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Andy has reached the last sixteen of the BNP Paribas Open after a tough win over Jiri Vesely, winning 6-7, 6-4, 6-4.
Andy flew out of the blocks, racing to a 3-0 lead and securing the double break. It looked in the early stages like the match might be over very quickly however Vesely had other ideas. After a strong start, Andy appeared to have his opponent rattled, however Vesely began to attack and managed to retrieve one of the breaks. Despite a string of errors Andy managed to hold on to give himself the opportunity to serve for first set, but the aggression of the young Czech again appeared to take Andy by surprise and he secured the second break. With the score locked at 5-5, both players then held well to force the match into a tiebreak. A rattled Andy found himself quickly on the back foot in the tie break and his opponent soon had five set points, of which he only needed one, to clinch the first set.
A disappointed Andy, opened the first set, but appeared to still be struggling and quickly found himself having to defend two break points and despite his best efforts Andy was unable to hold serve. Andy was able to find the break but then found himself broken again, he then had to produce some spirited tennis to retrieve the broken service game and the scores were then levelled at 4-4. After a gritty hold from Andy, he seized his opportunity to attack the serve of his opponent and managed to find the decisive break to win the set 6-4 and level the match.
The third set continued in a similar fashion to the second and Andy again struggled to hold serve and found himself broken in the first game of the third set, and despite retrieving the game immediately, and the British number one then found himself broken yet again to trail 3-1 in the decider. The chase was then on once again for Andy to find the break to keep himself in the tournament and it was again at 3-4 down, Andy was able to find the breakthrough to level the scoring again at 4-4. Andy then produced a solid hold, to force his opponent to then serve to stay in the match. The final game of the set proved to be a marathon contest, however it became apparent that the young Czech was tightening up, and after two match points went a miss, Andy found himself with a third match point which he was able to convert and take the set 6-4 and book his place in the last sixteen.
Speaking after the match Andy said, “The Quality of tennis wasn’t great. Both of us struggled with heat. It was a pretty ugly match to be honest. I need to play better in the next round”
Andy will now face the winner of the match between Milos Raonic and Alejandro Falla.
Andy has progressed through the second round of the BNP Paribas Open after recovering from a one set deficit to defeat the world number 47, in three sets.
Andy fought back to beat Lukas Rosol 4-6 6-3 6-2 to progress to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
Wimbledon champion Andy, 26, lost the first set, but took the second against the 28-year-old from the Czech Republic, despite him breaking in the first game of the second set. Despite Andy’s slow start, the loss of serve in the second set appeared to spark him in to life, and the Brit reeled off six of the next seven games to level the match.
Rosol dropped serve in the opening game of the third to release the early advantage and was chasing from that point on as Andy then turned the screw to close out the victory without further alarm, taking the third set 6-2.
Commenting on his tough opener, Andy who recognised he wasn’t quite at his best said “I felt I was in a decent rhythm in the middle of the second set. Here I have always kind of struggled at the beginning of the tournament and the conditions”
Andy continued by saying “I got broken three times in a row the end of the first set, beginning of the second. You know, I just kind of kept going and found a way to win, which is always the most important thing.”
Andy will now faces Jiri Vesely in the third round of the tournament.
Andy and Jonny Marray won a blockbuster first-round doubles clash against Gael Monfils and Juan Monaco at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
In what was the first competitive appearance for the pairing, Britain’s two Wimbledon winners battled through 6-4 4-6 11-9.
The tie came alive in the match tie-break, when the Britons raced into a 6-3 lead but were eventually reeled back to 8-8. However after one match point went begging, they converted their second match point after a rally that left Frenchman Monfils on the floor.
Andy will now begin his singles campaign against Czech and world number 47 Lukas Rosol at 1230pm (PST). It will be the first meeting between the pair, who are yet to face each other competitively.
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Andy will play for Bangkok in the inaugural International Premier Tennis League. The Wimbledon champion, 26, will play alongside Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Victoria Azarenka in tennis’ version of cricket’s Indian Premier League. Matches are scheduled for a 17-day period in November and December. Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Pete Sampras have also been drafted. The tournament is due to be played in Singapore, Mumbai, Dubai and Bangkok, with each of the four cities represented. Matches will be best-of-five sets, each in a different format, including men’s and women’s singles, men’s and mixed doubles and men’s legends.
Andy will play alongside world number 10 Tsonga and two-time Australian Open champion Azarenka, plus Daniel Nestor, Carlos Moya and Kirsten Flipkens. World number one Nadal and Sampras, who have won a combined 27 Grand Slams, will play for Mumbai while Novak Djokovic, a six-time major winner, will represent Dubai alongside former world number one Caroline Wozniacki. Williams, who has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles, was drafted to play for Singapore alongside eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi, who will compete against the likes of former Wimbledon winner Goran Ivanisevic and Sampras in the past champions and legends category.
Tomas Berdych, Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt, Serena Williams, Bruno Soares, Patrick Rafter, Daniela Hantuchova, Nick Kyrgios.
Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Victoria Azarenka, Daniel Nestor, Carlos Moya, Kirsten Flipkens.
Rafael Nadal, Gael Monfils, Pete Sampras, Rohan Bopanna, Ana Ivanovic, Sania Mirza, Fabrice Santoro.
Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Goran Ivanisevic, Janko Tipsarevic, Nenad Zimonjic, Malek Jaziri, Martina Hingis.
Andy has been knocked out the Mexican Open after tough three set loss to Bulgarian fourth seed, Grigor Dimitrov, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7.
Any concerns of Andy starting slowly, were quickly vanquished as he wasted little time in securing the break in the opening game. Despite some pressure on his serve in the second game, Andy saved a break point well, to secure an early 2-0 lead. Andy then secured the double break with the score at 3-1 to secure a comfortable cushion in the first set and lead 4-1. Despite relinquishing a break of his own in the next game, Andy served extremely well to serve out the match and secure the first set 6-4.
The second set was a decidedly closer affair with both players continuing to serve well, Andy particularly, who at times had a first serve points won percentage as high as 92%. Largely due to the strong serving and despite some mesmerizing rallies and shot making, neither player could find the break through and the match continued till the players were locked 6-6, forcing the second set to a tie break.
