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Massive Andy Murray Interview

Swiss_Bagels17
11-14-2011, 11:48 PM
Andy Murray comes out fighting in his most revealing interview yet

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2061541/Andy-Murray-interview-Martin-Samuel.html

When Andy Murray boarded at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona, a couple of the young Spanish guys in his dormitory would box. Not officially. At the end of the day, they would put on gloves and headgear and fight on the bare floor. Murray did not participate, but he watched, fascinated.

The night he arrived in Paris for last week’s Masters tournament he was a spectator again, in his hotel room. This time it was Ricky Burns, a lightweight from Scotland, and George Groves, the British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion, that commanded his attention.

‘If it is someone I know who is fighting, I never want them to get hit,’ Murray says. ‘I get so nervous for them that I can’t keep still. I start to shake. I don’t know how their families sit at ringside.

'When David Haye fought Wladimir Klitschko I had to walk away after two rounds. I got really uncomfortable, almost too into it. I find it very difficult, but nothing gives me an adrenaline rush quite like boxing.’

The parallels with tennis are obvious: two men, in a four-cornered gladiatorial space, trapped until separated by victory or defeat. Murray, 24, has adored the sport since the age of 13, when he watched Audley Harrison fight in Glasgow (so he must really enjoy it).

‘I don’t think it was a great fight,’ he concedes, ‘but it thrilled me. I really admire boxers — the discipline, the methodical studying of opponents, the sacrifices, the dedication.

‘Just watching a sparring match, seeing how they can get smashed to bits even in training. I’ve visited guys like David Haye and George Groves in the gym; I’ve studied Floyd Mayweather on video. I love that side of it, the honesty of those places, how humble they are.

‘I went to a gym in Miami where Haye was working and right next to him you’d have some 60-year-old woman hitting a punch-bag, or an overweight guy or just a kid. And there he was, heavyweight champion of the world. He had everything he needed, but it was very grounding to see the mix of people around.

‘Everything in tennis is so neat and nice but boxing has sport down to its essence; it is very pure and I like that.

‘I’ve never fought. I’ve put on gloves, hit the speed bag, the heavy bag, but I’ve never had a go. I talk about it all the time, with the guys that I work with. It would be great to get the gear on, get in a ring and do it, create our own fight club.’
Fighting fit: Murray's interest in boxing has led to him meeting David Haye and George Groves

Fighting fit: Murray's interest in boxing has led to him meeting David Haye and George Groves

So why such a passionate connection with another sport? Murray thinks.

‘Like tennis, if you are prepared to sacrifice just a little more than your opponent, it will give you an advantage,’ he says. ‘If you’ve done the extra mile, you might have the better of him.

'That is so important because you can prepare for a match and you think you know your opponent well, but then he comes out and does something completely different.’

The 2011 season is nearing a conclusion, but Murray’s plan is to be quickly out of his corner to dominate the ring in 2012. His loss to Tomas Berdych in Paris was a disappointment, but it followed a run of 18 straight match and three tournament victories, and the points differential on the day was only 122-119 in favour of the Czech.

On Sunday, the ATP World Tour Finals start in London and Murray hopes to end his campaign on a high. He is in, arguably, the best form of his career, and has overtaken Roger Federer in the world rankings, moving up to No 3.

‘Getting from 20 to five seems a bigger step than four to three, but the closer you are to top spot, the bigger the leap,’ Murray says. ‘It felt huge to move up this year because I knew it was such a significant improvement. It will be different the next time I get into a Grand Slam final.

‘After the US Open I sat down with the guys in my team and said now is the time to be totally serious, totally focused, because I’ve never felt closer to making that breakthrough.
On the up: Murray's end of season form has seen him reach No 3 in the world

On the up: Murray's end of season form has seen him reach No 3 in the world

'In tennis, it is not the opponent you fear, it is the failure itself, knowing how near you were but just out of reach. I think I will be able to control my emotions better next time I am in that position; I feel mentally stronger, I feel comfortable. I am as high about my game now as I was low after the Australian Open this year. This is where I want to be and I’ve got to keep it up.’

A straight sets defeat by Novak Djokovic in Melbourne — Murray has never won a set in any of his three Slam finals — took a greater mental toll than anticipated. Murray fell into a slump lasting several months and spent a lot of time evaluating his game.

