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*~Andy's Clay Court Cheering Thread: Roland Garros~*

04-09-2006, 05:27 PM
I figured to make one huge clay court tournament thread instead of having a seperate one for each tournament. I'll update the title each week. :)

According to Andy's interview in Miami his clay court schedule looks something like this:

-Monte‑Carlo(1st round lost to Jean-Rene Lisnard 6-4 6-7 5-7) :rolleyes:
-Barcelona(2nd round lost to David Ferrer 6-4 6-7 (4) 1-6) :(
-Rome (1st round lost to Filippo Volandri 4-6, 4-6) :fiery:
-Hamburg(2nd round lost to James Blake 3-6, 3-6) :o
-Roland Garros (1st round loss to Gael Monfils 5-4, 7-6(2),6-1, 2-6, 1-6) :sobbing:

A very busy schedule for Andy, but hopefully he can have some good results :yeah:

04-09-2006, 05:34 PM
Monte Carlo Entry List:

1 Federer, Roger SUI 1
2 Nadal, Rafael ESP 2
3 Roddick, Andy USA 3
4 Nalbandian, David ARG 4
5 Ljubicic, Ivan CRO 5
6 Davydenko, Nikolay RUS 6
7 Coria, Guillermo ARG 7
OUT Agassi, Andre USA 8
9 Gaudio, Gaston ARG 9
10 Hewitt, Lleyton AUS 10
11 Ferrer, David ESP 11
12 Kiefer, Nicolas GER 12
OUT Johansson, Thomas SWE 13
14 Blake, James USA 14
15 Gonzalez, Fernando CHI 15
16 Ferrero, Juan Carlos ESP 16
17 Stepanek, Radek CZE 17
18 Gasquet, Richard FRA 18
19 Robredo, Tommy ESP 19
20 Ginepri, Robby USA 20
21 Hrbaty, Dominik SVK 21
22 Grosjean, Sebastien FRA 22
23 Ancic, Mario CRO 23
24 Nieminen, Jarkko FIN 24
25 Berdych, Tomas CZE 25
26 Andreev, Igor RUS 26
27 Baghdatis, Marcos CYP 27
28 Haas, Tommy GER 28
29 Monfils, Gael FRA 29
30 Moya, Carlos ESP 30
31 Chela, Juan Ignacio ARG 31
32 Rochus, Olivier BEL 32
33 Volandri, Filippo ITA 33
34 Verdasco, Fernando ESP 34
35 Mathieu, Paul-Henri FRA 35
36 Acasuso, Jose ARG 36
37 Santoro, Fabrice FRA 37
38 Serra, Florent FRA 38
39 Lopez, Feliciano ESP 39
40 Hanescu, Victor ROM 40
41 Dent, Taylor USA 41
42 Youzhny, Mikhail RUS 42
43 Rochus, Christophe BEL 43
44 Murray, Andy GBR 44 :woohoo:
45 Verkerk, Martin NED 44
46 Henman, Tim GBR 45
47 Rusedski, Greg GBR 46
48 Massu, Nicolas CHI 47
49 Horna, Luis PER 48
50 Malisse, Xavier BEL 49
51 Tursunov, Dmitry RUS 50
52 Sanguinetti, Davide ITA 51
53 (WC) Lisnard, Jean-Rene MON
54 (WC)
55 (WC)
56 (WC)
57 (Q)
58 (Q)
59 (Q)
60 (Q)
61 (Q)
62 (Q)
63 (Q)
64 (Q)

04-10-2006, 07:04 AM
Allez Andy in MC! Hopefully hes well rested and healthy for the tourney.

04-10-2006, 01:08 PM
He will be fine. Never mind him swearing at an official in DC, i hope he starts showing a little more passion on court. I think he has toned it down a little too much this year. It is stifling him a little. His clay court prospects are hard to judge. It could be a huge few weeks for him. Given the polarity at the top of the mens game between those who love the dirt, and those who loathe it, this time of year is when Andy could really soar up the rankings and have some healthy points in the bank over the players who just have to suffer this surface before they can head to the green courts of england.

He does have an all-round game which should suit all surfaces. He loves long technical rallies. In full flow Murray is quite an esoteric tennis player and i am hoping he will shine. Lacks some of the power of the big hitters but could cause some damage in the weeks to come. His lack of points is well known. One qf and a few second/third rounds and he will be seeded for french, and thereafter wimbledon. If you read the article of what Muster apparently said, he thought Murray had tweaked his game more towards the hard courts, but he trained on this stuff in spain constantly. This should be second-nature to him.

Come on Andy, i am hoping for a big few weeks!! Shame he isn't playing valencia this week, but he has been ill, so get better, clear your head after DC, and enjoy monte carlo!

04-10-2006, 07:38 PM
I hope he can do well at this tournie, good luck Andy :) :)

04-15-2006, 12:40 PM
Ok Andy will play J.R. Lisnard of France (WC) in round one here at monte-carlo. This is a gift and Andy must take it. Lisnard can play a bit on clay, but Andy really couldn't have got it any easier for round one in a top masters event.

Assuming the inevitable walkover, he will play Nadal in round two.

All week live on sky sports xtra i believe, so come on Andy, do us proud!!!!

He won in san jose minus his coach, so bound to take the title here, no problem! We can but dream!

04-15-2006, 04:10 PM
Main Draw Monte Carlo:

(1) FEDERER, Roger SUI v Qualifier
ROCHUS, Christophe BEL v HAAS, Tommy GER
VERDASCO, Fernando ESP v (13) GROSJEAN, Sebastien FRA

(11) FERRERO, Juan Carlos ESP v TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS
CHELA, Juan Ignacio ARG v RUSEDSKI, Greg GBR
HRBATY, Dominik SVK v Qualifier
MASSU, Nicolas CHI v (8) FERRER, David ESP

(WC) SIMON, Gilles FRA v Qualifier
SANTORO, Fabrice FRA v (16) BERDYCH, Tomas CZE

(12) GONZALEZ, Fernando CHI v MOYA, Carlos ESP
HANESCU, Victor ROM v LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP
Qualifier v Qualifier

(7) GAUDIO, Gaston ARG v HENMAN, Tim GBR
Qualifier v WAWRINKA, Stanislas SUI
Qualifier v (10) STEPANEK, Radek CZE

(15) ROBREDO, Tommy ESP v HORNA, Luis PER

(6) CORIA, Guillermo ARG v YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS
MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA v SAFIN, Marat RUS
MIRNYI, Max BLR v (9) KIEFER, Nicolas GER

(14) NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN v VLIEGEN, Kristof BEL
Qualifier v (WC) BENNETEAU, Julien FRA
CLEMENT, Arnaud FRA v (2) NADAL, Rafael ESP

Good Luck Andy :yeah:

04-16-2006, 04:19 PM
Monte Carlo: Doubles Draw


(1) BJORKMAN, Jonas (SWE)/MIRNYI, Max (BLR)/Bye
CORIA, Guillermo (ARG)/GARCIA, Martin (ARG) v. HAGGARD, Chris (RSA)/TURSUNOV, Dmitry (RUS)
Bye/(5)ERLICH, Jonathan (ISR)/RAM, Andy (ISR)

