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Re: News Articles « Reply #8700 on: January 02, 2014, 07:34 PM »
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Oh he can be much worse
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Re: News Articles « Reply #8701 on: January 02, 2014, 07:56 PM »
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Oh he can be much worse
Its true search me
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Re: News Articles « Reply #8702 on: January 02, 2014, 08:00 PM »
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Its true search me

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 :p Wouldn't be you otherwise
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Re: News Articles « Reply #8703 on: January 02, 2014, 11:41 PM »
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Another thought-provoking article in The Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/andy-murray-it-would-be-unrealisticof-me-to-expect-to-win-the-australian-open-9035687.html
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Re: News Articles « Reply #8704 on: January 02, 2014, 11:50 PM »
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Thanks for that matchpoint it was a good read   goodjob
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Re: News Articles « Reply #8705 on: January 02, 2014, 11:53 PM »
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And here's Neil Harman's take on things in The Times. Doesn't come across as being very optimistic

Australian Open can almost be considered a write-off for the Scot
Before we go any farther, Andy Murray can neither win the Australian Open nor should he feel obliged to pound multiple extra miles in the Davis Cup tie against the United States on the weekend after the championship. We should bite the bullet and prepare for a grand-slam event with no British contenders and accept that any idea of securing a World Group victory without him is illusory.
This is big-picture time. No doubt Murray would regard those opening statements as profoundly negative; whereas one would suggest that they are rooted in realism. Since his “minor” back operation in October, Murray has played three exhibition matches — the opening round of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open here was a 37-minute farce — one proper match in which he faded badly and may indulge in one exhibition in Melbourne next week before the year’s first grand-slam played in shocking heat on courts that sap and subdue.
Come on. Of course, being the champion he is, and having dealt for years with the madness of having to define himself by winning the greatest championship of them all, the Scot will not admit that he has no chance of glory on Rod Laver Arena, because a part of him believes that he can.
“I wouldn’t like to say whether I’d be happy reaching the second week, or whatever,” he said. “I’ll have to see how the next ten days or so go. You can get a lot done in that time.”
Yes, you can pound, you can prepare, you can practise, you can envisage — but when seven of two, three and four-hour matches in 90F (32C) furnaces are required, you need bags of stamina built up over a long period, competitive conviction and a sense of absolute freedom.
By about the time Murray comes to defend his Wimbledon title, that is when all things should be well. In between what we have is process. As he prepared for the long haul to Melbourne — where he has thrived in the recent past — Murray sat and talked through that “process”.
“I’m just saying I know that I’ve trained hard and physically I’ve done a lot of good work. But [losing to Florian Mayer in the second round] is a perfect example of how you can be the fittest guy in the world but if you don’t play matches, it’s completely different to anything we do in the gym.
“It would be unrealistic to expect to win the Australian Open, but I may start to feel better if I can get through a match or two.
“I felt quick on the court at the beginning. I hit the ball cleanly. I returned well. I returned very well in the doubles in both matches. It’s just getting, I guess, match stamina. Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to play four or five matches between now and Melbourne, which is a shame, but that’s the way it is. When I was over in Miami [at his training camp], I didn’t take more than one day off at a time and I trained for ten and a half weeks. So by the end of the block I was tired. And playing points and sets like I did [in Doha], that’s the hardest part of what we do.
“The points and stuff I got at the end of the training block weren’t particularly good because I was fatigued. Against Mayer that showed after a decent amount of time. Towards the end of the second set and the beginning of the third my intensity dropped a bit and you can’t do that.”
It was noticeable, too, that in the latter stages against Mayer and during changeovers in the doubles Murray plumped a roll of towels behind him to aid with posture. In the stands, Mark Bender, his back specialist, would have made special note.
“He [Bender] has been great through this rehab process,” the world No 4 said. “And in the next ten days or so, along with the rest of the guys taking on board what I say and how I’m feeling and what Mark is suggesting, it’s very important that everyone communicates properly just now. If they don’t, things can go wrong pretty quick.”
There will be no overt pampering on the way down to Australia; Murray may be a first-class player but he is not the kind of person to flaunt his good fortune. Business class will be good enough for him, as it always has been. Once he arrives, he will need to step up certain elements, for the court surfaces in Australia are said to be speedier than in recent years.
The look on his face indicated astonishment. “The courts do change a little bit from year to year — the US Open is the quickest slam and even the French is pretty fast. I would say the Australian is normally the slowest. I’d be surprised if it was changed too much."