‘I don’t think a defeat has ever taken longer to get out of my system,’ he admits. ‘The Australian Open takes place in January, so in December I decamped to Miami to prepare. I spent Christmas Day alone, running on the beach.

‘It could be worse, I know, but everyone else is with their family, and all you keep thinking is, “Don’t worry, it’s all going to be worthwhile.”

‘So to get so close and lose hits you doubly hard, because of all you’ve given up. All that effort for not quite. Then everyone wants to console you, which is the last thing you need.
'In tennis, it is not the opponent you fear, it is the failure itself'

'You really don’t want to be hear, “You’re doing great and it’s going to happen if you keep working hard” because you’re thinking, “Look, I am working hard, and it hasn’t happened, so don’t keep telling me that.”

'There are moments when you don’t want pepping up, you don’t even want to speak to people. There is nobody who can help. You are the only one who can deal with it. By March, I simply felt terrible. I hated practising. Everything was wrong.

‘On your own, you can get very intense. You ask what you need to do: is it my training, my team, my preparation? In reality, it is never usually the drastic stuff. It is more about having confidence in what you are doing: coaching, tactics, the physical side.

'As you get older or smarter you learn to understand what is going well and how to repeat that, with maybe an extra five per cent added.’

The extra, he hopes, will come in the form of Darren Cahill, the Australian coach of Murray’s tennis idol Andre Agassi, whom he wishes to parachute in to up the ante around the Grand Slams.

For the most part, Murray will be coached by his best friend Dani Vallverdu, a Venezuelan former Davis Cup player he met while at the academy in Spain a decade ago. Vallverdu understands him and Murray hopes Cahill will then make an added impact, the way a boxer might call on the experience of a man like trainer Emanuel Steward at an important point in his career.

A full-time position is considered out of the question with Cahill based in Las Vegas and employed by ESPN.
Rock solid: Murray's belief and commitment remains as steady and strong as ever

Rock solid: Murray's belief and commitment remains as steady and strong as ever

‘It is difficult but we’ll find a way that works,’ Murray confirms. ‘I wanted someone who understands me, and my game — not just anybody, a big name for the sake of it.’

He is a singular thinker, Murray, and some then perceive him as dour or miserable. He isn’t. He can be intense about his sport, obsessive even, but he is approachable and accommodating and laughs easily.

The exceptional nature of his journey is often unappreciated, too. He talks of formative years on the junior circuit when he and older brother Jamie would be the only Scottish presence in tournaments dominated by up-and-coming English players.

‘Every competition seemed to take place about six hours from where we lived,’ he says, ‘but I think that was what made me an individual. We were outsiders all the time, so we became our own little team. There was nothing in Scotland. No tournaments and no players.

'That is very unusual in tennis, to have someone come through from a country without pedigree. I had Tim Henman to look up to, and that definitely helped, but nobody with my background.’

Perhaps this was why, at 15, Murray rejected the chance to attend the British tennis academy at Sutton in Greater London and went instead to Spain, where he spent two weeks as a lonely presence in the communal dining room until befriended by Vallverdu. It has left him with an uncompromising, almost brutal, attitude to the shallow pool of talent in British tennis.

‘Do you know that in Spain, at 18, your funding stops?’ he asks, pointedly. ‘From there, you get nothing that you cannot earn for yourself. We’re funding guys to 27, 28 — while in the most successful tennis nation in the world you’re basically on your own. Maybe there’s something in that.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/11/14/article-2061541-0E4C70CA00000578-254_634x359.jpg
Pain in Spain: Great rival Rafael Nadal came through a very different system

'My mum has just come back from Russia, looking at the National Tennis Centre that has produced this great run of players, six in the top 30 women at the moment. So what great set-up do they have? Sixteen tennis courts and that’s it. Not even particularly good ones, she said.

‘Yet you look at the people Russia’s centre has churned out and they are pretty much taking over the women’s game. There is nothing about the place, really. So it is not down to facilities, either. It is about having drive and dedication and a designated formula for success.