(4) DAMM, Martin (CZE)/PAES, Leander (IND)/Bye
GONZALEZ, Fernando (CHI)/MASSU, Nicolas (CHI) v. BHUPATHI, Mahesh (IND)/STEPANEK, Radek (CZE)
LEVINSKY, Jaroslav (CZE)/SAFIN, Marat (RUS) v. ALLEGRO, Yves (SUI)/FEDERER, Roger (SUI)
Bye/(8) HUSS, Stephen (AUS)/VIZNER, Pavel (CZE)

(7) FRIEDL, Leos (CZE)/KNOWLE, Julian (AUT)/Bye
KIEFER, Nicolas (GER)/SRICHAPHAN, Paradorn (THA) v. ANDREEV, Igor (RUS)/DAVYDENKO, Nikolay (RUS)
Bye/(3) SANTORO, Fabrice (FRA)/ZIMONJIC, Nenad (SCG)

(6)ASPELIN, Simon (SWE)/PERRY, Todd (AUS)/Bye
(WC) CLEMENT, Arnaud (FRA)/LLODRA, Michael (FRA) v. FERRER, David (ESP)/ROBREDO, Tommy (ESP)
HRBATY, Dominik (SVK)/SUK, Cyril (CZE) v. ACASUSO, Jose (ARG)/PRIETO, Sebastian (ARG)
Bye/(2)KNOWLES, Mark (BAH)/NESTOR, Daniel (CAN)

Good Luck Andy and Tim :bounce:

04-16-2006, 10:58 PM
Its good he is playing doubles, it is often forgotten that Rusedski has a few doubles titles to his name. Playing with Tim is a good thing for Andy and a wise choice. Good luck to him and the Tiger.

Andy will play the lizard on tuesday, which is a shame because i will be back at work and unable to watch the match live! However, there are some nice games to watch tomorrow, the first two acasuso v verdasco and then rochus v monfils should be enjoyable. Tiger and Greg are up later in the day, although i think Tim has more chance than Greg who is widely tipped to get thumped by Chela.

04-17-2006, 04:17 AM
I'm pretty excitied to see how Andy handles himself on clay. Lisnard might cause Andy some trouble plus he'll have the crowd behind him.

Andy playing dubs with Tiger Tim can only help his game.

04-17-2006, 02:25 PM
I have no doubts Andy will win. Consider that this guy lost to both dick norman and h.t. lee on clay last year, has done nothing of note on the challenger circuit this year and you have to say Andy should win this easily. Home advantage didn't help Monfils this morning and is not much of a factor in tennis anyway to be honest.

I think if Andy lost this match it would be his worst defeat since he lost in one of his north american challengers last year to some australian nobody whose name i can't remember!!!

Come on Muzza, do us proud!

04-17-2006, 09:44 PM
OOP for Tuesday:

Court des princes 10.00 AM

(6)Guillermo Coria (ARG) vs Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) vs Potito Starace (ITA)
Jean-Renè Lisnard (MON) vs Andy Murray (GBR)
(12)Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) vs Carlos Moya (ESP)
Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) vs Florent Serra (FRA)

Court 9 10.00 AM

Malisse (BEL) / Rochus (BEL) vs Fyrstenberg (POL) / Matkowski (POL)
Victor Hanescu (ROM) vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
Coria (ARG) / Garcia (ARG) vs Haggard (RSA) / Tursunov (RUS)
Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) vs Daniele Bracciali (ITA)
Berdych (CZE) / Nieminen (FIN) vs Henman (GBR) / Murray (GBR)

Go Andy in both of your matches! :woohoo:

04-18-2006, 01:21 AM
go Andy-M :devil:

04-18-2006, 08:05 AM
I have no doubts Andy will win. Consider that this guy lost to both dick norman and h.t. lee on clay last year, has done nothing of note on the challenger circuit this year and you have to say Andy should win this easily. Home advantage didn't help Monfils this morning and is not much of a factor in tennis anyway to be honest.

I think if Andy lost this match it would be his worst defeat since he lost in one of his north american challengers last year to some australian nobody whose name i can't remember!!!

Come on Muzza, do us proud!

That’s all well and good but with Andy u never know what ur going to get. As for home advantage it’s a HUGE factor. Playing in front of ur home crowd can carry u to a win or u can wilt under the pressure. Hopefully Andy can get a win on the red stuff.

04-18-2006, 08:50 AM
True, Andy has been a model of mystery this year with some of his play. However, i have seen this lisnard guy play a few times in the past, and every time, he just looked awful. Aside from a few of the qualifiers or a match against one of the clay loathers, Andy could not have been dealt a kinder draw. I sense Andy will make strides this week, and i know he will be desperate for a crack at Nadal in round two.

I just don't believe home advantage makes much difference in tennis, except SOME players seem to play better on their own soil. You saw that with some of the yanks last week at Houston. Mardy Fish in a clay final could NEVER happen in europe. There is something in it, but Lisnard will need a lot more than crowd fervour to oust our man Murray here. He needs ability he simply does not possess.

04-18-2006, 01:52 PM
Andy won the first set 6-4 and now we are in a tiebreak in the 2nd with Andy down a mini-break. Andy was serving for the match at 5-4. :smash:

Come on Andy!!

04-18-2006, 03:28 PM
Just posting here before any oxygen thieves come in here to have their 'fun'.

He didn't play well, he looked like he didn't want it enough, too many UE's, still crappy serving, too defensive and not offensive enough when ahead in the match.

I don't know if he'll make it to the top, I really don't, he can beat two top 10'ers and lose to Lisnard, you need consistency to be a champion and I don't know whether he will find it at all.

No longer posting in GM and the gloating, arrogant sad morons who pollute it. I'll probably stay in non-tennis or here, where I don't have to put up with such nasty hatred and abuse of my favourite player.

04-18-2006, 09:29 PM
Murray Out as Cramps Strike Again


Andy Murray slumped to a disappointing 6-4 6-7 5-7 defeat against local favourite Jean-Rene Lisnard in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

The British number one won the first set but lost the next two as leg cramps brought him to a virtual standstill.

The Scot later recovered to partner Tim Henman in the doubles against Tomas Berdych and Jarkko Nieminen.

The British duo advanced to round two after their opponents retired when trailing 3-2 in the first set.

Murray was making his first appearance since ending his 10-month partnership with coach Mark Petchey.

The Dunblane teenager, who was recovering from a virus as well as an ankle injury suffered in Miami, later blamed a lack of match practice for his first-round exit to Lisnard.

"I knew I wasn't 100% fit coming into the match, I had very little time to practice because of the ankle injury and then the sickness," said Murray.

"I just don't understand why I get cramp because I don't feel tired at all. Going on to play, I didn't feel `I don't want to go out there'.

"I felt fine enough to play. But when your legs cramp, you just can't do anything. I don't quite know what it is.

"Obviously, this is my first match on clay, so I wasn't expecting to play great and feel great on the court.

"But I had a lot of chances to win the match."

Murray looked set for victory after winning the first set and opening up a 3-1 lead in the second.

Some scrappy play allowed Lisnard to hit back, the 26-year-old Monegasque, ranked more than 100 places below Murray, squaring the match by winning the tie-break 7-5.

Murray's fitness then disintegrated rapidly, although he briefly led 4-2 in the deciding set before losing it 6-4.


At least he and Tim won in doubles if there's some consolidation for his loss. I didn't see the match so I can't judge on how he played, buts its upsetting to here that he lost to Lisnard. :sad:

04-18-2006, 10:25 PM
I just got home after a busy day at work and i am very sad to see Andy lost, especially as i was telling everyone how crap Lisnard was.

