Home Search Calendar Help Login Register
Did you miss your activation email?
Andy Murray vs David Ferrer, Saturday, Time: 2pm BST - Discuss the match
MurraysWorld Discussions  >  Murray Community  >  News  >  Murray braced for difficult year 0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic. « previous next »
Pages: [1] Go Down Reply
Author

Murray braced for difficult year

 (Read 817 times)
Mark
Murraymaniac
*
Posts: 53,066

Gender: Male
Location: London


Murray braced for difficult year « on: January 06, 2006, 03:01 AM »
Reply

Source: Telegraph
Great things have been predicted for Andy Murray in his first full year on the main tour, and the Scot, very much the teenage boy wonder, has said himself that he is hoping to finish the season ranked in the world's top 20.
I think the major shift for Andy this year is that he will have gone from being viewed by his peers as the 'new kid' who turned into a surprise package, to being a 'marked man' who everyone will want to stamp their authority on.
- ellyb (mw member)


But he admitted after yesterday's second-round defeat in Adelaide that he could possibly have "a difficult year" competing against the leading racket-swingers.

Murray said:
A lot of people are expecting a lot from me this year, but I think that it will be a difficult year. A lot of the young guys have a good year on the tour, but it's not that easy just to jump to the top straight away because you need to get used to playing in the big tournaments week in and week out and get used to winning against the big players. Once you find out how to do that you can improve very quickly.

- Full Story (telegraph.co.uk)
IP Logged
wotnopimms
Futures Level
**
Posts: 534

Gender: Female
Location: Hampshire

Murray braced for difficult year « Reply #1 on: January 06, 2006, 09:54 AM »
Reply

That's a good interview and an interesting article, Mark, thanks.

Up at 3am to post it though?? Thought we'd all be grabbing some kip before the middle of the night tennis starts from Auckland!!

I think Andy is right to be realistic about this year. Not to say I don't think he can do well, but he has to view all his matches as learning exercises - and he's right - guys higher ranked than him will want very much to beat him comfortably at this stage. Let's hope he doesn't let them!!!
IP Logged
eira_arian
John McEnroe
*********
Posts: 17,962

Gender: Female


Murray braced for difficult year « Reply #2 on: January 06, 2006, 10:03 AM »
Reply

Agree with you wotnopimms Smile

Hopefully the press will realise that this might happen and not start ripping Andy apart everytime he loses...
Yes, that sounds negative, but you know what I mean Wink
IP Logged
wotnopimms
Futures Level
**
Posts: 534

Gender: Female
Location: Hampshire

Murray braced for difficult year « Reply #3 on: January 06, 2006, 10:12 AM »
Reply

I do know what you mean - Andy's not Federer - YET!!
And even Fed-ex has shown he's not invincible.

I just don't know if Andy will get the same treatment as Henman - which I know has been discussed here before! Tim's achievements are so under-rated.

With Hewitt out yesterday too, The press seem to think Andy's at least in good company!!
IP Logged
eira_arian
John McEnroe
*********
Posts: 17,962

Gender: Female


Murray braced for difficult year « Reply #4 on: January 06, 2006, 10:18 AM »
Reply

Lol, unfortunately the British press, even the nicer of them, have to cater for the British public, who for the most part (understandably) do not know enough about tennis to understand that winning Wimbledon is not the be all and end all.....
All the public see is Queens and Wimbledon - therefore if British players don't do well there they're just 'good old British losers' - not quite good enough, but they try. Nothing taht they achieve abroad really matters - hence in all the video montages of Andys year, all we saw was Queens, Wimbedon and the match with Tim.

Hopefully, Andy will be able to chnage this view - not necessarily by winning Wimbledon or anything, but just by opening tennis up to a wider audience, and getting a new generation of kids interested in it.

(sorry if this sounds really pretentious - its not meant to Smile )
IP Logged
wotnopimms
Futures Level
**
Posts: 534

Gender: Female
Location: Hampshire

Murray braced for difficult year « Reply #5 on: January 06, 2006, 10:32 AM »
Reply

Does not sound pretentious!!
I couldn't agree more. Very Happy

We'll just have to do our bit to spread the word that tennis goes beyond 4 weeks in the summer!

I think Andy is helping that and also having a home Davis Cup tie ought to help. The Aberdeen cup was a good way to create interest, but sadly only on Sky TV.

I'm always doing my bit to spread the tennis word, but my friends do think I'm a little crazy!! Wink
IP Logged
alansk
Satellite Level
**
Posts: 255

Location: London

Murray braced for difficult year « Reply #6 on: January 06, 2006, 10:54 AM »
Reply

Totally agree with the comments about the media etc.

Regarding expectations for Andy - I think we should look at Gael Monfils. He is 6 months older than Andy and won the other 3 junior slams in the year that Andy won the us open juniors. Gael only just got to 30 in the world. I will be mightily impressed with Andy if he ends the year in the top 30 too.
IP Logged
Tennis-Player
ATP Level
***
Posts: 1,776

Gender: Male
Location: Staffs/Shrops


Murray braced for difficult year « Reply #7 on: January 06, 2006, 06:37 PM »
Reply

Yep I think we have to be realistic (for now.) Give him a few years to develop his game.
IP Logged
Elly
Murraymaniac
**********
Posts: 28,797

Gender: Female
Location: The Heart of Shallowville


The mind doubts, but the heart never does.

Murray braced for difficult year « Reply #8 on: January 06, 2006, 09:08 PM »
Reply

I think the major shift for Andy this year is that he will have gone from being viewed by his peers as the 'new kid' who turned into a surprise package, to being a 'marked man' who everyone will want to stamp their authority on at the earliest opportunity.  He just needs to keep last year's belief mentality going, and not let the media pressure get to him - a helluva lot easier said than done I would have thought..   Think
IP Logged
Banannie
Veteran
******
Posts: 7,362

Gender: Female
Location: UK


Murray braced for difficult year « Reply #9 on: January 06, 2006, 09:29 PM »
Reply

Quote from: "ellyb"
I think the major shift for Andy this year is that he will have gone from being viewed by his peers as the 'new kid' who turned into a surprise package, to being a 'marked man' who everyone will want to stamp their authority on at the earliest opportunity.  


Also players would have been watching him at the end of the season, getting to know his game so that they can attack his weaknesses.....his game will no longer be much of a surprise  no
IP Logged
Pages: [1] Go Up Reply 
« previous next »