‘When I went to Spain, from the best players to the worst players we were all taught the same way, all given the same drills. They had a structure and they stuck to it.
'I'm up against the best tennis players in the history of the sport. It’s like being Real Madrid or Manchester United behind Barcelona. People pity me but it’s made me a better player'

‘Go to our national centre and you’ve got 10 different nationalities all coaching a different way. If we don’t get the results straight away, we panic and change direction. There is no confidence in our technique, no sense of sticking to an idea, no identity, no consistency in the way we teach tennis, so naturally there is no British style.

‘We’ll get lucky every now and then and one might get through, but there is no form to our teaching, year after year, which is why we have no depth. To be among the best tennis-playing nations you must have identity.

‘When you draw a Spanish player or a South American in a tournament you know what to expect. They have a style. That is how they are taught. The Americans are all big serve, big forehand, the French are free spirits — all of their players have flair, it’s a lot like their rugby team.

'In Britain, we get too much too young and maybe we stay attached too long. None of the other countries do it as we do and they are producing a lot more world-class tennis players than we are.’

Murray is acutely aware of his lone furrow every time he arrives in a new city to play.

‘We’re not like Spain,’ he explains. ‘We don’t have six guys in the top 30, and you notice that when there is this big crowd of French or Spanish players, and you’re sat in the corner on your own. There are some good British doubles players now, so it is better than it was, but it used to feel very lonely. It’s one of the reasons I like to have friends around.’
Temper, temper: Murray knows he must find other ways to channel his aggression

Temper, temper: Murray knows he must find other ways to channel his aggression

Those who see Murray only as this brooding, solitary presence, all Celtic gloom and introspection, are wrong. He dipped after Melbourne but is in a happy place right now. Happy with his form and prospects.

The quest for self-improvement continues and he is realistic enough to know the challenge to claim even a single Grand Slam in a golden era for men’s tennis is immense. Yet Murray is not greatly given to pessimism or to beating himself up over circumstances of birth.

‘This year has been good for me,’ he says. ‘I haven’t won a Grand Slam but it has been my best year in all competitions and the first step is to be at ease with yourself and your progress.

'I understand how strong men’s tennis is right now. I think I am competing against the two best players in the history of the sport in Federer and Rafa Nadal, and Djokovic has had one of the greatest individual seasons of all time.

‘People pity me for being around in this era, but I believe it has made me a better player, because each year the bar is raised. It’s like being Real Madrid or Manchester United behind Barcelona. Maybe the teams that come second won’t be remembered, but what can they do but try their hardest?

'There is more to it than just winning a Grand Slam. Yes, if I didn’t get there I am sure I would be very disappointed but it’s not like I’m losing to bad players. It’s frustrating that people might not acknowledge how close I am, but I still think I will get there.

‘There will always be matches when you feel, “I could have done better” but I don’t think I’ve had a season in the last five when I haven’t looked back knowing I’ve given it everything.

'I’d love everyone to see the work that goes into it, because this is not just a case of having talent and believing that is all it takes. I am trying so hard to get that edge.

‘I suppose what spurs you on is seeing Djokovic and the difference that can be made at the top level by a very small improvement. You can go five or six tournaments without losing, but who would have expected it from him this time last year? People doubted him and now he’s playing some of the best tennis we have ever seen.’

Those on-court meltdowns, the moments of greatest pressure when Murray seems at war with himself, or his colleagues, friends and family in the players’ box, are something he is making a serious effort to address, too, even if his loss of temper in Paris suggests a work in progress.
No pressure: The Scot insists he doesn't extra pressure at Wimbledon, and in facts says being at 'home' is an advantage for him

No pressure: The Scot insists he doesn't extra pressure at Wimbledon, and in facts says being at 'home' is an advantage for him

‘Tennis is an individual sport and I am quite a self-conscious person,’ Murray admits. ‘There are 50,000 people watching, millions more at home, cameras everywhere and when something is happening that I don’t like, or things are not going well, I have always looked up to see the people who are there for me, who aren’t judging or criticising me and I direct my frustration at them.

‘Anyone who has played the game knows what it is like to be under pressure and become frustrated. So, yes, I know I have to concentrate more on me, and on my own game, to become better.

'All I would say is that a lot of the British ex-players who commentate have never experienced that particular type of stress on court, because they were never at the level where it was present. They don’t understand what it is like.

'It is something I need to improve on — but it isn’t what will take me from No 4 to No 1. It’s one thing, but there are many factors that are more important.

