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Re: News Articles « Reply #6135 on: May 24, 2013, 02:48 AM »
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Let's hope 100% fit for Wimbledon is possible:

Andy Murray's fear of missing out on Wimbledon was the reason behind his decision to withdraw from the French Open, according to the Scot's close friend Ross Hutchins.....

"In terms of feeling loose and fresh, having a mindset that you are injury free, that will help Andy. He won't want any sort of injury going into Wimbledon. If it's possible he'll want to go into Wimbledon 100 per cent fit rather than being 75 per cent for the French and the same for Wimbledon."

Full article at http://www.espn.co.uk/tennis/sport/story/208653.html#OUDBDzv43k4U3P1o.99
Thanks Elena.  A very encouraging article because Ross knows Andy so well, much more so than all the other pundits who've being offering their opinions.  And I agree with him that Andy is a big boy who will get over this disappointment.  It won't be easy for him to have to rest up but at least the grass-court season is within sight, and so hopefully he will be 100% fit come Wimbledon.  It's just such a great pity though that Andy didn't seek the help he needed sooner, like after the USO last year when missing a handful of tournaments wouldn't have mattered quite so much.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6136 on: May 24, 2013, 07:53 AM »
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I don't understand why you keep saying that Andy should have sought help sooner.  As far as I can tell, he did get advice, and was following it by taking up Pilates etc.  Just because it wasn't an absolute, permanent cure, doesn't mean it didn't help.  Just because he doesn't announce each time he sees a specialist doesn't mean he's not doing it, or following their advice.  He has a physio permanently with him on tour - he takes these things seriously.

Andy won 780 points during the Asian swing last year, which is more than he did at last year's French Open and more than he'd get if he reached the semi-finals there this year. 

The consensus seems to be that playing on clay is much tougher on Andy's back than the faster hard-courts, and the Asian hardcourts are amongst the faster ones, so missing those tournaments may not have given him much benefit, while missing RG not only gives him a break to heal up, it actively prevents further damage.  With the benefit of hindsight, he should have withdrawn from Rome too, but it is perfectly understandable that Andy thought he should give it a go. 

It's also possible that if Wimbledon wasn't so soon after RG, that he'd have turned up to Paris too, and given it a go as well.  He's got where he is because he's competitive and want to play tennis, so it's possible that it was only because he was told that giving RG a go would risk Wimbledon that he was persuaded to take the break now.

Don't forget he missed Bangkok last year, pulled out of Basel, and this year he had that big gap between Australian Open and Indian Wells too, so he has already had gaps at less high profile times. 
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6137 on: May 24, 2013, 08:58 AM »
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The IPL-style tennis event is back in the news: http://gulfnews.com/sport/tennis/ipl-style-tennis-event-for-asia-set-to-launch-1.1187409
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6138 on: May 24, 2013, 08:36 PM »
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I hope it fails miserably.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6139 on: May 25, 2013, 02:28 AM »
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I don't understand why you keep saying that Andy should have sought help sooner.  As far as I can tell, he did get advice, and was following it by taking up Pilates etc.  Just because it wasn't an absolute, permanent cure, doesn't mean it didn't help.  Just because he doesn't announce each time he sees a specialist doesn't mean he's not doing it, or following their advice.  He has a physio permanently with him on tour - he takes these things seriously.
Yes, but Andy gave us all the impression last year that he would be having the problem properly sorted out come the end of the season when he would have more time to rest, which was the most important thing, but instead of doing this he went off for his usual Miami training, which is intensive rigorous stuff and not something I'd imagine would do much to help a back problem.  He said himself that things haven't been right for the past 18 months, so this is why I can't understand why he apparently chose to carry on even with the help of his physio or whoever rather than take a complete break and get the necessary rest and treatment.  Now for all we know the problem may have been exacerbated because he didn't take it seriously enough.


I truly cannot believe that Andy would be willing to sacrifice part of his usual winter Miami training for this travelling circus and, unless I'm mistaken, I don't think Lendl would want him to.  Also if Andy still has a back problem to manage, then playing all this extra tenis would do nothing to help it, especially as he would be looking to be as fit as possible for the AO.  To be honest, I think Buhpathi is living in cloud cuckoo land with all his talk of franchises and auctions, so it wouldn't surprise me if his grand scheme failed to take off.

