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Defiant Andy Murray defends record of commitment to Britain's Davis Cup cause

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article3359722.ece

Simon Cambers in Marseilles
At the age of 20, Andy Murray has already been subjected to his fair share of criticism. The Scot’s attitude, fitness and even his haircut have been called into question at various times, but never his commitment to the Davis Cup. Not, that is, until last weekend, when he decided to miss the first-round tie in Argentina.

Murray cited a longstanding knee injury that flares up every now and again and the need to protect himself against long-term damage, but despite the validity of the reason, he was still criticised for leaving Britain as lambs to the slaughter in Buenos Aires.

While the world’s top players, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, would no doubt understand his actions — they also skipped their first-round ties — Murray was still harangued, not least by his brother, Jamie, who was quoted as saying that “it kind of affects how I feel about him”.

The pair are about as close as brothers can get, but Murray, who reiterated his desire yesterday to play in the Davis Cup in the future, said he had still not spoken to Jamie and admitted that it would be a tricky conversation when they do get together.

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“[The comments were] a little bit disappointing,” Murray said in Marseilles, where he began his campaign at the Open 13 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Jesse Huta Galung, a Dutch qualifier ranked 190 in the world and a former housemate of Murray from their time together as juniors in Barcelona. “He obviously felt pretty strongly about it and he’s entitled to his opinion. Again, if he knew what it was like playing three five-set matches in a row on clay, then maybe he would understand my position a bit better.

“I’ve not spoken to him yet. I’ll see him soon. I guess we’ll have to have a chat about it and just sort out our feelings on Davis Cup and the sort of position that I am in, but it’s probably not going to be the most fun conversation to have with your brother.”

To his immense credit, given the dearth of talent behind him — he is the only Briton in the world’s top 200 and one of only four in the top 300 — Murray has always turned out for Britain. Had he played in Argentina, where Britain lost 4-1, and picked up an injury, undoubtedly there would have been criticism from some quarters for his lack of professionalism.

Missing it was the sensible thing to do, but Murray admitted that it had been a difficult situation. “It was quite tough for me,” he said. “I feel like, in the past, when I played Davis Cup, I’ve given 110 per cent every time I stepped on the court. People forget when I played against Holland [last April], I had a problem with my groin. I couldn’t move in Miami and had physios telling me not to play.

“I went and played, and won my match, and got the job done. Then the week after, I hurt my back in Monte Carlo because I couldn’t practise enough to get ready for the tournament because I had to take some time off after the Davis Cup.

“I had to take the decision and a lot of people didn’t like it, but it’s one of those things that happens. If I wasn’t caring about the Davis Cup, I wouldn’t have been following every single point on my phone, watching the bits and pieces I could and watching live scores on the internet.

“If people want to say that I am not committed to playing for my country and don’t put 110 per cent in, then I think that’s pretty unfair.”
 

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Re: Murray responds to accusations from Jamie about missing Davis Cup

He receives too much criticism.
 

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Re: Murray responds to accusations from Jamie about missing Davis Cup

Anyway fun that brother talk to theirselves by media.
 

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Re: Murray responds to accusations from Jamie about missing Davis Cup

I feel bad for him, Jamie is his brother, not just a member of the Squard, if he doesn't like Andy's desicion, call your brother and talk to HIM, not the media.

And Andy's right. Jamie is not a singles player and it is way more taxing on the body.
 

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Re: Murray responds to accusations from Jamie about missing Davis Cup

Wise decision Andy :yeah: DC isn't worth it, you have higher goals... :)
 

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Re: Murray responds to accusations from Jamie about missing Davis Cup

What a tool. You shouldn't criticize your family in front of strangers.
 

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Re: Murray responds to accusations from Jamie about missing Davis Cup

I think that Jamie would support Andy almost unconditionally, so if he is critical, then I am inclined to believe he has a point.
 

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Re: Murray responds to accusations from Jamie about missing Davis Cup

I voted for the second option, but I think the public/press would find something to whine about regardless whichever decision Andy makes anyway.
 

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Re: Murray responds to accusations from Jamie about missing Davis Cup

I feel very strongly that Jamie should not have criticised Andy via the press. He wouldn't be as highly ranked in doubles now if Andy had not supported him in the past, playing with him to get his ranking up, paying his fares to tournaments etc. To me this was like a kick in the teeth.

Jamie is entitled to his opinion but he should have sorted it out privately with Andy.

I was disappointed that Andy chose not to play but I was also very worried at the idea of him playing. Last year was so horrendous with one injury after another in the late winter/early spring, I can completely understand him being a little paranoid about risking more of the same.
 

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Re: Murray responds to accusations from Jamie about missing Davis Cup

Wise decision Andy :yeah: DC isn't worth it, you have higher goals... :)
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Re: Murray responds to accusations from Jamie about missing Davis Cup

Being blown out of proportion as per usual by the British press :eek:

They'll be fine, and Muzza will be back for the next DC match.
 

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Re: Murray responds to accusations from Jamie about missing Davis Cup

I'm with Jamie. That fact Andy missed DC is not the issue, the way he chose to handle his withdrawl is. Cheap shot from andy playing the "you're not a singles player" card.
 

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Re: Murray responds to accusations from Jamie about missing Davis Cup

Regardless, I think it's time they both stopped having a conversation via the media and spoke to each other to clear the air. Andy should make the first move.
 

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Re: Murray responds to accusations from Jamie about missing Davis Cup

As for the poll options, neither of them really sums up how I view the situation.
 

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Re: Murray responds to accusations from Jamie about missing Davis Cup

Jamie's got ahead of himself. He's talking about his big brother. Maybe he's got big headed and thinks he can critisize his elders in front of the national media.

He needs to wise-up, Andy deserves an apology.
 

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Re: Murray responds to accusations from Jamie about missing Davis Cup

Andy's Jamie's little brother :)
 

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Re: Murray responds to accusations from Jamie about missing Davis Cup

if he said last week he couldnt play three 5 setters on clay then i'd buy it
but he said he was injured :rolleyes:
 

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Re: Murray responds to accusations from Jamie about missing Davis Cup

He's right Jay has no idea what it's like playing 3 5 set matches in a row on clay, so he shouldn't comment.

I think Andy should of phoned Jay before he decided to withdraw out of curtisy, and I think Jay should have shown a bit more respect publicly for his brother who already has so much media crap to deal with.

So both boys were in the wrong and apologies need to be made from both of them!
Anyway I think they will make it up when Andy comes back from France. Andy loves his bro so much it must really hurt that they are not talking :(
 
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