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What Does Murray Need To Work On??? « Reply #30 on: November 09, 2005, 10:39 AM »
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What is Andy's best quality do you think? (I mean shot-wise)


I don't know if anyone is old enough to remember a player from the mid-80s called Miloslav Mecir? I know I am.  no
Anyway, he made a couple of grand slam finals, but had to retire early with injury. Andy's game really reminds me of Mecir's - varying the pace and spin and, more than anything, the disguise he puts on the direction of his shots. These are his best qualities, I think.
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What Does Murray Need To Work On??? « Reply #31 on: November 09, 2005, 03:40 PM »
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I hate when a promising career gets wasted by injury. Lets hope Andy keeps injury free
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What Does Murray Need To Work On??? « Reply #32 on: November 09, 2005, 04:44 PM »
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Andy's best shot overall is his forehand. It is his most aggressive shot and his topspin, looping forehand down the line when he's changing up the pace is a gloriously skilled shot because it would be so easy to hit it slightly late and to send it wide or long. His forehand is consistent in length and his wrist control on the shot when attempting a pass is incredible. With his backhand, he has a great down the line shot but too often he doesn't get the length quite right when mixing the pace up and gives a nothing ball in mid-court, the backhand slice has good control but it also needs to be deeper. At times, opponents are able to step inside the court and attack it.

One of Andy's best attributes [and an overlooked one  though, is not his actual shots but his footwork. When going down the line for example, he is usually changing the direction of the ball and to make sure that you don't hit the ball late and therefore wide you have to get quite close to it to take it early. Andy's footwork enables him to make an extremely difficult shot look easy.
Andy has been mentioned as an extremely good athlete and this is all due to his smooth footwork around the court. The only time when Andy's footwork could be criticised is when he's moving up the court to attack and at times he is slightly hesitant.

Unfortunately I have to disagree with Amy. Jamie has yet to prove himself on grass. He's reached the quarters of Wimbledon juniors but has not achieved any success in men's events. He didn't play the grass court season this year and in 2004 played 2 matches which he both lost. He is though a really fine prospect with very much a modern style of play. Jamie plays a high tempo game looking to take the ball early and go on the attack keeping his opponent off balance and moving around the court. He roams the baseline with a big forehand and is very much suited to hard courts having won titles indoors and outdoors this year on hard. He would probably be suited to clay aswell and has reached a future semi in Turkey on clay. Jamie admits he needs to work on his serve as it lacks consistency. To do well and break the top 100, a player has to have something special about them. With Jamie it's his mental strength and physical fitness. Unlike Andy Murray, Jamie is very much committed to gym work and sets aside training blocks each year for fitness training. He's won matches in 100 degree heat in the States - one of which 6-7, 7-6, 7-6. You can see his mental strength by the number of tight 3 setters he wins. He's absolutely 100% committed to making it as a player. With Jamie, unlike some other British hopefuls eg: Alex Bogdanovic,  he's actually achieved success abroad and in Britain. Jamie made a big breakthrough when he won a title in Mexico this year and did well in Venezuala.

By the way Mark, when I mentioned Jamie and Colin's official site, I wasn't talking in the 3rd person. I was just being mysterious, I am that friend. I have contact with both players and the site is to promote them and to try and get sponsors. Colin has to buy his rackets at the moment from his local pro shop.

It's quite hard at the moment with Colin's matches as texts from Mexico are very expensive so he can't text that much.
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What Does Murray Need To Work On??? « Reply #33 on: November 09, 2005, 04:50 PM »
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Other players to watch out for:

[1] Colin Fleming: Great variety in his game, he can serve-volley or attack from the baseline with some stylish shots. He mixes it up nicely in matches but his menta strength is slightly suspect.
Has risen over 800 places this year

[2] Matt Smith: Got a reputation as a choker among fellow pros after losing a load of tight matches earlier this summer. Has done well on the indoor circuit but next year will show whether he has the weapons to break through in challengers
Has risen over 300 places this year

[3] Alex Slabinsky: This 19 year old has got a reputation as a giant-killer among fellow pros and can count Mark Hilton among his scalps on the futures and satellite tour. He is little known at present but has been making encouraging progress.

[4] Martin Lee: The former top 100 player is back in action and winning. He's back close to the top 450 and has the challenger tour in his sights. Has really come into form since August and is troubling players with his leftie serve and powerful baseline game.
Has risen around 400 places this year.
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What Does Murray Need To Work On??? « Reply #34 on: November 09, 2005, 04:51 PM »
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lol bogofan, you are quite the mystery man.....

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What Does Murray Need To Work On??? « Reply #35 on: November 09, 2005, 05:07 PM »
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What Does Murray Need To Work On??? « Reply #36 on: November 09, 2005, 05:22 PM »
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how do you know som much about all these Brits....are you a stalker?
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What Does Murray Need To Work On??? « Reply #37 on: November 09, 2005, 05:30 PM »
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roflmao

No, I'm not a stalker. I just have seen a lot of the Brits in action and I know Jamie and Colin. I follow the Brits with other fans in the other Brits section on:
www.activeboard.com/forum.spark?forumID=61841&subForumID=200656&action=viewTopic&commentID=4681117&topicPage=

We discuss the matches in the other Brits section and so I gain their opinions if they've seen some of the players play.
I also have lots of contacts around the country and these fans visit futures and satellite events and give me reports of the matches which we discuss.

Plus I have been a county junior a couple of years ago though not any more    no
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What Does Murray Need To Work On??? « Reply #38 on: November 09, 2005, 05:31 PM »
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Very Happy I think he's a fan of writing long texts, interesting though!!! He does know a lot. roflmao
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What Does Murray Need To Work On??? « Reply #39 on: November 09, 2005, 05:34 PM »
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Oh and I forgot to mention that Arvind Parmar is a member of my tennis club so I know things from him and other guys who've known him since he started playing.
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What Does Murray Need To Work On??? « Reply #40 on: November 09, 2005, 06:39 PM »
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Great!!!

The more Brits doing well...the better.

Just a question, what is the rank of tournaments...is it this?

ATP (highest)
Challenger
Futures
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What Does Murray Need To Work On??? « Reply #41 on: November 09, 2005, 06:51 PM »
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Yep and satellites after futures, at the bottom
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What Does Murray Need To Work On??? « Reply #42 on: November 09, 2005, 06:54 PM »
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Its a tough rise to the top isnt it?

God, Im nervous. I have my matsh prelim tomorrow and I'm shaking like a leaf!!!

 roflmao  What an idiot I am
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What Does Murray Need To Work On??? « Reply #43 on: November 09, 2005, 06:57 PM »
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That's why Colin Fleming's done so well. He's gone from being unranked to 480 in the world in less than a year.

By the way if you go to Colin and Jamie's official website: www.freewebs.com/topscots

There's a question and answer section on the message board so any question you ask will be passed onto them and they'll give you an answer whenever they can.

You might find that usefu
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What Does Murray Need To Work On??? « Reply #44 on: November 09, 2005, 07:00 PM »
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Cheers for the link Bogo!!!
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