Hopefully he can practice and train hard and get himself in the best condition. That was a match he should have won!

04-19-2006, 07:25 PM
OOP for Thursday, April 20, 2006:

Court des Princes start 10:00 AM
(WC)Henman/Murray vs (3)Santoro/Zimonjic
(15)T Robredo (ESP) vs (3)D Nalbandian (ARG)
(7)G Gaudio (ARG) vs (Q)A Di Mauro (ITA)
(6)G Coria (ARG) vs (9)N Kiefer (GER)
(12)F Gonzalez (CHI) or F Lopez (ESP) vs R Soderling (SWE)
(6)Aspelin/Perry vs (WC)Clement/Llodra

A really tough doubles match, but let's go Andy and Tim :banana:

04-20-2006, 04:06 AM
It was hard watching Andy in the match esp at the end when he cramped. He had a brain cramp in the 2nd when he had a chance to win it. Let's face it Andy is not fit. He cramps so often it's almost his trademark. I know he was sick and injured but he can't use that as an excuse. From what I hear he's still eating junk food. Andy's got a nice game but he needs good fitness to back it up. I can't imagine him going 5 sets at RG.

On the positive side Andy looked like he knew what he was doing on clay for the most part. He played some nice droppers/loopers and he can slide. I guess all that work in Spain actually did help some.

04-20-2006, 12:32 PM
Andy and Tiger Time lost in the dubs 10-8 in the 3rd. So that pretty much wraps it up for MC.

04-20-2006, 05:25 PM
Aww, that Andy and Tim lost. It looked like a pretty exciting match from the scoreline against a tough, tough opponent.

On the positive side Andy looked like he knew what he was doing on clay for the most part. He played some nice droppers/loopers and he can slide. I guess all that work in Spain actually did help some.

That's really good to hear that he seems be comfortable on clay and know what's he doing. Hopefully, it will all pay off soon. However, as you said, he is going to have to work on his fitness and even mental toughness.

04-21-2006, 01:31 PM
Maybe we hope for too much from Andy sometimes; let's see if next week brings better results. He has a natural love for Barcelona and so let's see one year on from his atp debut here against Hernych how much he has learned and improved. He nearly won that day.

Let's await the draw and be optimistic.

04-21-2006, 07:44 PM
Entry List for Barcelona:

1 Nadal, Rafael ESP 2
OUT Nalbandian, David ARG 4
3 Davydenko, Nikolay RUS 5
4 Ljubicic, Ivan CRO 6
5 Coria, Guillermo ARG 7
OUT Gaudio, Gaston ARG 8
7 Ferrer, David ESP 11
OUT Johansson, Thomas SWE 13
9 Ferrero, Juan Carlos ESP 16
10 Stepanek, Radek CZE 17
OUT Gasquet, Richard FRA 18
12 Robredo, Tommy ESP 19
13 Hrbaty, Dominik SVK 21
14 Nieminen, Jarkko FIN 24
15 Berdych, Tomas CZE 25
16 Andreev, Igor RUS 26
17 Monfils, Gael FRA 29
18 Moya, Carlos ESP 30
OUT Chela, Juan Ignacio ARG 31
20 Volandri, Filippo ITA 33
21 Verdasco, Fernando ESP 34
22 Mathieu, Paul-Henri FRA 35
OUT Acasuso, Jose ARG 36
24 Lopez, Feliciano ESP 39
OUT Hanescu, Victor ROM 40
26 Murray, Andy GBR 44
OUT Verkerk, Martin NED 44@
OUT Malisse, Xavier BEL 49
29 Tursunov, Dmitry RUS 50
30 Mirnyi, Max BLR 54
31 Vliegen, Kristof BEL 57
32 Wawrinka, Stanislas SUI 58
33 Karlovic, Ivo CRO 59
34 Martin, Alberto ESP 60
35 Srichaphan, Paradorn THA 61
36 Calleri, Agustin ARG 62
37 Vik, Robin CZE 66
38 Djokovic, Novak SCG 67
39 Zib, Tomas CZE 71
OUT Novak, Jiri CZE 75
41 Dlouhy, Lukas CZE 77
42 Almagro, Nicolas ESP 80
43 Spadea, Vincent USA 82

A lot of guys have pulled out, so perhaps with a good draw it may be a chance for Andy to do well. :)

04-21-2006, 08:03 PM
http://montecarlo.masters-series.com/en/players/interviews/stories/06_henmanmurray4.asp Transcipt of the Andy Murray-Tim Henman interview after their loss in doubles

http://montecarlo.masters-series.com/en/players/interviews/stories/06_henmanmurray4.asp Interview transcribed after Andy's loss to Lisnard

04-22-2006, 12:25 PM
Maybe we hope for too much from Andy sometimes; let's see if next week brings better results. He has a natural love for Barcelona and so let's see one year on from his atp debut here against Hernych how much he has learned and improved. He nearly won that day.

Let's await the draw and be optimistic.

I don't think hoping that one of ur favs does well is a bad thing. Everyone I've come across in Andy's subforum wants him to do well but are realistic. Andy does have a lot of expectations and that comes with being a talented player. It's really up to him how he deals with the pressure. We're all his fans of Andy's here and we'll still like him win or lose. :)

Best of Luck in Barcelona. My least liked Spanish city! :tape:

04-22-2006, 06:10 PM
Main Draw Singles Barcelona:

(1)Rafael,NADAL vs BYE
LOPEZ, Feliciano vs Q
Q vs DJOKOVIC, Novak
(16)SRICHAPHAN, Paradorn vs Q

(9)BERDYCH, Tomas vs MONTANES, Albert
PORTAS, Albert vs HERNANDEZ, Oscar
(7)NIEMINEN, Jarkko vs BYE

(3)CORIA, Guillermo vs BYE
ZIB, Tomas vs (WC) vs BLANCO, Galo
PAVEL, Andrei vs ALMAGRO, Nicolas
(13)MONFILS, Gael vs Q

(10)FERRERO, Juan-Carlos vs VLIEGEN, Kristof
MARTIN, Alberto vs (WC)SALVA-VIDAL, Bartolome
(WC)COSTA, Albert "vs SPADEA, Vincent
(8)HRBATY, Dominik vs BYE

(6)ROBREDO, Tommy vs BYE
STARACE, Potito vs DLOUHY, Lukas
CALLERI, Agustin vs GIMELSTOB, Justin
(12)VERDASCO, Fernandovs vs VIK, Robin

(14)TURSUNOV, Dmitry vs (WC)CUADRADO, Carlos
MATHIEU, Paul-Henri vs MARIN, Juan Antonio
VOLANDRI, Filippo vs Q
(4)STEPANEK, Radek vs BYE

(5)FERRER, David vs BYE
(WC)GRANOLLERS-PUJOL, Marcel vs MURRAY, Andy :woohoo:
WAWRINKA, Stanislas vs LAPENTTI, Nicolas
(11)ANDREEV, Igor vs GABASHVILI, Teimuraz

(15)MOYA, Carlos vs Q
Q vs VICENTE, Fernando
(2)DAVYDENKO, Nikolay vs BYE

Andy is also playing doubles with Justin Gimbelstob: http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/posting/2006/425/MDD.pdf

Hopefully, Andy will at least get through the first round. After that, I don't know because David Ferrer will be waiting in the next round and he's a tough, tough opponent.

