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If you ignore the so-called fans the nice thing about Queens is that it is still quite intimate off CC.  I was disappointed to get tickets for court 1 rather than CC but in fact I really liked it as you can be so close to the players. And I saw some good dubs on the unreserved courts inc Jamie and Bagi twice and Colin and Ross.  Oh and I saw Andy practising [now how could I have forgotten to tell you that!].  It was one court removed from where we were able to stand but it was still good to see him though I have to say I wasn't very optimistic for the match having watched the practice.  Something didn't seem quite right.
Couldn't help but remember this afternoon the wonderful match this day last year when Andy run rings around the other Andy and the latters' plaintive plea to keep things social.

Oh and welcome jillypops.
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Two conversations I overheard at Queens epitomised the problems Andy has with the great English public.  First a couple of posh young women who were drinking in the cafe area during andy's match though they had seats for centre court.  They were supporting Mahut insofar as they were paying attention to the tennis.  One then said to the other 'well I suppose you have to give it to Murray that he has some decent shots but he's so [long pause] unappealing'.
Second conversation later: a guy on his mobile phone.  It had made his day that Andy had lost.  Then went on to say he's watched virtually no tennis as the free Rjoka was so good and after all tennis is just a ball going back and forth over the net and which would you prefer - free Rjoka or tennis; it's a not brainer.



Says it all - he's not one of us  - thank god!!
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I've not had a chance to read all the thread yet but thanks Hazel for what seems like a very fair match report.
I was there but had a ticket for 1 not centre court so couldn't watch the match.  I did watch part of it on the big screen but it was too depressing especially surrounded by people drinking champagne who couldn't give a toss [of which more in a moment].  Then tried to follow what was happening from the umpire which you can hear on court 1, which is offputting to say the least.  Disappointing that Andy lost.  But there was a story in yesterday's Standard that Jamie had said Andy had been advised not to play dubs at queens [as originally planned] because he's had cortisone injections and intensive physiotherapy and his doctors have advised rest.  So this could explain why he might not have appeared totally committed to the match and why his serve has gone backwards.  I hope the fact he's playing 2 exhibition matches at Boodles means he does feel it will be ok.  Btw does anyone know if boodles is televised at all?  Andy plays thursday and friday.

Two conversations I overheard at Queens epitomised the problems Andy has with the great English public.  First a couple of posh young women who were drinking in the cafe area during andy's match though they had seats for centre court.  They were supporting Mahut insofar as they were paying attention to the tennis.  One then said to the other 'well I suppose you have to give it to Murray that he has some decent shots but he's so [long pause] unappealing'.
Second conversation later: a guy on his mobile phone.  It had made his day that Andy had lost.  Then went on to say he's watched virtually no tennis as the free Rjoka was so good and after all tennis is just a ball going back and forth over the net and which would you prefer - free Rjoka or tennis; it's a not brainer.
I don't expect people to be fans of Andy just because he's British but   the glee with which the guy said it had made his day that Andy had lost was quite upsetting.  I glared at him but I don't suppose he noticed and I wasn't going to get into arguments!
Final report from Queens.  On thursday I bumped into John Inverdale coming off 1 Court so thanked him for the excellent ITV coverage of RG and said how many agree and so much better than Eurosport.  I have to say he's rather dishy in real life!

Never ceases to amaze me, how people can be so rude.  I think I would have been very tempted to tell them whack

Some of the home nations are playing rugby in the southern hemisphere atm, and though were any of them playing England, I would support England but I sincerely want them all to stuff their opponents (Ireland came so close last night).  My Kiwi boss was most surprised.  I said why?  He said because I was English.  I said that I was British but I came from England.    What the hell is wrong with some people - why can't they support the British teams/players?  Does it matter what part of the country they come from?  Not in my eyes and that's whats wrong with a few people.