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Re: News Articles « Reply #8706 on: January 03, 2014, 02:00 AM »
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Auckland tournament tries to lure Andy Murray

Andy Murray has been offered a wildcard for next week's ATP tennis tournament in Auckland.

The Brit today lost in the second round of the Qatar Open, going down to Germany's Florian Mayer 3-6 6-4 6-2. 

It was his first tournament since having a back operation a few months ago and it's possible that making such an early exit at his only tournament leading up to the Australian Open, he may decide he would like to come to Auckland.

Tournament director Karl Budge has confirmed to Fairfax Media that he has offered last year's Wimbledon winner his last available wildcard, but he hasn't heard back and acknowledges it's unlikely he'll accept the offer.

Of his defeat to Mayer, where he hit 25 winners but made 37 unforced errors, Murray said he wasn't hopeful of achieving much in Doha.

''I didn't have extremely high expectations, because I haven't obviously played a match for a long time,'' Murray said.   

''You don't know exactly how your body is going to respond.'' 

Murray came to New Zealand in 2006 and lost in the second round to Mario Ancic. He found himself in hot water after his first round match in Auckland for saying that he and Kenneth Carlson 'played like women' in the first set.

If Murray does take up the offer of the wildcard it means New Zealand's Rubin Statham will miss out and have to play in the qualifying tournament.

The No 1 ranked Kiwi understands that he might not get a main draw wildcard if there is a marquee player that decides at the last moment he wants to come to Auckland.



Murray turns down Auckland opportunity

Andy Murray has turned down the opportunity to play at the Auckland ATP tennis tournament next week and will head straight to Melbourne.

Last year's Wimbledon winner and world No 4 lost in the second round to Florian Mayer in Doha this week, leaving him short of match practice as he tries to make it to the final of the Australian Open for the second year in a row.

Because of this tournament director at the Auckland Open, Karl Budge, offered Murray a wildcard to see if he was interested in playing another official event before the first grand slam of the year.

However, Murray has decided he will play a couple of exhibition matches in Kooyong instead.

It means that a main draw wildcard is likely to be given to New Zealand No 1 Rubin Statham, who has a world ranking of 289.


Both articles courtesy of stuff.co.nz
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Re: News Articles « Reply #8707 on: January 03, 2014, 02:29 AM »
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He probably wants to cut down on travelling.   Pity though.    Would you have tried to go to his
matches, Bev?
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Re: News Articles « Reply #8708 on: January 03, 2014, 05:30 AM »
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yes by hook or crook. Ferrer is defending champion and would have been nice to have seen how Andy faired this time. Don't think the weather forecast is good though.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #8709 on: January 03, 2014, 08:38 AM »
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And here's Neil Harman's take on things in The Times. Doesn't come across as being very optimistic
I think he's trying to give his readers a sense of perspective.  He knows how much pressure there is on Andy to do well, and that many people have unrealistic expectations.

I don't think he's being doom and gloom about it.  Just reminding people that these things take time in the hope of fending off the doom and gloom merchants. Smile
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Re: News Articles « Reply #8710 on: January 03, 2014, 12:23 PM »
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I think he's trying to give his readers a sense of perspective.  He knows how much pressure there is on Andy to do well, and that many people have unrealistic expectations.

I don't think he's being doom and gloom about it.  Just reminding people that these things take time in the hope of fending off the doom and gloom merchants. Smile

He's trying to take a load of expectation off Andy's shoulders.   I think I am about to become a paid up member of the Neil Harman fan club.    He always seems to want the best for Andy and, I think, knows of his quality as a person as well as a tennis player.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #8711 on: January 03, 2014, 12:33 PM »
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Could he be PF ?.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #8712 on: January 03, 2014, 12:37 PM »
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He's trying to take a load of expectation off Andy's shoulders.   I think I am about to become a paid up member of the Neil Harman fan club.    He always seems to want the best for Andy and, I think, knows of his quality as a person as well as a tennis player.
Neil's book "court confidential" goes into a lot of things, including the relationship he has with the WTA ATP players, Andy is usually up for an interview or chat with Neil (from the book) so yes Neil is on Andy's side both ways
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Re: News Articles « Reply #8713 on: January 03, 2014, 12:43 PM »
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Could he be PF ?.

I have wondered that in the past Lb.    He has the inside knowledge.
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Re: News Articles « Reply #8714 on: January 03, 2014, 12:44 PM »
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Would he talk about himself as PF though?
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