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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #90 on: March 30, 2011, 10:29 AM »
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Well, he certainly celebrated a victory over Mac with champagne on one occasion, cos I read about it. I think it was the end-of-year Masters when he drove the ball straight at McEnroe's body, knocking him down. I was using journalistic licence. Perhaps I should write for The Mirror.

“How did it feel when you had done it?” [Lendl won 3-6 2-6 6-4 7-5 7-5].

“I don’t remember any of it.”

“You must.”

“I don’t remember any of it. A friend of mine said to me a few years later, ’You looked really tired in that locker room'. I said, ’What are you talking about? You were not even there'. But apparently he was.”

“Did you celebrate that night?”

“No, I was too tired.”

“There was no joy? No elation?”

“Sure I was elated, of course I was elated but ... you play for yourself. You don’t play for your parents or for your coach, you play for yourself.”

“But you didn’t celebrate?”

“No.”

“Did you drink?”

“No.”

“Never?”

“I had one beer after one of the Australian [Opens I won] and it was ugly. I promised Tony [his coach, Tony Roche] I’d have a drink with him if I won and it got ugly. We tried to remove some of the chairs from the room of the hotel and forgot to open a window!”
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #91 on: March 30, 2011, 10:29 AM »
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It does look well written, will read it when I can do it justice Smile
Well, he certainly celebrated a victory over Mac with champagne on one occasion, cos I read about it. I think it was the end-of-year Masters when he drove the ball straight at McEnroe's body, knocking him down. I was using journalistic licence. Perhaps I should write for The Mirror.

Isn't that a contradiction in terms having 'journalistic' and 'The Mirror' in the same sentence Think
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #92 on: March 30, 2011, 10:33 AM »
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This tale from that MTF article is typical of his mentality:

Of course, it's not easy one-upping Lendl. Three days earlier, he and Bosworth had played another round of golf. As is Lendl's wont, he was razzing Bosworth mercilessly about his game. Bosworth generally tried to ignore such comments, but on this day, he finally decided to retaliate. He picked up a cup of water, turned around in his cart, and tossed it back toward Lendl.

He missed, but that isn't what amused Lendl most. Rather, it was that in turning around, Bosworth failed to realize that he still had his foot on the accelerator. No sooner had he tossed the water than his cart smashed head-on into a tree.

"It just cracked me up," said Lendl, smiling broadly at the memory. "Warren, show them all your cuts."
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #93 on: March 30, 2011, 10:35 AM »
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This tale from that MTF article is typical of his mentality:

Of course, it's not easy one-upping Lendl. Three days earlier, he and Bosworth had played another round of golf. As is Lendl's wont, he was razzing Bosworth mercilessly about his game. Bosworth generally tried to ignore such comments, but on this day, he finally decided to retaliate. He picked up a cup of water, turned around in his cart, and tossed it back toward Lendl.

He missed, but that isn't what amused Lendl most. Rather, it was that in turning around, Bosworth failed to realize that he still had his foot on the accelerator. No sooner had he tossed the water than his cart smashed head-on into a tree.

"It just cracked me up," said Lendl, smiling broadly at the memory. "Warren, show them all your cuts."

lmao He had a decent sense of humour too. My mum liked Lendl, moans about tennis today lol She was a Borg fan to an almost obsessional point Smile
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #94 on: March 30, 2011, 10:40 AM »
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Just loved that whole era - mid-70s through to late 80s. Borg, McEnroe, Gerulaitis, Connors, and then Becker, Edberg, Lendl, Mecir, Wilander in the 80s - that was the golden era. I think, despite Sampras and Agassi's rivalry, the 90s was a bit of a lull. I think we're back in another golden era now. Perhaps not better or worse than the 70s and 80s - just different, but equally exciting.
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #95 on: March 30, 2011, 10:44 AM »
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Just loved that whole era - mid-70s through to late 80s. Borg, McEnroe, Gerulaitis, Connors, and then Becker, Edberg, Lendl, Mecir, Wilander in the 80s - that was the golden era. I think, despite Sampras and Agassi's rivalry, the 90s was a bit of a lull. I think we're back in another golden era now. Perhaps not better or worse than the 70s and 80s - just different, but equally exciting.

yes And he might be being an ass about it now but Federer really brought the buzz back into the game.
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #96 on: March 30, 2011, 10:53 AM »
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yes And he might be being an ass about it now but Federer really brought the buzz back into the game.

Yes, last year's Wimbledon final was a damp squib. There was something missing and, though it pains me to say it, I think that something was Swiss.
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #97 on: March 30, 2011, 11:01 AM »
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Well we'll see what happens over the next few years. PArt of the 'problem' I think is that all the players get on so well. They're rivals on court but friends off, think of McEnroe and Connors...their intense rivalry gave the game a spark yes
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #98 on: March 30, 2011, 11:06 AM »
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Interesting tweet from Connors: 'Delpo, good to see you back. Like the way you play. Murray, you need help. Wanna win? Call me!!!'
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #99 on: March 30, 2011, 11:16 AM »
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Interesting tweet from Connors: 'Delpo, good to see you back. Like the way you play. Murray, you need help. Wanna win? Call me!!!'

I've asked Jimbo through Twitter whether he's serious. Could be a bit of a scoop.
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #100 on: March 30, 2011, 11:26 AM »
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oohh Very Happy
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #101 on: March 30, 2011, 01:56 PM »
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Greetings from Japan everyone.
I am very excited at the possibility that Lendl might coach Andy.  Here is someone who has been through what andy has been through and who has gone on to win multiple GSs.  I'm less worried about personality issues as I imagine Andy will keep the rest of his team.  The problem with Brad G was that it was just the two of them and you can imagine what a strain that must have been esp when no other Brits on tour with him.  Yes ideally I would go for Mac or Agassi but I don't see them as wanting to give that sort of time.  Less enthusiastic about Connors who I never liked and I think could be too fiery - mixed with Andy there could be combustion.  Andy used to be one of the hardest workers on the tour so if he can get his motivation back I don't think Lendl being a hard taskmaster should be a problem.   But Andy will have to be willing to listen and learn. 
Fingers crossed that this really happens.  I would start to feel more optimistic again if it does.
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #102 on: March 30, 2011, 03:00 PM »
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I have decided on the ideal solution for Andy's possible coaching team.

Let him appoint Lendl, MacEnroe, Agassi, Roche, Connors and Uncle Tom Cobley and All and let them fight it out over Andy. That way AM would have peace of mind and do his own thing.
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #103 on: March 30, 2011, 03:02 PM »
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I agree with you Ruthie.Andy does need a hard taskmaster and be willing to learn and put into practise his advice.Andy must remember that a tennis career at the top is short lived but worth the effort and must put in 100%
to stay at the heights. There will always be others not far behind and wanting to overtake! Forget anything in the past now Andy and look only to the future.Go get to it.
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Re: Ivan Lendl shows interest in coaching Murray « Reply #104 on: March 30, 2011, 04:06 PM »
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I fear part of the problem is Andy's natural aversion to risk-taking both on and off the court. We'll see...
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