Dimitrov approached the net frequently in the tie break to place Andy under pressure and at the change over Andy found himself 1-5 down to the Bulgarian. And despite retrieving one of the mini breaks, Andy was unable to find a second, and after successfully defending 2 set points, he was unable to save a third and he surrendered the set 6-7 (5).
There was a nervy start to the third set and Andy found himself on the back foot almost immediately and after serving so well in the second set, he dropped a service game and found himself 0-2 down. After a quick change of shoes Andy seemed to put any nerves on his own service game behind him and the chase to recover the lost game was on. With score at 4-5, Dimitrov was serving for the set, and it was here that Andy decided to pounce. With the score locked at deuce, and with a break point already gone begging, Andy found himself with another breakpoint, which this time he took. Breaking his opponent for the first time in 13 games.
The next game was also set to be an epic, after three opportunities for Andy to hold were lost, Andy found himself having to serve well to save two break points. After saving two break points, Andy increased the pressure on his opponent and after a strong driving back hand, Dimitrov got caught up in his own feet, and tried to recover with a through legs shot, which found the net, a strong serve was then all Andy needed to hold and lead 6-5. Dimitrov then held well, to send the match into yet another tiebreak.
Andy again, found himself on the back foot early in the breaker, and was unable to find the break back opportunity, after he then relinquished another mini break, Andy’s opponent needed just one of the three match points to win the match.
Andy will now travel to New York to participate in World Tennis Day at Madison Square Garden before moving on to the Indian Wells ATP masters series event.
Andy has reached the semi finals of the Mexican Open for the first time after defeating the French sixth seed Gilles Simon in another hard fought victory which lasted just over two and half hours.
It appeared from early on in the first set that Andy would have to win the match the hard way, his opponent charged at him from the outset, playing some extremely aggressive tennis, and storming to an early lead. After surrendering the early break, Andy never looked in any danger of breaking back his opponent, and quickly surrendered the first set.
The second set continued in a similar fashion with a frequency of breaks, however this time both players were producing them. Despite a clearly improved second set display, Andy found himself on the ropes yet again and fell behind his French opponent 3-5, however he recovered the break emphatically in the following games to force the set into a tie break. Andy wasted no time in securing the mini break in a nervy tie breaker and was able to close the tie break out, winning it 7-4, and forced the third set.
The mammoth second set appeared to have taken its toll on Andy’s opponent, who need a lengthly medical time out at the change over to treat a back injury. Quick to take advantage, Andy flew out of the block’s in the third set racing to a 3-0 lead to further the pressure on his opponent. Andy used great depth and moved Simon extremely well to ensure his opponent was using his full range of body movement to further pressure him. However with Andy leading 4-2, it looked as though Simon had found a second wind, but Andy resisted well and after coming out on top of a long and intense rally at 30-30, Andy held well, to force Simon to serve to stay in the match. Andy seemed eager to turn the screw in the match and produced some fine shots, including a exquisite lob which resulted in Andy having three set points. Andy attacked the second serve of Simon, who was unable to get a strong enough back hand volley on the return, and as a result netted the ball, allowing Andy to book his place in the semi finals.
Andy will now face the winner of the night match, which is being played between Ernest Gulbis and Grigor Dimitrov.
Andy has progressed to the quarter finals of the Mexican Open with a strong win against the Portuguese number one Joao Sousa.
Andy hoped to start strongly after his shaky start the day before, however it looked as though things would follow in a similar trend when he surrendered the opening service game to his Portuguese opponent. However the shock of dropping his first service game appeared to jolt Andy into action, and he soon began to pressurise his opponent. He served particularly well in the first set, dropping just 5 points on serve after losing his opening game, he also began to return strongly and soon found himself securing the double break to take the first set 6-3.
Andy ensured that he continued his emphatic serving and returning early in the second set and secured the early break to place Sousa under further pressure. Andy began pressing his opponent in the hope of securing the second break, but Sousa did well to withstand Andy’s onslaught. However, despite his best efforts, Sousa was unable to break back, and Andy comfortably served out the match to secure his place in the quarter finals.
Andy will now face the number six seed, Gilles Simon of France at around 2am (GMT) on Friday morning.
Andy has confirmed he will play at the BNP Paribas Tennis classic at Hurlingham Club, London between 17–20 June.
On confirming his place in this special event, Murray said: “Playing at the Hurlingham Club last June was the perfect way for me to warm up for Wimbledon. It’s a great setting and I’m looking forward to playing again this year.”
Murray will be joined by a world-class line-up of tennis legends including: Tim Henman, Goran Ivanisevic, Mark Philippoussis, Pat Cash and crowd pleaser Mansour Bahrami, who will all play throughout the tournament, with more top current players to be announced in the coming months.
Andy has reached the second round of the Mexico Open with a hard fought three sets win over Spanish world number thirty four Pablo Andujar in Acapulco.
In what was Andy’s first ever appearance in Acapulco, he made a somewhat tentative start. His opponent, noticeably more confident from the outset on the fast Mexican courts, flew out of the blocks and raced to a one set lead securing the first set 6-3.
Despite losing the first set, a clearly frustrated Andy began to settle in the second and Andy showed great character to secure a commanding lead. Some fantastic tennis saw Andy run his opponent all over the court and after some emphatic serving from the British number one Andy had drawn the match level at one set all, securing the second 6-1.
The third set Andy’s fine form that he found in the second set continued and with the scores locked at 2-2 Andy found the crucial break. After a nervy service game from Andy which saw him save three break points, Andy then had his opponent under pressure on his serve again. After a selection of fine shots, Andy found the breakthrough once again to lead 5-2 and allow himself to serve for the match. With Andy serving for the set, it appeared that a Murray win was inevitable, and it was. Despite some spirited ball chasing from his Spanish opponent, Andy was simply too strong and over powered his opponent to secure the set 6-2 and book his place in the second round.
Andy will now face Joao Sousa in the second round in what will only be the second ever meeting between the two players.