Nice of you to bump into John Inverdale and glad you got the opportunity to pass on some good feedback.
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Never ceases to amaze me, how people can be so rude.  I think I would have been very tempted to tell them whack

Some of the home nations are playing rugby in the southern hemisphere atm, and though were any of them playing England, I would support England but I sincerely want them all to stuff their opponents (Ireland came so close last night).  My Kiwi boss was most surprised.  I said why?  He said because I was English.  I said that I was British but I came from England.    What the hell is wrong with some people - why can't they support the British teams/players?  Does it matter what part of the country they come from?  Not in my eyes and that's whats wrong with a few people.

Nice of you to bump into John Inverdale and glad you got the opportunity to pass on some good feedback.
Yes I rather wish now I'd told that young woman that Andy has a legion of devoted fans who both appreciate his tennis and find him very appealing.  As for the guy with the mobile phone I think once I'd started I might have got arrested!
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Never ceases to amaze me, how people can be so rude.  I think I would have been very tempted to tell them whack

Some of the home nations are playing rugby in the southern hemisphere atm, and though were any of them playing England, I would support England but I sincerely want them all to stuff their opponents (Ireland came so close last night).  My Kiwi boss was most surprised.  I said why?  He said because I was English.  I said that I was British but I came from England.    What the hell is wrong with some people - why can't they support the British teams/players?  Does it matter what part of the country they come from?  Not in my eyes and that's whats wrong with a few people.

Nice of you to bump into John Inverdale and glad you got the opportunity to pass on some good feedback.
I'm the same Bev. I will support 'any' British athlete or team when up against 'any' other nation.......always! We may have our differences within Britain, but it's still 'us' against the rest of the world!
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Yes I rather wish now I'd told that young woman that Andy has a legion of devoted fans who both appreciate his tennis and find him very appealing.  As for the guy with the mobile phone I think once I'd started I might have got arrested!

lol Maybe have some set responses, just in case. Or pretended to be on your phone and pass on the comments about obnoxious people at the tennis. Must admit that I've heard a few knockers at Andy's match but his tennis has always silenced them (lucky enough never to see him lose a match). Maybe I should go to the AO final Very Happy Good luck charm and all that lol
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I'm the same Bev. I will support 'any' British athlete or team when up against 'any' other nation.......always! We may have our differences within Britain, but it's still 'us' against the rest of the world!

One of the things wrong with Britain - easier to to be negative than positive at times. Something I noticed moving countries. dontknow
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I haven't missed the Queens Club tournament in over 30 years, but my friend and I said yesterday it's lost it's magic and I think that is due to it being such a corporate event, like Ruthie said wrong type of person there, I remember in the old days when there was a bomb alert walking over to the side of the Club with Goran and Pat Rafter.
Unfortunately Boodles is also a mainly corporate event not many tennis fan there.
In case I didn't say it before..  welcome jillypops, and thanks for your insider's view of this event.
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Two conversations I overheard at Queens
Love hearing straight-from-the-horse's-mouth.. thanks for your interesting post, Ruthie.
Good job I wasn't there.. I'd have done a 'Nalby' on them.
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I Have just watched the first and second set of this match.  Some of Andy's play was amazing with incredible shots.  He seemed to be worried about something.  Perhaps it was all the talk about his injuries especially as Tommy Haas had just said what he said also he is trying to contain his frustration.  I think a bit too much.  I would like to see a bit of temper with himself.  I personally am not concerned about him this year although it would be nice for him to do well but I still think next year is when we shall see the difference.
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I Have just watched the first and second set of this match.  Some of Andy's play was amazing with incredible shots.  He seemed to be worried about something.  Perhaps it was all the talk about his injuries especially as Tommy Haas had just said what he said also he is trying to contain his frustration.  I think a bit too much.  I would like to see a bit of temper with himself.  I personally am not concerned about him this year although it would be nice for him to do well but I still think next year is when we shall see the difference.
I suspect he was worried about the back [after all he'd been advised to rest by the doctors after his cortisone injections] and of slipping as grass was slippery.
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