I think his reaction to the mic problem was way too quick to put on a calculated laugh.
I also remember the 2011 Asian swing interviews, mainly because I'd never heard him laugh out loud like that before. He appeared pretty genuine to me.
Andy's laugh at 6:10
And at 4:20 "Perfume or tie?"
I thoroughly enjoyed watching these interviews again. Definitely a refreshing change from the usual dumb questions!
Am mixed about this one. Personally can't get excited about the Davis Cup, but can see that it's the only chance you get to get a "team" feel in tennis. Also, when it's held in this country it's very inspirational for kids. As Andy now says it should be mandatory, he must feel strongly about it. Clearly, now Lloyd is out of the way, he loves it.
Also, as someone mentioned, no time to brood over US loss.
downside is if his back has been adversely effected.
Having said that the majority of tennis players are carrying chronic injuries. Perhaps on MW we stress about Andy too much?
Good point BBH. Andy has said himself that all players have niggles they have to cope with, only (apart from 'the knees' and more recently Fed's back) we never hear what they are, so do their fans or media know about them? I think Andy's problem really became high profile when he was forced to pull out of RG and has been the focus of general attention ever since, not helped by reports of conferences and discussions as to whether he's fit to play in a match or not. I mean, how long does it take for a player to decide what level of pain he's in and what the chances are of aggravating the problem when he's had to cope with it for years?
I also think that the Davis Cup, perhaps under another name - since the current Rules state that each country is obliged to put forward it's best players - should be played, but that the higher ranked players should not be expected to participate. A bit of competitive teamwork would be good for younger and lower-ranked players.
I think playing in a team is good for andy otherwise tennis playing singles all the time is very lonely arguing to yourself all the time, why did I do that shot then and so on. andy will play the doubles but I only hope it does not reck his chance with dodig the match may hinge on that match. we cannot rely on evans we should be able too but I fear not. andy will do what is the best for the team
Andy should do what is best for himself, but that remains to be seen. However if his back was troubling him in the first math (and a 57 shot rally is ridiculous when he should be trying to make the points shorter to save wear and tear on it) then how is it going to hold up against Dodig in a match which could go to four or five sets?