Yeah, well come on everybody. Let’s do it all again. Let’s analyse it and re-analyse it all again. Let’s post all that same recycled stuff -- in an ever-changing-sequence of words -- ever stating the same things. But the next time you see him wondering around the padded cell that can sometimes seem to be his baseline, ranting and raving like a madman -- with legs like bricks -– tugging at his shirt or his shorts or his wrist-bands, or his shoes and drawing attention to an existing or non-existing injured leg or shoulder or back, remember then that the only real reference that has been echoing down the halls of Murray’s World for the last two years or so is this – succinctly stated, once again, by Aileen…….
“Murray is undoubtedly the author of his own downfall on these big occasions. The game necessary to win a Slam is almost there, but the mind is not. I've said it before and will say it again - he needs a coach who will knock his childish behaviour on the head and instil some much-needed discipline into him.
Also he has to get his self-belief back before he becomes totally demoralised by all these losses. Again a coach could help, but again I repeat the well-worn mantra that he badly needs to consult a sports psychologist in order to get the mental side of his game sorted out.
I believe that until these issues are resolved a Slam will continue to elude him - and what a waste of great potential that is going to be.”
Yes, “what a waste of great potential that is going to be.” I remember, in the middle of 2005 New Zealand night, having decided to try and rekindle my old interest in tennis I was sitting-up with my then 17 years old son to watch Wimbledon on the telly. This young Scottish wild card came on to play Nalbanian (I think it was) and I recall thinking that I could not think of a Scottish tennis player. Some where in the course of that match I turned to my son – who probably had never witnessed his father shouting and generally nutting-off at a T.V. se till then – and said, with Scottish pride welling up in me “See that boy, son. He’s going to be one of your generation’s great champions!”
I know you saw it too! Why else would you be here tournament after tournament, match after match? Trying to arrange your days/nights to watch him play? Why else do you insist in taking that draining emotional ride?
Yes, what f---ing waste!!
I am going to put myself on the line here! (Put my well-nurtured reputation as a level-headed kinda chap – stop sniggering Caz, etc! – at risk!) Can’t we do something? Can’t we do something to help him from “his own downfall”? Can we not organise a type of “Murray World’s Fan Petition”, appealing to Andy to seriously consider bringing on-board a proper, professional coach and somehow get it to his attention?
How unrealistic is this? How much, do you think, the concerns of a number – the bigger, the better – of true, dying-hard fans would mean to Andy?
I suppose we could possibly start by having a poll to see whether a petition is a valid idea or not?
Firstly, thank you for agreeing with so much of what I said.
Secondly, like you I remember the feeling of pride I had when this skinny, wild-haired Scottish laddie first burst onto the Wimbledon scene and played his heart out against one of the world's finest, and like you I felt that here was a champion in the making.
Thirdly, having just watched his latest painful post-match loss interview with the mercifully benign Kheredine Issedane and listened to the same old record about how he has to work harder if he is to achieve his goal of winning a Slam, I feel like crying. Just how much harder can this man work? He's reckoned to be one of the hardest working players on the Tour as it is. Something else I've said before is that perhaps he is working so hard that it's actually become counter-productive. How else can one explain why he's so physically and mentally drained by the time he gets to the SF or final of a Slam that he just simply falls apart? Last night's match was one of the worst I've ever seen. For the first two sets his behaviour was so disturbing that I felt I really was watching some kind of lunatic. Yet by the third set he had regained his composure and started to play tennis instead of indulging in amateur dramatics. By then, however, against the ruthless Nadal, it was too late.
Finally, I don't know about a petition because, even if one were got up, it would have to be sent to Andy's management company and there's a strong possibility he would never get to see it. As Andy would say, "I'm done" - because I feel so utterly lost as to how we can help him otherwise. Why don't you send Mark a PM and ask him aboout this? After all, he started this forum on the strength of that first match.