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UPDATED PAGE 3 Murray responds to accusations from Jamie about missing Davis Cup

danton
02-13-2008, 01:51 AM
Do you buy it?

Defiant Andy Murray defends record of commitment to Britain's Davis Cup cause
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article3359722.ece

Simon Cambers in Marseilles
At the age of 20, Andy Murray has already been subjected to his fair share of criticism. The Scot’s attitude, fitness and even his haircut have been called into question at various times, but never his commitment to the Davis Cup. Not, that is, until last weekend, when he decided to miss the first-round tie in Argentina.

Murray cited a longstanding knee injury that flares up every now and again and the need to protect himself against long-term damage, but despite the validity of the reason, he was still criticised for leaving Britain as lambs to the slaughter in Buenos Aires.

While the world’s top players, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, would no doubt understand his actions — they also skipped their first-round ties — Murray was still harangued, not least by his brother, Jamie, who was quoted as saying that “it kind of affects how I feel about him”.

The pair are about as close as brothers can get, but Murray, who reiterated his desire yesterday to play in the Davis Cup in the future, said he had still not spoken to Jamie and admitted that it would be a tricky conversation when they do get together.

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“[The comments were] a little bit disappointing,” Murray said in Marseilles, where he began his campaign at the Open 13 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Jesse Huta Galung, a Dutch qualifier ranked 190 in the world and a former housemate of Murray from their time together as juniors in Barcelona. “He obviously felt pretty strongly about it and he’s entitled to his opinion. Again, if he knew what it was like playing three five-set matches in a row on clay, then maybe he would understand my position a bit better.

“I’ve not spoken to him yet. I’ll see him soon. I guess we’ll have to have a chat about it and just sort out our feelings on Davis Cup and the sort of position that I am in, but it’s probably not going to be the most fun conversation to have with your brother.”

To his immense credit, given the dearth of talent behind him — he is the only Briton in the world’s top 200 and one of only four in the top 300 — Murray has always turned out for Britain. Had he played in Argentina, where Britain lost 4-1, and picked up an injury, undoubtedly there would have been criticism from some quarters for his lack of professionalism.

Missing it was the sensible thing to do, but Murray admitted that it had been a difficult situation. “It was quite tough for me,” he said. “I feel like, in the past, when I played Davis Cup, I’ve given 110 per cent every time I stepped on the court. People forget when I played against Holland [last April], I had a problem with my groin. I couldn’t move in Miami and had physios telling me not to play.

“I went and played, and won my match, and got the job done. Then the week after, I hurt my back in Monte Carlo because I couldn’t practise enough to get ready for the tournament because I had to take some time off after the Davis Cup.

“I had to take the decision and a lot of people didn’t like it, but it’s one of those things that happens. If I wasn’t caring about the Davis Cup, I wouldn’t have been following every single point on my phone, watching the bits and pieces I could and watching live scores on the internet.

“If people want to say that I am not committed to playing for my country and don’t put 110 per cent in, then I think that’s pretty unfair.”

NinaNina19
02-13-2008, 01:52 AM
He receives too much criticism.

danton
02-13-2008, 01:56 AM
He receives too much criticism.

All British sportspeople do. Most of the time it is unfair. Poor Jonny Wilkinson had a torrid week recently.

Nathaliia
02-13-2008, 06:09 AM
Anyway fun that brother talk to theirselves by media.

Or Levy
02-13-2008, 06:44 AM
I feel bad for him, Jamie is his brother, not just a member of the Squard, if he doesn't like Andy's desicion, call your brother and talk to HIM, not the media.

And Andy's right. Jamie is not a singles player and it is way more taxing on the body.

bokehlicious
02-13-2008, 06:48 AM
Wise decision Andy :yeah: DC isn't worth it, you have higher goals... :)

vucina
02-13-2008, 07:31 AM
What a tool. You shouldn't criticize your family in front of strangers.

CooCooCachoo
02-13-2008, 07:43 AM
I think that Jamie would support Andy almost unconditionally, so if he is critical, then I am inclined to believe he has a point.

jitterbug
02-13-2008, 07:57 AM
I voted for the second option, but I think the public/press would find something to whine about regardless whichever decision Andy makes anyway.

decrepitude
02-13-2008, 08:33 AM
I feel very strongly that Jamie should not have criticised Andy via the press. He wouldn't be as highly ranked in doubles now if Andy had not supported him in the past, playing with him to get his ranking up, paying his fares to tournaments etc. To me this was like a kick in the teeth.

