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Re: News Articles « Reply #6075 on: May 18, 2013, 02:06 PM »
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Fab article, actually an extract from Neil's book.... Enjoy!!!!


What a great article, thanks for posting it for us Milly.

Things like this just bring that wonderful night back. It's funny, as I read I could see each point Harman talked about replaying in my head lol.

It's also interesting to read it from Alex Ferguson's point of view. In a sense, reading it through his eyes as it were, gave a bit of an insight, I thought, into performing at the top level in any sport. Great stuff.

It made me watch that fifth set again. At least this time I can say Neil Harman made me do it lol.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6076 on: May 18, 2013, 02:07 PM »
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perhaps now that Fergie will have time on his hands Andy could include him in the team on big occasions as motivational coach
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6077 on: May 18, 2013, 02:14 PM »
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perhaps now that Fergie will have time on his hands Andy could include him in the team on big occasions as motivational coach

What a good idea! However, if Fergie is unavailable I am completely available and relatively cheap lol. Surely yelling at the TV for years must get you somewhere lol.

No, seriously, it is a good idea, especially, I would have thought, for the majors. As much as Fergie hasn't always been my favourite person (I think he's just got one of those personalities) he would be ideal for a role like that, at least I would think so. I mean, look at what he has achieved, he clearly knows a thing or two about how to motivate people.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6078 on: May 18, 2013, 02:36 PM »
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Perhaps he would be a harder taskmaster than Mr Lendle.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6079 on: May 18, 2013, 03:28 PM »
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Thanks for the fab article Milly!
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6080 on: May 18, 2013, 03:33 PM »
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No real news in this,but a lovely article on Andy Smile


Andy Murray on Wimbledon 2013

He’s an ultra-fit sporting superstar and he might finally win Wimbledon this year.

But Andy Murray’s still just a young man from small-town Scotland who really loves his gran

There was a telling scene during Andy Murray’s ecstatically greeted walkabout in his hometown as the newly crowned US Open champion last September. A good portion of Scotland’s five million population appeared to be jammed into the high street of Dunblane, the cathedral town north of Stirling where he was brought up, to confer on him their noisy approval of a job well done.

“He shook thousands of hands, signed hundreds of autographs,” says his approving grandmother Shirley Erskine, 79. Then he found himself walking past the newsagent’s still run by the same chap, Peter, who used to top up his childhood sweet supply (adding to Gran’s paper bill).

“Have you got any Milkybars? I’m starving,” Andy shouted over.

 The newsagent disappeared and reappeared with the loot.

“Oh,” said the sports star, a thought suddenly striking him. “I haven’t got any money on me.”

Some things never change. In fact, most things never change in the life of Andy Murray. He may have become the first British tennis player to win a Grand Slam in 76 years; the first ever to win an Olympic gold medal; and now the first to inspire the 24-carat belief that “one of us” can win Wimbledon at last. Years of training and Bikram yoga may have taken him from the gawky teen who first emerged in 2005 to a player with a picturesque physique capable of overcoming tennis’ gladiatorial greats. But the man himself is essentially, quaintly, endearingly, the same.

His mum Judy has an album where she keeps his early cuttings. There are hilarious pictures of two mop-haired boys, Andy and elder brother Jamie, wielding racquets alongside some telling headlines. “British Player Wins Tournament Shock” from The Scotsman, 2000, is a reminder of what life used to be like. The story begins with the phrase, “Wee Andy Murray...”

He was indeed a wee unknown, a supporter of Hibernian football club where his grandfather Roy Erskine once played, competitive at everything including board games, and so superstitious that he thought cutting a clump of fur off his grandparents’ dog Abby and keeping it in his sock would help cement the odd victory (he may have been right).

Those were the days his Mini (as he nicknamed his beloved grandma because she was smaller than him) used to stand him his sweet money. Now they reckon he’s worth about £24m and he lives in a £5m mansion in Surrey. He’s also just bought the Dunblane hotel, where he was best man at his brother’s wedding.

But, says Shirley, “he’s always been very unassuming. He’s never looked for fame or fortune or anything like that. He just single-mindedly wanted to be the best there is. The fact that he’s got money doesn’t bother him, and he certainly doesn’t court celebrity.”

Andy is very close to Shirley—she looked after him when Judy went to work—and spends every Christmas with her and Roy.

