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Old 02-25-2006, 10:01 PM   #31
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Old 02-26-2006, 12:02 AM   #32
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So will this become the Indian Wells thread in a week's time?
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Old 02-26-2006, 12:07 AM   #34
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If you want it to be...if you change the title when the time comes
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Yes, it wouldn't kill him to say something like: "I'm going through a difficult time in my private life right now and it's reflecting on the way I play. Please respect my right to privacy" or something like that. But you're right about the media, deb; it IS strange that they seem to be afraid to touch the subject.
Are you kidding? If Andy said something like that the media would be all over him until they wrung out every private detail.
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Old 02-26-2006, 03:35 AM   #37
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Do you blame them? Andy loves to bite their heads off

Don't worry guys. Andy is obviously in a slump right now. I would be more concerned if he were playing *well* but still lost to the likes of Benneteau.

Ironically, the fact that Andy's playing so badly gives me some hope. I mean, there's nowhere to go but up now, right? His team is kind of in a mess, he doesn't have a real coach right now, he seems a bit lost as to what to do. Very disorganized, and I think he's suffering from too many cooks in the kitchen, so to speak. Getting too much of an earful from too many people and that is confusing him out on the court. Instead of playing on instinct, he now may be thinking too much out there, and then he ends up confusing himself even more. Does that make sense?

Cheer up, ducklings. This slump won't last forever. And when he finally gets his act together, his successes will be even more sweet.
I absolutely agree Tangy, especially on the 'very disorganized' thing. It seems like he doesn't know where to head... what to do.


The thing about Andy being out of the top 5 if he doesn't defend his points in IW is just... I don't think I'll be able to deal with that. Andy's been up there since 2003... he can't.
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I think Andy might have a slight motivation problem. I think it all started at the end of 2004, when he played the Tennis Masters Cup and the Davis Cup final. He had basically been playing non-stop tennis for 3 years in a row and it started to affect him badly towards the end of last year.

I think a lot of players have suffered slumps in their careers. Lleyton Hewitt, in 2003, is the most recent example. Agassi had really bad problems in the late 90's.

Andy's situation isn't unusual. Hopefully it won't last very long. He has his IW semi-final points to defend. But, after that, he has almost nothing to defend. Miami and the clay court season will be a chance to gain some lost points.
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he needs to take a breather

and get back to 100% and #1
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I think Andy might have a slight motivation problem. I think it all started at the end of 2004, when he played the Tennis Masters Cupand the Davis Cup final..
that's exactly when i saw it too!
I think i can even pin point the match where i saw something very wrong,
it was the hewitt match that lasted like 30minutes...i had never really seen him give up like that before -from the inside out.

He even screamed- "im not gonna win this - i give up" in a very telling way
but then i had only been following him a little more than a year and a half.
...but still, it stuck out to me and continues to do so.

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Old 02-26-2006, 05:09 AM   #41
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I think a lot of players have suffered slumps in their careers. Lleyton Hewitt, in 2003, is the most recent example. Agassi had really bad problems in the late 90's.

Serena & Venus Williams come to mind.
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Old 02-26-2006, 05:11 AM   #42
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I don't think they're similar to Andy, though. Andy's having confidence issues, but he's physically in shape and is working hard. Serena and Venus have declined because they are not 100% dedicated to tennis. So I dunno, I don't think that comparison is quite the same.
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I don't think they're similar to Andy, though. Andy's having confidence issues, but he's physically in shape and is working hard. Serena and Venus have declined because they are not 100% dedicated to tennis. So I dunno, I don't think that comparison is quite the same.

I do think that Andy, Serena & Venus are similar in current lack of motivation.
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Old 02-26-2006, 05:17 AM   #44
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How exactly is Andy not motivated? I mean, unless he's lying about working so hard in the off-season and unless the Bryans are lying about how hard he's working off-court and stuff... I don't see how the two situations are at all similar. Andy's for sure having problems, but I don't think it's because he's not focused on tennis and is being distracted by all these outside things he has going on. He hasn't shown up at tournaments inexplicably unfit or fatigued or injured or unfocused... he just has no confidence.
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Yeah, he's just too mentally weak right now. The slightest bit of adversity during a match seems to do him in at this point. Getting through tough matches usually helps the cause, but it didn't seem to be the case during Memphis as each match was a tight one.
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