I just don't know what to say about him anymore. I've said everything i needed to say about him at nauseum. I don't agree that he should take an extensive break from the game, to me that doesn't make sense, he may not have many points to defend in the clay court season but he has a lot more to gain. Like Tangy said he's hit bottom (i can only imagine, if there was any further down then i'd actually be serious in saying he should retire) and so there's only up to go. I can't see him being like this all year, he's in a slump fair enough, take this week...have a few days off then get out and hit some balls maybe wednesday/thursday.
The only way his confidence is gonna be built is on the court, you can't rebuild confidence in a sport by not playing it that doesn't make sense. I think its fairly obvious that it'll be a long time, if he even will, before he'll see anybody to fix his head, so we can only hope that he'll do it himself.
Although she/he does it in a round about sort of way i tend to agree with Heya on the family support thing, i know you can't beat you're son or brother when they're down (i mean that metaphorically not physically) but they should be telling him to leave things out of his schedule to make way for more tennis practices etc. Forget about the exhibitions and all the charity appearences, yes its nice to see him out of tennis but not if its gonna effect his tennis. I think his family have a lot to answer for in that over the last number of years they've helped make obligations (contract or otherwise) for Andy to appear at a certain number of things and now that Andy realises he can't be the guy that goes to LA to do a tv appearence on the friday, talk about how good the game is, be the all round nice guy and have a tournament in europe on the monday (not that thats happened again i'm speaking metaphorically) and i think now he feels that if he pulls from these things it reflects badly on him and so he makes himself to do these things while his career takes a sharp nosedive to the ground.
I don't know, he just seriously needs to sit down and think, in the next year do i wanna be the number 1 tennis player, or the number 1 celebrity!!
Wow a lot of writing and no smilies damn i'm getting really philosophical, damn you Andy why do you make me overthink?
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