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Re: News Articles « Reply #7110 on: July 29, 2013, 12:42 AM »
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ANDY MURRAY SUPPORTS SUNDAY MAIL CENTENARY FUND BY DONATING SIGNED T-SHIRT AND TENNIS BAG  [28 July]

Andy Murray has served up an ace idea to support the Sunday Mail’s Centenary Fund.

The Wimbledon champ has donated a signed Adidas replica top and a superb tennis bag – also signed – to raise money for the 17 Scottish charities who will benefit from our fundraising efforts.

And tennis fan Oliver Keys, seven, of Glasgow, was delighted to model it for us – even if wasn’t quite a perfect fit.

This is truly a “money can’t buy” prize and the millions of fans enthralled by Andy’s tennis heroics this summer will be keen to get their hands on such a special shirt.

Andy said: “I am very proud of my Scottish roots and am always keen to support good causes that benefit local communities in Scotland.

“The last year has been amazing and I hope that the prizes that Adidas have provided on my behalf can be put to good use in raising money and the profile of the great charities involved.”

To boost our good causes we will be auctioning the shirt and bag. Bids can be made by email only and you need to include your name, address and a daytime phone number.

All money raised will go to our Centenary Fund’s 17 chosen charities.

The Sunday Mail turns 100 next year and we have pledged to raise £1million to be split among worthwhile causes.

The fund will benefit people from all across Scotland – and beyond. They include well-known charities such as Breast Cancer Care, CHAS, Shelter and ChildLine.

Then there are smaller concerns such as Calum’s Cabin, who offer respite holidays on Bute for seriously ill youngsters and their families.

And it is not just Scots who will benefit. Cash will also go to Mary’s Meals who provide food to school kids in countries across the world.

To bid for the Dunblane ace's items email your name, address, and daytime telephone number along with your bid to: [email protected]
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7111 on: July 29, 2013, 01:06 PM »
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Managed to get a copy of the Sunday mail yesterday & seen that article. Well done Andy & i can imagine they will get some cracking bids for it.
I have found over the years that the Daily record/ Sunday mail to be very supportive of Andy.
Another great photo of Andy wit the Wimbledon trophy which i will never tire of seeing.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7112 on: July 30, 2013, 10:38 AM »
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Article on Mahesh Bupathi's role in Team Murray, talks a lot about Andy's brand potential.

Birth of a Salesman | OPEN Magazine - http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/sports/birth-of-a-salesman



Soon after the US Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden, authorities released a picture of President Barack Obama and other government bigshots tracking the raid from the Situation Room of the White House. The picture became iconic and also fodder for internet humorists. They photoshopped a range of random characters—from superheroes to a velociraptor—into the picture. To intrigued followers of Indian tennis, Mahesh Bhupathi’s presence in Andy Murray’s box during the Wimbledon final seemed similarly meme-like. Just what was a doubles specialist from India doing in the box of a Scottish player during the singles final?

The answer to that question is Bhupathi, a winner of multiple doubles and mixed doubles Grand Slams, is one of Murray’s chief business managers. He has been so since April. Earlier in 2013, Bhupathi met Murray to ask him if he would play in the International Tennis Premier League (ITPL), Bhupathi’s brainchild, modelled on Lalit Modi’s brainchild, which was modelled on the brainchildren of American sports founders. At that time Murray was looking for a new manager. He was the US Open and Olympic champion. Top agencies were vying for him.

“Things were in transition vis-à-vis his management and he wanted some more time [for the ITPL decision],” Bhupathi says when we meet on a rainy afternoon at the office of his company, Globosport, in Khar, Mumbai. “He asked me for advice on some of the agencies pursuing him. I told him how he should be perceived as a brand. He was already the US Open and Olympic champion. Later that day I was in the airport lounge, waiting to board my flight to India. And he messaged me [asking] if we could talk more. I understood he liked my thought process. I told him if he thought I’d be able to help, then I would send him a presentation as well along with the other agencies wanting to work with him.” And that’s how everything started. “I’m flattered that he thinks I’m the one who will be able to deliver,” Bhupathi says.

Globosport’s office is on Linking Road, one of Mumbai’s popular shopping districts. This is a street where people buy. Bhupathi’s mission is to sell. He has to sell Murray. He has to sell the ITPL, which is slotted for a November-December 2014 opening. He is well aware of this as he sits in a tidy cabin along the right vertical of the large room. Posters of the Gary Player Invitational and Sydney Olympic Games hang on the wall behind Bhupathi. The Olympics image is signed by Cathy Freeman, the Australian Aboriginal runner and 400m Olympic gold medallist. The golf montage is signed by Gary Player and a few other golfers he does not remember.
He likes sports memorabilia and bought the posters at an auction by International Management Group (IMG) during the Chennai Open tennis tournament one year. Bhupathi wears a striped semi-formal shirt with sleeves rolled up, jeans and a chunky leather strapped watch on his left wrist. Away from the fattening gaze of the camera and unflattering lines of baggy tennis clothes, he looks leaner and younger. He has got back from London a day earlier and seems afflicted by a leaky nose. A box of tissues is close at hand. Between answers and sniffles he keeps an eye on his phones, tablet or looks outside the window to his left. As usual, he is unfussy but not over-friendly.