04-22-2006, 08:46 PM
This is a good draw; and Ferrer isn't exactly in the best of form either. However best not to get our hopes up and just see what happens!!

Good Luck for next week!!!!

04-23-2006, 11:34 AM
1st rnd is def winnable but the 2nd rnd is going to get a little hairy.

04-23-2006, 08:07 PM
Third up on the 2nd court tomorrow. Play starts at 9.45 british time. Should be around lunchtime when muzza takes to court. First match is indeed winnable, and after another week of practice and the doubles games he got Andy should be in good enough condition to win this.

Ferrer can be an excellent players; but this year's record says it all: totally unreliable.

Mind you Andy has been just as inconsistent and unreliable. He will want to do well here in Barcelona. Come on Andy!!

04-23-2006, 10:11 PM
Go Andy tomorrow :bounce:

Ferrer had a good result in Miami reaching the semifinals for the 2nd year in a row. Last week, he got to the quarterfinals before losing to Roger Federer. I think that he will be a really tough opponent for Andy. You never know, though :)

I'm getting ahead of myself. Andy needs to win his 1st round tomorrow before we can even think about David Ferrer!

04-24-2006, 01:19 PM
Andy has just lost the first set of his match against the spanish youngster 6-4.

Come on Andy; let's hope for a typical comeback!!!!

04-24-2006, 02:14 PM
:worship: Andy wins the second set 6-4.

04-24-2006, 02:36 PM
He seems to be in a dog fight. I hope he pulls through. Come on Andy!!

04-24-2006, 02:44 PM
:bigclap: GSM Murray. Andy Murray defeats M. Granollers-Puyol, 4-6 6-4 6-2.

Great considering he was a set and 4-2 down at one point. He should have won more easily, but a win is a win, and there is more to come!

04-24-2006, 02:46 PM
Thank the gods Andy won! I was getting uber nervous. His first clay court win of '06 congrats Andy. Time to upset David in the next rnd. :devil:

04-24-2006, 03:39 PM
Good win Andy, nice to see you in a 2nd round

04-24-2006, 05:40 PM
First clay win on the main tour. He'll have to improve against Ferrer.

04-24-2006, 06:04 PM
Well done Andy :yeah:
Good to get that first clay win ;)

04-24-2006, 07:39 PM
Well done Andy :) Keep it up!

04-24-2006, 08:51 PM
:scared: Take out bad Ferrer.

04-24-2006, 09:38 PM
Well done Andy! :bigclap: He probably should of easier, but a win is still a win.

Ferrer :scared:

04-24-2006, 09:41 PM

Murray Digs Deep to Beat Wildcard

Andy Murray won his first match in more than six weeks when he beat wildcard Marcel Granollers-Pujol 4-6 6-4 6-2 in the first round of the Barcelona Open.
The 18-year-old Briton trailed the world number 291 by a set and a break but rallied to win the second set.

With the Spaniard struggling with cramp in both legs, Murray eased through the third set to set up a clash with fifth seed David Ferrer.

Russian seeds Igor Andreev and Dmitriy Tursunov both lost on the opening day.

Andreev, seeded 11th, was beaten 4-6 7-6 7-6 by countryman Teimuraz Gabashvili while 14th seed Tursunov was beaten 4-6 6-0 6-3 by Spanish wildcard Carlos Cuadrado.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Frenchman Gael Monfils beat Stefano Galvani of Italy 6-2 7-5.

Despite getting back to winning ways, Murray said he was "a bit disappointed overall" with his performance. "I knew it would be a tough match as I have not played that much on clay since the French Open," said Murray, who was a losing semi-finalist at last year's junior tournament at Roland Garros.

"I didn't do anything really that well, I didn't have too many big serves and I made a lot of mistakes on my backhand.

"I kept fighting the whole match though and that was the main thing as you can always do better in the next round."

Murray began well and broke immediately, but Granollers-Pujol dominated the remainder of the set to surge into a surprise lead.
The local player then broke to lead 3-2 in the second set, but Murray took four of the next five games to level the match.

Leading 1-0 with serve in the decider, Murray's opponent took a medical time-out, and although Granollers-Pujol returned to break serve, thereafter it was one-way traffic for the British youngster.

"I only arrived here at 10pm on Saturday night and so I've only had the chance to practice for two hours on clay," Murray added.

"I know my best surface is the hard court, although I enjoy playing on clay. I don't play enough on the surface though and this is only the third match on clay on the tour I think.

"In the next round I'm not expecting to win, but as long as I perform better, that is the main thing."

04-25-2006, 09:55 PM
David Ferrer def. Andy 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-1

It was a lot closer than I expcected. Andy seems pretty happy with the match from some of his quotes. From the thread on GM, he does need to work more on his fitness because he was cramping again. A much better result this week than last week in Monte Carlo.

A few quotes from the match:

"This is my best performance on clay ever by a long way," enthused Murray.

"It shows that I'm not a bad clay player. Ferrer's a top five on the clay behind Nadal, Federer and some other guys.

"I could have had him, but he played better in the tie-break."



04-26-2006, 02:27 AM
Andy is right he could have ended it in the TB but that was not the case. The first two sets shows that he can play on clay. The main problem is (Which Sweet mentioned above) fitness. Andy's fitness is still not where it should be. Playing on clay exposes how bad it really is. Granted he's still young, eating junk food and haveing a good time. He's riding on his talent now but if ur not fit ur talent can only take u so far.

04-26-2006, 09:14 PM
Early Doubles Defeat for Murray

Andy Murray and new doubles partner Justin Gimelstob bowed out in the first round of the Barcelona Open.

The teenage Scot and 29-year-old American made a bright start against French opponents Paul-Henri Mathieu and Gael Monfils, taking the first.

But the untried partnership faded and they lost a 'champions' tie-break to concede the match 4-6, 6-4, 10-6.

Murray lost out in the second round of the singles after a three-set defeat to world number 12 David Ferrer.

Well said, OddJob. Obviously, Andy had loads of talent, but that can only take him to a certain point. Hopefully, he will soon enough learn how important an aspect fitness is to his game. These losses might not be so bad for him in the long run since he can see what he needs to work on.

04-27-2006, 09:15 AM
He could and should have beaten Ferrer. But you could have said as much after the games against davydenko and ljubicic earlier in the year. In terms of tennis Andy is not far from the top players, and well capable of matching them for long period. He just needs a little more mental toughness and discipline. There will come a time when Andy will dispatch a player like ferrer in straight sets.

He could do with a run in a tournament though, and a good chance will come at Estoril next week as he is very likely to be seeded in an ATP tourny for the first time. A few matches there before the bigger events in rome and hamburg before RG will be useful.

Still i am optimistic about Andy at RG. I think he will do well.

04-28-2006, 10:46 AM
I aint so sure about his chances at RG, i think he has the ability to give any man in the draw(besides Fed and Nadal) a run for their money but his fitness will always be suspect on clay, its the hardest surface to play on if your not as fit as you should be. He will struggle in any 3rd set that he plays if he has already been on court for more than 2hrs 30min. I hope i am wrong though

04-29-2006, 08:25 PM
Damn, Andy has pulled out of Estoril!!!

Anyone have any info?? Was looking forward to seeing him this week with eurosport coverage and all.

04-30-2006, 05:41 PM
No idea why. Maybe he's still recovering from the injury.

*goes to change title*

05-02-2006, 01:52 AM
Murray Sits Out Portuguese Event

British number one Andy Murray will not play at this week's Estoril Open as he nurses a back injury.
The 18-year-old is thought to have picked up the injury at last week's tournament in Barcelona.

