I was reminded of that when Andy went on a trip to Paris before RG, along with Dani and Matt Little (cue for speculation that it was in connection with a new coach), and the plane there had to turn back because of engine trouble, so they had to get on another flight. Then on the way back his plane was struck by lightning - twice! I know lightning won't harm the plane but I've seen pics of it happening. Quite spectacular and very scary! Also planes have gone done in severe storms.
This is a true story. Way back in the mid 1960s I had a close friend who had intended to fly back to Edinburgh after visiting her fiance in London on one of the stand-by flights they had (dunno if they still have these though, but they were cheap because they flew at unsociable times and you didn't have to book a seat in advance either). She was aiming for the last flight out of Heathrow which was scheduled to leave around 1:30am, but her fiance's car broke down about half a mile from the airport, so she missed it. That plane crashed on take-off, killing every-one on board.
Mind you, when I was a kid, the number of people who's elderly relatives 'just missed' the ill-fated train which was lost in the Tay Bridge disaster (1879), was quite amazing!
I've never heard about the last bit, but I have read that Andy was experiencing so much pain that he wanted the op straight after Wimbledon, but his team talked him out of it. While I can see where they were coming from, they weren't the ones who had to put up with it and also I'm sure they must have been aware that because of this his chances of success in North America, particularly defending his USO title, weren't likely to be too good given how hard the courts are on the body, which, of course, proved to be the case. I seriously doubt though that they would have talked him into playing if he'd been told that aggravating the injury would have ended his career.
Love the last bit Aileen A whole carriage load of my family plus their friends were on it too