O.K.O.K. It may have sounded critical of you, but nothing personal
I was actually trying to be realistic about the whole hype thing and that it wasn't the earth-shattering event some have made it out to be. The following is from today's Telegraph (1.03.06):
"Andy Murray has been wise beyond his years in not allowing himself to be caught up in the nonsensical hype over his supplanting of Tim Henman as the British No 1.
As Murray admitted: "It's not that big a deal, to be honest. Obviously, you'd rather be No 1 than the British No 20. It's nice to be No 1 in your own country but it doesn't mean anything to the other players, whereas if you're in the top 10 in the world, then that's pretty special."
That Murray has breached the top 50 at the age of 18 - beginning the week at No 42 - is pretty special but he is right not to get carried away by the achievement. He would, after all, be ranked only seventh in Spain, sixth in the US and fifth in Argentina. In fact, he would not even be the top-ranked player in Finland, Slovakia, Chile or Cyprus.
Being Britain's No 1 tennis player right now is like being Hawaii's top-ranked downhill skier. Congratulations, but frankly the competition is not all that hot."
And Petchey is quoted yesterday as saying that Murray genuinely doesn't care.