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ClaycourtaZzZz. 06-27-2005 09:16 PM

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Post some articles, news....



Tennis hero Murray set to be new McEnroe

BY STEPHEN MCGINTY


Key points
• Rising star Andrew Murray vows to bring McEnroe-like drama back to tennis
• Murray, 18, amazed fans with his performances at his first Wimbledon
• Nine million viewers watched Murray lost in five sets in the third round

Key quote
"When you have people screaming at the top of their voice, throwing racquets a little bit, then they might get into it... I hope I have inspired some youngsters this week. That is one of the reasons why I play tennis" - Andrew Murray

Story in full HIS head may lack the trademark sweatband and he has yet to launch verbal volleys at the umpire, but Andrew Murray yesterday vowed to bring the tension and drama of John McEnroe's days back to tennis.

Nine million viewers tuned in to watch the young Scottish player's defeat on Saturday at the racquet of David Nalbandian. The battle, which lasted more than three hours and saw Murray lose three sets to two and succumb to exhaustion, attracted a 51 per cent share of the TV audience.

Yesterday Murray, 18, who was playing in his first senior Wimbledon tournament, said he hoped to inspire more young people to play tennis and that his passionate and colourful play may make the sport more exciting to watch.

He said: "When you have people screaming at the top of their voice, throwing racquets a little bit, then they might get into it... I hope I have inspired some youngsters this week. That is one of the reasons why I play tennis. I want to get more people playing the game. The way I am on the court, they might enjoy it more. They might not just think it's a pretty dull sport."

Murray has talked on a number of occasions of his admiration for McEnroe, the US player who electrified the game in the 1980s with his outlandish behaviour and familiar complaint to the umpire: "You can not be serious."

While Murray has not shown any disrespect to officials, he was unafraid to complain during Saturday's match when a linesman shouted a ball out which was actually in.

McEnroe said yesterday that Murray's style was "along the lines of what I like to see".

He said: "It comes naturally to Murray... to fire up the crowd. I remember at the end of the match against Radel Stepanek, the young Briton had a chance to put the match away at 5-3. I think he had a couple of match points but didn't win them. He could have tensed up and got all nervous, but he was still inviting the crowd to get behind him, so he was loving the moment."

The triple Wimbledon winner also said that when he beat Murray in a match last year, the young Scot thanked him, saying: "I really enjoyed the experience, Mr McEnroe."

Now a tennis commentator, McEnroe also said Murray had the potential to reap the financial rewards of a successful tennis player. "The endorsements will start coming in, if they haven't already," he said.

There's little doubting Murray's dedication - yesterday it was revealed he recently split with his German girlfriend, 17-year-old Tatjana Priachin, also a tennis pro, after their playing commitments got in the way.

At the weekend it was also reported Murray could earn as much as £60 million if he reached the top of the sport.

Nathy 06-28-2005 12:14 AM

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Thanks Fed_EX, nice article ;)

Sandra 06-28-2005 10:36 AM

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Yeah and i looked up for his ex gf and she wasnt that pretty at all.

ataptc 06-28-2005 10:46 AM

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nice one :yeah:

ClaycourtaZzZz. 06-28-2005 03:32 PM

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;)

tennisgirl19 06-28-2005 04:31 PM

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Murray rewarded for hard work
By Caroline Cheese
BBC Sport at Wimbledon


Despite Murray's heroics on grass, it is not his favourite surface
Andy Murray has tennis in his blood.

His mother Judy, a former pro and Scotland's national tennis coach until last year, introduced her son to the game at the age of three.

He made good progress under his mother's tutelage, but, showing the sort of single-mindedness that now makes him a contender for the very top of the sport, at the age of 14 he realised he needed to leave his home country.

That realisation came after he saw the progress of fellow teenager Rafael Nadal, and now French Open champion, had made on the clay courts of Mallorca.

So Murray persuaded his mother to send him to Barcelona's world-renowned Sanchez-Casal Academy, which has produced the likes of US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.

There, the boot-camp regime allowed Murray to continue his school work while also honing his baseline game and mental approach, without distraction.

He was also able to play all year round and was never short of quality hitting partners.


That achievement came after a trying season in which he spent the first three months sidelined after knee surgery, a lay-off which delayed him making his first steps on the professional tour.

Pato Alvarez, his coach at the time and a man who has looked after more than 40 top-50 players, said he had "never seen a better talent than Andy".

But while there was hope in Britain of a possible successor to Tim Henman, there was also caution.

The British public had seen too many youngsters fail to convert promise into reality, Jamie Delgado, Martin Lee and Alex Bogdanovic to name but a few.

However, after he won his second Futures title, British Davis Cup captain Jeremy Bates was sufficiently impressed to name the teenager in his squad to face Austria in September.

And, following Henman's decision to retire from the competition, 17-year-old Murray became the youngest person to represent Britain in Davis Cup against Israel in March.