“Surreal” is how Bhupathi describes the day of the Wimbledon final. “The amount of pressure Andy was under translated to all of us. I could barely sleep the previous night. We could see it in [Murray’s] reaction after winning. He kept looking down and shaking his head. The weight of the world was off his shoulders.” Bhupathi and the rest of the Murray team proceeded to the locker room after the match. “We embraced the trophy, something we wanted to do since we were kids. Andy was in a state of disbelief. He was just allowed a few minutes of breathing space. He took a shower and was whisked away for a two-hour media session.”
Murray’s victory is of seismic proportions, especially in terms of money. Last year, Forbes estimated that he earned $12 million from prize money and endorsements (he has four major deals—Rado, Royal Bank of Scotland, Adidas apparel and Head racquets). According to Nigel Currie, director of the London-based sports marketing agency BrandRapport, the Wimbledon title could push Murray’s earnings this year to $75 million. That would take him past the eternally saleable Roger Federer. In 2012, even in his twilight phase, Federer was the game’s highest earning star, and the second highest in all sports after Tiger Woods, pocketing $71 million from wins and endorsements. For Murray, a jump from $12 million to $75 million seems difficult, taking nothing away from his achievements. But he should certainly be able to compete with the $26.9 million and $26 million made last year by Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, respectively. The sheer scale of the sums and the number of possibilities mean a lot of work for Murray’s managers. There also are wont to be changes in the structure of his team. Bhupathi hints that things are in a state of flux but confirms that his position remains as before.

Globosport has managed athletes before this, but nobody of Murray’s stature. Bhupathi so far functioned as just the face of the company, but with a Grand Slam and Olympic champion on board, he will be hands-on, day-to-day. The two speak daily. He also deals with the central figure in Murray’s life, his feisty mother Judy, and brother Jamie. And yes, sometimes there is a canine presence at the meetings. “Andy loves his dogs (Border terriers Maggie May and Rusty). If I’m meeting him at his home in London, they are around,” says Bhupathi. Being Murray’s manager also entails spending more time in London. Bhupathi has a furnished and fully stocked house in Kingston, not far from the All England Club. He does not have to worry about packing every time he flies to London. As a tennis professional, he is used to hectic travel, but being Murray’s manager and the ITPL boss has made his itinerary more intensive. This Wednesday Bhupathi was scheduled to be in Vietnam, on Thursday in Indonesia and later in the week in London. Asked how quickly he runs out of passport pages, Bhupathi says, “I just got a new booklet [of pages]. Luckily they have jumbo booklets now.”
In many ways, Andy Murray is a reflection of his coach—former world No 1 Ivan Lendl. He is successful, fit and hardworking, but lacks flair. Lendl’s greatness is unquestioned. Even a most curmudgeonly rival like John McEnroe acknowledged his work ethic and pioneering training methods. But Lendl was seen as an automaton. He won more major titles than McEnroe or Boris Becker, but did not have their charisma and wasn’t anywhere as popular. It is the same with Murray. In the past 12 months, he has won two Grand Slams and the Olympic gold. This is more than what Djokovic, the world No 1, Federer or Nadal have achieved in the same period. But except in Britain, Murray does not have the popular appeal of the other three. Asked how, as Murray’s manager, he’d overcome this, Bhupathi says, “As of now Andy has won two majors. The more titles he wins, the more his appeal will grow.” But that is then. What about now? “For now, the focus is mainly Britain,” Bhupathi says.

