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Re: News Articles « Reply #7380 on: August 28, 2013, 11:55 PM »
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Murray's newest endorsement

http://m.espn.go.com/general/tennis/story?storyId=9609830&src=desktop&wjb


Industry insiders had speculated that Murray was ready to land a big windfall and could pick the blue-chip brands of choice to join adidas, RBS, Rado watches and Head rackets. So when Murray announced last week that his first post-Wimbledon deal was with a penny stock company, many in the sports marketing world let out a big "Huh?"





 " "Getting equity in a company like Fuse allows me to have a greater vested interest in its future, and to help them get to the next level." Murray, who did not say how much his stake was worth, said when he was first introduced to the products in March, he was intrigued by the company's products in the energy and hydration arena.""

Getting in on the ground floor. Andy proves yet again he's one smart cookie.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7381 on: August 28, 2013, 11:58 PM »
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http://news.stv.tv/east-central/237635-andy-murrays-grandparents-given-painting-of-tennis-ace-by-blind-veteran/
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7382 on: August 29, 2013, 12:26 AM »
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   Truly remarkable, and quite humbling. I am intrigued that she's chosen to have the roof closed - did she get a better acoustic atmosphere from that, I wonder?
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7383 on: August 29, 2013, 12:45 AM »
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 " "Getting equity in a company like Fuse allows me to have a greater vested interest in its future, and to help them get to the next level." Murray, who did not say how much his stake was worth, said when he was first introduced to the products in March, he was intrigued by the company's products in the energy and hydration arena.""

Getting in on the ground floor. Andy proves yet again he's one smart cookie.
You mean Andy's got one very smart financial adviser!  Somehow I can't see him working through all this investment stuff by himself although he'll take a close interest in it.


   Truly remarkable, and quite humbling. I am intrigued that she's chosen to have the roof closed - did she get a better acoustic atmosphere from that, I wonder?
Perhaps, but I expect only a blind person could answer that one.  What's interesting is that she made things more ambitious for herself by doing the painting with the roof closed.  Maybe she thought it would give it more substance than an open court?

The really amazing thing is that not only is this lady blind but she's 93 years old!  How many sighted people of that age could produce a work like this?
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7384 on: August 29, 2013, 05:47 AM »
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US Open 2013: Andy Murray beats Michael Llodra in straight sets

Defending champion Andy Murray reached the second round of the US Open with less than an hour of the third day remaining as he beat France's Michael Llodra in Wednesday's night session.

The Briton, 26, completed a 6-2 6-4 6-3 victory at 11.33pm local time in New York (04:33 BST), and moves on to face Argentina's Leonardo Mayer on Friday.

The decision to schedule Murray among the late matches on day three had met with criticism, as it could leave him at a disadvantage compared to his leading rivals later in the tournament.

"It's nothing to do with me being defending champion, there were quite a few matches [still going on Wednesday evening]," Murray told BBC Radio 5 live.

"Anyone that knows sport knows that playing seven matches over 13 days is harder than playing seven matches over 15 days.

"You obviously get less time to recover and rest, but you deal with it, do all the recovery stuff and get as much sleep as possible. Now I'm in a routine of playing every other day, which you do at all the other Slams."

Unlike Wimbledon and the Australian Open, but in common with the French Open, the men's first-round matches are spread over three days rather than two at Flushing Meadows.

"The fact that they plan on playing the first round after three days is wrong," 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova told BBC Radio 5 live.

"We've had some women finish the first two rounds and Andy hasn't played his first-round match yet. That shouldn't happen."

Murray revealed afterwards that he had originally been asked whether he wanted to play on Tuesday or Wednesday, and chose Tuesday.

"Then we were put on Wednesday," he explained. "Again, that was fine, but it changed from Wednesday afternoon to Wednesday at night, and I don't know if that's ever happened here before, that a first-round match has been played at 10 o'clock on the third day. We were a bit surprised.

"I just wanted to get on and play the match. I've been here for 12 days practising and I just wanted to get on the court and play."