‘I’m not perfect, I know that. But everybody is different. Roger Federer stays calm. Yet if you look at a great footballer like Wayne Rooney, getting p****d off at his team-mates or at himself, he is a completely different character but still a fantastic sportsman. I’m sure he tries to improve his temperament but, obviously, it is a part of his game that needs work. It is a flaw, but it doesn’t stop Rooney being one of the best in the world.
'I'm not perfect, but everybody is different. Federer stays calm, then there’s Rooney, getting p****d off at his team-mates or himself. He’s a completely different character, but still a fantastic sportsman'

‘That is where I am. It just wouldn’t make me feel good to bottle my emotions. Saying nothing and standing there makes me feel uncomfortable and flat. There is a fear of emotion in tennis. If someone boos everyone looks at them as if to ask, “What the hell are you doing?” Yet in other sports it happens all the time.

‘I find it strange that at Wimbledon every year, almost every day I get asked about the stress and pressure of playing in front of a home crowd. In every other sport, the home team is thought to have the advantage. So why should it be a problem for me? I’ve never felt it, never made it an excuse, and it’s not going to go away, so deal with it.

‘I think we as a nation expect to win and when we don’t we look for these big reasons. Why did Tim Henman not win Wimbledon? Why has Andy Murray not won Wimbledon? Well, sometimes you’re not quite good enough.

'I can’t say exactly why it hasn’t happened for me there, but I’ll tell you what isn’t the reason: the pressure of the people and the pressure of the media.’

And that is what makes Murray a British sportsman to be cherished. He is very good at his job, doesn’t make excuses and never stops working. And now his dinner has arrived. Poached salmon with boiled potatoes and what looks like a rice-based biscuit.

Talking football in an animated fashion — he is second in a fantasy football league, although his defence may need an overhaul — he is happy to extend our conversation by consuming the snack before the main course. Instantly, he is advised that the dietician wants the biscuit to be eaten after dinner, not before. Murray obliges, obediently.

Who knows if a hundred such menial repetitions, inconveniences and sacrifices might one day give him the edge to land the knockout blow in a Grand Slam final?

The frustrated pugilist within Murray will never allow him to die wondering.

LawrenceOfTennis
11-14-2011, 11:51 PM
After the US Open I sat down with the guys in my team and said now is the time to be totally serious

Before that what were they doing?

EddceLLent
11-15-2011, 10:18 AM
I've just been reading this after i'd been on Twitter and all the UK Tennis journalists have been raving about it. Good interview.

Gullyfoyle
11-15-2011, 10:19 AM
Before that what were they doing?

Wow.. picky, thought that was a prety good view on things, maybe AM should take over the LTA when he retires.

scoobs
11-15-2011, 10:19 AM
Before that what were they doing?

I did wonder that.

Great interview though.

Arakasi
11-15-2011, 11:03 AM
Great interview Andy. Usually these "revealing interview OMG!!" are actually pretty rubbish but that was very interesting. I can see a depth to his character that I didn't know was there before. I don't like him but he does have it pretty hard compared to most top players.

Arakasi
11-15-2011, 11:05 AM
Also his comments on British tennis were really interesting and insightful. I agree with him completely. They should listen to him more.

MariaV
11-15-2011, 11:26 AM
Before that what were they doing?

Exactly.
Maybe they were just having fun or fooling around. :o

pesto
11-15-2011, 11:43 AM
Astonishing. A good interview in the Mail.

EddceLLent
11-15-2011, 11:48 AM
Astonishing. A good interview in the Mail.

Haha +1, I still wont be relying on them for newsy current affairs type coverage though :)

rickcastle
11-15-2011, 12:01 PM
Great interview from Andy... I'm not much fan of the guy but I read the whole interview and he comes off very well. Felt a bit sad to read that part about him spending Christmas day alone to prepare for Australian Open and then he got so close and then lost in the end.

Nole fan
11-15-2011, 12:07 PM
You really don’t want to be hear, “You’re doing great and it’s going to happen if you keep working hard” because you’re thinking, “Look, I am working hard, and it hasn’t happened, so don’t keep telling me that.”

True. Murray has always struck me as a deeply intelligent and independent individual. I love this interview, it gives you some insight into this great character. :)

decrepitude
11-15-2011, 12:18 PM
I hope at least some of the haters will bother to read the entire interview.

