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Give it a rest LB - it's time to move on.  I'm sure Andy has.
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No Aileen I do not require your permission to say what I feel So don't be so sanctimonious. It stands to reason that there would be a lot of British supporters in the crowd.(Apparently I'm not allowed to say English as it upset them) When it comes down to it I could say they don't like the Scots that's their choice and I have had plenty from them to. I am making a genuine complaint about those so called supporters who boo at Andy during his match against Federer.They could have done something instead of sitting doing nothing. I am sure those on this site have plenty of opportunity to speak for themselves and do not need you to speak for them.As for friction on this website it is nothing new it has always been here in one form or another.
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Alis I will give it a rest when I don't get lectures from Aileen who seems to think she is the spokesperson for MW.
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Are we going to spend the entire off-season discussing what a few (but vocal) idiot Fed fans did?  Wherever they came from and whatever their motives - they were pathetic and I think we're all agreed on that.  Trying to blame entire countries (or even all of Federer's fans) is neither helpful, nor fun.

I think the Express are taking slight liberties by equating Andy's decision to go to Miami for training as having anything to do with how he fancies his chances of winning SPOTY.  Obviously, he's not going to assume he'd win, but his being humble about his chances and him wanting to focus his energies on training are two things that happen to coincide.

The article from the Edinburgh Evening News is really good.   I think Andy is much more comfortable in that sort of environment than in a formal, corporate, or luvvie type of environment.
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Re your post at 07:21pm yesterday in response to TheMadHatter - "You are not going to tell me that all the crowd were foreigners come off it. You expect me to believe no one was English in that crowd. I think it was a disgrace the way they behaved. I think you will have to do more than has been said to expect anyone to believe you.  You must be hallucinating if that is what you believe.In other words what you are saying is RUBBISH".

That last comment isn't mud-slinging??   Also once again your thinly disguised Anglophobia appears to have come well to the fore here in all your comments about the crowd. Can't you realise that it's your constant and unfounded generalisation about England and the English that causes friction on this website, many of whose members are English but who thankfully don't have your problem about nationality?  