“He came here for breakfast just before his homecoming walkabout,” Shirley says. “We gave him a special gift from our local silversmith—a miniature version of the post box that was painted gold in his honour. We had it engraved: ‘You’re awesome. We’re so proud of you.’ He was really quite overcome.

“I said to him: ‘How do you feel about today?’

“He said: ‘Do you think there’ll be a lot of people?’

“I laughed: ‘I think you might be quite surprised, Andy.’ Of course, there were thousands. Judy had invited as many of his old school friends as she could. One of them works in our local butcher’s and he brought—would you believe—two packets of sausages for Andy. Made up in sets of five, not six, because Andy had won the US Open in five sets.”

Andy may have the haircut and the confidence of a superstar, but never the swagger. He shares an agent with David Beckham and numbers Sir Alex Ferguson and a James Bond (Sir Sean Connery) as fans. He even played tennis against David Cameron in the state dining room at Number 10, but his main reaction was panic rather than egotistical gloating.

“I was scared as I didn’t want to break anything. The prime minister was hitting the ball really hard at me,” he said. (The crystal chandelier was imperilled, but survived.)

He once bought a red Ferrari and then sold it again out of sheer embarrassment. While some global champions use their fame as a springboard for socialising, to put it mildly, Murray has had the same girlfriend since 2005—Kim Sears (an artist). Apart from a fleeting relationship while training in Spain in his teens, he has been a one-woman man all his life. In his autobiography, he has the maturity to acknowledge that his parents’ divorce had been so painful in his early teens that he never wanted to split with someone he loved if he could help it.

Shirley reckons his relationship with Kim is only going one way. “I don’t think there’s any doubt about it,” she says, though she has more sense than to actually mention the word “marriage” out loud to her grandson. “Their relationship has stood the test of time and she’s a lovely girl. She really is. She keeps herself quiet in the background but is tremendously supportive. When Andy’s home, he just loves to have a quiet time with her and the dogs, Maggie and Rusty.”

http://www.shop.readersdigest.co.uk/magazine/in-the-magazine/readers-digest-main/andy-murray-on-wimbledon-2013



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Re: News Articles « Reply #6081 on: May 18, 2013, 03:36 PM »
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Great article Milly thanks.  Andy was asked about his thoughts on Alex Ferguson's retirement and was asked, "now that Sir Alex Ferguson has more time on his hands would he considered bringing him on board as a morivational coach?!  Andy laughed and said that he would give it some thought!
This was an on court interview after a match he won recently.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6082 on: May 18, 2013, 03:40 PM »
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What a lovely article Dani. Cheers!
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6083 on: May 18, 2013, 03:41 PM »
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Thanks Dani, Andy certainly loves his gran!!
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6084 on: May 18, 2013, 04:08 PM »
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what a lovely article dani.  'quaintly, endearingly the same' - has to be a fan who wrote that! And if they weren't a fan before they started the piece, they were by the end when they realised what a lovely guy he is.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6085 on: May 18, 2013, 04:12 PM »
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That was such a nice read, Dani. Thank you so much for posting. Smile

Just makes me so proud to be his fan. tender
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6086 on: May 18, 2013, 04:12 PM »
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No prob guys Smile

what a lovely article dani.  'quaintly, endearingly the same' - has to be a fan who wrote that! And if they weren't a fan before they started the piece, they were by the end when they realised what a lovely guy he is.

You're spot on Ruthie-it was actually written by the lady who helped him write his book years ago!At least,I think it was her-I haven't looked it up,but I'm almost certain I recognize the name as being the same woman.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6087 on: May 18, 2013, 04:41 PM »
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Gushing again! Thanks Dani x
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6088 on: May 18, 2013, 04:51 PM »
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Awwww lovely article, love it.. Thanks Dani!!
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6089 on: May 18, 2013, 04:56 PM »
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Y'know, if people keep posting such lovely pieces about Andy I am going to cry! Thanks Dani, it was a lovely read.

I really think Andy's normality, as well as his brilliant tennis, is why a lot of us are so drawn to him. He's just so natural, so unassuming, even shy. It's his tennis that he allows to talk for him, and more often than not it talks rather well.

I love the bit about the miniature postbox his grandparents gave him. Can you imagine what that would have meant to him? I bet he was overcome, bless him.

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