Against all the odds, Murray and David Sherwood showed incredible poise to upset the established pairing of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram.

It was in that match that Murray introduced the British public to his exuberant fist-pumping, which has become even more familiar in recent months.

Handed a wildcard for the Queen's grasscourt event, Murray quickly notched up his first ATP match win before upsetting the seeded Taylor Dent.

His run ended in a heart-breaking defeat to Thomas Johansson in which he was two points from victory but was eventually undone by an ankle injury and cramp.

The 18-year-old'r remarkable third-round run at Wimbledon on his Grand Slam debut was also ended by fatigue in a five-set defeat to David Nalbandian.

His progress at the All England Club has lifted hopes that he may one day win the title, but in fact, the 18-year-old baseliner has a better chance of triumphing at the other three Grand Slam tournaments.

Either way, with the desire and confidence he has demonstrated thus far, he seems destined to fulfil his enormous potential.


ANDY MURRAY
18 years old
Started playing tennis aged three
Grew up in Dunblane, Scotland
Based at Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona
Breakthrough in 1999, winning U-12s Orange Bowl world championships, Florida
Picked in Britain's Davis Cup team 2004
He joined the junior circuit in 2002, winning two titles later that year, before in 2004 he leapt into the limelight by winning the US Open junior trophy.



http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/4618831.stm

tennisgirl19 06-28-2005 04:32 PM

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Petchey makes Murray fitness vow
By Simon Austin
BBC Sport at Wimbledon



Andy Murray's hopes of reaching the top will not be thwarted by a lack of fitness, according to the player's temporary coach Mark Petchey.

The teenager had cramp in his defeat to David Nalbandian at Wimbledon, again raising questions about his fitness.

"The top people push themselves through the pain barrier and Andy's going to have to do that if he wants to make it," Petchey told BBC Sport.

"The kid wants it too much to not go through that."

Petchey, who is the LTA men's training manager, added: "He just needs the right people to motivate him. We'll get him fit enough, I don't have any doubt about that.

"There are enough top fitness people in this country to make sure he's ok."

Murray, 18, also suffered from cramp when he lost to Thomas Johansson at Queen's last month.

And Petchey admits a lot of work needs to be done on the Scot's fitness.

"The cramping was partly dehydration and partly not being fit enough," Petchey said.

"You can see the quality of tennis is there as well as the mental attributes - now we've just got to get him fitter.

"There are no shortcuts and we'll find out about Andy's pain threshold very soon."

Some people have drawn unflattering comparisons between the fitness of Murray and another teenager - French Open champion Rafael Nadal.

But Petchey says this is unfair.

"Nadal is a year older. Sometimes it takes time to develop your game, it's not going to be an overnight success.

"It'll take a good 12, even 18 months to get it to where we need him to get it to.

"If this doesn't happen, then some serious questions will need to be asked why. If in two years' time Andy Murray isn't fit enough to go five sets, some questions will have to be asked, and quite rightly so."

Murray was out of action for six months last year after suffering a serious knee injury.

"His knee injury was pretty serious - there were question marks about whether it was a career-ending injury," Petchey said.

"You lose a bit of fitness after that and have to take it carefully. You can't go out pounding the roads.

"He's not that unfit. He's a junior coming here and there's a lot of nervous energy that's gone into what he's done. From my point of view he's handled it pretty amazingly.

"People have to be a bit realistic. Maybe it will take a while for Andy to mix it week in week out with the best players."

Aleksa's Laydee 07-15-2005 02:49 PM

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tennisgirl19 07-15-2005 03:21 PM

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Awww :hearts:

That's so cute. "I was scared about hitting to a girl." I love that.

Aleksa's Laydee 07-16-2005 08:26 PM

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From BBC Sport, today:

Andy Murray hammered experienced Israeli Harel Levy to move into the semi-finals of the Challenger event in Aptos, California.
The 18-year-old Scot, who was awarded a wildcard for the event, came through 6-4 6-0 against the world number 266.

Levy played both singles matches in Israel's defeat by Great Britain in the Davis Cup in March, losing to Greg Rusedski and beating David Sherwood.

Murray will now play American Bobby Reynolds in the last four

Aleksa's Laydee 07-16-2005 09:47 PM

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Comerica Challenger: Murray, Reynolds set up semifinal showdown

APTOS — Two teenagers played in the quarterfinals of the Comerica Challenger at the Seascape Sports Club on Friday. Only one made it to the semifinals.

Andrew Murray, an 18-year-old Scot, had little trouble with Harel Levy of Israel, dispatching him 6-4, 6-1. Scoville Jenkins wasn’t as fortunate.

Jenkins, an 18-year-old from Atlanta, came back twice when it looked like he might be toast, took fellow Atlanta resident Bobby Reynolds to the limit, but still lost 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5).

Murray and Reynolds will play today, following the other semifinal of Rajeev Ram and Noam Okun. Ram beat former University of Illinois teammate Amer Delic 6-3, 7-5. Okun defeated Glenn Weiner 6-1, 6-4.