Missing the Estoril event gives Murray a break ahead of back-to-back Masters Series events in Rome and Hamburg.

Murray has dropped one place in this week's world ranking to number 44, with fellow Britons Greg Rusedski at 47 and Tim Henman at 67.

Get Well Soon Andy :hug:

05-02-2006, 03:19 AM
Andy seems to be in a lot of pain as of late, it's too bad! I hope he gets well soon. The bright side is he'll get a nice little break.

05-04-2006, 10:33 PM
His fitness was fine at the start of the year; i see this as just a temporary blip. In any event, the new coach will soon sort that aspect out if need be.

I think Andy is unlikely to be seeded for the french now, but hopefully a few games at RG and he will make it for wimby.

Hope he is better for next week!

05-06-2006, 01:05 PM
Helpfully Andy has recovered from his back injury cause he has a tough 1st rnd match in Roma. Filo is a damn good clay courter tho his results on clay this season have been up and down. If Andy plays this match up has 3 setter written all over it and that does happen I hope cramps won't be an issue.

05-06-2006, 10:03 PM
(15)Thomas Johansson (SWE) vs Q
Alessio Di Mauro (ITA) vs Tim Henman (GBR)
Andy Murray (GBR) vs Filippo Volandri (ITA)
Carlos Moya (ESP) vs (2)Rafael Nadal (ESP)

Volandri is a really tough opening round match. Hopefully, Andy will be free from any injury. I'm just worried about him cramping again if the match goes three sets.
Let's go Andy :dance:

05-07-2006, 07:28 PM
It is a good test for Andy but he can certainly win. I notice he isn't on the OP for tomorrow so looks like it will be tuesday. Volandri is italy's finest so it will be on the maun court for sure.

He should be fine. I don't expect great things this week with a tough opener and an almost unbeatable on clay nadal in round two. Andy might surprise us you never know!

I'd really love to see him play Nadal. He missed a chance to make that happen against Lisnard, so let's hope he can make amends! Good luck!!! If it was hard courts Andy would be fav, but i'd say his chances here are about 40%.

Forza Murray!

05-07-2006, 09:51 PM
Good luck Andy but i expect a 1st round exit.

05-09-2006, 08:50 PM

good fight Andy.
maybe i have too much high hopes for him on clay. XD

he really needs to hold serve. Seriously. !

05-09-2006, 08:51 PM
He should take a break till RG, practise that damn serve, facing BP in each service game is horrible. And 4 DF, oh please.

05-09-2006, 08:55 PM
Yeah he should take a break till the French open and get him self a coach please?

05-09-2006, 09:23 PM
Andy lost 6-4, 6-4 :smash:

Scotland's Andy Murray lost 6-4 6-4 to Italy's Filippo Volandri in the first round of the Rome Masters.

His defeat means Greg Rusedski will take over as British number one following his surprise win over 12th seed Tommy Robredo on Monday.

Murray, who celebrates his 19th birthday on Monday, had plenty of opportunities in a match which featured eight breaks of serve.

But it was Volandri who emerged victorious after 94 minutes to book a second round clash with world number two and defending champion Rafael Nadal.

05-10-2006, 10:40 AM
Tho the match was str8 sets it was close. Andy played well for the most part. He made too many UE's. Filo is a great clay court player so I don't see this loss as a bad one. It's kind of funny how Andy says clay is his best surface when it clearly is not. He can def play on clay and in the future his results on the surface will improve.

05-10-2006, 12:26 PM
For an in-depth report and analysis of the Murray match go to: www.andymurraytennis.org. Click on the link to the messageboard and go to the "Latest Andy Murray news section".

05-10-2006, 08:06 PM
Tho the match was str8 sets it was close. Andy played well for the most part. He made too many UE's. Filo is a great clay court player so I don't see this loss as a bad one. It's kind of funny how Andy says clay is his best surface when it clearly is not. He can def play on clay and in the future his results on the surface will improve.

Thanks :) I don't have any coverage so I have no clue how he played.
I know, when he says clay is his favorite surface, I just roll my eyes because I think its hard court.

05-11-2006, 08:07 AM
Thanks :) I don't have any coverage so I have no clue how he played.
I know, when he says clay is his favorite surface, I just roll my eyes because I think its hard court.

I think he says that cause he trained in Spain on the stuff. But Andy is far from a clay courter. Like I said before he knows how to play on the stuff and I agree hardcourt is his best surface.

05-13-2006, 04:15 PM

ROCHUS, Olivier BEL vs FERRERO, Juan Carlos ESP
SAFIN, Marat RUS vs Qualifier
LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP vs (16)FERRER, David ESP

(11)JOHANSSON, Thomas SWE vs MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA
GASQUET, Richard FRA vs VLIEGEN, Kristof BEL
BERDYCH, Tomas CZE vs SERRA, Florent FRA
NOVAK, Jiri CZE vs (8)ROBREDO, Tommy ESP

(4)DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS vs MASSU, Nicolas CHI
WAWRINKA, Stanislas SUI vs SEPPI, Andreas ITA
SRICHAPHAN, Paradorn THA vs ROCHUS, Christophe BEL

(11)ANCIC, Mario CRO vs Qualifier
Qualifier vs YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS
MOYA, Carlos ESP vs (5)BLAKE, James USA

(7)GONZALEZ, Fernando CHI vs TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS
HRBATY, Dominik SVK vs (WC)MAYER, Florian
CHELA, Juan Ignacio ARG vs VERDASCO, Fernando ESP
Qualifier vs (10)CORIA, Guillermo ARG

(14)GINEPRI, Robby USA vs GROSJEAN, Sebastien FRA
Qualifier vs (3)LJUBICIC, Ivan CRO

(6)GAUDIO, Gaston ARG vs MARTIN, Alberto ESP
RUSEDSKI, Greg GBR vs Qualifier
Qualifier vs (9)KIEFER, Nicolas GER

SANTORO, Fabrice FRA vs (WC)PHAU, Bjorn GER
MALISSE, Xavier BEL vs Qualifier
HAAS, Tommy GER vs (2)NADAL, Rafael ESP

05-13-2006, 04:18 PM
Gael had a great tournament in Rome reaching the semifinals so he's probably going to be riding on a wave of confidence. However, he's been really inconsistent this year. He reached the finals in Doha and that's pretty much about it. Perhaps Gael will be tried from Rome.
The draw could have been worse, however, so I guess we have to take what we can get.

Andy :)

05-13-2006, 04:58 PM
Grrrrr this is going to be a tough one. They've must have played in the juniors so I'm sure they know eachothers games well. Andy has to stick with Gael in those long rallies. I think Andy has a decent chance of winning this match.

05-13-2006, 11:25 PM
Oh no Monfils!!! He seems in pretty good from at the moment too! well good luck for Andy :)

05-14-2006, 03:14 PM
for the first time in ages i will say this

Andy will win in the 1st round!

05-15-2006, 10:24 AM
Monfils performance in Rome was a major major surprise. I have seen this kid play quite a few times and have never been overly impressed to be honest. Unlike Andy last year Gael just got WC after WC into almost every event, even if often he never did that well. There is no doubt he has potential but his game doesn't play my eye. Very choppy, very defensive, ugly tennis to be frank, but can be effective. He also appears to like himself a little too much, but then he is french, so no surprises there.

