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Posted on: February 03, 2012, 05:26 PM
Posted by: lashurst
I agree Ruthie, and I hope the handful of sceptics I've come across, not necessarily on this forum, who maintain that this is a publicity stunt for the International Junior Tennis Academy he opened last summer in South Carolina, will be eating lots of humble pie over the next few months.  Of course it explains why Lendl can't coach Andy for more than 20 weeks or so a year but those weeks will be invaluable.  Anyway if this blog is to be believed, it seems the Academy was doing very nicely before the coaching set up was announced -

http://www.tennisnow.com/Blogs/Tennis-and-stuff-/December-2011/Ivan-Lendl-s-Tennis-Academy-off-to-a-Flying-Start.aspx

Also encouraging juniors to take up the sport is one of Andy's passions, so that's something else they have in common.


I came across this short instruction video (of which there are quite a few) which is self-explanatory and which also shows Lendl's sense of humour.


Thanks for sharing Aileen. Nice one!
Posted on: February 03, 2012, 10:31 AM
Posted by: ChrisMac
Aileen, thanks for the link and the video! Interesting stuff.
Posted on: February 03, 2012, 01:31 AM
Posted by: Aileen
Really good to read that article giving Lendl's perspective Aileen.  The more I read the more I feel that he and Andy have developed a relationship of genuine mutual respect and it feels as if Andy has already earned Mr L's fierce loyalty.
I agree Ruthie, and I hope the handful of sceptics I've come across, not necessarily on this forum, who maintain that this is a publicity stunt for the International Junior Tennis Academy he opened last summer in South Carolina, will be eating lots of humble pie over the next few months.  Of course it explains why Lendl can't coach Andy for more than 20 weeks or so a year but those weeks will be invaluable.  Anyway if this blog is to be believed, it seems the Academy was doing very nicely before the coaching set up was announced -

http://www.tennisnow.com/Blogs/Tennis-and-stuff-/December-2011/Ivan-Lendl-s-Tennis-Academy-off-to-a-Flying-Start.aspx

Also encouraging juniors to take up the sport is one of Andy's passions, so that's something else they have in common.


I came across this short instruction video (of which there are quite a few) which is self-explanatory and which also shows Lendl's sense of humour.

Posted on: February 02, 2012, 06:55 PM
Posted by: Ruthie
Really good to read that article giving Lendl's perspective Aileen.  The more I read the more I feel that he and Andy have developed a relationship of genuine mutual respect and it feels as if Andy has already earned Mr L's fierce loyalty.
Posted on: February 02, 2012, 05:23 PM
Posted by: BigV
Thank you for the post Aileen. Braught a tear to my eye.
Posted on: February 02, 2012, 04:22 AM
Posted by: Aileen
Aileen,

Let's not forget Andy did the same thing as well.
I hadn't forgotten - but at least Andy stopped talking pretty quickly and gave full credit to Federer.  In no way did he spoil Fed's win.  In fact if he could have got off court there and then without doing the interview, he would probably have done so.  Fed on the other hand moaned on about how awful he felt, etc.

I'm pretty sure Andy did wave to the crowd as he was walking off court Aileen.
Maybe I just missed it then.


Again I apologise if this has been post already, but I thought this article in the HeraldSun was interesting as it gives Lendl's reaction to the match -

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/tennis/andy-murrays-demons-aced-in-hard-fought-semi-final-loss/story-fn77kxzt-1226256640920


Posted on: February 01, 2012, 11:07 PM
Posted by: Alis
You could be right BBH - but I felt a wave or two of acknowledgement surely wouldn't have gone amiss.  Fed's blubbing was something else entirely. Rolling Eyes

I'm pretty sure Andy did wave to the crowd as he was walking off court Aileen.
Posted on: February 01, 2012, 10:06 AM
Posted by: Buhweet
You could be right BBH - but I felt a wave or two of acknowledgement surely wouldn't have gone amiss.  Fed's blubbing was something else entirely. Rolling Eyes
Aileen,

Let's not forget Andy did the same thing as well.
Posted on: February 01, 2012, 09:54 AM
Posted by: Aileen
You could be right BBH - but I felt a wave or two of acknowledgement surely wouldn't have gone amiss.  Fed's blubbing was something else entirely. Rolling Eyes
Posted on: February 01, 2012, 09:51 AM
Posted by: blueberryhill
But Aileen, if he'd done that u can be sure there'd be newspaper articles claiming he'd "robbed" Novak of a proper victory ovation.
The fact that Fed cried at an AO final when he'd lost, is still held against him by many Rafa fans for just that reason Shrug
Posted on: February 01, 2012, 09:25 AM
Posted by: Aileen
Looking ahead folks, Andys next tournament (according to his website) is at the Barclays Dubai, 27 Feb. -3rd March.