Andy suffered his second career loss to Marin Cilic as the world No.37 defeated the British number one 6-3 6-4 victory in their quarter-final at the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. Cilic has previously only beaten Andy once in their ten meetings before their last eight tie, but stormed out of the block with an immediate break of Andy’s serve.
Andy took too long to get going and three unforced errors and two double faults handed Cilic his opening service game, and Cilic pounced to take the early advantage before taking the first set from Andy 3-6.
It seemed it wouldn’t be Andy’s day as he was broken again in the fifth game of the second set. Cilic then held well to see out victory and progress to the semi finals.
“It was the first time I’ve played three [days] in a row since the surgery in September, so that has to be a positive,” said Andy after the defeat.
“I didn’t get off to a good start in the first set, but he served extremely well throughout the match. I created a lot of opportunities to break serve, but I couldn’t convert my chances.”
Andy was forced to battle hard before securing his place in the third round of the World Tennis tournament in Rotterdam. The British number one came up against spirited young qualifier Dominic Thiem of Austria and had to dig deep to secure a 6-4 3-6 6-3 win.
It looked as though it would be a routine match for Andy, who broke in the first and third games to take early control. The youngsters defence was not to be underestimated though and after seeing off a break point Andy lost serve with a wayward forehand. Andy eventually held on to take the set 6-4 but it was the following set that proved this match was to be anything but routine, as the qualifier flew out of the blocks, catching Andy off guard and before the world number 6 knew it, it was one set all.
The third set showed which player had the experience and Andy eventually managed to turn the screw and see the match out, clinically breaking his opponent and securing the final set 6-3.
Speaking after the match Andy said “It was an unbelievably tough battle. There were a lot of long points. He was hitting some huge shots, going for the lines. He had some really big winners. His game is fun to watch but it’s no fun to play against at all. I’m sure we will be seeing a lot more of him.”
Andy will now play Marin Cilic in tomorrow’s evening session to try and book his place in the semi finals.
Andy has eased past Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3 6-3 to reach the second round of the ABN Amro world tennis tournament in Rotterdam. Second seed Andy needed just one hour, 29 minutes to overcome the Frenchman.
Andy, who has recently fallen to number six in the world rankings following back surgery, accepted a late wildcard to play in Rotterdam after helping Great Britain beat United States in the Davis Cup.
Andy will now play Qualifier Dominic Thiem of Austria after he beat Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen 6-4 4-6 6-4.
Andy will participate in the 41st ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. He receives the extra wildcard tournaments have available for A+ category players willing to enter shortly before the tournament start. The 41st ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament takes place from 10th until 16th of February 2014 in Ahoy Rotterdam.
Andy who in the past 18 months has won Wimbledon, the Olympics and US Open in 2012, has played in Rotterdam on three previous occasions. His most successful participation dates from 2009, when he won the tournament by beating Rafael Nadal in the final.
The ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament starts on Monday with seven players out of the top-12 of the ATP Rankings. Juan Martin del Potro (4), Andy Murray (6), Tomas Berdych (7), Richard Gasquet (9), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (10), Milos Raonic (11) and Tommy Haas (12) are the best ranked players.
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Andy has helped Great Britain seal a historic victory over the USA in the Davis Cup, defeating Sam Querrey in four sets, helping Britain reach the quarter finals of the competition for the first time since 1986.
Both players started the match extremely brightly and Andy secured an early break to put his American opponent under pressure. However Querrey was fully aware of the situation, knowing that the USA needed to win the match to keep the tie alive and he broke back. Both players then held well for the remaining games to send the first set into a tie break. The tie break was as tight as the set had started, and it was Andy that was able to find the crucial breakthrough, taking the tie break 7-5.
The second continued in the extremely tight fashion that the first had finished, both players were serving extremely well, which again pushed the set into a tie break. However this tie break was to be Querrey’s, who flew out of the blocks, securing the mini break from Andy early and then held serve to take the second set 7-3 in the tie break.
After closely losing the second set, a frustrated Andy came out swinging in the third and fourth sets, and produced some mesmerising tennis to completely dominate his American opponent and close out the match in style. Wasting no time in the third, Andy gave Querrey very little and closed the set out comfortably 6-1 and again in the fourth Andy surrendered very little, and after a match point went begging on Querrey’s serve, Andy was left serving for the match and a place in the quarter finals. After a brief fight back from Querrey, Andy won three points in a row to save two break points and then when his opponents return sailed wide of the tramline, Andy let out a shout to confirm that he had secured the set 6-3 and crucially the match by three sets to one.
Speaking after the match Andy said “He came out playing extremely aggressively, especially on my serve. I changed tactics at the beginning of the third set and I was able to dictate many of the points after that. So that change of tactics helped. You have a responsibility to your team-mates to play well, but I also have a lot of experience in the Davis Cup and the Slams, so you know how to deal with it relatively well.”
Great Britain will now face Italy away in early April for a chance to reach the Semi Finals.
Great Britain are on the verge of reaching the Davis Cup World Group quarter-finals after Andy won his singles emphatically, and James Ward fought back to beat Sam Querrey..
Andy beat Donald Young 6-1 6-2 6-3 in the opening rubber of the best-of-five tie on the San Diego clay. Andy’s fellow countryman James Ward then recovered from two sets to one and a break down to beat Querrey 1-6 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-4 6-1.
Britain now lead 2-0 and need one point from Saturday’s doubles or Sunday’s two reverse singles to win the tie and secure a first World Group win since 1986. Andy and doubles specialist Colin Fleming are scheduled to face world number one pairing Bob and Mike Bryan in the doubles tonight.
In the opening match, Andy was far too strong for Davis Cup first timer Donald Young and surrendered very little throughout the match, losing just 6 games throughout.
Speaking after the match Andy said “It’s important to get off to a good start. The court is still pretty slippery but it’s been raining, it’s colder, there’s a lot of cloud cover, so the court’s obviously going to play a bit slower. The conditions being like this helped.”
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Andy has been knocked out the Australian Open after losing to Roger Federer 3-6 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 in three hours and 20 minutes.
After a below par first two sets from Andy, Federer looked to be on the verge of wrapping up the tie in three-set’s but Andy recovered well to break Federer as he was serving for the match and then save two match points in the tie-break, completing the recovery by taking the tie break 8-6.