In the end, Murray just might be satisfied that he got the job done at all, as rain earlier in the day threatened to delay the first-round match until Thursday.

After doubling his Grand Slam tally at Wimbledon in July, the Scot's form had been below par in North America, and he arrived in New York nearly two weeks ago in preparation for his title defence


It was not until 9.47pm that Murray stepped back onto the court where he won his first Grand Slam title last September, and he wasted little time once the action began.

The world number three was sharp from the outset against Llodra, producing a terrific backhand smash in a quick-fire rally at the net on his way to a 2-0 lead and breaking once again as he took the opening set in 26 minutes.

Llodra, a Grand Slam champion in doubles, was always likely to threaten at times on the fast surface, and the 33-year-old's serve-volley approach took him into a 3-0 lead in the second set.

Murray smiled to himself at the changeover, suggesting he was not overly worried, and he duly broke back with a cross-court forehand pass and again with a fizzing shot that dipped at Llodra's feet.

Five games in a row effectively sealed the set and such was his dominance that Murray went into the third having hit 19 winners and made only one unforced error.

A screamer of a backhand return flew past Llodra at the net to give Murray his fifth break of the night, and the helpless Frenchman even resorted, unsuccessfully, to serving underarm as he dropped serve one final time.

"It was a good start, I played well today," Murray added. "He's a very tricky opponent to play against, he's unpredictable.

"He's a fun guy to watch but he can be a bit of a nightmare to play against, so it's good that I got off to a good start, especially after waiting around all day."

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 18-time Grand Slam champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"TV scheduling plays a part but you should play the first round of the tournament and adapt it to TV. They do have that extra day on the tail end for the first time this year, but it's just not a good way to plan it - and then hope.

"It really throws off your rhythm. Some players play their first-round match on Monday and then don't play until Thursday. It's hard to get into a routine."
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7385 on: August 29, 2013, 06:55 AM »
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amazing and how lovely that it will be hung in Andy's house
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7386 on: August 29, 2013, 08:49 AM »
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amazing and how lovely that it will be hung in Andy's house

I know. I had a tear in my eye watching. 
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7387 on: August 29, 2013, 09:47 PM »
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http://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/29/conversations-with-andy-murray-spending-free-time/?smid=tw-NYTStraightSets&seid=auto&_r=1&
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7388 on: August 30, 2013, 08:12 AM »
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thanks dani - glad he's not risking jet skiing too much! 
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7389 on: August 30, 2013, 09:59 AM »
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 " "Getting equity in a company like Fuse allows me to have a greater vested interest in its future, and to help them get to the next level." Murray, who did not say how much his stake was worth, said when he was first introduced to the products in March, he was intrigued by the company's products in the energy and hydration arena.""

Getting in on the ground floor. Andy proves yet again he's one smart cookie.
Also that he's not signing up for any old nonsense.

I think it was when this news first broke that I said I'd seen Judy talking to someone on twitter a few months ago, about this sort of thing.  It was part of a discussion about nutrition in sport, and she said something along the lines of this sort of thing being the future, so I get the impression that this is something Andy and his team are genuinely supportive of, and have done all of the practical research into. 

By the sound of things, Andy has been given a certain number of shares, rather than any money, for his involvement.  I doubt his involvement is great - he just gets and uses the product he wants to use anyway, and gets his photo taken every now and then to go on the side of the box.  I suppose he might be expected to discuss it during interviews, but people tend to ask him about nutrition regime anyway.

It underlines that Andy doesn't want to do any old sponsorship deal.  Some of the media are obsessed with his left shoulder, but I think he'd happily leave that empty, unless the deal is absolutely right. 
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7390 on: August 30, 2013, 10:04 AM »
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US Open: Andy Murray form leaves Lendl chilled out


IF IVAN Lendl is looking relaxed, everything must be fine. And, as old Stone Face has watched Andy Murray prepare for the defence of his US Open title, he has been laid back to the point of torpor – so all is well in the Murray camp.

