0 Have your say Andy Murray has rarely disappointed me. Okay the tears after losing to Roger Federer in an Australian Open Final were a little cringeworthy, but I even forgave him knocking the England football team (it’s what a Scot should do after all) once he started delivering some of the most passionate and exciting sporting performances of my lifetime. But seeing him team up with Serena Williams for the mixed doubles event at Wimbledon was most irritating. I guess it’s the winner in Murray that made him select one of the greats rather than giving an up-and-coming British player the thrill of a lifetime.It’s not as though the competition takes much winning anyway. Last year home players Harriet Dart and Jay Clarke reached the semi-finals without having delivered any past form. Even Heather Watson won it 2016 and she hardly ever wins anything these days.Dart was actually available to play this season after Clarke dumped her at the last … [Read more...] about Why I’m disappointed in Andy Murray
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0 Have your say It was a press conference that broke the collective heart of a nation. The sight of Andy Murray choking up and forced to take a tear break as he admitted that due to a persistent hip injury his playing days may be over. That was back in January but this week, Murray will return to competitive action, albeit in doubles, as he takes the next step on what he hopes will be the road back to elite level singles play.While, in a very public setting, the doubts gnawed at his world-famous steely resolve that day in Australia and no doubt dogged him as a litany of tributes followed in the press, on social media and on a giant screen after he lost in five sets to Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, friend and former Davis Cup team-mate Tim Henman does not believe Murray ever really accepted in his own mind that a comeback was out of the question.“I just think that in Andy’s mind, I don’t think he has ever stepped away,” said the former … [Read more...] about ‘Stopping was never in Andy Murray’s mind’
0 Have your say Tennis trick-shot of the week? No, it wasn’t Nick Kyrgios, the self-styled wild and crazy Aussie, serving underarm against Dusan Lajovic at the Miami Open. With his Serbian opponent well behind the baseline, Kyrgios stood over the ball, bounced it a couple of times and without looking up flicked it over the net, flatfooting the disgusted Lajovic for an ace. That was nifty but even more astonishing was the British tennis establishment being able to look both rich and poor at the same time. Rich because Wimbledon debentures went on sale on Thursday – “the most sought-after tickets in the world,” confirmed the All England Club with glee. Poor because 24 hours earlier the sorry saga of the Murray legacy – that is, the lack of it – made it to the House of Commons.If Theresa May, seemingly not able to do anything right, had managed to grab a brief respite from her Brexit agonies and wandered into this debate, she … [Read more...] about Aidan Smith: Why does LTA struggle to acknowledge Andy Murray’s legacy?
Andy Murray will be the official starter for next month’s London Marathon. Murray succeeds The Queen, who carried out the task last year, in the role on Sunday April 28. “It’s an honour to be asked to start the London Marathon,” said Murray, whose wife Kim ran the race in 2014. “It’s such an amazing race that means so much to so many people. It raises millions each year for charity and helps inspire people to get active. I have nothing but admiration for everyone who runs. I may even run it myself one day.” The 31-year-old, a three-time Grand Slam champion and double Olympic gold medallist, is currently rehabilitating his right hip following surgery back in January in the hope of returning to competitive tennis. Event director Hugh Brasher said: “Andy is one of Britain’s greatest sporting superstars and it is so fitting he will be the official starter for one of the country’s greatest sporting events and the world’s … [Read more...] about Andy Murray named London Marathon official starter
0 Have your say A row over the failure of tennis chiefs to build on Sir Andy Murray’s legacy has reached the House of Commons. Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell and Commons Speaker John Bercow are to urge bosses at the Lawn Tennis Association(LTA) to do more to grow the game north of the border. The LTA has come under fierce criticism after a document issued as part of a rebrand did not include any reference to Murray, the three-times grand-slam champion.The 36-page publication released last Friday to outline the new vision of the governing body of British tennis does not have a single mention or picture of Murray or his brother Jamie, a six-times grand-slam doubles champion.Earlier this year Murray, 31, said he believed the LTA had failed to capitalise on his achievements. In response to the latest snub, his mother Judy tweeted “Wow”.Mr Mundell said he would meet with the LTA along with Mr Bercow, a huge tennis fan, to press for … [Read more...] about Row over failings to build on Andy Murray’s legacy reaches parliament