Andy was fighting to stay in the match, in what was only his second tournament since back surgery, and saved six break points in a marathon 19-minute game early in the fourth set. However Andy’s formidable defence was finally broken, as Federer broke later in the set at 4-3.
Speaking after the match Andy said “I was proud of the way I fought, I changed my tactics a little bit, started playing a little bit more aggressive, and that was maybe my undoing a little bit at the end, because I really started going for my shots to get myself back into the match. Then when I got broken in that fourth set, I went for three balls. Maybe one or two of them weren’t there to be hit.”
When I got to Melbourne, I can’t honestly say my expectations were as high as if I’d been playing for the last four months. It’s been a good effort to get to the quarter-finals of a slam this soon after back surgery. But anyone that’s in the quarters is close.
I play Roger Federer next and that’s going to be special; I’m looking forward to that match and hopefully will play a good one. Whether or not I’m ready to beat him I’ll find out, obviously, when I get on court.
It’ll be the highest level I’ve played at since the surgery. I’ve been hitting the ball well and clean so far, but when you play up at that level, if there’s anything you aren’t doing at 100 per cent, players like Roger are going to exploit that. I’ll need to play a great match to beat him.
Every player out there is dealing with some sort of niggle or little injury problem every time they play. It’s not easy. I saw Bernard Tomic getting some boos when he pulled out against Rafa at the start of the tournament and, to be honest, that’s a tough one to deal with.
A lot of players keep playing through injuries for long periods, but I think when you’re younger and you haven’t maybe experienced it as much, you don’t necessarily know where the barrier is. There’s a type of pain where you cannot go on the court and play and there’s other pain that’s bearable.
I think from the crowd’s perspective, it probably would have been better if Tomic hadn’t gone on the court because, as he said, he had injured his groin the day before. In that way, the crowd would have had a proper match, rather than 30 minutes where he wasn’t really able to move properly. It’s one of those things: it’s a difficult situation to be in and I’m sure he’ll learn from the experience and will know how to handle it better in the future.
I know Tomic is going to have hip surgery but I don’t think that was the reason he pulled out of the match against Rafa. Normally when you have surgery – unless you fall over and break an ankle or you hurt your wrist or something on a specific shot – it’s for something you’ve been dealing with for quite a while.
If he had a groin strain or a muscular injury, they are very hard to play with. In my opinion, these were two separate issues for Tomic, but even so, you don’t want to be going into a match, especially against someone like Rafa, with an injury. Any injury. But Rafa has had to deal with injuries during his career and some of them have been very serious – he missed seven months in 2012 because of his knee problems.
And a couple of days ago, when he was playing Nishikori, he had to call for the trainer to have treatment for blisters. Most people would think that doesn’t sound like much – professional athletes should be strong enough to handle blisters – but something like that really does matter.
With team sports, if someone has blisters and they have to come off, it’s fine. The game still goes on. It’s no problem. They just make a substitution. But in an individual sport, if you have an injury or a problem like blisters – which can be very sore if you don’t get them treated – and you can’t move properly, then you can lose the match for that.
As a player, you need to take care of your body as well as you possibly can and make sure that you’re able to play as close to 100 per cent as possible. As I’ve said, at this level, if you play at 90 per cent, it’s easy to lose any match and you can’t be subbed out.
With Rafa, would the people watching rather Rafa got the physio on and had his blisters treated or would they want him to walk off the court and says ‘sorry, my hands and feet are too sore, I can’t play any more’? I think they’d rather watch him finish the match.
The injuries might appear insignificant, but the way you deal with them can be the difference between winning and losing.
The good news for me is that I am feeling good. I’m a little bit stiffer and sorer than maybe I would have been in previous years, because then I would have played a lot more matches.
Against Stephane Robert, I played two hours and 42 minutes, my longest match since my surgery.
Naturally I’m going to be a little bit stiff and sore after that. But with each match, my body is adjusting and each day I’m closer to 100 per cent. I can’t wait to get back on the court on Wednesday night; it will be a great match.
Andy has stormed into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open with a testing 4 sets victory over Frenchman Stephane Robert.
Both players held serve well in opening games, however Andy showed that he meant business securing the early break. The break gave Andy the confidence to put his foot down and race away with the first set, holding serve well and then securing the double break to leave himself serving for the set, Andy held strongly and took the first set 6-1.
There was an air of ruthlessness about Andy’s game on the substantially cooler Hisense Arena to the previous week, and Andy was demonstrating it emphatically. He again secured a very early double break to race to a 4-0 lead in the second set and win his ninth game in a row. The French lucky loser eventually held serve, but the world number 4 was too strong for his opponent and served emphatically to take the second set 6-2.
The third set look to simply be a formality, however Andy’s opponent had other ideas. Andy appeared to slightly come off the boil for a majority of the third set and had to fight hard to save some early break points. It looked as though Andy had eventually re-focused himself when he secured the break at 3-3. His opponent then seemed to cling on for the remainder of the set and Andy found himself serving for the match. But it was not to be quite the fast finish Andy had hoped for and his opponent finally managed to break him after 2 match points went begging, it was then two very quick holds from each player the third set went to tie break.
Andy looked in trouble early in the tie break when he slipped to 0-3 down, Andy then fought back well to give himself 2 match points, which he then failed to convert. Robert then had a set point, which he applied some huge pressure and forced the mistake from Andy, taking the set 7-6.
A frustrated Andy appeared to put his poor third set performance behind and fought hard in the opening games of the fourth set to re assert his authority in the match which he did so by securing an early break to lead 3-1. It was then a case of closing out the math and Andy held well for the remainder of the set and crucially broke at 5-2 to take the set 6-2 and the match.
Speaking after the match Andy said “He’s a fun player to watch, but not a fun player to play against, he made it very tricky for me, and he’s very unorthodox, so he made it very tough”
Andy will now play the winner of the Federer vs Tsonga match..
Ever since I first came here, I’ve always had great support in Melbourne. This year, I’ve got even more now that Alice Springs is backing me. It is all part of an initiative started by the tournament: they have teamed up all the players with different towns and cities around Australia – and Alice Springs is my city.
