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Post by noleisthebest on Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:11 pm

With Wimbledon just around the corner, tennis fans in the UK are bracing themselves for another wave of Andymania: pages and pages of hyped up hopes for the first British player after Fred Perry to blah, blah, blah..... until it all flops flat on its face as usual.
The way Scotland seems eager and set to separate from Britain, journalist may need to change their lines soon.
Pundits will be rehearsing their well used phrases, taking a deep breath before telling the British media how he is number one favourite.

I look forward to the puns in headlines.

IN the meantime, Murray is only the second favourite with the bookies, from the man himself:

"I saw that with the bookies Djokovic is the favorite, I’m second favorite, then Rafa third, then Roger. But who knows with the way Rafa played at the French Open? He can beat anyone playing like that. But it’s a completely different surface and he hasn’t played on the grass for a year, so there will be some doubts there. He played incredibly well at the end of the tournament, especially against Djokovic, so physically he is in very good shape.”


And while Andimania lasts only a few weeks during Wimbledon, Andimoania is a constant undertone of AM tennis news. 

This time Andy Murray moans about Nadal being 5th ranked and calls for the two year ranking:


"That is unfortunately the way the ranking system works in tennis. It’s a one-year ranking whereas with golf it is a two-year ranking, so even if one of the best golfers in the world gets injured, they can still maintain their ranking. In tennis, if you miss four or five months it is almost impossible to maintain your ranking. So Rafa will be seeded five for Wimbledon, which is tough as he is better than that. Unfortunately, that is how our ranking system works…"

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Post by noleisthebest on Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:15 pm

noleisthebest wrote: "In tennis, if you miss four or five months it is almost impossible to maintain your ranking. So Rafa will be seeded five for Wimbledon, which is tough as he is better than that. Unfortunately, that is how our ranking system works…"

Very selfish way of thinking.
I bet he'd think very differently if he was 18-19 and ranked 200.

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Post by noleisthebest on Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:22 pm

For Nadal fans who are hoping that Wimbledon unique ranking system scoring may up his ranking, Nadal has zero chance to do it:

"Had Nadal not pulled out of Halle this week, he would have had a chance to be seeded No. 4 at Wimbledon. Under Wimbledon’s seeding formula, it appears that Nadal doesn’t have a chance to surpass Ferrer.

The formula, which rewards grass-court performance, is as follows: Take all points at the end of this week (June 17), add 100 percent of points earned for all grass-court tournaments in the past 12 months, and add 75 percent of points earned for the best grass-court tournament in the 12 months before that. Under that formula, Nadal will be behind Ferrer."

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Post by Tenez on Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:32 pm

"He is better than that (nber 5)". Actually I think the first week he is much worse than 5th. It's only when the grass dries up that he becomes better.

I am really looking forward to that Wimbledon now...and teh draw shoudl be interesting too.

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Post by legendkillar on Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:15 pm

The press loves it and eats up as does Andy himself. I don't think it is much of a barrier to his performances on court. It annoys the hell out of me that the fareweather fans come out from their couch slumber and try support tennis by just watching Murray matches!

I am not impressed with his views on rankings. Another one of those I should be protected because I am special or worked hard for my ranking and why should illness or injury overthrow me. C'est La Vie Andy. If your good enough you can work your way back.

I am hoping for Queens like conditions.

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Post by Tenez on Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:17 pm

legendkillar wrote:I am not impressed with his views on rankings. Another one of those I should be protected because I am special or worked hard for my ranking and why should illness or injury overthrow me. C'est La Vie Andy. If your good enough you can work your way back.

Completely agree cause injuries in sport often happen for a reason. It's only normal and fair in a way that players banking too much on fitness pay the bill one way or another.

And also why 2 years and not 3, 5? Finally a ranking over one year gives a pretty good pictire of the current state of the game. Take the example of Djoko losing to Nadal in that FO final. Very close indeed....According to Nadal and Murray, Djoko missing that easy match turning the match around should be on his shoulders for 2 years and not one? as if paying the price for a whole year was not bad enough. Luck does play a role in tennis like in most other sports, Let's not make it count 2 years....one is enough.

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Post by noleisthebest on Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:01 am

Andimania is taking a new direction from the BBC this year. 
Penny for Gulbis's thoughts Winking

"BBC director Jo McCusker, who made a forthcoming BBC1 documentary about Andy Murray, says the U.S. Open champion isn’t exactly Mr. Excitement off-court.

“You don’t see anything flash because he doesn’t do anything flash. He doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, doesn’t go out. And it all comes back to one word, mentioned by everyone we spoke to: ordinary.”

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Post by Tenez on Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:54 am

Well his game is even less flashy to me than his personality. In fact his personality raises strong feelings one way or another and that is a good thing.

One can like someone to win as mush as someone to lose. It's tennis, sport, a kind of modern roman circus.

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Post by noleisthebest on Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:15 pm

Murray received an OBE from Prince William today. Nearly got late as testers knocked on the door this morning Laugh 
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/index.html

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Poor Andy, still not a Sir despite winning Wimbledon....

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Post by Tenez on Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:41 pm

Isn;t it hilarious how thoise testers alwats come after the battle....Murray is retiring from tennis for the rest of the year but they really expect him to cycle up now?


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Post by noleisthebest on Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:07 pm

Now that you mentioned it, it actually comfirms that they are not only not interested in catching dopers, but also want to make themselves look good by testing Murray on the day he was receiving his
OBE, knowing they were going to deliberately make him late and thus get a mention/coverage in the media making themselves look as if they are doing their job and being really keen to catch dopers.
Do they really think we are all that stupid.....pathetic!

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Post by Tenez on Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:29 pm

Exactly. It's all media comm!

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Post by luvsports! on Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:44 pm

They do think we are that stupid unfortunately. On this issue, most are.

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Post by DEC1M8 on Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:50 pm

The doping testers are a disgrace, how dare they make Murray's appointment with Prince William late.

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Post by luvsports! on Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:02 pm

Right on cue! The clients defender.

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Post by DEC1M8 on Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:06 pm

I wasn't being serious ski 

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Post by noleisthebest on Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:39 pm

The plot is thickening, maybe even deja vu-ing Winking
Murray likely to miss AO:

"I hope so, but I’m not going to come back unless I’m 100 percent fit. I’ve got a long way to go yet,” he said. “I’ve been in the swimming pool and on the bike a little bit but it’s still going to be four or five weeks until I’m back on the tennis court hitting some balls. The rehab process is pretty tedious and long and I don’t want to come back too soon and have to start that process all over again. I’ll only come back when I’m 100 percent fit and I hope that’s at the beginning of the year.”


http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/10/murray-unsure-about-2014-australian-open/49499/#.UmGNtZSYC04

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Post by Tenez on Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:57 pm

yes...interesting.His back problem goes back to the clay season, yet wins Wimby but is injured again after that.

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