. He also demonstrates, as if he needed to, that his focus is in developing as a player. Sensible man.

MTE Teejay, if he was getting greedy he could easily rake in £££££ just from magazine spreads with Kim, his need for striking a balance shows his thinking is far more sensible.


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Re: News Articles « Reply #5994 on: May 11, 2013, 10:15 AM »
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Really interesting article. Thanks Milly.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #5995 on: May 11, 2013, 10:21 AM »
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Really interesting article. Thanks Milly.

You're welcome.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #5996 on: May 11, 2013, 10:26 AM »
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Thanks for that great article Milly!Very interesting read Smile
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Re: News Articles « Reply #5997 on: May 11, 2013, 11:03 AM »
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on reflection what I didn't like was the little dig that Harman had at Andy. Doesn't he realise that it's the very fact that Andy isn't a smooth operator like the rest of the big four that is partly what makes him so attractive to so many of us?
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Re: News Articles « Reply #5998 on: May 11, 2013, 11:13 AM »
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on reflection what I didn't like was the little dig that Harman had at Andy. Doesn't he realise that it's the very fact that Andy isn't a smooth operator like the rest of the big four that is partly what makes him so attractive to so many of us?

On Neil's twitter he's been giving out quite a bit lately-about Andy,but also about everything else!Seems a bit grouchy to me at the moment!

And very true Ruthie-in fact,when I read all the initial articles about turning Andy into a "brand" that was what worried me-part of his charm has always been-at least for me anyway!-that he wasn't any kind of media-polished person or anything-he's just always been himself.I didnt want that to change.I'm reassured by what Andy had to say about it in the article above,though.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #5999 on: May 11, 2013, 11:15 AM »
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yes dani Andy is his own unique 'brand' and I love him for it
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