I didn’t actually know where the place was and then when someone told me that the temperatures there can average 50 degrees, I thought that sounded pretty brutal. I don’t think I will be going there for a while, not after all the heat we have had in Melbourne this last week. But I met some kids from there who came to the tennis the other day and they seemed to really enjoy themselves. Apparently, the local cinema in Alice Springs will show the semi-finals and finals so everyone can watch me if I get that far. I think that’s a great idea.
The crowds at each of the slams is different. I’d say here, in the evenings a lot of people have had quite a few drinks so they say funny stuff when you’re on the court and they create a good atmosphere. There is no music or anything at the change of ends so if you have people chanting and singing and stuff, you can really hear it all.
There are people from all over the world who come here. The Serbians make loads of noise and they always come out and obviously support Novak. There’s a lot of Brits; there’s people from all over the world come to watch here. Most players, especially the further you go in the tournament, will get pretty good support which is really nice.
At the French Open – they’re a tough crowd. If they like you, they’ll get behind you but if you throw your racket then they don’t like you and they’ll whistle and boo you, even if you’re from France. They’re tough and they like good etiquette on the court. I’ve been booed quite a few times as I have a decent record against the French guys.
Wimbledon is, I would say, the quietest of the slams, particularly during the points. You literally hear no sound at all. But, then, the noise on Centre Court is completely different to all the other slams; it has a different feeling. It’s special because that noise you only hear at Wimbledon, you don’t hear it at any of the other tournaments, not even the events outside of the slams. It’s a different atmosphere. It’s like all of the focus is on the court.
The US Open is kind of like a concert, really. There’s loads of noise, there’s distractions, there’s videos going up on the big screen and they’re always zooming in on famous people and whatnot. The people are going nuts and dancing and all sorts. So it’s more of a show, really.
Here, there’s a group of four guys who come to most of my matches. They came the first year I played and since then, we just always sorted them out with tickets because they seemed like they were pretty passionate and creative. They came up with some funny songs and they obviously enjoy it so we’ve been helping them out with tickets for the past six or seven years.
Most of the songs over the last few years have been the same so when I’m playing, I hear them start each song but I don’t really hear the end of them. I think they need some new material because they’ve been using the same songs for a while, so I’ll be waiting for them…..
I’ve heard that this year there is a guy who dresses up in a kilt and plays the bagpipes down by the river on the days I’m playing. He even has a cardboard cut-out of me standing beside him. He’s Australian and he says he likes me and he likes the bagpipes so that’s why he does it. I love bagpipes as well. I wonder if he’s allowed to take his bagpipes into the ground if he comes to the tennis?
I always try and sign as many autographs as I can for the fans because I remember what it was like when I was a kid, going to Wimbledon and wanting to get autographs from the top players. But a lot of people ask you to sign their skin, like their neck or arm and stuff – a little strange but each to their own.
Sometimes you get a few presents from fans and the weirdest ones are when I’m in China, Shanghai specifically. Once I was given some “Angry Birds” costumes, ones made for dogs, to take home with me (I’ve got two dogs). Another time someone gave me a pair of tiny, tight pants. Like, underpants, but extra small. You’ll be happy to know I haven’t worn them!
Andy has reached the last 16 of the Australian Open for the sixth year in a row, defeating the 25th seed Feliciano Lopez in straight sets.
On a packed Hisense Arena, both players struggled to get going and broke each other respectively. The first set provided some mixed tennis with both players making mistakes, however it was at the business end of the set that Andy began to warm up, just in time for first set tie break. After a difficult set, Andy then provided some of his finest tennis to secure the tie break emphatically, securing it 7-2 and the first set 7-6.
Andy’s fine form appeared to be back to stay as he flew out in the second set, securing an early break and from that point Lopez was chasing. Producing some fine tennis, Andy held serve well throughout, and despite a nervy final point being called out, which Lopez challenged, however the Hawk-eye system confirmed the umpires decision, and Andy secured the set 6-4 to take a 2-0 lead.
The final set was where Andy really turned the screw, he again secured an early break and from that point it seemed as though victory was inevitable. There were some phenomenal exchanges between the two players, but Andy’s movement and shot selection were far superior, and after eventually securing the double break, he comfortably closed out the third and final set 6-2, to confirm his place in the fourth round.
Speaking after the match Andy praised the conditions and the Australian support “It’s been a good start,” said Andy. “It was obviously tricky conditions in the first couple of days but today was beautiful. Every time I’ve come here, since I was 18 years old, the support has been great so thank you very much and I’ll need it if I want to go further.
Andy also cited his secret to success against left handed players, saying “I grew up playing with my brother, he is a leftie, so I got a lot of practice facing the leftie serve.”
Andy will now face the French lucky loser Stephane Robert in the fourth round.
A couple of days before the tournament started, someone asked me what it was like in my first few practice sessions with Ivan, if I was trying to impress him. I said then that it was a bit like trying to impress a girlfriend on a first date. And, for me, it really was.
When I first started going out with my girlfriend, Kim, I didn’t get her flowers and all that stuff. On one of our first dates, before I took her to the cinema, I took her to Brighton Pier to play on the arcades. Kim quite fancied herself on the air hockey and she thought I would be the chivalrous gentleman and let her win a few points. I was very young at the time (it was eight years ago) and I’m not sure I remember this, but Kim does – and she says that I didn’t let her win a single point. I guess she might have realised then that I am a just wee bit competitive.
When all the news broke about Novak hiring Boris and Roger hiring Stefan, obviously I spoke to Ivan about it. It’s pretty relevant to all of us because it’s like what are each of the coaches going to bring to someone’s game? When someone gets a new coach, especially a coach like that, you’re expecting to see a change. Maybe it’s not a major change, but you’ll be able to pick up on it.