EddceLLent
11-15-2011, 12:21 PM
I hope at least some of the haters will bother to read the entire interview.

I also hope some of the pundits will bother to!

Roadmap
11-15-2011, 12:23 PM
Astonishing. A good interview in the Mail.

:haha: I'm still not going to touch the Daily Fail.

decrepitude
11-15-2011, 12:25 PM
The tennis coverage is pretty good. Otherwise I agree with you!

ballbasher101
11-15-2011, 12:33 PM
I have always enjoyed his interviews. Believe it or not he is a charismatic and insightful guy. He is not perfect but then again who is. I expect him to win a major in 2012, book it people.

Shinoj
11-15-2011, 12:42 PM
Quite an insighful interview. Really tells how hard he is working for that Slam.

Maybe he is just focussing too much on getting himself perfect rather than capitalise on the opponents weaknesses. And again in a match against Nadal or Djokovic or a GS Semis or Finals its all about matching their intensity and your basics and talents goes for a toss. He should just go out there and hit it like an F***ing animal and not worry about losing.

Read how Gilbert taught Agassi to be efficient by saying you dont have to be the best player in the planet but you just have to be better than the opponent.

Good luck to the young man.:yeah:

Roadmap
11-15-2011, 12:44 PM
I have always enjoyed his interviews. Believe it or not he is a charismatic and insightful guy. He is not perfect but then again who is. I expect him to win a major in 2012, book it people.

Andy is especially witty and has produced some absolute gems down the years. :devil: He shouldn't change just to satisfy the blind hater brigade.

pesto
11-15-2011, 12:49 PM
I think he can be shy and uncomfortable in live interviews. When an interviewer manages to get him to relax, he is very articulate.

Roadmap
11-15-2011, 12:51 PM
Too many clowns in the media circling like vultures ready to twist any comment he makes.

Saberq
11-15-2011, 12:59 PM
Nice interview.....too long for my liking though

EddceLLent
11-15-2011, 01:26 PM
too long for my liking though

That's what she said!

bjurra
11-15-2011, 01:31 PM
:haha: I'm still not going to touch the Daily Fail.

I thought it was called the Daily Hate?

Great interview anyway.

delboy
11-15-2011, 02:32 PM
I refuse to read anything from that paper, I'll stick to the Sun thanks ;)

5eBT6OSr1TI

:worship:

rocketassist
11-15-2011, 05:26 PM
The Sun is a filthy rag you wouldn't even wipe your arse on.

dav abu
11-15-2011, 06:29 PM
Great interview Andy. Usually these "revealing interview OMG!!" are actually pretty rubbish but that was very interesting. I can see a depth to his character that I didn't know was there before. I don't like him but he does have it pretty hard compared to most top players.

Why? just curious why you think this.

dav abu
11-15-2011, 06:31 PM
Too many clowns in the media circling like vultures ready to twist any comment he makes.

Surely you are not talking about the British media? they lick his arse at every opportunity. They have been painting him as some type of martyr and victim since he came on the scene. He is very well backed indeed by the British media.

rocketassist
11-15-2011, 06:32 PM
Andy is your typical working class man from anywhere north of the Watford Gap and that gives him an identity that people can relate to. That's why most of his haters here are southern Ingerland obsessives.

MuzzahLovah
11-15-2011, 06:57 PM
Andy is always good and thoughtful in interviews- and pretty funny at times. I don't agree with him on not having more pressure at home- I mean some players can feed off the crowd, but every player is different(thank God, or else it would be so boring).

Sapeod
11-15-2011, 07:01 PM
Nauseating pro-Murray propaganda. http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p280/zerglin/Smileys/ack.gif Can it be moved it to the Murray forum, or the toilet, where it belongs? Thanks.
I see that Roddick's continued failure has gotten to you :lol: Oh well, at least Roddick will always have that fluke slam :shrug:


Brilliant interview. Murray is a pretty deep person when he wants to be. If he continues to work hard, then he will get what he has wanted for so long. The slams will start coming when he finally reaches that level he is working so hard for. By far the hardest worker on tour and his hard work will soon be awarded. Just wait, Andy. Your time is coming.

dav abu
11-15-2011, 07:04 PM
Andy is your typical working class man from anywhere north of the Watford Gap and that gives him an identity that people can relate to. That's why most of his haters here are southern Ingerland obsessives.

