View Full Version : The cap does matter: Murray's secret to success

01-19-2009, 09:10 PM
Someone here in the forum always say, someone loses because he wears a cap. I think he may be vindicated now. LOL.

Want to play better? Lose the cap, says Murray
Tue 20 Jan, 04:18 AM

MELBOURNE (AFP) - Britain's Andy Murray reached the top of world tennis with intensive training, working year-round with his team of coaches and physios.

And he's taken off his cap.

Since losing the ever-present white headgear, the world number four says he's in the form of his life.

"I don't know, it's just something that I changed. Since I stopped wearing a cap, I've played much better," he mused after making the Australian Open second round on Tuesday without a hat despite blinding sun.

Murray has remained hatless in recent months as he became tennis's hottest property, beating Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer and being named the bookies' favourite for the Australian Open title.

"I used to always wear a cap for matches, and didn't used to practice with one really at all. I wanted to get a bit more sort of continuity in what I was doing," he said.

"I just felt like when I was playing, if I had really long hair I would still wear a cap because it would obviously get in my eyes.

"But when I'd keep my hair short, I don't think it doesn't make a huge difference. Even when the sun's there, the cap doesn't really protect you that much."

Novak Djokovic is the only top-four player who regularly wears a cap, with Federer and Nadal usually staying bare-headed.

Cap-wearing Andy Roddick's last Grand Slam win came in 2003, while Lleyton Hewitt, who famously prefers his hat backwards, has slid down the rankings to 70.

01-19-2009, 09:31 PM
The caps cursed indeed.
Obviously you do play better without without a needless piece of fabric thighten around your head.

01-19-2009, 09:38 PM
think i play better with one tbh. but whatever works

01-20-2009, 12:04 AM
I'm pretty sure he was wearing one at Flushing Meadows.

01-20-2009, 12:08 AM
Okay this is my own personal experience, don't take anything from it...

but in my personal experience I've always found i can actually suprisingly think a little better with my baseball cap off. Sure it may shield from sunlight and prove a barrier for the suns hot rays, but on the other hand it may be a degree harder for the body to expell excess heat with the head coverd by fabric. Maybe its the fact my head is a bit cooler it allows my brain to think a little better.

01-20-2009, 12:23 AM
caps on prestiges and rads are nice though..lol

01-20-2009, 01:22 AM
wear the cap Murray. :D

01-20-2009, 03:51 AM
I knew it.

01-20-2009, 03:55 AM
The caps cursed indeed.
Obviously you do play better without without a needless piece of fabric thighten around your head.

Tell that to Fed and Nadal them and their bandana's.