Pretty soon after that, me and the guys started asking Ivan about ‘how do you get on with them?’ ‘Do you have any issues with them?’ We spoke to him about matches he’d played with them. But I think Boris and Stefan were two of the ones that Ivan actually got on pretty well with. He didn’t really have any problems with them. Obviously, Chang threw in the underarm serve against him [at the French Open in 1989 in the fourth round] so I think that’s one that kind of hurts him a little bit, but I think Chang is the nicest guy. Ivan doesn’t dislike any of the guys who are here.
I think that the rivalry with McEnroe and Connors – that was the sort of rivalry that got to Ivan. That still remains to this day.
When Ivan and McEnroe met at the French Open, it was just amazing: they literally started straight away when they saw each other – they just started challenging each other. It was like ‘when are we going to play?’ ‘Are we going to play an exhibition?’ I was warming down on the bike after one of my matches at the time McEnroe was on one of the other bikes. So, Ivan was saying: ‘what are you doing on the bike?’ McEnroe says: ‘oh, I’m just doing this…’ and Ivan’s like ‘well, I can do that. I can do this on the bike…’. I think they chat and stuff but I think they are both still very competitive.
It was the same even with Pat Rafter after he played doubles here with Lleyton. After the match, Rafter did an interview and they asked if anyone was giving him any stick for playing – and Ivan obviously had been. Just before I went on to play my match, I heard the two of them talking about it but I couldn’t hear exactly what Ivan was saying to him. But they never stop winding each other up.
The good thing is that weather is going to change soon. On my day off, it will still be really hot but then it is supposed to get a lot cooler. I just need to try and stay out of the heat because we only have one last day of the heat so you need to use it as an advantage: that half of the field are having to go through that day of really hot weather. On our side of the draw, we’ve had our two hot days so they’ve got the last one to deal with.
I’ll just try and have a light hit on Friday. I’m playing Feliciano Lopez next so I’ll practice with a lefty and then I’ll go back to the hotel and stay out of the sun. I’ve been watching Kevin Spacey’s House of Cards a lot – I got it for Christmas – so maybe I’ll finish that, it’s very good!
Andy has reached the third round of the Australian Open with a straight sets victory over the French qualifier Vincent Millot.
Andy flew out of the blocks and raced to a 3-0 lead over his qualifying opponent. His opponent then hit back by holding a serve well, until Andy then broke his opponent again and comfortably served out the first set, taking it 6-2.
Andy’s strong start clearly carried through into the second set and he soon found himself two sets to love up, Andy’s range of shots were just too much for the qualifier and he comfortably served out the second set, again securing it 6-2.
It looked like Andy would run away with the match but his French counterpart had other ideas and slowly began to claw his way back into the match. A lapse in concentration then led to Andy surrendering 2 services games and he soon found himself 1-5 down. However never one to be counted out, Andy began his fight back and in quite incredible fashion.
Despite the 4 game deficit Andy proceeded to win 23 points on the bounce to turn the set around completely and secure the match in the process, winning the set 7-5 and cementing his place in the third round.
Speaking after the match Andy said, “This is the tournament I love and I want to try and win and I don’t know if it will be this year but I’m definitely going to be trying my best. He played a very good match, and it really shows how much depth there is in the game just now.”
The temperatures during the day had reached almost 44 degrees Celsius and even at night the court was exceptionally humid, Andy said “I wanted to win the match. I’m glad I finished it there, because it was very, very hard conditions. Even in the evening it was so humid. After they closed the roof they obviously had the rain and the thunderstorms – it changed the way the court and the balls played a lot. It was heavier and a lot of balls went into the net. It slowed everything down a bit. I was just glad to get off.”
Andy will now face Feliciano Lopez in the third round on Saturday.
It is kind of a relief just to get through that first round, especially in those conditions as well. It doesn’t matter how hard you train – especially if you haven’t played many matches for a while – coming into playing in 40 degrees: it’s horrible. You never know how you’re going to respond so even if feel good in practise and you’re hitting the ball well, even if it’s after an hour and half, two hours, you might start to slow down so I’m just glad I got it done.
I feel fine physically just now but I’m aware the matches are going to get tougher. It’s going to be hot and you obviously can’t do anything about that. I’ve just got to try and take each match as it comes and I’ll feel better after each round but I don’t know how I’m going to feel after a three-and-a-half hour match. That’s why it’s good to know that after an hour-and-a-half or so, I feel fine and that’s a step in the right direction.
When I was growing up in Scotland, the hottest summer day we would have had would have been mid-20, max, so for me, even going over to Barcelona to train when I was 15, even that was a bit of an eye-opener, being 10, 14 days in a row of 30-degree heat. But it’s just a different sort of heat.
In Europe, the air is always cool so if there is a breeze or if you walk outside or go in the shade, the shade seems much cooler whereas here, you go in the shade and it’s just as hot. The air that’s coming in your face from the breeze is warm air and it’s different to anything you get in Europe, that’s for sure.
In this sort of heat, you have to be so careful. Before I played Soeda, I had my shortest warm-up for a match that I’ve ever had since I’ve been on the tour. I hit for like 12, 15 minutes maximum outside and it was just horrible. You just hit a lot less in this weather and on your days off, you can’t do too much. You can go indoors and hit but, for me, I always find that’s the biggest change. Changing surfaces is hard but for me, going from indoors to outdoors is a tough one so I’ll probably just hit outside for 30 or 40 minutes or so on my day off.
I think I played well on Tuesday and even though I haven’t played that many matches, I wasn’t too surprised at that. I’ve played very well in practise and I’ve moving well the last week or so.
The one thing I missed from my training in December was maybe playing enough points. I was very tired at the end of the training block. I’d put a lot of work in and I was maybe too tired for the points and stuff that I needed to do at the end.
When I got to Abu Dhabi for the World Tennis Championships, that was a bit of an eye-opener for me because it doesn’t matter how much work you do in the gym – and you can be in great shape – I needed the matches. I got a couple there and practising with the top players like Berdych, Hewitt, Davydenko, Nishikori, these guys, for six days in a row, it really sharpened me up. Now I’m good.
I actually know nothing about my next opponent. I’ve never seen Vincent Millot play, I don’t think I’ve even seen him around but I do know that he played for three-and-a-half hours to win in five sets on Tuesday.