I've lived south of Watford Gap for over six years and he walks on water to most people down here. I've yet to meet a southerner who doesn't want him to win Wimbledon etc.

tangerine_dream
11-15-2011, 07:48 PM
I see that Roddick's continued failure has gotten to you :lol: Oh well, at least Roddick will always have that fluke slam :shrug:
What failure? Roddick has had the kind of career Murray can only dream of.

Saberq
11-15-2011, 08:16 PM
I see that Roddick's continued failure has gotten to you :lol: Oh well, at least Roddick will always have that fluke slam :shrug:


Brilliant interview. Murray is a pretty deep person when he wants to be. If he continues to work hard, then he will get what he has wanted for so long. The slams will start coming when he finally reaches that level he is working so hard for. By far the hardest worker on tour and his hard work will soon be awarded. Just wait, Andy. Your time is coming.

hardest worker on tour hahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah ahahaha

Arakasi
11-15-2011, 08:36 PM
I've lived south of Watford Gap for over six years and he walks on water to most people down here. I've yet to meet a southerner who doesn't want him to win Wimbledon etc.

Pleased to meet you. :p

fast_clay
11-15-2011, 09:15 PM
the world of tennis is in deep shit... if djokovic came off 2.5 years of grand slam molestation from two heavyweights we can only imagine the rabid monster that will be created after 4 years of ownership by 3 heavyweights...

i'd hate to be djokovic, nadal or federer right now... i can see murray crushing 23 year old wannabe's when he is 38 years old...

that is how a celtic beast like this rolls...

Yolita
11-16-2011, 12:02 AM
Great interview by Andy. I like him very much. :)

MuzzahLovah
11-16-2011, 12:10 AM
the world of tennis is in deep shit... if djokovic came off 2.5 years of grand slam molestation from two heavyweights we can only imagine the rabid monster that will be created after 4 years of ownership by 3 heavyweights...

i'd hate to be djokovic, nadal or federer right now... i can see murray crushing 23 year old wannabe's when he is 38 years old...

that is how a celtic beast like this rolls...

:worship:

Shinoj
11-16-2011, 03:13 AM
To Andy Murray total respect. Talent wise he is way way better than Nadal. have seen some of their matches in the past. The US Open 2008 Semis. He totally owned Nadal with his brilliant tactics and also Aussie Open 2007.

All he needs is to fix his temperament and he will beating the stuffings out of Nadal. And once he does that there is no stopping of the Celtic beast. Federer would be his next natural target.

He just needs to remove that monekey first. After that there is no stopping him.

To Murray and Djokovic. :armed:

syc23
11-16-2011, 01:02 PM
Just as we were surprised by djokovic's sudden dominance in 2011, we might see Murray collect at least a slam or 2 in the not too distant future. Federer and Nadal will decline at some point and as we haven't seen any of the young guns stepping up winning Masters 1000 or higher then Murray and Djokovic is in prime position in the next 3-4 years to win GS.

Hewitt =Legend
11-16-2011, 02:15 PM
Surprisingly great interview by the dailymail and Murray really opened up which is great to see. The guy cops it a lot on here but he really isn't as plain and boring as some people wish he was.

Rodre Fegassi
11-16-2011, 02:20 PM
Even if Murray discovered the cure for cancer, took a bullet for Barack (I know you American's don't have a clue who our Prime Minister is) and donated every penny of his earnings to feed the starving children of Africa people would hate on Murray, citing his dourness on court and negative body language as their legitimate reasons for doing so.

The guy can't win.

This is what makes him brilliant.

Castafiore
11-16-2011, 02:53 PM
I wish I could figure out how the moderators decide that some threads remain in GM and others get dumped into the player’s forum.
Send me a pm if you have figured it out because I've been wondering about this for some time as well. ;)

MariaV
11-16-2011, 03:00 PM
Surprisingly great interview by the dailymail and Murray really opened up which is great to see. The guy cops it a lot on here but he really isn't as plain and boring as some people wish he was.

Of course he isn't.

tripwires
11-16-2011, 03:35 PM
I'm not a Murray fan at all and I sometimes delight in his losses (shame on me I know), and obviously I don't read any Murray interviews. However, I read bits of this article when bored at work and I felt sorry enough for him to actually, really, legitimately hope that he wins a slam one day.