The year Andy won the boys championshow at US open Gael was #1 if i remember, but Andy had not played all of that season because of injury. I have never doubted that Andy will be the better player in the long term. I don't just like Andy because he is scottish, i like the way he plays. When Andy is playing well its good to watch, he has more class than this french kid, who often appears ungamely. Really hope Andy can win this, i want him to whack Gael 6-0 6-0, that would be nice. However Andy's recent form has not been good, and he hasn't been winning many matches. I still believe Andy will have a very good year and will make big progress but things have been sticky lately. Wimby will be good for him this year, i think he will go a long way there, QF or SF i think, if he can stay away from Fed's section of the draw.

His Hamburg draw isn't bad considering its a masters event. Blake or Moya next, both beatable but tough. He badly needs a few wins.

Come on Andy, please please please win this one!!!!

05-15-2006, 08:44 PM
Court M 1
Matches Start At 11:00am
followed by
Fernando GONZALEZ (CHI) vs Dmitry TURSUNOV (RUS)
followed by
followed by

Go Andy!! :dance:

05-16-2006, 10:34 AM
WoW what a thumping!!! :banana: Andy's serve could have been better 53& FS in and was broken 3 times. But he was really solid from the back court. He really out smarted Gael most of the match. I guess Gael still isn't over the fact that Andy crushed his dreams of winning the jr GS. :devil:

05-16-2006, 11:36 AM
i knew Andy would win :D

05-16-2006, 01:24 PM
Good stuff. He didn't cramp, good sign. Now take out Blakey.

05-16-2006, 08:51 PM
I wasn't quite as confident as Duncan, but i did think that gamewise Monfils would struggle against Andy if he was on form. Thats the way it turned out, with Gael's defensive tactics not good enough to compete with Andy's solid technical return abilities.

Blake will be a good test, and his chances are reasonable. The courts in Hamburg are playing more like hard courts according to some, so may explain why James got past Moya. Andy's chances are okay, but Blake is #5 and very powerful and intimidating on his day.

Hope he can win, that would be great. He does need some wins for confidence before RG. Also needs to start working UP the rankings as opposed to slipping the odd place down.

05-16-2006, 09:39 PM
Congrats to Andy on a great win :banana: Hopefully this will give him the confidence for RG and maybe even start a nice winning streak.

Order of Play for Wednesday:
Matches Start At 11:00am
Radek STEPANEK (CZE) vs Bjorn PHAU (GER)
followed by
Max MIRNYI (BLR) vs Nicolas KIEFER (GER)
followed by
Rainer SCHUETTLER (GER) vs Juan Carlos FERRERO (ESP)
followed by
Andy MURRAY (GBR) vs James BLAKE (USA)
followed by

05-16-2006, 09:41 PM
Andy Murray returned to winning ways on clay but fellow Briton Greg Rusedski was sent crashing out of the first round of the Hamburg Masters.
Murray, 19, mixed up the pace to upset big-hitting Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-4 6-1 and claim only his second ATP clay-court victory.

The young Scot will next play American James Blake, who beat Carlos Moya.

Earlier, Murray bounced back from a recent poor run with an accomplished performance against in-form Monfils in the battle of the teenagers.

It was the pair's first meeting in a senior event and came after world number 29 Monfils reached the semi-finals of last week's Rome Masters, where Murray went out in the first round.

But on a breezy day in Hamburg, the Scot used a variety of slices and short balls to unsettle the Frenchman, who held just three of his service games.

"I played pretty solid and I knew what I wanted to do," he said afterwards

"He's the sort of player who likes to sit back and play a lot of topspin. He doesn't go for too much when it's level and I was trying to go for a bit more off my forehand.

"Once you go ahead against him, he tries to take some more risks and doesn't really like it so much, as you saw at the start of the second set."


Andy Murray of Great Britain receives a 100th Tournament Anniversary Cake on his birthday, May 15, 2006.

05-16-2006, 09:44 PM
If he can beat Blake tomorrow i feel a quarter or a semi final is very possible. His draw aint the hardest in the world!!!

05-16-2006, 11:11 PM
Yes Duncan, the draw looks good without Fed, and players like Nieminen and Ancic i feel Andy has good chances against playing well. No-one left in his side of the draw would scare me, but better not get carried away. If he beat Blake he plays garcia-lopez or Ancic. I favour the spaniard, but we shall see later today!!!

05-17-2006, 03:22 PM
Andy is really playing some bad tennis at the moment. Defeat in straight sets looks like it

05-17-2006, 04:01 PM
Andy was just lost out there. He played very poorly combined with James good play. :o I thought Andy had a good chance to win this match. He didn't mix things up that much , hardly any slice bh. Dropshot wasen't working at all and the serve esp the 2nd was just too soft. It's a shame to see cause Andy is so much better than this result. :sad:

05-17-2006, 09:26 PM
Andy :sad:

05-19-2006, 12:10 AM
Yep, not the best times for Andy fans! But the good times will come, if we are patient.

He doesn't seem to see a rush for a new coach, but i think it is imperative he has one ready for straight after, if not for before, RG.

05-19-2006, 09:13 AM
It sounds like they are not making a great deal of progress on the coach situation. Earlier he had suggested appointing someone prior to Roland Garros (indeed prior to Rome) but now the talk is after Wimbledon.

They were looking for a coach who had won grand slam events with one of his previous players but I wonder whether these people will not want to get involved until they think Andy has a decent chance. He has already got through two coaches in his short time as a professional so anyone considering the position would be unwise to expect to last much more than a year.

A quick analysis of Andy's game compared to say Federer or Nadal, suggests that while he has some potential weapons he is a long way off that standard nevermind the consistency required to succeed at major events. Even Nalbandian, in his narrow defeat to Federer in Rome, looked in a different league to Andy, striking his groundstrokes with real venom, coming to the net to volley, even serve volleying on occasion.

Personally, I was really disappointed by his clay court Masters. A combination of lack of fitness, lack of form, poor tactics and the serve falling to pieces, stopped him from progressing. Hamburg was the real opportunity but he handed Blake the match by refusing to take the initiative. Blake played well but Andy just didn't seem to understand that he had to take James out of his comfort zone; hitting gentle first serves and normal second serves was completely the wrong strategy against an opponent so dominant on the return.

I do think Andy has the potential to do well on the clay but the foundations aren't there yet and it could take a couple of years to put everything in place.

05-19-2006, 06:21 PM
If Andy could find a serve in time for the french open then he can def make the 4th round at least if the draw favours him! But i can see him landing Roger or Rafa early on meaning another early exit

05-20-2006, 08:59 PM
I agree with Duncan, Andy could do well at RG. He hasn't lost to a bad player on clay really, although we still would have hoped for better. I do believe that it is a surface he can play well on, but as kundalini has said, he may require some guidance first, a more decisive approach. When i have seen Andy play well, he controls the ralleys and then wham, throws in a big forehand or drop shot. Trouble is when he isn't on form, his returns can be indecisive, and easily dealt with.

Andy's serve is a bit of an enigma really. He can serve really well, and fast. Also he is capable of good variation, with a good wide serve, and down the middle at the right moment. Trouble is first serve percentage is too low, and his second serve is too weak. That really has to be beefed up. Andy has a lot of potential, but with a stronger mentality, a clearer idea of his own game, more consistent first serve, stronger second serve, he will be a really intimidating player. He has enough tools at the moment to do well and command a respectable ranking, but to reach the goals he has (grand slam winner and top 10 player) it is clear where the work needs to be done.

