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The pressure he's under must be phenomenal.   I really hope he plays well. 
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http://www.skysports.com/video/inline/0,26691,12611_6216944,00.html

A really good assessment from Tim on state of British tennis and of Andy's chances.  Tim sounds much more interesting/outspoken and relaxed as compared to when he was playing.
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^Yeah definitely think he's come into his own now off-court Smile He was and is such a private person and also was so gentlemanly that I always got the impression that he didn't want to say anything that could be taken the wrong way.
Much as I like Andy, I grew up loving Tim and will always have a soft spot for him yes
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http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=wimbledon/10/06/20/WIMBLEDON_Murray_Nightlead.html

"But no-one actually knows unless they come watch you, what you're practising, what you're working on, what you're trying to do.

"So I just need to keep playing my own game. It's worked well for me so far."

And Murray insists, despite his run of form, that he is a better player than 12 months ago.

He added: "The last few months haven't been particularly good. But I think the improvements I made were shown at the Australian Open this year.

"You don't make improvements over two weeks. It does take time to put them into your game.

"I feel like I became a better player. I got stronger, started serving harder. More often I was hitting the ball harder more consistently and was playing better up at the net.

"That's something that, after the Australian Open, I got away from a little bit, something that I'll look to do better here."

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To Bow or not to Bow, that is the question ?

http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/wimbledon2010/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=wimbledon/10/06/19/WIMBLEDON_Murray_Nightlead.html

It will be the monarch's first visit since 1977 and players have been given the choice whether to bow or not when they take to the court.

Murray, who received a letter of congratulations from Buckingham Palace after his Queen's triumph last year, supports that policy and revealed he has not yet decided what action he will take.

He said: "It should be personal preference. I'll have to wait and see. I'll have a chat with the guys. I don't want to be bowing and the person I'm playing with walk straight past or the other way around.
"You obviously need to have an agreement before you go on. I'll have to speak to the organisers about it."

He added: "It obviously would be a great honour to play in front of the Queen. I've never done that before so there would be a little bit of added pressure to play well."
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http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/seaward-is-sw19s-guru-of-grass-and-he-is-still-cutting-edge-2005491.html

Seaward is SW19's guru of grass and he is still cutting edge
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Eddie is protective, year-round, of his Centre Court turf. Nobody is allowed to set foot on it, except in pursuit of preparation work by his 14-strong permanent staff, until immediately before the tournament.

That work escalates to ridiculous levels during the Wimbledon fortnight. Starting this morning, Eddie will have been collected from his Raynes Park home at 6.30am by car, having already done a thorough briefing on the weather prospects, and never leaves until at least an hour after the final match has come off court and he has, in his words, "got the courts watered and put to bed". A 17-hour day, at the very least.

Still, people tell him, it must be nice watching the fruits of your labour. A snort of amusement. "A French newspaper asked me did I enjoy that fantastic 2008 Federer-Nadal final and I said I had yet to watch it. I've got it on DVD at home."

This is, for Eddie, part of the downside of the Centre Court roof. "Whereas I used to be able to sit on Centre Court with the referee, watch a bit of the match and keep an eye on the weather, now if you've got the roof closed you don't know if it's raining or not, so you need to be outside if there are matches on other courts. I spend a lot of time on a bench by Court 14 looking at the clouds."
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Check out Andy's new website...same address but new layout...pretty cool I think!

www.andymurray.com
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http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/tennis/article2565641.ece

7.23pm: Dustin Brown has told the LTA they must take the initiative if they want him to represent Great Britain’s Davis Cup team. “I played for Jamaica in 2002 but I’m pretty sure the cooling off period is 36 months and I haven’t been playing Davis Cup lately at all,” he said. “But something has to happen from the LTA. If they’re interested, then they have to step towards me. Just changing my nationality now and getting a British passport is not going to solve the problem - they have to approach me and then have a sit down.”
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Andy's latest BBC column: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8754882.stm
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http://www.heraldscotland.com/life-style/real-lives/an-exclusive-audience-with-tennis-ace-andy-murray-by-hugh-macdonald-1.1034704

“For me, it has always been about tennis. It’s not about the other stuff, like going to a movie premiere,” he says. “I would way rather be at home. Going to the cinema for me is a private thing. I try to live normally. Fame is not something I would wish upon anyone, because I don’t enjoy it.”

“I always try to be very polite and sign as many autographs as possible, pose for pictures with people. It’s quite nice when you go to the shops and people ask to have a photograph taken with you. I like it when people come up and talk, but I get uptight and nervous when I turn around and there is a camera phone in my face. You never know when people are taking pictures.”

When I stop playing, I would be very interested in working with children in sport, perhaps an academy or something like that,” he says. Murray is passionate about the benefits of sport and keen to promote it back in his homeland.

“One of the reasons I feel there should be more sport available to kids is that when I was at school it was very difficult to exercise,” he says. “We didn’t have the same programmes as there are in other parts of the world. I had to miss the odd lesson to go to practise tennis.”

He believes sport can be the basis of a good life. “There are a lot of jobs in sport, so people can make a career out of it,” he says. “If there were more sports in school, it would definitely help. Not everyone is that good academically.”

 “I don’t feel good if I spend four or five days away from it,” he says. “When I’m not playing tennis, I still like to exercise. When I was younger, I used to play golf, tennis, table tennis, football …”
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^ Very interesting article Philip.  Thanks.  

Andy's very good with children and I think it would be great if he worked with them when he stops playing.

What he says about kids not getting enough exercise or sport at school is so true.

In the 1950s I went to an all-girls school and we had PE twice a week, played hockey and badminton in the winter and there was swimming and tennis in the summer - all of which were obligatory.  Luckily for me the school had one tennis court (hard) which was available for use either during the lunch-break or in the late afternoon when classes were over.

There were very few "fatties" around then!
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Merci Philip for this article . hug
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You are most welcome. hug
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Good piece from Guardian...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/jun/29/andy-murray-wimbledon-tennis
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BBC Sport - Tennis - Wimbledon 2010: Tim Henman on Andy Murray

Murray has improved significantly over the last year or two - he's older, wiser, more mature and in the best shape of his life - but I still think sometimes he's a little bit too passive.

While he has the game to beat the likes of Nadal and Roger Federer, he must start playing more aggressively in the week-in-week-out tournaments so that, when it comes to a major, such aggression is second nature.

Murray didn't have the best of form coming into Wimbledon but still managed to reach the semi-finals, which is a magnificent achievement. He knows he can win this tournament one day and that's a massive motivating factor.

He thinks it's in his destiny to win Grand Slam titles and he doesn't just want to win one. He's knocking on the door and now it's for him to open it.
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