The guys – Dani and Ivan – went out to watch a bit of the end of the match and they said both of them looked like they were struggling towards the end. I don’t know exactly when we’re going to play yet but it’s obviously going to be hot again so it’s going to be tough for him to recover in time.
When I don’t know a player, I usually try and find a video of them playing. For most of the guys, there will be videos of them on-line. You can watch a little bit. I don’t always watch loads but I like to watch a little bit just to see their technique and how they serve so that it’s not a complete surprise. Even the way they throw the ball up on the serve – some guys have a very fast action, some guys have a very high ball toss and if you don’t know, your split step can be out and your timing of when you need to move for the serve can be out. So, I’ll always watch a little bit of video of whoever it is I’m going to play and then it’s up to the guys, to Dani and Ivan, to chat to some of the players and find out a bit about them.
Andy has reached the second round of the Australian Open after a straight sets victory over Go Soeda of Japan.
On a very hot Hisense Arena where the temperature was peaking at 43 degrees, Andy got off to a flying start, after a nervy hold from his Japanese opponent in the first game, and eager Andy was keen to get his grand slam campaign underway. Despite some strong willed tennis, Andy’s shot selection and variety was simply too much for the world 112, and Andy soon found him self a set up and 3-0 up in the second, winning nine games on the bounce taking the first set 6-1.
After brief strong service game in the second set from Soeda, Andy turned the screw once again securing 3 games on the bounce to take the second set 6-1.
The third set saw Andy ease of the pace briefly and Soeda held his own to ensure the scores stayed level for the first 6 games of the third set, however the ever clinical Andy was too strong as the set progressed and wore his opponent down when it mattered to crucially break at 3-3. Andy, who had served emphatically throughout the match then held well, to force Soeda to serve to stay in the match. Andy then broke in the final game to secure the set 6-3 and crucially secure himself a place in the second round.
Speaking after his win, Andy said “It was so hot today, its my first grand slam since my back surgery, so I didn’t take anything for granted and it was really nice to come through in straight sets.”
Commenting on the heat Andy said “I was training in Miami for about 5 weeks, it was about 30 degrees, but i wasn’t prepared for this, the air is so hot”
Andy who always enjoys playing in Australia paid tribute to the Australian fans “Ive always had great support here, I’ve come close with 3 finals here, I just need all the crowd behind me and I’ll try my best go one better this year”
Andy will now face the winner of Millot vs Odesnik – an all qualifier first round affair.
It’s about four months since I had surgery on my back, and the time has gone quickly since. This preseason has been the longest one I have ever done, and it’s gone really well. But it’s impossible to know how the next two weeks might go, or how I’m going to cope.
My back’s fine, and I have confidence in it for the first time in a long time. But the rest of my body needs to get used to playing matches again, and it’s hard to know how long that will take.
The surgery was in September. I didn’t do very much the week before the operation, then I had the surgery and for about 16 or 17 days I did nothing at all. I basically spent all day, every day in bed. I spent a lot of time playing Grand Theft Auto on the Playstation, and I had a doctor come round a couple of times to look at the wound and the scar.
I needed that to heal before I could start to move around properly, or even start to just walk again.
That was hard, but I didn’t find it too difficult. I think that’s because my back had been causing so many problems for so long. Having the surgery was a decision I had made. It was not as though I hurt myself in one match and was told I would have to be out for five or six months. Mentally, I was prepared for the recovery, and for not being able to train, so it wasn’t that bad.
I had been dealing with the injury for a long time, 18 months at least. It was bad this time last year, then it got really bad playing on the clay courts. That was the worst it ever was. I took some time off before playing on the grass courts and that helped, but when I went back to play on the hard courts it got worse again. I never knew how it was going to feel on a day-to-day basis, and that was frustrating.
That’s another thing that made the surgery easier to deal with, because my back was hurting all day, every day. Some days I would wake up feeling horrible, and it would just get worse from there.
I wasn’t able to do any of the things I like to do away from the courts, so it was taking over my life, and I knew I needed to do something about it.
I got to spend a lot of time at home before and after the surgery, which was actually nice. I was there for about seven weeks, which is longer than I’ve spent there in six or seven years. But even that was mostly just being there, seeing my family more than I usually do and seeing a lot of my friends.
Once I was able to walk and move around, the rehab started almost immediately, and that was two treatment sessions a day and two rehab sessions, starting off with basic core work and light work on the bikes, then building up until I went back to Miami to train in December. It felt slow at the start, but time starts to go quickly when you realise you only have five or six weeks until the Australian Open starts. I’ve been working really hard, as hard as ever. I feel like I’m hitting the ball well and physically I feel really good.
I just don’t know how I’m going to pull up the day after a five-set match, because I haven’t had to do it in so long. It’s impossible to know how my body’s going to cope.
There are other things I need to get used to. Anticipation is such a big part of my game, and that might take a bit of time to come back against the top guys. But mostly I need to be patient and give the rest of my body time to get used to playing again. I’m confident about my back, but even with that, it wasn’t until the last week or two that I knew for sure that the surgery had worked.
When you are training and practicing, everything is so controlled. If you start to get tired or sore you can slow it down, but when you are playing matches you obviously don’t have that option. I didn’t have any setbacks during the rehab or during training so that was a good sign, but it was not until I played my first match back that I knew for sure it had worked. It’s a positive that every part of me except my back has been hurting the day after matches.
To be honest, I don’t know exactly what will happen here in Melbourne.
I haven’t put any thought into how I might go, and I need to be careful about my expectations. But having said that, who knows? I’ll try and get through my first match and see how I feel. If I can get myself going, get into the tournament and win a few matches then I’m sure my expectations will change.
I feel like I now have a much better understanding of how to win these events and what you need to do to win one. Every day I’m feeling a little bit better. But I know I need to be patient. We’ll have to wait and see.
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Andy has been drawn against Go Soeda of Japan in the first round of the Australian Open.
Andy returned to action two weeks ago following back surgery, and it will be the first time he has faced Soeda in his career.
Andy will now continue his preparations for the Australian Open with an exhibition match tonight at the Kooyong Classic against Australia’s Leyton Hewitt.
For more information on Andy’s opponent and head to head comparisons please click below.