Jamie is entitled to his opinion but he should have sorted it out privately with Andy.

I was disappointed that Andy chose not to play but I was also very worried at the idea of him playing. Last year was so horrendous with one injury after another in the late winter/early spring, I can completely understand him being a little paranoid about risking more of the same.

scarecrows
02-13-2008, 08:34 AM
Wise decision Andy :yeah: DC isn't worth it, you have higher goals... :)

true

adee-gee
02-13-2008, 08:51 AM
Being blown out of proportion as per usual by the British press :o

They'll be fine, and Muzza will be back for the next DC match.

Cat123
02-13-2008, 08:51 AM
I'm with Jamie. That fact Andy missed DC is not the issue, the way he chose to handle his withdrawl is. Cheap shot from andy playing the "you're not a singles player" card.

jazar
02-13-2008, 09:00 AM
He receives too much criticism.

no, he doesnt receive enough

scoobs
02-13-2008, 09:35 AM
Regardless, I think it's time they both stopped having a conversation via the media and spoke to each other to clear the air. Andy should make the first move.

scoobs
02-13-2008, 09:38 AM
As for the poll options, neither of them really sums up how I view the situation.

The Pro
02-13-2008, 10:15 AM
Jamie's got ahead of himself. He's talking about his big brother. Maybe he's got big headed and thinks he can critisize his elders in front of the national media.

He needs to wise-up, Andy deserves an apology.

jitterbug
02-13-2008, 10:20 AM
Andy's Jamie's little brother :)

TheBoiledEgg
02-13-2008, 12:13 PM
if he said last week he couldnt play three 5 setters on clay then i'd buy it
but he said he was injured :rolleyes:

Andi-M
02-13-2008, 02:35 PM
He's right Jay has no idea what it's like playing 3 5 set matches in a row on clay, so he shouldn't comment.

I think Andy should of phoned Jay before he decided to withdraw out of curtisy, and I think Jay should have shown a bit more respect publicly for his brother who already has so much media crap to deal with.

So both boys were in the wrong and apologies need to be made from both of them!
Anyway I think they will make it up when Andy comes back from France. Andy loves his bro so much it must really hurt that they are not talking :(

Horatio Caine
02-13-2008, 03:06 PM
no, he doesnt receive enough

:lol: Expected one.

They both have fair points. And Andy is right...Jamie wouldn't have any idea how to play potentially 3 best-of-5 set matches in as many days. :shrug:

Jaap
02-13-2008, 03:10 PM
Jamie Murray is a tool.

Burrow
02-13-2008, 03:16 PM
no, he doesnt receive enough

:)

alfonsojose
02-13-2008, 04:07 PM
Wise decision Andy :yeah: DC isn't worth it, you have higher goals... :)

:yeah: :lol:

Corey Feldman
02-13-2008, 07:33 PM
Judy should just lock them in a room with a pair of boxing gloves each, for 20 minutes

Sunset of Age
02-13-2008, 08:16 PM
If anything, the brothers should talk about things like this in private and not by means of the press. Doesn't give a very mature impression to me...

NicoFan
02-13-2008, 08:31 PM
I'm with Jamie - I've looked at players differently too when they don't play DC. :shrug:

scoobs
02-13-2008, 08:34 PM
If anything, the brothers should talk about things like this in private and not by means of the press. Doesn't give a very mature impression to me...
I agree entirely - they would both do well to refuse to answer questions on it now and deal with the residual issues in private.

NinaNina19
02-13-2008, 08:47 PM
Judy should just lock them in a room with a pair of boxing gloves each, for 20 minutes
Switch the gloves with two pairs of scissors and I agree :yeah:.

Corey Feldman
02-13-2008, 08:51 PM
Switch the gloves with two pairs of scissors and I agree :yeah:. Better idea Nina :yeah:

l_mac
02-13-2008, 08:55 PM
Switch the gloves with two pairs of scissors and I agree :yeah:.


