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I've just read my favourite Andy related story of the week, and it's in the Daily Wail of all things!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2653866/Andy-Murray-makes-wish-come-true-Wimbledon-champion-hits-eight-year-old-fan.html
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I've just read my favourite Andy related story of the week, and it's in the Daily Wail of all things!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2653866/Andy-Murray-makes-wish-come-true-Wimbledon-champion-hits-eight-year-old-fan.html

Mmm. Agree it's a great story. Thanks for posting the link, TJ.
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The media are never going to change Andy could be a saint and you will still find disparaging comments made about him. To be honest I don't think he cares any more and neither do a lot of Scots we are used to being rubbished it's like water of a ducks back.
 
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The media are never going to change Andy could be a saint and you will still find disparaging comments made about him. To be honest I don't think he cares any more and neither do a lot of Scots we are used to being rubbished it's like water of a ducks back.
 
Scots are not the only ones who are rubbished, the Welsh and Irish receive their fair share.
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Scots are not the only ones who are rubbished, the Welsh and Irish receive their fair share.

............  as are people from various parts of England - Scousers, Geordies, Cockneys etc.
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............  as are people from various parts of England - Scousers, Geordies, Cockneys etc.
It's all done by pretty ignorant people, though.  Shame everyone just can't get on and live and let live.
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The biggest rubbisher of the Scots I've seen is.........Frankie Boyle Think
Mind you, he rubbishes everyone.
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The biggest rubbisher of the Scots I've seen is.........Frankie Boyle Think
Mind you, he rubbishes everyone.
Yeah - I'm not a fan.  For me, a little of that type of humour goes a long way and I find him a bit OTT.
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I have to say that I spent much of my working life in England and abroad and never encountered any anti-Scottish feeling - quite the reverse in fact.
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http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/andy-murray-i-decided-to-go-for-amlie-mauresmo-because-she-is-a-good-listener-9518069.html

Murray revealed that the Australian Darren Cahill, who has worked with him in the past when he has been between coaches, had recommended Mauresmo to him. “I mentioned to him that I was thinking about possibly a female coach,” Murray said in an interview with the BBC. “He thought that Amélie would be a good fit. After I spoke to her I just had a good feeling about her.”

Roger Federer was reported to have commended Murray’s “excellent” choice of coach, pointing out that the Scot had a history of thinking outside the box when making his appointments. Loïc Courteau, Mauresmo’s former coach, said he had told her “not to hesitate for a quarter of a second” in accepting the position, while Nathalie Dechy, a former world No 11 and contemporary of Mauresmo, said that “happily in 2014 there are some players who go looking for expertise before talking about gender”.
thanks for posting iona - I was beginning to think I'd imagined it when noone else said they'd heard it.
Interesting piece in yesterday's torygraph by Simon Briggs who said Andy 'is one of the more emotional characters at the top of tennis...This may be one reason why he tends to have difficulty grinding through opponents week in, week out, at the lesser events of the tour.  His wiring is more complex, probabably more so than that of his peers'.  Goes on to attribute Fed's motivation to unconditional love of tennis [and glory I wonder??  Whistle], Nole's to Balkan nationalism and Rafa to Uncle Toni's influence. 'But Murray has had to search for his motivation , particularly when he finds himself in the remoter parts of planet tennis.  He clearly believes Mauresmo can help him on that score'  I have no idea whether there is any truth in all that but the point about his complex wiring certainly rings true so have put it in bold
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2655161/Andy-Murray-beats-Paul-Henri-Mathieu-straight-sets-reach-round-Queens.html

pics, vid and text..
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http://www.andymurray.com/feature/andys-queens-column/

Encouraging good read in andys own words
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A very honest insight into what Andy's been going through over the last year - without giving too much away.

You know, I liked when he mentioned part of his job was to make Amelie feel part of the team - I think having this to focus on will maybe help distract him from the media hysteria that is going to (well it's already starting) surround him the next 4 weeks.
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A MUST read...
http://www.andymurray.com/feature/andys-queens-column/

y partnership with Amelie Mauresmo began with a text message: ‘I’m looking for a coach at the moment. If you’re interested in chatting to me, let me know.’


I don’t know if she was surprised to hear from me, but she did make me wait overnight before messaging me back the next morning. A month or so later, here we are at Queen’s Club, and off to a winning start on the grass.

We spoke a couple of times on the phone before the French Open and then I met her at a hotel when I got to Paris, somewhere quiet. I might have been a bit nervous but I knew what I wanted to speak about, and after five minutes we were talking about tennis and what I was looking for.

It was good, I liked talking to her. She’s very calm and a good listener. She had a think about it for a couple of days and then said she was up for doing it.

When I was speaking to her originally, and we were discussing the number of weeks I want her to be around, she said: ‘When you do need to have an answer by?’

I wanted someone in place before Wimbledon and didn’t want to have to start the process again, so suggested we try it for a couple of weeks over the grass, see how it goes, and then we have a few weeks after Wimbledon to decide whether we want to go on or not.

There’s a bit less pressure that way than her having to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to a full-time role. You never know, she could have said ‘yes’ to the job permanently, only to find after a week of working together that we hated it!

At the same time, she could have said ‘no’ and three weeks later end up regretting it. A trial period just seemed like the right thing to do.

Hopefully it will work out well. The fact that she’s a woman really wasn’t something I considered much once the decision was made. I’ve brought in Amelie because I feel like I need something extra. I’ve won Grand Slam titles now and that’s the level I want to get back to.

In a lot of ways it’s been a tough year for me since I last played on grass. Getting over the back surgery I had in September was a hard process. In the Slams I played decent, a couple of quarters and then the semis at the French, which was a pretty good effort despite the result at the end.

It took a good three or four months after the surgery before I felt strong enough to play some longer matches, and even at the French I struggled a little bit physically.

From time to time I still feel the back but in comparison to what it was like during the clay-court season last year, it’s so much better. I used to be struggling when I woke up in the morning, whereas now I wake up and don’t have any problems. It was affecting almost everything I did before, and now that’s not the case.

The split with Ivan was also hard to get over for a little while because he was a huge part of my career. He had a big influence on me and my team.

He was the leader, because of all the things he achieved and the results we had together. That gives you more influence. If things are going horribly it’s a bit different, but things had gone very well. It was tough for me, for sure, for a few weeks, but once I started thinking about different coaches, I started to move on and look for something different.

It’s very early days with Amelie and part of the job is making her feel comfortable around me and the rest of the team.

I remember seeing her play football in Indian Wells a few years ago and she looked pretty good. Maybe we’ll test out her skills. The football-tennis game we use in practice is probably quite a good way to get her involved, quite a lot of banter flies around during those games.

Just spending time around her at the tournament, being on court, that kind of thing takes a bit of time, but it was great to have her on the team on Wednesday. And most important of all, we started with a win.
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^ It's quite moving to see Andy opening up like that, sharing how he thinks and feels, not just about the new set up with Amelie, but all the things he's gone through over the last 12 months or so.
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