I still think the sooner he appoints a new coach the better, but when if he has to wait for the right man then so be it. I have a feeling someone may appear short-term to help him through the grass court season.

We shouldn't get too down about Andy so far this year. Viewed in terms of this time last year when he made the SF of RG juniors, his progress is still outstanding. He needs time to adjust to life on the full tour, to find his game at this level, and grow up a little along the way. I am still convinced as i have been for a while that Andy will do really well at queen's and wimby. His game seemed to suit the surface last year, and he also served pretty well too. We all remember his match against stepanek when his serve never wavered a bit, and of course for the first two sets against nalbandian.

RG depends on the draw, there are plenty of players Andy can take out on clay. He will be well motivated. Let's hope for the best! If not then prepare for the forum influx as we hit the green courts of london, and all the new Andy fans suddenly appear!

05-21-2006, 05:35 PM
Very, well said :worship:

05-23-2006, 04:35 AM
The thing I'm most worried about for Andy at the FO are 5 setters. How many grueling 5 setters can he withstand? He's been cramping during long 3 setters. I couldn't imagine what it would be like deep in a 5th set. Andy has to work for his games. He isn't going to get many free points off his serve nor blow anyone off the court. Andy def knows how to play on the stuff but his fitness is still in question.

05-26-2006, 10:10 AM
Andy plays Gael Monfils in RG first round!!!!!

05-26-2006, 12:18 PM
Andy's part of the draw!

5.Andy Roddick (USA) vs Alberto Martin (SPA)

Q vs Razvan Sabau (ROM)

Nicolas Mahut (FRA) vs Jiri Vanek (CZE)

Jean-Christophe Faurel (FRA) vs 27.Olivier Rochus (BEL)

19.Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) vs Albert Portas (SPA)

Janko Tipsarevic (SCG) vs Julien Benneteau (FRA)

Daniele Bracciali (ITA) vs Davide Sanguinetti (ITA)

Michael Llodra (Fra) vs 11.Radek Stepanek (CZE)

15.David Ferrer (SPA) vs Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (SPA)

Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) vs Jeremy Chardy (FRA)

Thierry Ascione (FRA) vs Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (SPA)

Christophe Rochus (BEL) vs 18.Thomas Johansson (SWE)

28.Fernando Verdasco (SPA) vs Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG)

Juan Monaco (ARG) vs Q

Q vs Gilles Simon (FRA)

Carlos Berlocq (ARG) vs 4.Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)

8.James Blake (USA)vs Paradorn Srichaphan (THA)

Nicolas Almagro (SPA) vs Q

Q vs Q

Andy Murray (GBR) vs 25.Gael Monfils (FRA) :yippee:

23-Tommy Haas (Germany) vs Rainer Schuettler (GER)

Alexander Waske (GER) vs Fernando Vicente (Spain)

Novak Djokovic (SCG) vs Luis Horna (PER)

Marat Safin (RUS) vs 9.Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)

14.Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) vs Jan Hernych (CZE)

Mathieu Montcourt (FRA) vs Marcos Daniel (BRA)

Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs Olivier Patience (FRA)

Q vs 22.Dominik Hrbaty (SLO)

29.Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) vs Bjoern Phau (GER)

Robin Vik (CZE) vs Florent Serra (FRA)

Q vs Q

Robin Soederling (SWE) vs 2.Rafael Nadal (SPA)

05-26-2006, 11:31 PM
Good Luck Andy against Gael :woohoo:

05-27-2006, 05:25 AM
At this point I think Andy has Gael's #. If the match goes the distance I'm not sure if Andy could handle it.

05-27-2006, 12:45 PM
Andy has a realistic chance to make 3rd round. He beat Monfils on clay the other week although I have no doubt that this match will be far tougher than that one was. If he comes through he will face a qualifier so that should be a victory. Then he will likely run into Nico Almagro and I don't think he has much chance there.

05-27-2006, 07:40 PM
Yes round 3 is a good target for Andy, and remember Blake could cause Almagro some problems if the evidence of the last few weeks is anything to go by. Although nico should prefer the slower courts. Andy v Gael is a close one to call. I still think Andy has the game suited to coping with and frustrating the young french kid, who one spectacular masters series run aside, has had a poor poor year. I wouldn't expect a walkover but i'd be dissappointed if Andy didn't win. The last two times they met on clay Andy won, and he has beat Gael in the RG junior event before, so that is also a nice omen.

Looks like it will be on monday, almost certain to be on the main court, probably the last match of the day. Anytime suits me, as i am not at work on monday so i can see a full day's action - Yipee!!!!

Andy could do really well here, i wouldn't discount anything to be honest, except him winning the whole thing which is impossible since you would need GOD to get past Nadal on clay at the moment! A good run and his confidence will be high before he heads to Queen's (which has a very strong field this year!) and wimby.

Allez Andy!

05-27-2006, 11:35 PM
Good luck andy!!!! :) :) :)

05-28-2006, 01:58 AM
Andy played an exhibtion set against Richard Gasquet today and he lost 6-2.

Murray Wants Coach by Wimbledon

Andy Murray has admitted he is finding life difficult without a coach and hopes to appoint one before Wimbledon.

The 19-year-old is working with former coach Leon Smith at the French Open after sacking Mark Petchey in April.

"I must admit that since splitting with Mark it has been tough not having someone to talk to," he told the Sun.

"Leon is a big help. If I don't have a new coach for Wimbledon - and there's a chance I'll have someone in place by then - I might ask Leon to come back."

Smith coached Murray for six years until the Scot turned 17 and is working with the teenager again on a temporary basis.

"I need someone to be with me, to feed me balls on the practice court and to discuss things," said Murray.

"I get on well with Leon but I do not expect him to be alongside me after the French."

Murray opens his first French Open campaign against fellow teenager Gael Monfils of France


05-28-2006, 09:40 PM

05-29-2006, 08:29 AM
Looks like it will be Tuesday for Andy!!!!

05-29-2006, 04:19 PM
2nd up on main court tomorrow for muzza! Straight after Hingis, and i doubt her match will take long, so roughly 11.30 BST.

Easy win for Andy!!!

05-29-2006, 08:59 PM
Murray Set for Monfils Showdown

Andy Murray's much-anticipated encounter with fellow 19-year-old Gael Monfils takes centre stage at Roland Garros on Tuesday.

The Briton's French Open debut against France's Monfils is the second match on Phillipe Chatrier court.

"I'm sure a lot of people are looking forward to watching this match," Murray told BBC Sport.

"It's a tough first round but I feel confident. I beat him in French Open juniors and I hope I'll do it again."

That victory was in 2003 and Murray also won the first meeting between the pair on the ATP Tour, a 6-4 6-1 win at the clay-court Masters event in Hamburg two weeks ago.

"I think my game matches up pretty well against his," said the Scot.

"He's a counter puncher so he likes guys who play aggressive and come to the net against him.

"I'll try to rely on my slice and drop shots, try to bring him to the net, and go for the odd big shot.

"I put a lot of returns back in Hamburg and he got a little bit impatient, but I'm sure his coach will have a word with him and he'll play different this time around."

Other highlights of the third day of action include 12th seed Martina Hingis's first appearance at Roland Garros since 2001.

The former world number one faces American Lisa Raymond before Murray and Monfils take to Chatrier.

