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.
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!
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.