Aileen, on the 9th Feb. after Murray vs Baghdatis, you said "I foresee a withdrawal from Dubai coming up, if not for a longer term.".
There, you see, you are clarvoyant! I hope it's not for too long though.
Best wishes to our Andy, he must need a good rest
Your memory's better than mine - but maybe I should keep quiet in future!
I don't think that's fair. I'm not a so called fan. I am probably one of his greatest fans and have always supported Andy right from the start. I am ecstatic when he wins and miserable when he loses. I have regular fights with the many people who can't stand him and I sit up all night to watch if I have to. However I don't actually know the man personally and can only go on what I see and hear. I didnt see the Rotterdam match but the comments on this website were universally condemnatory of his attitude and suggested he didn't try. Seemingy even his opponent said that. That isn't the Andy Murray I know and for the first time started me wondering about whether he has changed a little. Then when he pulled out of Dubai and the David Cup I was disappointed. Nobody should fake injury however amazing they are. Thats all I said and I should be allowed to express a view without getting the ultimate insult on MW - a"so called fan" - totally in the huff now!
MT - I'm very sorry for upsetting you, but it was just such a bald statement that it got me a bit ruffled because it just seemed like yet more of the baseless negativity which is so often spouted on MW, in this case people who didn't see the match but who seemed to be content to believe the views of others and profer their opinions accordingly, so please accept my apologies.
Now that you've clarified the situation I can see exactly where you're coming from. I didn't watch the match because I had an instinctive feeling it would be a disaster coming as soon as it did after the AO, so I'm in no position to comment as to whether his performance was, as I had expected it might be, just plain bad due to lack of preparation/jetlag/tiredness, or whether he indeed didn't try because ultimately he was in Rotterdam to play doubles with Jamie. I guess you hit the same raw nerve with me as I hit with you because I too wasn't entirely happy about his attitude following his AO defeat. After last year's prolonged slump, is it a case of "here we go again"? I liked to think that he had got mentally stronger after that experience, but now I'm not so sure, and that is a very unhappy situation for himself and his fans.
Quite frankly I'd have felt at lot happier if he had just said after the AO that he was pulling out of both Rottterdam and Dubai in order to have a break, and I'm sure Jamie would have agreed with him, instead of stringing everyone along, if indeed that's what he's been doing - and I'm prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt because a possible injury problem was referred to in his post-match singles' interview, and also after the SF he seemed to be genuine about playing in Dubai. I'm not naive by any means but I do not believe that Andy has resorted to telling blatant lies.