The final match on Roland Garros' main stadium is Marat Safin's meeting with big-hitting Chilean Fernando Gonzalez.

Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt are also in action on Tuesday, with both hoping to shrug off injuries to get past their first-round opponents.


Good Luck Andy :woohoo:

Aleksa's Laydee
05-30-2006, 12:46 PM
andy andy andy what a great last 2 games in the 2nd set and a tb win..CMON!!!!!!!

05-30-2006, 01:43 PM
This has turned into a pretty bad match. Andy's in pain and Gael is a headcase. Looks like it's going to a 5th I hope Andy can hold up.

05-30-2006, 02:42 PM
:help: Andy :help: Worst match I've seen from both of these guys. It's sad cause they can both play at a much higher level. It seems that Andy's back was bothering him. :sad: He started out the match so well and ended it so badly. :o

05-30-2006, 08:29 PM
:sad: Oh andy, i really hope he can sort all this out with his fitness and all these injuries that seem to happen to him. Terrible match from both guys, hopefully he'll be better for wimbie :)

05-30-2006, 09:07 PM
From Andy's postmatch interview it sounds that they understand the problem but aren't in a position to solve it because his body is still growing. Once he stops growing, which may take anything between 1 and 5 years, he will be able to strengthen his back and resolve the problem. Until then, while he may improve his fitness somewhat, he's still going to be vulnerable to a reoccurrance.

In terms of his performance I thought he did ok until the injury restricted his movement. He found his form right at the end of the second set and played a strong tiebreak. The first set was solid but lacked that spark of magic needed to convert break points - the margin for error was so small given the horrendously slow playing conditions and his form wasn't quite there until the two hour mark.

If he understood when to sneak into the net to finish the rallies, and had the volleying skills to do so, it might have been a straightforward match. As it was he attacked the net before he had gained an advantage in the rally giving Monfils plenty of time to measure the pass.

05-30-2006, 09:43 PM
Andy :sad:

I hope that he's feeling better soon. :sobbing:

05-30-2006, 09:44 PM
Murray Plays Down Injury Worries


Britain's Andy Murray says he will continue to have physical problems until he has stopped growing.

The 19-year-old, who suffered cramp at Wimbledon last year, was hampered by a back problem in a five-set defeat to Gael Monfils at the French Open.

"I had an X-ray and it showed the bones aren't fully grown. That's why my back gets sore and that's why I get cramp," Murray told Five Live Sport.

"I've worked hard on getting it stronger. I'll be fitter next year."

Murray took a two sets to one lead over fellow 19-year-old Monfils but he was already restricted by the back problem by then and the Frenchman hit back.

The Scot said he considered pulling out, but was worried about the media reaction after his well-documented physical problems in the last year.

"I knew it would be 'Andy Murray's injury problems, Andy Murray doesn't fight'," he said.

"I thought it was best to finish the match. I think I showed I want to win every match but unfortunately I couldn't finish the way I wanted to."

However, Murray did have encouraging news on his search for a coach to replace Mark Petchey.

"I'm not going to give you any names but there is one guy I would really like to coach me," he said.

"It's always difficult with the best coaches because they all have things they're tied in to. It make more time than I would like but I'm getting there."


05-30-2006, 09:46 PM
Injured Murray Beaten by Monfils


Andy Murray once again saw his hopes dashed by an injury problem as he made a first-round exit against Gael Monfils on his senior debut at the French Open.

The 19-year-old took a two sets to one lead but he was already suffering with a lower back problem which severely hampered his serve and movement.

Monfils, also 19, won the final set in 23 minutes to complete a 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 1-6 6-2 6-1 win.

"It just feels really tight," Murray explained afterwards.

"I couldn't serve. It doesn't help when you're serving about 50 or 60 mph."

There was no sign of the drama to come when Murray fought back brilliantly to level the match at one set all.

Following a brief rain delay, Monfils reeled off five successive games to clinch the opening set but Murray seized the initiative in the second, taking a 4-2 lead.

Although the Briton could not hold that advantage, he held his nerve in the tiebreak, clinching it with a stunning backhand down the line.

The match then took a bizarre twist.

Murray broke in the opening game of the third set but then immediately called for the trainer.

After prolonged treatment, he returned to the court but it was Monfils who completely lost his focus, making 18 unforced errors to concede the set in 31 minutes.

Murray, meanwhile, landed only 57% of his first serves, with the speed falling to around 75mph.

Monfils finally got to grips with the situation in the fourth set and once he had taken a 3-1 lead, the result was inevitable.


05-30-2006, 09:48 PM


http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/sol/ukfs_sport/hi/av?redirect=fs.stm&news=1&bbram=1&bbwm=1&nbram=1&nbwm=1&nol_storyid=5031714 Highlights of the first round match

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/sol/ukfs_sport/hi/av?redirect=fs.stm&news=1&bbram=1&bbwm=1&nbram=1&nbwm=1&nol_storyid=5031714 Andy talking about his back injury

05-30-2006, 10:05 PM
Thanks Sweet4Richard...

Poor Andy... :sad:

05-30-2006, 11:23 PM
Aww poor Andy!!!I really hope he gets better for the grass court season!Does any one know if he is going to play on the grass this year?

06-02-2006, 07:52 PM
Gutsy Murray wins doubles opener


Andy Murray returned to action at the French Open with victory in the first round of the doubles on Thursday.

The 19-year-old British number two had suffered with a lower back problem during his singles defeat to Gael Monfils on Tuesday.

But the Scot was fit enough to partner James Auckland to a 6-2 6-4 win over Australian duo Ashley Fisher and Jordan Kerr out on Court 14.

The British pair will face American top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan in round two.

"It was a tough decision whether or not to play," said Murray. "I had to think about it but it would not have been fair for James if I didn't play.

"It's good that we did not have to play yesterday, we did some practice. I still have to be careful obviously. It's not going to go away after two days.

"I will need two to three weeks to recover. And if I had to play a singles match tomorrow I would not do it."

He added: "My serve is the only shot I can control but on the smash and stuff I have to be really careful.

"I know that by playing the doubles my back is not going to get much worse than that by playing on half a court."

06-02-2006, 07:53 PM
Murray to rest after doubles loss


Andy Murray and James Auckland went out of the French Open doubles event to top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan on Friday.

The British pair, who beat Australians Ashley Fisher and Jordan Kerr on Thursday, lost 6-1 6-3.

Greg Rusedski went out of the doubles as he and Tomas Zib lost 6-1 2-6 8-6 to Dominik Hrbaty and Michal Mertinak.

Murray, 19, played doubles despite picking up a lower back injury during his singles defeat to Gael Monfils on Tuesday and now plans to rest.

"I will now take three or four days off and then I'll start training light,"said Murray.

"Hopefully by the end of next week I will be able to start training properly again.

"But my back feels much better than it was after my singles match when even standing up was aching."

After making his major breakthrough at senior level during last year's grass-court season, Murray is looking forward to getting back on the surface.

"It's fun to play on grass because the rest of the year you play on hard and clay," he said.

"It's a nice change and it's good for your body because it's soft and you seal points quickly

"There is less chance you can injure your groin or twist an ankle.

"I really look forward to playing on grass. I played well last year, although I did not get the chance to prepare much for it."

06-02-2006, 11:33 PM
Well i suppose it was expected but well done to Andy and James for getting to the second round, get a bit of money and that :lol: Jopefully Andy can get completely fit and injury free for Wimbledon. :)