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Posted on: October 24, 2005, 01:32 PM
Posted by: Elly
Maybe the Murray camp are just trying to play things down a little and hedging their bets?  Perhaps they don't want to end up with egg on faces if Andy doesn't perform well in Basel and Paris (if he qualifies), and that's why there is still talk of Challengers.

I don't know nearly as much about the whole tennis circuit and the ins and outs of it as you guys obviously do, so maybe I'm just  talking rubbish, in which case, please excuse.... dontknow
Posted on: October 24, 2005, 12:41 PM
Posted by: hulahoop
Completely agree, David.

Challengers should be a thing of the past. Why push your body in events that dont carry any Race Points.

It seems a waste to me, both of energy and time.  :?  I'm hoping Petch can make the right choices for the future.
Posted on: October 24, 2005, 12:23 PM
Posted by: David
He will be doing exceptionally well, if he meets his target of the top 50 by early next year. If his present form continues, I believe he may reach that target by next Wimbledon at the earliest. From now on the points are much more difficult to get!

His RACE points are 66 out of 8 matches. A large number of players around him, have accumulated that number of points, but taken many more matches to reach that number...so that is impressive and a good sign for next year.

It is imperative for the remainder of the year, that he gets as many wild cards, or qualifying tournaments under his belt and forget the Challengers, as he needs RACE points, to improve his ENTRY for next year.
Posted on: October 24, 2005, 01:22 AM
Posted by: Mark
Source: Sunday Herald
Basel’s medium-paced, rubberised court should suit Murray’s game and, after two weeks off to rest the hamstring he injured at the Mons Challenger on his last competitive outing, he was sounding a typically confident note last week. Having dragged his ranking up from 411 at the end of last year to its current high of 71, he is already thinking of his next immediate goal, a place in the world’s top 50.

Murray said:
Now I’m playing those bigger tournaments I think I’ve got a good chance of making it to the top 50 early next year. It’s a pretty big jump from where I am but from now on I’m hopefully going to be playing ATP Tournaments week-in and week-out and if you have a couple of good weeks and maybe make a semi-final or even a final, then you can really jump up.

The short break he has had, during which he has stayed with Petchey and his young family in London (“It’s been good apart from the fact his cooking is a bit dodgy,” said Murray, with his customary laconic cheek), has allowed Murray to reflect on his week in the Far East. After watching the Bangkok final tape, he has come to the conclusion he should have relied more on his own strengths and worried less about Federer’s awesome capabilities.

- Full Story (sundayherald.com)