I really hope Andy is shown the respect he deserves in New York. The warm-up sideshows in Montreal and Cincinnati have gone out on a limb to big up 'Rafa and Roger' to a nauseating extent. The Montreal website banner was a disgrace - even when 'Roger' failed to show they quickly replaced him with Raonic, not Andy. For an official ATP Masters tournament to exclude the reigning US, Olympic and Wimbledon champion so blatantly beggars belief.
Unbelievably, things got worse in Cincinnati when they shunted the Murray/Berdych quarter-final out on the ridiculous disco wasteland that is Grandstand. Friday's order of play made depressing reading, with every top player, male and female, all playing on Centre Court while Andy and Tomas were unceremoniously wheeled out like poor relations to perform in front of a pathetic, apathetic, gathering of spectators on the Z-list neighbouring court. The atmosphere swung from graveyard to nightclub with the rhythm of the 'bigger' matches being played out next door
And it wasn't just the pop music. We were also bombarded with the thumping announcements of the hysterical PA system - regardless of the timing, and ignorant to the sensitivities and dignity of the players doing their best in truly horrendous conditions. The reigning US, Olympic and Wimbledon champion, in an always-compelling contest with the world No 6, found himself sandwiched between two doubles and one relatively low-ranked ladies' match.
It was never gonna be easy but, boy, it got a whole tougher in that dire stadium. I felt embarrassed for both players, they deserved so much more. I know all about Sky wanting to show Andy's matches at peak times, but this just didn't feel right. For him to have achieved his pinnacle success only a few weeks ago in the impeccable surroundings of Centre Court at Wimbledon and then come out to that dead and alive hole just seemed sad. There was a bad vibe and I wasn't surprised or sorry to see Andy lose.
No wonder he got the first flight out and headed for the Big Apple. Onwards and upwards Andy.