I am beyond shocked at myself. But if he plays more aggressively I wouldn't mind him winning a slam, even if I hadn't read this article, so...hopefully he improves.

abraxas21
11-16-2011, 04:07 PM
I'm not a Murray fan at all and I sometimes delight in his losses (shame on me I know), and obviously I don't read any Murray interviews. However, I read bits of this article when bored at work and I felt sorry enough for him to actually, really, legitimately hope that he wins a slam one day.

I am beyond shocked at myself. But if he plays more aggressively I wouldn't mind him winning a slam, even if I hadn't read this article, so...hopefully he improves.

thats the type of strong hardcore tard-like support every tennis player is looking for

Getta
11-16-2011, 04:24 PM
:lol:

Mae
11-16-2011, 11:33 PM
Great interview by Murray :bowdown: I just wish he could keep his head on straight and break though and win that Slam. I know he has the talent, but I'm not sure about the mental/emotional toughness :unsure: But I'm a fan so as long as he is playing I'll be cheering him on even if it has to be only on the TV.

Mountaindewslave
11-17-2011, 05:45 AM
this was a great interview and makes me respect him more than ever. I think he is probably the most honest player out there, at least of the top guys, not hiding behind polite courtesy or worried about people's reactions

Super Djoker
11-17-2011, 09:45 PM
I see that Roddick's continued failure has gotten to you :lol: Oh well, at least Roddick will always have that fluke slam :shrug:


Brilliant interview. Murray is a pretty deep person when he wants to be. If he continues to work hard, then he will get what he has wanted for so long. The slams will start coming when he finally reaches that level he is working so hard for. By far the hardest worker on tour and his hard work will soon be awarded. Just wait, Andy. Your time is coming.

Roddick was a Year End Number 1 at 21! only player ever to do the Montreal, Cincinatti, US Open treble i believe! Hardely a fluke reaching 4 Slam Finals either! Rather have roddick,s Career than Muggay,s! and Roddick has taken 6 sets from his four Slams Finals! Murray a dismal 0!

LawrenceOfTennis
11-17-2011, 09:46 PM
I wish him good luck, but if he fails to reach semis at WTF, this massive stuff goes right into the rubbish

berikson
11-18-2011, 09:10 AM
I think Murray can win the atp finals also hopefully wimbledon

Chirag
11-18-2011, 02:17 PM
Nice interview .Lets hope he wins the slam in AO 2012

tripwires
11-18-2011, 02:27 PM
thats the type of strong hardcore tard-like support every tennis player is looking for

Too bad Andy Murray isn't Roger Federer. ;) That said, AM endeared himself to me slightly when he showed that he could cry like Roger.