I'd like to hear the end of this argument too but it is not for me to tell others what to do.   To be fair though it was TMH who defended the "English" people who were not at fault as they were not there.     Most of the posts I read referred to " Brits " not supporting their champion properly.   And there are other people on the forum who rubbish other posters.   
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Nice to see that Andy says he needs to improve his clay court game, but HOW is he going to do this when the majority of his training is done on hardcourts? He won his first major slam on hard, 4 of his 5 slam finals have been on hard courts, and most of his titles have been on hardcourts, it's obviously  a surface he's comfortable with, and doesn't need much practice on. Why doesn't he practice on clay for the off season instead?
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Never work with children or 
animals is the old showbiz mantra.
But on a visit to Edinburgh’s 
Craiglockhart Tennis Centre Andy Murray, the US Open and Olympic champion, proved as adept at offering tips and encouragement to an enthralled future generation as dealing with the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
For some two hours Murray took part in skill exercises, undertook a question and answer session and even gave away the tracksuit jacket off his back to a young fan, Erin 
Watching every move and assisting in a coaching exhibition was Andy’s mum, Judy, who set up the day as part of her Set4Sport project supported by RBS and designed to get youngsters aged two to 11 taking more physical exercise.
If Murray was an inspiration to 40 youngsters who had earned places in a competition run by the sponsors then, he, too needed a kick-start.
“The person who inspired me the most would have been my brother,” Andy told the Evening News.
Jamie Murray, a Wimbledon mixed doubles champion, is 15 months older.
Andy said: “I always looked up to him because he was bigger than me; we played all the same sports together but he was better than me at most things so I was always trying to be better than him.
“I’d say he was my inspiration.”
Children arriving at the centre were greeted by lifestyle cardboard cut-outs, something the 25-year-old Scot from Dunblane admitted he still finds difficult to get used to.
“It still feels a little bit weird to see myself on a billboard. I guess the older you feel the more you experience and the more you get used to it.
“For me, though, the nicest thing is when you get to come back and be on court with the kids
“I often practised at Craiglockhart when I was younger or back home in Dunblane and the courts were often empty. It was very quiet. To see the courts filled … I hope that 
Although he moved to Barcelona, aged 15, to seek out the type of competition that would enable him to gain a place on the international circuit, Murray has never forgotten growing up playing local tournaments including at Edinburgh’s Waverley Club and the East Lothian Open held annually at North Berwick and Dunbar.
In fact, he joked that competing in East Lothian had played a part in his US Open triumph. “In this year’s US Open final and semis there were 
hurricanes and tornadoes around.
“Pretty similar to when I played at North Berwick and I guess that probably helped me at the US Open!
“I do remember playing a lot of junior tournaments against (fellow Scots) Jamie Baker, who I’ll train with next month, Colin Fleming and my brother.
“It’s amazing we have all come through to go on the professional tour.”
Murray’s next major assignment is the Australian Open in January and he says winning at Flushing Meadow, New York, has given him fresh impetus and made him hungrier for further success. And how did it feel at the exact moment of triumph? “I’d spoken to people and asked them what it felt like when they won,” he said. “Everyone struggled a bit to explain it. I had obviously thought about it myself. I had been in finals before and often the night beforehand you think about winning.
“When it finally happens you are just incredibly relieved. That’s the immediate feeling then after a few days it starts to sink in and it gives you great inspiration.”
Murray was one of four different men’s singles winners in the four Grand Slams during 2012.
“Right now there are a lot of the guys who have been around the top ten and have been there for four or five years.
“Every year the depth gets better. The players are becoming bigger and physically stronger so to keep up with that and make progressions in the game is difficult.
“That is why I have to keep working hard, trying new things and finding ways to improve.”
And when there are no fields left to conquer?
“I have no idea what I’ll do when I finish playing. I’d hope after a few years away from tennis I’d want to get back in and help out. Coaching is something that has always interested me. It would depend what level I’d want to do that.
“At junior level my mum understands how to coach young kids. It’s a very different skill coaching young kids to coaching players that are going on to the tour. I’m not sure what I’ll do but it is something I’ll think about.”
It could even be a productive family business with Judy Murray not only heavily involved in Set4Sport but operating at the other end of the scale captaining the British women’s Federation Cup team that includes the likes of Laura Robson, with whom Andy won an Olympic silver medal in the mixed doubles this year, and Japanese Open champion Heather Watson.
For now, Judy said Set4Sport was continuing to grow.
“We launched the scheme over a year ago with about a dozen roadshows around Great Britain, a website and book as well as an app in February.
“We have now been looking at the best way to roll it out involving schools, nurseries and maybe 
“The aim is to appeal to parents through getting them to adapt 
games and grow their children’s confidence. When they developing 
co-ordination you can then go on and make the games tougher.”
“I absolutely believe that playing lots of different things with your kids at a young age will get them co-ordinated which will hopefully get them into a more healthy lifestyle.”
She added: “The response of the youngsters at Craiglockhart made for a lovely day. The young girl who received the tracksuit top said it was a bit big for her but she’ll definitely be wearing it to school.
“It was just great for Andy to get back to Scotland, which he hasn’t been able to do very often, and share his tennis with people who were able to get close to the court.”
Andy Murray revealed that a favourite memory of this golden year had to be competing in the Olympics where he had the opportunity to mix with a range of athletes from different sports in London.
The admission came as the US Open champion faced questions from eager schoolchildren, who also elicited that the Dunblane ace had a special affection for speed.
“I’ve always enjoyed football but I most like go-karting with my friends,” said Murray, who passed a query about his early tennis prowess to mum Judy.
She recalled: “Andy first had a tennis racquet aged two and would hit balls around the hall.
“By the time he was five he played a first proper match at our local club. He lost!”
If that loss was to older brother Jamie then clearly there are no hard feelings.
Andy was asked by another young enthusiast: “Do you argue with your brother?”
A clearly amused Andy replied: “Not so much
After satisfying the curiosities, Murray invited his interrogators to guess what was inside his giant tennis holdall.
Those able to guess successfully got to take away the contents which ranged from signed tennis balls to socks, sweat bands, a hat and even a pair of shorts.
One lucky girl, keen to know if the bag contained a jacket, was given the tracksuit top from off Andy’s back.
Set4Sport, supported by RBS, requires no expensive equipment and is based on ten core activities which can be undertaken in a garden or even indoors.
Youngsters are encouraged to develop co-ordination, balance and running skills using simple games; for example Judy Murray revealed that one of the secrets of elder son Jamie’s success as a doubles player could be traced back to playing tennis with a balloon using a sofa in the family home as a net.
“That helped develop the type of fast hands needed for doubles,” Judy told the Craiglockhart audience.
Another favourite with the Edinburgh youngsters involved chasing a ball before it went underneath a bridge made of corn flake packets”!
The fact that technique is acquired without the youngsters realising it is another boost as Set4sport showcases easy and accessible ways for parents to play with their children all the time developing the skills required for playing sport. For further information visit
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Nice to see that Andy says he needs to improve his clay court game, but HOW is he going to do this when the majority of his training is done on hardcourts? He won his first major slam on hard, 4 of his 5 slam finals have been on hard courts, and most of his titles have been on hardcourts, it's obviously  a surface he's comfortable with, and doesn't need much practice on. Why doesn't he practice on clay for the off season instead?
Good point, PE, and something I've wondered about myself, especially as a quick Google check shows that there's no shortage of clay courts in Miami.   Also I can never understand why he finds clay so difficult given that he spent two years in Barcelona playing on that surface.
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Thanks to dani, John, flowerpower and anyone else I may have overlooked for sharing articles over the last couple of days.

From yesterday's Herald - whose Chief Sports Writer wasn't impressed by Monday either, in part comparing Fed's fans to "the contents of a flotilla of Swiss Saga cruise ships" lol  This is an extract but the whole article is well worth a read.