On Wednesday night, at a few minutes before 10pm, Murray ­finally got his US Open challenge underway. Television rules the roost around these parts and, in order to appease the schedulers, the defending champion was the last of the Gang of Four, the men who have dominated the grand slam circuit over the past five years, to get on court. The timing was not ideal but Murray was raring to get started and soon demolished Michael Llodra 6-2, 6-4, 6-3.

Murray looked sharp and fit and no matter what tricks Llodra had up his sleeve – he even threw in an underarm serve in the last game – Murray read it, chased it down and turned it to his advantage. After a week spent wondering what it would feel like to come back to the Arthur Ashe stadium and defend his title, the world No 3 was surprisingly relaxed.

“I wasn’t thinking loads about last year,” he said. “I just wanted to play the match. I’d been waiting for two days, pretty much, around the courts just wanting to play. I didn’t feel any different really coming in, which is a good thing. And I started the match well. There weren’t any extra nerves. Maybe if I had got behind, I might have felt that extra pressure.”

What pleased Murray most was the fact that so many people had stayed on to watch him. A midweek match featuring a foreigner does not usually whet the appetite of the New Yorkers, not when it starts late and they have work the following morning. But when Murray stepped out into the spotlight, the seats were full and the cheers were raucous.

“That was really nice,” he said. “It would have been easy at sort of 10pm to go home. It was probably three-quarters full, which was really nice, nice that loads of people stayed behind.”

As for Lendl, he barely raised an eyebrow. Of the grand slam campaigns they have fought together, this one has the least pressure. Last year, the impassive guru was trying to help his man over the final hurdle of winning a major title for the first time, while, two months ago, he was trying to weather the storm of helping a British player win Wimbledon for the first time in 77 years.

Murray said: “When he’s nervous he’s a lot more animated. I notice that a lot.

“During Wimbledon, he was pretty nervous towards the end. I think he felt like I had a good chance and I was playing well enough to win. But since we got here, no.

“We’ve spoken about what it’s like coming back to a tournament being defending champion. It doesn’t really make a whole lot of difference. I don’t think too many of the other players really care about it when they’re stepping on the court. It’s not like they’re walking round going, ‘Oh, he’s defending champion, he’s got a chance of winning again’. I don’t think it’s like that so you just have to put it to the back of your head, get back on the court. It’s good having Ivan around, having him to talk those things through with.”

The chat should be fairly straightforward before today’s encounter with Leonardo Mayer, the world No 81 from Argentina. Mayer’s main claim to fame is that he shares a birthday with Murray – apart from that, his links with the upper echelons of the sport are tenuous. He once stretched the Scot to three sets but that was back in 2009 in Valencia when Murray was coming back from a wrist injury. And Murray won that second round match – and the title.

“He’s a very talented player,” Murray said. “He’s got big sort of long, looping strokes. I think he plays his best tennis on the hard courts.

“He’s had quite a few injuries the last couple years and that’s why he hasn’t sort of got much higher in the rankings. But he’s very tough.”

He may be tough, but Mayer knows that Murray, the man with two grand slam titles and an Olympic gold medal sitting on his mantelpiece, is a good deal tougher. One glance at Lendl chilling out in the players’ box will tell him that.

http://www.scotsman.com/sport/tennis/us-open-andy-murray-form-leaves-lendl-chilled-out-1-3066967
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7391 on: August 30, 2013, 10:09 AM »
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nice piece thanks dani.  Now what was that gangsta said about him being a clay court specialist  confused
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7392 on: August 31, 2013, 09:37 AM »
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Andy Murray reaches third round of US Open after surviving a scare against Leonardo Mayer
Andy Murray fended off an inspired opponent and his long-running allergy to the Louis Armstrong Stadium to reach the third round of the US Open.