Acer
11-18-2011, 06:41 PM
I don't read The Daily Fail

Swiss_Bagels17
11-20-2011, 08:23 PM
Today started the London Masters, I’m sitting here in my academy, the Academia Sánchez-Casal, trying to remember moments that could be interesting to you about the staying of Andy in Barcelona with us. I would like to show you the kid who came here to Sánchez-Casal in 2003 and his tremendous development towards success. He arrived one day with his mother, she had an amazing confidence in herself and she truly believed in her child, unlike him, that seemed filled up with doubts. I remember that boy that barely looked at you, who was scared to come to a strange country, to start a new adventure; but the tennis courts, which are where he would spend so many hours, are the same everywhere, inside the court the frontiers disappear, and this explains his rapid adaptation to the new place. When you saw him he looked anything but a tennis player, and it was when you got in the court with him when you realized his talent.
His mother, Judy, a former tennis player who at that time was coaching a group of young players in her country, despite she was working for the UK Tennis Federation she had very clear that she should take Andy away from the UK tennis environment where he was in, and get him away from the pressure of the UK media; Judy wanted Andy to be one more of the group, not a different one, she wanted him to get mixed smoothly with the other players with a high tennis level. Furthermore, she wanted her son to move like the Spaniards on the court, to make him become a gladiator on the court, and she knew Spain was the best place to learn it. Judy chose Sánchez-Casal convinced that here we would give her child everything he needed.
The first time I played with him, it appeared on the court a really skinny kid, tall and lanky, with the legs set together and looking down. I tried to make a sharp comment to impress him, but his short and quick answer made me think; here is something, I thought, he has character. Then we started to rally on the baseline; he did not do anything special, his strokes looked pretty normal. What a pity, I thought. But I like to evaluate the players in the match. I tried to motivate him by challenging him, so I asked Andy if he dared to play a set against me, and he answered: “I thought you would not dare!”. This little boy really believes it, I thought, and I got to work.
We started to play. I would beat him for sure, I thought. I changed him ball heights and he responded well, I attacked and he defended even better, I brought him forward and he volleyed easily, he had some difficulties running to the drop shots but he was explosive and he would learn it, his serve was not very powerful but the execution was almost perfect, when he would get stronger he would serve really well. The truth is that I got very impressed, Andy had something special, and furthermore he was a winner. When he would learn to channel well the energies, he would be tremendously tough on the court. I would rather not say the final result of our match…
That day I left home with a smile on my face; if we could give that kid the fundamentals of the Spaniard tennis player he would be spectacular. In addition, in the few days he was with us he already showed great companionship and humility; if we could get him to work in a continuous manner, he would improve a lot. This was the most difficult thing, to get him used to the routines; sometimes we had to get him out of his room to train, other times we had to chase him and almost push him to train. Since we are not born learned, he had to get used to the hardness. However, when he went to the tournaments he was able to take out the best of himself, this part so difficult to teach, for him it was innate.
If we analyze it today, we realize that after all those years Andy still maintains all the exceptional aspects of his game, he is very aggressive with his serve and dominates his opponents, and the more you force him the better he defends. If he is be able to be consistent with this aggressiveness in the Grand Slams, as he has been doing lately in the ATP tournaments, for sure we would have the first Englishman who wins a Slam since Fred Perry. I am among those who defend Andy’s progression and his potential for further improvement. Also, we have to keep in mind that Andy has to deal with the two best players of the history, Nadal and Federer, and when occasionally they have not been there and Andy had the opportunity to shine, then appears this Djokovik almost better than the best two. On one side, I believe it is a fortune to succeed in tennis in such a wonderful time like the present, coinciding with the best players in the history, which force the others to bring up their level. However, on the other side it can also be considered a bad luck, because, despite the high level of Andy, it is really difficult for him to achieve a Grand Slam title.
In the 2012 I am sure that in the big tournaments Andy will be strong against his three main rivals. His moment has arrived, and in the Masters, which takes place in his country this week, if the pressure does not betray him, Andy could be the first candidate to the title.
To conclude, I want to emphasize that, although Andy has reached the top in tennis, he has always maintained a nice relationship with his companions of the Academy. He is a good friend of his friends, he is loyal and good hearted. He has invited most of his friends to big tournaments, and still maintains contact with the rest. In addition, he traveled almost two years with Carlos Mier, his roommate in Sánchez-Casal, and now his coach is Dani Vallverdú, which was his closest friend here in the Academia. They are his close people, Andy found them here and he continues with them, and this says a lot about him.
Today I can only thank him for being the way he is, because Andy, since he left to continue his journey by himself, he has always remembered the Academia and all of us, and we can only be more than grateful as he has been about his staying here. In Sánchez-Casal we cannot ask for more, the fact that such a champion, a role model, an idol as he is, remembers his stay in Barcelona as one of the best periods of his life fills me up with pride and satisfaction. All those who shared his growth and development here at the Academia, admire him enormously and we know that soon he will fulfill his dream.

EddceLLent
11-20-2011, 08:48 PM
I read this one too. Along with the Daily Mail interview it's been great reading such insightful articles about him. Like how this one acknowledges the input of his mother.

Moozza
11-20-2011, 09:15 PM
Apart from calling murray an engilshman, a good article.

LawrenceOfTennis
11-21-2011, 12:05 AM
Again: Good luck to Andy, but all these great insightful articles will go right into the toilet if he fails to reach at least semis here and fails to win a slam next year.

allpro
11-21-2011, 12:21 AM
while mainly dull, andy murray does have moments of keen insight and introspection. the real question, however, is can he cast aside his demons on the biggest stage?

LawrenceOfTennis
11-21-2011, 04:39 PM
I wish him good luck, but if he fails to reach semis at WTF, this massive stuff goes right into the rubbish

I was spot on.