:haha: :haha: Love it!

Corey Feldman
02-13-2008, 08:57 PM
Imagine the mess of their hair- even if they cut it :eek:

would be like Edward Scissorhands :lol:

jitterbug
02-13-2008, 10:28 PM
Judy will have a new bathroom rug once they're done with the scissors.

gogogirl
02-14-2008, 12:11 AM
All,

I'll say! 'Lil bro has a point too.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=3243913&name=tennis

gogogirl
02-14-2008, 12:13 AM
All,

http://www.theherald.co.uk/sport/headlines/display.var.2042875.0.Murray_anticipates_tough_one .php

gogogirl
02-14-2008, 12:15 AM
All,

Wow!

http://news.scotsman.com/scotland/Silence-shows-it39s-not-always.3776078.jp

The Pro
02-14-2008, 11:45 AM
Andy's Jamie's little brother :)

Oh dear.

Then it's another one of those little-brother-looks-older situations.

Jamie should know better. I can't believe someone would criticise their family to the press like this. What a div!

Tutu
02-14-2008, 05:51 PM
Nah man, im siding with Jamie here. Imagine how it would feel. You gotta forget they're brothers here. You think just because they're brothers Jamie doesn't have a right to his opinion eh? It's not like Andy was injured. If he was so scared about this injury he should have just played to two singles. We all know Andy's a mug anyway.

It's the fact that he let down the whole team. If Andy had just pulled out of a doubles match with Jamie or something, im sure Jamie wouldn't make as much of a deal of it but Andy's not even injured. Thats the problem.

danton
02-15-2008, 07:12 PM
UPDATED
Murray makes up with brother after cup tiff


Simon Cambers in Marseille
Friday February 15, 2008
The Guardian


Andy Murray has taken the first steps towards patching up his differences over Britain's Davis Cup tie with his brother, Jamie, having made contact to wish him a happy birthday.
The pair had not spoken since Andy opted not to play in the cup tie in Argentina last weekend due to his troublesome right knee. Britain lost the World Group match 4-1 and Jamie was critical of Andy's decision. "If he really wanted to push himself, he could have come here to play the tie," said the elder Murray.

But Andy revealed, after his victory against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in the Open 13 event in Marseille yesterday, that the brothers talked on Wednesday. "I called Jamie for his birthday," he said, before adding that the two will meet as scheduled in California next month, at the first Masters Series event of year.
Murray junior, the world No11, yesterday received qualified support for pulling out of the tie from one of the Argentinian players he would have faced in Buenos Aires, David Nalbandian. "He was not injured. His priority was not taking risks when playing on clay and immediately playing an indoor tournament," said the world No9. "He did not want to come here, that's all. Each player knows what to do.

"If Murray had come, the tie would have had a special taste, because if you come with a top player your opponents respect you more. You look at them with a different eye. The match was easy because of the level of our opponents. With Murray, it would have been totally different."

binkygirl
02-19-2008, 03:08 AM
Jamie Murray is a tool.

Yeah, he should have kept that private. Its pretty classless to quarrel with your brother through the media.

Cat123
02-19-2008, 07:58 AM
:tape: Most definitely on Jamie's side. I don't like Andy, I've tried I really have and I support him because he's British, but the way he (or his people) handled it was just bad.

Castafiore
02-19-2008, 08:06 AM
From The Scotsman:
Dr Cynthia McVey from the department of psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University, said three factors contributed to the brothers' unique – and at times, testing – relationship.

:lol: I can't believe that they even bring in the "professional" opinion of a psychologist. Talk about making a mountain out of a mole hill. :rolleyes:

Adler
02-19-2008, 08:13 AM
Seriously, what's all this fuss about? Is it really the first time when a player criticises his compatriot of not participating in a DC tie?

Geez...

The Pro
02-19-2008, 12:22 PM
From The Scotsman:
Dr Cynthia McVey from the department of psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University, said three factors contributed to the brothers' unique – and at times, testing – relationship.

:lol: I can't believe that they even bring in the "professional" opinion of a psychologist. Talk about making a mountain out of a mole hill. :rolleyes:

Oh not HER.

She's a celebrity shrink. Only advises on celebrities and reality tv. An expert on POP psychology. :rolleyes: