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Murray planning to step up rehab on his back and start hitting in mid- November in his base in Miami.
He plans on playing an exhibition at the end of November in Barbados and then playing Brisbane and Aus Open.

Hope it all goes well for the Muzz!
 
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"Blast from the past..With my best friends from primary school.. Didn't smile for the camera even back then!"

 
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Murray planning to step up rehab on his back and start hitting in mid- November in his base in Miami.
He plans on playing an exhibition at the end of November in Barbados and then playing Brisbane and Aus Open.

Hope it all goes well for the Muzz!
Thanks for setting this up and the update. I had wondered if he would now be at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year to pick up the award when he inevitably wins it. I'd much rather he is in Miami though as that will mean he is recovering well for next year.
 
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Thanks for setting this up and the update. I had wondered if he would now be at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year to pick up the award when he inevitably wins it. I'd much rather he is in Miami though as that will mean he is recovering well for next year.
The award is becoming a joke now. Obviously, it should go to Lord Alex Ferguson, but the BBC is too spiteful.
 
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no way.., andy won Wimbledon 1st for a 'home nations' country since 1936..

they could goof up, its decided via a phone vote i think..it wasn't the same system but in 1954 the sports personality of year winner was chris chataway who won commonwealth gold or something.. and NOT roger bannister who had just become the first man ever to break the 4-minute-mile. :shock:
 
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Murray was at a head press conference today. Says rehab is going well and that he starts hitting balls again next week. He was adamant that he won't even consider flying to Australia unless he feels that he can win the event. He won't travel just to give it a go.

I've got a feeling we won't see him until accapulco\da vis cup.
 
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Murray was at a head press conference today. Says rehab is going well and that he starts hitting balls again next week. He was adamant that he won't even consider flying to Australia unless he feels that he can win the event. He won't travel just to give it a go.

I've got a feeling we won't see him until accapulco\da vis cup.
I'm sure he'll recuperate well before AO.
The element of surprise as to when he'll return, will keep other top 4 on their toes ;)
 
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Murray was at a head press conference today. Says rehab is going well and that he starts hitting balls again next week. He was adamant that he won't even consider flying to Australia unless he feels that he can win the event. He won't travel just to give it a go.

I've got a feeling we won't see him until accapulco\da vis cup.
Murray saw how successful Nadal was with his long break and is trying to emulate him. I doubt he'll be quite as successful as Nadal was though when he does come back. :)
 
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Murray saw how successful Nadal was with his long break and is trying to emulate him. I doubt he'll be quite as successful as Nadal was though when he does come back. :)
I'll take half as successful :)

If you can watch the video, he says he's been speaking to/texting Rafa during his rehab.....
 
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Murray: "I've been playing through pain for 18 months"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/24762416

In other Murray news, Head Chairman says that racket sales are up by almost 300% in the UK since Murray's Wimbledon win.
I was in Cardiff, Wales and Manchester for a good part of this summer (visiting family and doing an internship) and I was appalled at the quality of public tennis courts in the UK! In Wales all of the courts I played on were this horrendous gravel mixture that produced inconsistent bounces and caused people to slip if they ran full kilt. The public courts in Manchester were better for the most part, but still not in great condition (bad nets, cracked surface). It's really sad, in the US tennis is not a major sport (Wimbledon in the UK is a MUCH bigger deal than the US Open is in the US, for example) but we still have numerous public HARD courts in good condition.

On most public courts in the US you will find at least 2 good players (4.5+ NTRP) whereas in the UK I saw maybe 1 good player the whole time I was there. It's really sad, what do you think the reasons are behind this Batz? I imagine its probably even worse in Scotland! The LTA must be even more incompetent than the USTA, public participation is not enough to produce great players without the proper basic infrastructure.
 
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I was in Cardiff, Wales and Manchester for a good part of this summer (visiting family and doing an internship) and I was appalled at the quality of public tennis courts in the UK! In Wales all of the courts I played on were this horrendous gravel mixture that produced inconsistent bounces and caused people to slip if they ran full kilt. The public courts in Manchester were better for the most part, but still not in great condition (bad nets, cracked surface). It's really sad, in the US tennis is not a major sport (Wimbledon in the UK is a MUCH bigger deal than the US Open is in the US, for example) but we still have numerous public HARD courts in good condition.

On most public courts in the US you will find at least 2 good players (4.5+ NTRP) whereas in the UK I saw maybe 1 good player the whole time I was there. It's really sad, what do you think the reasons are behind this Batz? I imagine its probably even worse in Scotland! The LTA must be even more incompetent than the USTA, public participation is not enough to produce great players without the proper basic infrastructure.
Public courts in the UK are patchy a best. Most players play at a dedicated club (although to be fair, clubs in Scotland are good value - I'm under £200 pa membership for my son and I combined).

I've said for years that the LTA should spend their share of the annual Wimbledon surplus (circa £30m pa) on a 10 year national court-building programme - but they won't. Too busy paying . £0.5m pa on a useless CEO.
 
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I was in Cardiff, Wales and Manchester for a good part of this summer (visiting family and doing an internship) and I was appalled at the quality of public tennis courts in the UK! In Wales all of the courts I played on were this horrendous gravel mixture that produced inconsistent bounces and caused people to slip if they ran full kilt. The public courts in Manchester were better for the most part, but still not in great condition (bad nets, cracked surface). It's really sad, in the US tennis is not a major sport (Wimbledon in the UK is a MUCH bigger deal than the US Open is in the US, for example) but we still have numerous public HARD courts in good condition.

On most public courts in the US you will find at least 2 good players (4.5+ NTRP) whereas in the UK I saw maybe 1 good player the whole time I was there. It's really sad, what do you think the reasons are behind this Batz? I imagine its probably even worse in Scotland! The LTA must be even more incompetent than the USTA, public participation is not enough to produce great players without the proper basic infrastructure.
Most public courts in the UK are gravel. It's shocking isn't it. The bounce is unpredictable and running on rock is not comfortable, the older you get.
 
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I'll take half as successful :)

If you can watch the video, he says he's been speaking to/texting Rafa during his rehab.....
That's nice. Wonder how much Murray told him :)

I think he says something about his dogs there too, doesn't he?.
 
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There must be more British players willing to take up the racket, we always seem to put all are eggs into one player, Henman now Murray, I wish the others would step up.

Dan Evans is 149 in the world, not far off.
 
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Murray yesterday at Crandon Park with his stalker. Do you recognise him?

Murray will continue to train up until Xmas Eve - he travels to Abu Dhabi on Xmas Day.


 
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Good to see that he's back. It seems that he'll be ready to the AO. Any certainty on that?
Not yet I'm afraid. I don't think he'll make the final call until Abu Dhabi/Doha. He's on record as saying he won't play the AO unless he thinks he can win it.
 
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Shortlist magazine readers vote Murray man of the year 2013:

/www.shortlist.com/entertainment/man-of-the-year-andy-murray
ShortList Magazine
The latest copy of ShortList MagazineSee what's in the latest issue of ShortList
MAN OF THE YEAR: ANDY MURRAY

The undisputed champ of the year: Andy Murray on a little cup he won for some tennis match…

Andy Murray owned 2013. No man had an achievement that has caused such a mass outpouring of emotion. That last, quite unbelievable game as Murray fluffed three Championship points then somehow dragged himself back to victory, didn’t just cause clenched fists and blind panic on Centre Court, in living rooms, pubs and parks that hot July day – the nation was put on the rack. And, since we live through our sportsmen, we all won.

It was an unforgettable performance, and Murray is now simply a legend. It wasn’t 77 years of hurt, it was 77 years of jokes; British tennis players were tragi-comic underdogs at best. They’d never been winners. However, 26-year-old Murray didn’t just win Wimbledon. Oh no. He also won our reader vote for the ShortList Icon Of The Year. It’s not up to us to say which was the bigger achievement…

Anyway, we talked to the legend, the winner, the owner, about his year, and yes, he really is a smart, funny man, too. Give him a standing ovation…



You’ve won our Icon Of The Year award. Does this feel better than winning Wimbledon?

[Laughs] It’s hard to compare such illustrious and respected titles, but it’s a great feeling to have both titles at the same time, that’s for sure.

Our readers voted for this award in droves. How has your public reaction been since winning Wimbledon? You’ve achieved true legend status now…

It’s been great, although it’s all calmed down a bit now, which I’m happy about. The days after the final were pretty intense, to say the least. I think I managed 42 TV interviews in one morning. It was a great feeling to be able to finally win and make lots of people happy and proud, and to finally end all those years of disappointment.

You’re recovering from back surgery – how long could you have feasibly played on for?

It was a very difficult decision. My back is something that has been giving me problems for the past 18 months or so, and because the tennis calendar is so busy it’s often hard to find time to fix things properly, so I had been managing the pain. The grass courts are much more forgiving on the body than hard courts, so after the US Open, and then the clay at the Davis Cup, it was obvious it wasn’t going to fix itself, so the decision was made to take some time off and get the problem fixed.

What box sets or computer games did you indulge in during your recovery?

Just before I had my surgery, the new Pro Evolution Soccer was released, so I have been playing a lot of that. I have also been playing the new Grand Theft Auto. I haven’t been watching that much TV, but I am a big Homeland fan, so I have been enjoying the new episodes over the past few weeks.

Is Rafael Nadal’s resurgence worrying for you, given how good he can be, or do you relish the competition?

Rafa and I go back a long way, and we often play practice sets together, so it’s great to see him playing well. I haven’t had to play him yet, but once I’m fully recovered I’ll be looking forward to hopefully coming up against him, we’re both very competitive and we always have great matches. He’s a really nice guy as well.

Is there another player the top guys look at as the next big thing? Or is there one player in the Top 20 who could be in the Top 4 in a few years?

The Tour is so competitive now that it’s hard to single out one person. There is an emerging group of some really talented guys such as Grigor Dimitrov, Jerzy Janowicz and Milos Raonic, who have had strong runs during the season, and are all relatively early into their careers.

Now you’ve won two majors, do the other players see you as even more of a threat, and do you think you can usurp Novak Djokovic as No1 in the world?

I wouldn’t say people see me as more of a threat. I definitely feel more confident, and there is less pressure, but I still want to win more. I’m more focused on winning more tournaments and grand slams and then, hopefully, if I keep doing that the world No1 spot will eventually follow. But it’s not an easy task – there is plenty of hard work to get to the top.

Djokovic famously said that he could no longer be best friends with you because of your ever-growing rivalry on the court. Is that still the case, and to what extent has this affected your friendship?

Of course it’s difficult, we’re both professional sportsmen on the court, so it’s hard to view people as your friends when you’re playing matches, especially for some of the biggest prizes in the game. Off the court, we are still good friends, which is nice, as we have known each other since playing in the juniors.

Which was harder: winning the US Open or winning Wimbledon?

They are both very different tournaments on very different surfaces, so you can’t really compare the two. Winning the US Open was hard, as I had lost in four grand slam finals prior to that, so getting myself over the line to win my first slam brought me a great sense of relief. The Wimbledon title – I can barely remember the last game in that match…

What was the most nerve-wracking part of the Wimbledon final?

The first game is always difficult; the atmosphere on Centre Court was incredible from the very first point, which helped me settle quite quickly. Serving for the Championship was also a blur, especially after going 40-0 up and then facing break points, but I somehow found a way.

What was the big difference between your victory, and second place the previous year?

Winning the gold medal and US Open definitely gave me more belief in myself and my ability, so going into the tournament I was confident that I could win Wimbledon. My preparation this year was also very good, as I won Queen’s in the build up, so that also helped.



What was the most crucial point in the match?

When I was 2-4 down in the third set, I got a really important break to get back on serve, and then at 4-4 I broke again so that I was serving for the Championship.

Are you going to become sick of going through the match in such detail any time soon?

Never!

Is your coach Ivan Lendl as intimidating as he looks?

No, not at all. Ivan’s great. He smiles all the time during training, especially if someone is cracking a terrible or inappropriate joke, which happens quite a lot during practice.

Have you spoken to Sir Alex since his retirement, and has he made plans to come and watch you now he has spare time?

He came along to my semi-final at Wimbledon and we had a chat in the locker room for a good 30 minutes after the match. It’s always great to have him at my matches, he’s quite busy at the moment, but who knows? He’s come to watch me play in New York a few times, he was there when I won the US Open Final – he’s a pretty good omen, come to think of it.

We heard you used to be obsessed with Milkybar yoghurts. What’s your new junk-food vice?

[Laughs] Not so much the Milkybar yogurts any more, but I am partial to the occasional chocolate biscuit. I tend to eat pretty healthily throughout the year, though.

Is it true you can apparently eat up to 45 pieces of sushi in one sitting?

[Laughs] I don’t do it every time, but it’s a great recovery meal. I think I may have actually eaten more than that after a particularly big training day. I’m a big fan of spicy tuna rolls.

You once said you sold your Ferrari as you felt like a bit of a poser. Have you made any other misjudged purchases you can tell us about?

Not really, no. The car was great to drive, it’s just whenever I pulled up somewhere, everyone stared at me getting out, which I didn’t really enjoy. It also wasn’t the most practical of cars for popping down to the shops in.

Adidas has just unveiled a pair of trainers with your face on the tongue. Any other surprising places where your likeness has appeared?

During Wimbledon, a huge cake was made in the shape of my head, which was quite funny. Morrisons in Wimbledon was renamed Murrisons for two weeks during the tennis as well.



What is your big ambition for 2014?

The plan is to be fully fit in time for the Australian Open and hopefully go one better than last year.

If you could do any other job in the world, what would you do?

I always enjoyed playing football when I was younger and I had a trial for Rangers, so I might have tried that if tennis hadn’t worked out. I also love boxing, and watch it wherever I am in the world, but I wouldn’t be so keen to get in the ring. It would definitely be something in sport.
 

syc23

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Hope he changes that, Wimbledon only allows all-white dress. They certainly made a lot of fuss about Djokovic's shoes this year.
Well they let Federer strut his gold man bag a few years ago so there shouldn't be any problems for Murray strutting in white/gold kit. Then again…...
 
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Hope he changes that, Wimbledon only allows all-white dress. They certainly made a lot of fuss about Djokovic's shoes this year.
It was not the color of djokovic shoes, it was the fact that they were illegal as they gave him advantage. He cheated in the first 4 rounds.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/te...-they-might-give-him-extra-grip-on-grass.html



But while Roger Federer's orange-soled shoes fell foul of Wimbledon’s sartorial rule requiring clothing to be “predominantly white”, the club had taken issue with the pimples on the sides of Djokovic’s shoes, which could be seen to give him an advantage.
The rule for grass-court shoes in the Grand Slam Handbook states that “shoes with pimples or studs around the outside of the toes shall not be permitted.
"The foxing around the toes must be smooth”. This was not the case when Djokovic played his first four rounds, as our photograph shows.
 

Tenez101

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It was not the color of djokovic shoes, it was the fact that they were illegal as they gave him advantage. He cheated in the first 4 rounds.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/te...-they-might-give-him-extra-grip-on-grass.html
Lol, they would have done anything to give Andy an advantage in that final. And it seemed to work. Not that Andy needed it anyway, I think he still would have won.

Remember when Djokovic beat Del Potro in the semi? Del Potro was pouring his heart out on the court and it still wasn't enough to beat sub-par zombie Djokovic. Del Potro was already lucky to be in that semi anyways though, he didn't have to meet his masters Fed or Nadal (or anyone of high caliber really) to get there. What is it about Del Potro and losing to the big four? Maybe he's just happy to be on the same court as them? :confused:
 
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Lol, they would have done anything to give Andy an advantage in that final. And it seemed to work. Not that Andy needed it anyway, I think he still would have won.

Remember when Djokovic beat Del Potro in the semi? Del Potro was pouring his heart out on the court and it still wasn't enough to beat sub-par zombie Djokovic. Del Potro was already lucky to be in that semi anyways though, he didn't have to meet his masters Fed or Nadal (or anyone of high caliber really) to get there. What is it about Del Potro and losing to the big four? Maybe he's just happy to be on the same court as them? :confused:
What has Juan Martin gotta do with djokovic illegal shoes in the first 4 rounds? Federer and Nadal were busy losing in the first and second round in the other half and would have been beaten by Andy knowing how badly they played in that tournament. Also, you keep forgetting Juan Martin missed the entire clay season due to breathing problems..
 
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A.Murray confirmed his comeback on professional tour at Doha(Next Week) also playing in AO.(In his on post match on court interview in UAE).
It's great news for Tennis Two 'Top Players' almost 100% fit and making comeback on tour. Competition will be sky high if Murray,Del potro,Tsonga able to give their best in 2014 and hope they can challenge 'Rafole' on consistent basis.(Not happened in 2013).
 

Sabratha

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A.Murray confirmed his comeback on professional tour at Doha(Next Week) also playing in AO.(In his on post match on court interview in UAE).
It's great news for Tennis Two 'Top Players' almost 100% fit and making comeback on tour. Competition will be sky high if Murray,Del potro,Tsonga able to give their best in 2014 and hope they can challenge 'Rafole' on consistent basis.(Not happened in 2013).
Yes it did. Murray beat Djokovic for the Wimbledon trophy and he hasn't played Nadal. You have to be in the best form during a slam and Murray managed to beat him, excuses or not.
 
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Andy Murray @andy_murray 10h
How great is it to have all these legends of the game coaching?! Absolutely loving it.. #mycoachisbetterthanyoursnanananana

lol :)
 
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