Jenkins and Reynolds provided the highlight of Friday’s play.

"He played unbelievable," Reynolds said after winning. "He was ripping it, playing just unbelievable tennis. He kept fighting. Sooner or later it’s going to pay off. He’s only 18."

The Jenkins-Reynolds match was close from the get-go. Reynolds recorded the first break of the match, in the third game of the first set, but Jenkins returned the break in the next game.

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Reynolds and Jenkins both train at the same facility in Atlanta, and their styles of play are similar. Both are hard hitters with strong backhands, and they each prefer to stand on the baseline and hit lasers at the opposing player.

Jenkins easily held serve for the rest of the first set, and seemed to have a jump on Reynolds’ serve also, recording another break and not allowing an ace for the rest of the set.

Reynolds was the first to break serve in the second set, but Jenkins returned the favor in the next game. The two traded smashed balls and games for the rest of the set, until Reynolds broke Jenkins’ serve at 6-5.

The match looked all but over during the first few games of the third set. Reynolds broke Jenkins’ serve twice, and held serve leading 4-0.

Jenkins responded. Without showing much emotion, Jenkins stormed back, getting a break on Reynolds’ next two serves, and tying the game at 5. The two traded wins until the tiebreaker.

In the tiebreaker, Reynolds again jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Sure enough, Jenkins came back, scoring five of the next six points. Holding serve, Reynolds rallied for the next two points and won the match.

"You can’t ever stop playing your game," Reynolds said. "He kept coming back, got on a roll. He was playing like he had nothing to lose."

Jenkins took the loss to the 22-year old Reynolds pretty hard.

"It’s tough," Jenkins said. "The level he’s at, compared to the level I’m at, he knew what to do and he steps up when the time is needed. He’s a great player."

Murray and Levy also have similar styles of play, but instead of big hitters, these two are expert returners.

Levy, though, suffered through an off-day and was never really in the match. He had his serve broken in the first game of the first set, and never recovered.

Murray, meanwhile, was playing his best tennis of the tournament so far. Murray’s skills are far ranging — there’s little he can’t do and few balls he can’t reach on the tennis court.

All his talent was on display against Levy in the second set. Lobs, hard forehands, slicing backhands, drop shots — every one of Murray’s shots looked as though it had a chance. Levy through up his hands twice in the second set, with a helpless expression on his face.

"His play suited me," Murray said. "He had a lot of topspin and wasn’t hitting it very deep. He competed well in the first set, ran a lot of balls down. In the second (set) I didn’t feel like I was going to miss any shots."

ClaycourtaZzZz. 07-16-2005 09:56 PM

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thx, great articles!

tennisgirl19 07-16-2005 11:34 PM

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thanks :hug:

jenanun 07-17-2005 05:52 PM

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from sunday times

Tennis: Scot aims at big time
British tennis hope Andy Murray can test himself against the best in the world, writes Barry Flatman



ANDY MURRAY had already done enough to officially legitimise himself as Britain’s third-ranked tennis player behind Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski when Andre Agassi’s misfortune yesterday provided a huge potential boost for the emerging Scottish teenager.

Murray’s progress to today’s final of the Aptos Challenger in northern California has not only guaranteed sufficient ranking points to enter the world’s top 200 for the first time — he will also overtake Alex Bogdanovic, Arvind Parmar and Mark Hilton to become Britain’s third-highest player when the ATP’s latest list is released tomorrow.

The 18-year-old’s position could be much higher if he maximises the opportunity afforded by the wild card he has been handed into next week’s $575,000 RCA Championships in Indianapolis following the withdrawal of second seed Agassi, due to sciatic nerve problems.

Given his form at Queen’s, then at Wimbledon, last week’s event at Newport, Rhode Island and on the hard courts of Aptos, Murray will be confident as he goes into his first-round match with Brazil’s Flavio Saretta.

The South American has not won on concrete since last October. Murray, in contrast, has made an almost seamless transition from grass to cement, reaching his first semi-final on the second-tier Challenger circuit at Aptos, near Santa Cruz, with four straight-sets victories.

Murray was too good for the 174th-ranked American Bobby Reynolds and moved through to his first Challenger final with a 6-4 6-3 win. Today, he faces Rajeev Ram, a 21-year-old right-hander, who at 291 in the world in ranked considerably lower than the fast-rising Murray.

Murray and coach Mark Petchey intended to head down Highway One for next week’s Challenger event in Tarzana Park, in northern Santa Monica. Instead, they will head east for the infinitely more lucrative opening tournament in the US Open series. Top seed Andy Roddick is intent on his third successive Indianapolis trophy and Rusedski, champion in 2002, is seeded seventh and gets a first-round bye.


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/printFr...697189,00.html

tennisgirl19 07-17-2005 09:45 PM

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Awesome. In to the top 200!!

:woohoo:


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