Outside his stellar victories at London 2012 and Flushing Meadows, Murray's only other title was in Doha b]

Thanks to dani, John, flowerpower

 Murray's only other title was in Doha and he will be seeking to improve on that next season. He will do this without any sense of regret over a year that gave him such joy. It is difficult to appreciate just how much this young man put into winning a grand slam, how much the continual disappointment ate at his soul.[/q]

Murray's only other title was in Doha? ummm

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Err - that little mistake has already been pointed out, although not by me.  I did notice it but forgot to mention it.  Not quite sure where the writer got that from, unless he's getting mixed up with Abu Dhabi, which is where Andy's next tournament will be - however Andy won that particular one in 2009, so Shrug   
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Good point, PE, and something I've wondered about myself, especially as a quick Google check shows that there's no shortage of clay courts in Miami.   Also I can never understand why he finds clay so difficult given that he spent two years in Barcelona playing on that surface.

No idea, it is strange to say the least. I'm sure Lendl will help him improve on them, but I don't see him winning roland garos and he may never win a clay title in his career tbh
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Hey guys!I have to say,I don't like the title of this article at all-clearly we as his fans do love him!-but it makes a good read,and it's nice to read such a stout defence of Andy on a site that hasn't always been so pleasant about him. Very Happy

Andy Murray: The Fans Don't Love Him but Should He Care?

Andy Murray had this to say after finishing as a semifinalist at the ATP World Tour Finals:

"...for me, it's been the best year of my career by a mile... I've achieved things I've never achieved before. I have to look back on it positively.”  (via ATP)

He has every reason to be happy with his accomplishments in 2012.

But apparently the fans are not.

For the world No. 3 was booed and heckled by the crowd in his London ATP semifinal match against Roger Federer.

Once for doing no more than changing his racket.

This is a player who brought home a grand slam trophy earlier this season—which was the first for a British man in 76 years. And also someone who won not one, but two Olympic medals—the singles gold and the mixed doubles silver.

What more does he need to do to earn the fans' respect?

It seemed he was gaining admiration from the public this summer after making the final of Wimbledon—the last British man to appear there was in 1938.

Murray fought hard against an inspiring Roger Federer, and when he was the loser in four sets, he gave a tearful and heartfelt speech that had many of the spectators in tears themselves.

A month later, on the same court, Murray came back and won Olympic gold—leaving the Swiss champion with silver. This became a defining moment in his career.

For he had now proven he could beat the top players (having beaten Novak Djokovic to reach that final) at the world's top events. And do it with style. The tears there were of a different kind.

It is even more impressive that he did this while playing back-to-back matches as he was a wild card entry in the mixed doubles, where he partnered little-known, 18-year-old Laura Robson.

None of his competitors at the semifinal level were keeping to that schedule, and it is a testament to Andy Murray’s commitment that he did it with such gusto, making both finals, and taking the silver medal right after winning the gold.

He was on a roll, and a few weeks later he found himself fighting for his life against Novak Djokovic—this time for the U.S. Open crown. In a contest that included bizarre stormy conditions of heavy wind and rain, it was a punishing match.

Andy Murray pushed himself harder, lasted the distance, and finally had his hands on his first grand slam trophy.

If only to silence the media, who had continually asked him when he was going to win one, the effort was more than worth it.

The media might now be satisfied that he has proven himself, but the fans don’t seem to have long memories. 

In this final match of the year, he reacted with dignity and grace to the poorly-behaved spectators at London's O2 stadium.

But he must have been taken aback by them.

Roger Federer, deservedly, has one of the largest fanbases in the sporting world. But Murray’s achievements are worthy of a great player, being both the reigning U.S. open champion and the world No. 3.

Every player is different on and off the court. And fans can be thankful for the variety variant personalities bring to the game.

And not everyone can be as media friendly as Roger Federer (who holds press conferences in three languages).

But that doesn’t mean that Andy Murray is less worthy. Being a great tennis player should be enough.

Federer, recently said of Murray (via The Herald Scotland):

"Obviously the last six months have been great for him. But it is not just this year, people forget how consistent he has been for several years now."

Of the Olympic final, Federer said: "He was just better."

He added: "I always hoped he would have a reaction like this, to be quite honest, even if it did cost me a gold medal."

Andy Murray has the respect of other tennis professionals.

When will the public see him for what he is—a hugely talented and hard-working competitor who gives it everything he's got.
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I agree it's a very supportive article - but "his fans" at the O2??  Sorry, but these were Federer supporters, no doubt about it, and I'm amazed that this blatantly obvious fact seems to have totally escaped Ms Finley.

No idea, it is strange to say the least. I'm sure Lendl will help him improve on them, but I don't see him winning roland garos and he may never win a clay title in his career tbh
I have the same feeling, but it's unfortunate that his chances of winning another Slam should be so limited, especially as time is not on his side either now.
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Surely the whole point of Andy's appearance in Miami is to train and get ready for AO, which is a hard court, not clay. Obviously, Andy and Ivan will concentrate on clay later in the year.

As to whether Andy will ever win a clay court tournament is up to speculation. Time and opportunity will tell.
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