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Re: News Articles « Reply #6140 on: May 25, 2013, 08:10 AM »
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2330642/Andy-Murray-training-pulling-French-Open-2013.html?ico=sport%5Eheadlines
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6141 on: May 25, 2013, 09:16 AM »
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People can raise eyebrows all they like - there's a big difference between an hours gentle hitting on grass and a 4 hour intense competitive match on clay. RG organisers know that, they won't be offended.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6142 on: May 25, 2013, 10:19 AM »
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Yes, but Andy gave us all the impression last year that he would be having the problem properly sorted out come the end of the season when he would have more time to rest, which was the most important thing, but instead of doing this he went off for his usual Miami training, which is intensive rigorous stuff and not something I'd imagine would do much to help a back problem.  He said himself that things haven't been right for the past 18 months, so this is why I can't understand why he apparently chose to carry on even with the help of his physio or whoever rather than take a complete break and get the necessary rest and treatment.  Now for all we know the problem may have been exacerbated because he didn't take it seriously enough.
We'll just have to disagree on this.  I just don't think we have enough information to presume Andy didn't take it seriously.  For all we know, all of the experts agreed that given how his back was towards the end of last year, the training and treatments he had in Miami were the "proper" course of action, and he was taking that advice seriously.  One of the factors was that Andy had had those injections this time last year, and because they mask the fundamental problems, you can't do proper assessments until they've worn off.  They were waiting until December for that, and there is no evidence they didn't do it.

We need to remember how vague Andy, and most other top athletes are, about their state of health.  Just because Andy wasn't telling the world and his wife all of his weaknesses, doesn't mean he wasn't tending to them.  We need to remember that a lot of tennis is psychological, which is why players say things like "I'm feeling great" before matches, even when they are feeling lousy.

In spite of that, I got the impression that Andy's fitness regime was being tailored to strengthen his back, amongst other things.  Hindsight is wonderful, and perhaps with the knowledge they have now, they'd have done something different back then, but I think it's unfair to presume they weren't doing what they thought was right at the time based on what they knew at the time.  Perhaps with hindsight, he'd not have entered MC, and ditched Rome, but you can be sure people would have moaned about that.  Enough people were moaning that Andy wasn't entering more clay court tournaments.

I'm with you wimbledonwestie.  Some people go around with their eyebrows in a constant raised position, but people who know about tennis, or who posses a portion of common sense won't see any contradiction.   It doesn't even sound like it was a practice session - just a bit of a session to loosen up/test the joints.  He may as well do it on grass if it is available.   It's not just the surface for his next competition, it's also the one that's easiest on the body.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6143 on: May 25, 2013, 10:20 AM »
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People can raise eyebrows all they like - there's a big difference between an hours gentle hitting on grass and a 4 hour intense competitive match on clay. RG organisers know that, they won't be offended.

Exactly. It's a typical Mail (celebs don't call it the Daily Wail for nothing) story, or rather, non-story. 'Pro tennis player hits a few tennis balls', steps back in amazement!

Seriously though, I think the Mail feels better about itself when it panders to the Murray-hating, xenophobic, ranting, know-nothing mob half its readers appear to be.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6144 on: May 25, 2013, 10:25 AM »
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From NYT May 23rd

...Bhupathi said that those who have committed to the project include Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka. Roger Federer, for the moment at least, is not involved.

“I think it’s an incredibly ambitious project,” said Tony Godsick, Federer’s agent. “But if he’s got the people behind him who want to do it and he’s got a lot of top players who want to do it, then anything is possible. At the end of the day, you need the stars, and if he has a bunch of them willing to take part in the inaugural season, he has a chance.”

Bhupathi said that he expects Murray and Djokovic to have an equity stake in the league, and that investors include former players like Justin Gimelstob, a member of the A.T.P. board, and Boris Becker.

More here http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/24/sports/tennis/24iht-arena24.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

Neil Harman yesterday:Exceptional presentation on new IPTL by @justingimelstob and @Maheshbhupathi this evening. Tennis being innovative, creative. Love it.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6145 on: May 25, 2013, 12:57 PM »
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I don't like the idea of players being sold like cattle. I don't see players wanting to travel around during off season. I can't believe a tennis player is suggesting this. Whistle
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6146 on: May 25, 2013, 01:52 PM »
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I don't like the idea of players being sold like cattle. I don't see players wanting to travel around during off season. I can't believe a tennis player is suggesting this. Whistle

But what if it takes the game to a wider audience? What if people see this who would not usually see tennis, or not all the year round. I can see the point about the off-season, but I would have thought anything that gives the game wider appeal, or tries to, is not always a bad thing.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6147 on: May 25, 2013, 02:02 PM »
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But what if it takes the game to a wider audience? What if people see this who would not usually see tennis, or not all the year round. I can see the point about the off-season, but I would have thought anything that gives the game wider appeal, or tries to, is not always a bad thing.
I don't want Andy wasting his time on this sort of things especially with his back. 
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6148 on: May 25, 2013, 02:15 PM »
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I don't want Andy wasting his time on this sort of things especially with his back. 

Good point, but I honestly don't think he would risk it if he thought it would cause problems down the line for his back. Isn't it exhibition stuff? If so it isn't quite the same as full on competitive matches.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #6149 on: May 25, 2013, 02:21 PM »
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Just been reading up on this, as I should have done. It's not quite exhibition, but each match would be one shortened set, first to five, or a tie-break at 4-all. Sounds as if it wouldn't be too bad physically and could be fun.
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