Sponsorship deals that extend beyond Murray’s playing career are Bhupathi’s aim. “I pride myself in being able to bring in an enhanced deal with a certain kind of value,” Bhupathi says. “Andy is the reigning Wimbledon, US Open and Olympic champ. He is the one with the muscle. If people want to be associated with him, they have to be open to creating deals that will show his value way past his playing career.” Murray, on his part, is pumped about taking some more chances with his image or endorsements, which he was not comfortable doing earlier. Evidence of this approach was the intimate, all-access interviews he granted BBC One for a documentary, The Man behind the Racquet, before Wimbledon. Murray broke down while talking about the most traumatic experience of his life, the massacre of 16 children and a teacher at his school in Dunblane, Scotland, by a crazed gunman. The then eight-year-old Murray survived the attack by hiding under a desk. People knew about Dunblane but the documentary further humanised Murray to his audience.
The conversation moves to the ITPL, Bhupathi’s other major project at which Murray is likely to be a major attraction. At first glance, the ITPL seems too ambitious and logistically complex. It is planned over three weeks across six yet-to-be-confirmed Asian and Middle Eastern cities. Elite tennis players rarely give an event three weeks at a stretch, especially one that is uncharted territory and involves so much travel. Besides, the format of the matches—just one set—is seen by many as frivolous. Besides, the popularity of tennis is closely linked to the four majors. The rest of the tournaments have only a niche following. For a sport like this, and in this tough economy, would there be buyers for $12 million franchises? It is not a very big sum in this day and age but not a small one either. Bhupathi touches a button on his tablet and pushes the device across the table. It plays an audio-visual promo for the ITPL. The film has the cream of tennis talking up the tournament. Djokovic, Murray, Nadal and Serena Williams, among others, praise the idea and express excitement. Djokovic even says the idea could be ‘revolutionary’. In addition, Bhupathi has on his side top marketers and former players. Boris Becker is reportedly one of the investors. But Bhupathi still has to sell the franchises.

Sceptical remarks about the event cause Bhupathi’s voice to quiver in indignation. “I wouldn’t be wasting my time flying across Asia like this, if I did not think it was possible,” he snaps in response to a question. “I’ve got what I need, I’ve got the muscle power to sell the league. Once I sell it, things will fall into place. If this was easy it would already have been done. I understand the [sheer size] of the challenge. But I think tennis is crying out for something new. And the new generation of players are excited about it.”
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7113 on: July 30, 2013, 04:22 PM »
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That raises an interesting question actually- if Andy really does want to push his image in the way Bhupathi says (seems a bit incongruous to me but I'm sure Bhapathi knows him better!), do you think he'll interrupt his December training block to come and collect his SPOTY award? I'm assuming he'll win it of course but I think that's pretty much a given. I've already warned everyone I know that I'll disown them if they don't vote for him! But it's a serious question. Training block v. high profile and important award- which will he choose?
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7114 on: July 30, 2013, 05:20 PM »
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That raises an interesting question actually- if Andy really does want to push his image in the way Bhupathi says (seems a bit incongruous to me but I'm sure Bhapathi knows him better!), do you think he'll interrupt his December training block to come and collect his SPOTY award? I'm assuming he'll win it of course but I think that's pretty much a given. I've already warned everyone I know that I'll disown them if they don't vote for him! But it's a serious question. Training block v. high profile and important award- which will he choose?

Training, without a shadow of a doubt. Andy has already said that he'd pull out of the ITPL if it got in the way of his training, so it seems clear to me that he wouldn't let the SPOTY interrupt it, even when he wins, which I'm certain he will.

What I think Bhupathi is trying to do is make Andy more marketable in global terms, I suppose to increase his earning potential.  It seems clear to me however, that whilst Andy is aware of the importance of looking after himself financially, and it's right, of course, that he should be aware of that, what is more important to him is doing everything he can to win more slams. I don't think anything will be allowed to get in the way of that.

As for the SPOTY, I think Andy is a given for it. I honestly can't see anyone else getting remotely close. However, as great as that will be, I'm under no illusion that it is particularly high profile, or even especially important in any great eternal terms. It's just a nice award voted for by the public, and in Andy's case a nice bit of long overdue respect.

I must say though, even my brother surprised me after the Wimbles final by saying 'Oh well, that's Sports Personality of the Year done and dusted then', and he's not even really an Andy fan Smile.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7115 on: July 30, 2013, 06:16 PM »
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I think you're probably right, and I'm glad, but at the same time sad. I'd love to see him actually there- I know it's not important in the scheme of things but I like anything that celebrates Andy and he deserves every second of it!
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7116 on: July 30, 2013, 07:58 PM »
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I truly wish that Bhaphati had never come near Andy.  He's got far bigger things to concern him right now than the yet to be organised ITPL and how much money he might earn in the future, so distractions like this he doesn't need.

"Globosport has managed athletes before this, but nobody of Murray’s stature" - that worries me.  Buphathi just hasn't got the experience to handle this, so it sounds a pretty high risk strategy to me 

"There also are wont to be changes in the structure of his team. Bhupathi hints that things are in a state of flux but confirms that his position remains as before." - Is this really the time to be making changes to Andy's management team?

Andy has already said he'll only consider playing in the ITPL, should the idea ever come to fruition, if he can do so on his terms, i.e. that this won't be something that'll interfere with his winter training and preparations for the AO.

I could be wrong, but Buphathi sounds like one big smooth-talker with an ego and ideas to match.  I'm sure Andy and Judy will be listening to him politely, and no doubt with some interest, but hopefully with their eyes and ears fully engaged.