From their site:
"The men’s draw will be finalised in the coming week, but a stellar line up including World number 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are expected to battle it out for honours in 2012. Djokovic has been in blistering form and will be giving his all to win his fourth consecutive title here."

All thing being well, Andy will have a second chance to take down Djokovic, amongst other!
Hopefully the "minor injuries" which Andy cited as the reason for pulling out of the Davis Cup will have gone by Dubai - and I see the hand of Mr Lendl in this decision anyway - so hopefully we'll see further improvements here as Lendl is supposedly working with Andy in Miami after he's had two weeks' rest.

Incidentally, and I apologise if anyone has already said this, but I haven't read all the posts, I think it was such a pity Andy walked off the court so quickly.  The crowd were giving him a standing ovation, so it would have been a nice gesture if, despite his feelings of huge disappointment, he could have acknowledged that and their support throughout the match.  There was no doubt in my mind who they were rooting for!  I must admit I was a bit disappointed in him for not doing this, but maybe this is something else he needs to learn.  

http://www.scotsman.com/sport/tennis/australian_open_andy_murray_showed_he_can_be_more_than_a_contender_1_2084780

Thanks. Here is the article as I don't think it has been linked to yet.  I like it.  There is much promise and hope for the rest of the year.  Fingers' crossed that Andy can make that final breakthrough this year.
Thanks Philip.  A very encouraging article.  I'm sure we won't see a post-AO slump this year.  Andy said last year he never wanted to go down that road again, and not only has he matured a lot since last year but Lendl will make sure it's a case of onwards and upwards! yay

An ode to Andy from a fan, Teresa Joan Pound and posted on the Dunblane Diamonds Facebook:
Thanks Lashurst.  I found that very emotional too.  Andy not only put a smile on the face of Dunblane after that terrible massacre (in which, let's not forget, he came so close to being caught up) but made the name synonymous with something much more positive - that of one of it's sons who has become the greatest British tennis player for decades. 
Posted on: January 31, 2012, 10:14 PM
Posted by: Philip
Up to final, Andy had hit more winners than any of top 4. Fed was second clap

That is great news.  It shows the V2 agressive Andy in the making.
Posted on: January 31, 2012, 08:37 AM
Posted by: deb
Up to final, Andy had hit more winners than any of top 4. Fed was second clap
Yeeeees. yay B.B
Posted on: January 31, 2012, 08:26 AM
Posted by: blueberryhill
Up to final, Andy had hit more winners than any of top 4. Fed was second clap
Posted on: January 30, 2012, 09:09 PM
Posted by: Philip
You are most welcome Deb Smile
Posted on: January 30, 2012, 07:48 PM
Posted by: deb
http://www.scotsman.com/sport/tennis/australian_open_andy_murray_showed_he_can_be_more_than_a_contender_1_2084780

Thanks. Here is the article as I don't think it has been linked to yet.  I like it.  There is much promise and hope for the rest of the year.  Fingers' crossed that Andy can make that final breakthrough this year.
Thanks Philip for doing the thread,  I am sure we will see great things from Andy.
Posted on: January 30, 2012, 07:23 PM
Posted by: Philip
http://www.scotsman.com/sport/tennis/australian_open_andy_murray_showed_he_can_be_more_than_a_contender_1_2084780

Thanks. Here is the article as I don't think it has been linked to yet.  I like it.  There is much promise and hope for the rest of the year.  Fingers' crossed that Andy can make that final breakthrough this year.
Posted on: January 30, 2012, 06:57 PM
Posted by: deb
Again not sure if anyone has posted this , sorry Aileen still haven't been able to put the thread here, but a very nice article  sport Scotsman.com by Alix Ramsay so positive about Andy.
Posted on: January 30, 2012, 03:39 PM
Posted by: lashurst
Mmmmm that article sounded rather misogynistic to me!
Just a bit ! w00t. It never ceases to amaze me what such people can dream up.
Posted on: January 30, 2012, 03:35 PM
Posted by: lashurst
Apologies if this has been posted before, it's a quote from John Lloyd. At least it's encouragement and not negativity:

"I am convinced he is going to win a grand slam. That match with Djokovic was one of the best 10 matches I have ever seen.

"Andy was playing some of his best tennis in the fifth set. He's unlikely to be put under the amount of pressure that Djokovic applied too often yet Andy kept fighting to the end.

"If he does that, he will be too strong for Federer in the future and I believe with that game he will be good enough to beat Nadal over five sets. Djokovic is going to have a day when his consistency level dips, so Andy should be optimistic for what lies ahead."