Going through: Andy Murray beats Leonardo Mayer 7-5, 6-1, 3-6, 5-1 to reach the third round in New York Photo: AP
By Simon Briggs, in New York12:35AM BST 31 Aug 2013 2 Comments
But it was an exercise in “winning ugly” – to quote the title of the coaching manual written by Murray’s former coach Brad Gilbert.
Leonardo Mayer, the clay-court specialist from Argentina, did not look like much of a threat on paper. He is ranked 81 in the world, and you have to go back more than three years for the last time he beat a top 20 player.
Still, when Murray’s listlessness invited him to play, he did not disappoint. His third-set effort was particularly impressive, as he extended the match to 2 hrs 41 mins before finally succumbing 7-5, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.
Judging by Louis Armstrong’s most famous record, he was an avuncular sort of chap, always crooning about those trees of green and skies of blue. Yet his name seems to strike a chill into the heart of Murray, whose game invariably stutters when he plays on this court
Perhaps it is the short run-backs on this intimate arena, which limit Murray’s opportunities to drop deep and use his legendary retrieval skills. Or maybe it’s the way the sun beams in over the stands and roasts the players alive. Whatever it is, he has a habit of losing a set – or sometimes two or three – when demoted to New York’s second arena.

His last three opponents here were Marin Cilic, Feliciano Lopez and Robin Haase, and all of them seriously threatened to case an upset before eventually being worn down by Murray’s fitness and perseverance.
Before that, in 2010, he could not dig himself out of trouble in the third round against Stan Wawrinka. It remains the last time he failed to reach the quarter-final of a grand slam.
Against Mayer on Friday, Murray started with equally listless footwork and shaky groundstrokes. He faced a couple of break points in the opening game and kept being pushed back by Mayer’s one-two punch – a strong first serve, which averaged 119mph, followed by a tree-felling forehand into the corner.
Mayer is not fond of this surface; indeed he barely shows up for any other hard-court tournaments barring the grand slams. He plays with the sort of heavy, looping topspin that generates high bounce on clay.
Normally, you might expect Murray to disrupt Mayer’s rhythm with the low slice, but instead the two players went toe to toe, and it was the Argentine who held the initiative for the first few games.
This only changed when we moved to the business end of the first set, the last few points that sort the champions from the also-rans. With Mayer serving at 5-6, Murray finally managed to put a little more weight and direction on his returns.
Suddenly the Argentine forehand, which had been inflicting so many wounds up until that point, developed a hitch. Four of them flew out in quick succession and Murray was a step closer to the third round.
Both men were calling for iced towels, yet the heat appeared to be bothering Mayer more. He coughed up the second set in short order, lasting just 35 minutes as Murray scaled back his ambition and concentrated on simply putting the ball in court. Still, the battle was far from over as Mayer broke serve for the first time at start of the third set and began to play his best stuff off the match.
The support staff in Murray’s players’ box looked on with the sort of fixed expressions that say “We know you will get through this, but it’s not the standard of tennis we were expecting.” They were right, even if he could not prevent Mayer from serving out the third set with a superb game that opened with two aces. In the final set, Murray rediscovered some of his verve and variety, producing a series of signature lobs, drop shots and passes from the most unlikely positions.
While the racket-work might have lacked sharpness, by his usual standards, the drama was high enough to satisfy the legions of fans who had queued across Flushing Meadows to earn a seat on the stadium. The crocodile stretched all the way back to the fountain in the middle of the grounds, betraying the growing appeal of Murray – the reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion – among international tennis fans.
According to the US Tennis Association, the Louis Armstrong Stadium – which earned its name because Armstrong is buried here in Flushing Meadows – is “nearing the end of its useful life”. They plan to bulldoze it in the next few years and replace it with a more modern stadium with a roof. As far as Murray is concerned, the end cannot come soon enough.


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Re: News Articles « Reply #7393 on: August 31, 2013, 10:16 AM »
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Good and fair report! Thanks Angie!
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Re: News Articles « Reply #7394 on: August 31, 2013, 10:43 AM »
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The best bit about that piece is the description of the queue to see Andy play. In a few short words it describes why Andy was on the wrong court.

If they want someone to volunteer to put the wrecking ball through Armstrong, I'd be delighted to help.
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