As for SPOTY, I don't think that can be taken as given, although I'd love to see Andy win it.  The British public are a fickle lot.  How many of the millions who watched the final on TV were genuine tennis fans who could fully comprehend what it took Andy to achieve this win?  I bet Chris Froome is another big contender.  Anyway I can't see Andy disrupting his winter training to nip back to the UK to collect it, and that, sadly, won't go down well because again people won't understand how much this training means to him and how essential it is for his future success.






     
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7117 on: July 30, 2013, 09:42 PM »
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The main thing to jump out from that article is it suggests Bhaphati is Andy's main manager now, which is blatently untrue.  It makes for a better article for his own local press, but I think several pinches of salt need to be taken with some of the details.  Especially the numbers.  While it may be possible for Andy to earn silly money with sponsorship, maximising his off-court earnings is not the most important thing for him.  I just think that articles like that seem to think readers will be impressed by the big numbers and rate someone highly for it.  That sort of thing is fine for Andy's managers to say at meetings with potential sponsors, but I don't for one second believe Andy cares.

Beyond that, the bit that stands out is that he's aiming to secure deals that work in the longer term, and setting up Andy's future for after he's stopped playing on the main tour, which reassures me.  Longer term aspirations will be tied up with Andy's longer term achievements, so not just a quick cash-in on his latest success.  Anyone wanting a piece of Andy's longer term image will want to make sure he has the chance to add to his trophy collection.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7118 on: July 30, 2013, 10:27 PM »
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The main thing to jump out from that article is it suggests Bhaphati is Andy's main manager now, which is blatently untrue.  It makes for a better article for his own local press, but I think several pinches of salt need to be taken with some of the details. 

I thought that too - don't think Simon Fuller wd be too chuffed!
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7119 on: July 31, 2013, 12:18 AM »
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... the bit that stands out is that he's aiming to secure deals that work in the longer term, and setting up Andy's future for after he's stopped playing on the main tour.
But will Andy want to carry on playing tennis?  He hinted recently that he might well want to go and find something else to do.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7120 on: July 31, 2013, 03:00 PM »
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Bhupathi is just behind fame and money.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7121 on: July 31, 2013, 03:22 PM »
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I thought that too - don't think Simon Fuller wd be too chuffed!

The article actually says that Bhupathi is one of Andy's main business manager's, not the only one, so I don't suppose Simon Fuller will be bothered.

I remember at one point that Andy was rumoured to want to make changes and come away from Simon Fuller's company. Maybe getting someone else involved, someone who has played the game, is something of a compromise with that.

The thing is, I see no point in worrying about Andy working with someone like Bhupathi, or Simon Fuller for that matter. Of course their role is to increase Andy's profile and earning potential. That is what they are for.

The encouraging thing for me is that Andy has already spoken about not wanting to get distracted and wanting to focus on winning more slams. If that is his approach he won't go far wrong.

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Re: News Articles « Reply #7122 on: July 31, 2013, 03:29 PM »
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The article actually says that Bhupathi is one of Andy's main business manager's, not the only one, so I don't suppose Simon Fuller will be bothered.

I remember at one point that Andy was rumoured to want to make changes and come away from Simon Fuller's company. Maybe getting someone else involved, someone who has played the game, is something of a compromise with that.

The thing is, I see no point in worrying about Andy working with someone like Bhupathi, or Simon Fuller for that matter. Of course their role is to increase Andy's profile and earning potential. That is what they are for.

The encouraging thing for me is that Andy has already spoken about not wanting to get distracted and wanting to focus on winning more slams. If that is his approach he won't go far wrong.


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Re: News Articles « Reply #7123 on: July 31, 2013, 05:35 PM »
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Interesting article from The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/10213175/Roger-Federer-and-Rafael-Nadal-are-jealous-of-Novak-Djokovics-success-claims-Serbians-father.html

The Djokovics like the Murrays.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7124 on: July 31, 2013, 06:39 PM »
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n many ways, Andy Murray is a reflection of his coach—former world No 1 Ivan Lendl. He is successful, fit and hardworking, but lacks flair. Lendl’s greatness is unquestioned. Even a most curmudgeonly rival like John McEnroe acknowledged his work ethic and pioneering training methods. But Lendl was seen as an automaton. He won more major titles than McEnroe or Boris Becker, but did not have their charisma and wasn’t anywhere as popular. It is the same with Murray. In the past 12 months, he has won two Grand Slams and the Olympic gold. This is more than what Djokovic, the world No 1, Federer or Nadal have achieved in the same period. But except in Britain, Murray does not have the popular appeal of the other three. Asked how, as Murray’s manager, he’d overcome this, Bhupathi says, “As of now Andy has won two majors. The more titles he wins, the more his appeal will grow.” But that is then. What about now? “For now, the focus is mainly Britain,” Bhupathi says.

Who wrote this rubbish?  Andy lacks flair?  It's partly his flair that drew so many of us to his tennis.   Bah. And I hate all this talk of turning him into a brand.  Bah humbug.  doh
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