Andy has confirmed that he will return to The Queen’s Club on the 9th-15th June to try to join some illustrious names as the only four-time winners of one of the most famous trophies in tennis.
Andy lifted the giant silver cup for the third time at the Aegon Championships seven months ago before becoming the first British man to triumph at The Championships, Wimbledon in 77 years. Andy currently has the same number of titles (3) as Jimmy Connors, and one more than Pete Sampras and his own coach Ivan Lendl. A fourth title at The Queen’s Club would put Andy alongside John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick at the top of the honour roll in the Open Era.
Commenting on the announcement of his title defence Andy said “To win the title for the third time last year and then to go on to win Wimbledon was really special, and it highlights the importance of Queen’s. The grass courts there are as good as any in the world and it’s a great event. It’s also a tournament with a lot of history, both personally for me and for the game as a whole. It’s where I won my first professional match and my first title in Britain, and when you look at the names on the trophy, including my coach Ivan Lendl, it shows how big a tournament it is to win. I’d love to do it again.”
Tickets for the Aegon Championships are sold via a Ballot and then a General Sale, for more information visit the official website.
Andy has lost in the second round of the Qatar Exxon Mobil Open in Doha, losing to Florian Mayer in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Andy looked almost certain to claim a place in the quarter finals of the tournament, when he led by a set a 3-0 in the second, but his German opponent fought back well and took control of the match to come back to win in three sets.
Andy hoped to put his difficult singles match behind him and push through in the doubles draw. However it proved to be too tall a task, and Andy and his partner Nenad Zimonjic lost to the top seeded Brazilian pair of Peya and Soares in straight sets 6-7 (5), 4-6.
Andy will now continue his preparations for the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Andy has breezed into the second round of the Qatar Open in Doha in emphatic style, defeating wildcard Mousa Zayed in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.
In what was Andy’s first competitive match on the ATP tour since his back injury which ruled him out for 3 months, the world number 4 started very brightly and raced to a one set lead over the substantially lower ranked Qatari wild card, losing just seven points in the opening set. He then wasted very little time securing the second set and secured the match in just under 37 minutes.
Andy was pleased with his progress and was keen to get back out on the court after such a short match “It’s good to be back,” Andy said. “I will probably go and hit a few balls with my coach now as it was quite windy and there were not a lot of rallies in the match.”
Andy will now face either Germany’s Florian Mayer or Poland’s Michal Przysiezny for a place in the quarter-finals as he continues his rigorous preparations for the Australian Open.
Andy has lost to Jo Wilfred Tsonga in the quarter finals of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship 5-7, 3-6.
In what was the first time Andy has played since he helped Great Britain regain their World Group sport in the Davis Cup back in early October, it was always going to be a tough task against Tsonga and despite the tough test, Andy took positives from his return to full match play “The courts here are very fast and you have to react quickly,” said Andy. “Jo was sharper than me, he served very well. It’s always good fun here. It’s great preparation for the season as you have to play against the best in the world.”
Andy will now play Wawrinka tomorrow, in the 5th/6th playoff match before travelling to Doha to play in the Qatar Exxon Mobil Open.
The British Olympic Association yesterday included Andy in a list of athletes nominated by their sport’s governing bodies to receive the award. The list of 35 athletes, across 31 sports, are being honoured as the 2013 Olympic Athlete of the Year in their respective sport. 2013 has been witness to yet another incredible year for Britain’s top sportsmen and women. To recognise their achievements, the BOA has worked in partnership with the National Governing Bodies to select athletes deserving of recognition for their outstanding performances in 2013
Andy, emphatically followed up a momentous 2012 – during which he clinched both the US Open and an Olympic gold medal – by ending Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s singles champion at Wimbledon. His straight sets victory over Novak Djokovic also earned him a landslide victory in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award earlier this month he also captured a further 3 ATP titles and also reached the Australian Open final for a third time. Prior to taking time out from tennis to undergo a back operation, the world number 4 also also helped guide Great Britain back to the Davis Cup World Group for the first time since 2008 with September’s victory over Croatia.
The award caps yet again a fantastic season finish for Andy who has captured awards from a variety sectors.
Andy is to set to make his return to competitive tennis next week at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.
The Wimbledon champion has not played since undergoing back surgery in September on a long-standing back problem which has troubled him for around 18 months.
Andy’s comeback was delayed last month when the Dream Cup exhibition event in Barbados was cancelled, but the world No 4 is now ready to test his fitness in the tournament at Zayed Sports City, where he will face Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in his opening match on Boxing Day.
For more information about the exhibition you can visit the official website.
Andy has been named the BBC Sports Personality of The Year 2013 at a star-studded ceremony in Leeds.
The British public voted for the award, which is considered to be among one of the most prestigious in British sport, during the live show, which was broadcast on BBC One. During the show, there was recap of Andy’s last 12 months, which included highlights of his grass court domination particularly his historic Wimbledon victory at the All England Club in July and highlights.
Andy was unable to be at the live show in person due to being away at his rigorous training camp in Miami, however he was able to join up via satellite link before voting commenced to reflect on his victory at SW19 just 5 months earlier and then again after he was announced as the winner.
Winning the award was the tip of the iceberg of a great season, and after being presented with the trophy by Martina Navratilova, Andy spoke to all those in Leeds and tuning in and accepted the award with an emotional speech “I’ve got a few people to thank – my family first. A lot are there in the crowd. They’ve supported me since I was a kid, making a lot of sacrifices for me. I couldn’t have done it without you. My team are also all standing behind the camera here. They’ve been with me for a long time and I also couldn’t have done it without them. Thank you to all of them.”
“And finally I’d like to thank all the public who voted, for giving me so much sport over the last couple of years. It has made a huge difference. I know sometimes I’m not the easiest person to support but I’ve had a lot of pressure on me for a long time. I’m glad I managed to do it. Also, no matter how excited I try to sound my voice always sounds boring – that’s just my voice, I’m sorry! I’m very excited right now! Thank you very much everyone.”
Andy has continued to cap off his monumental year by being crowned by the Sports Journalists’ Association as the 2013 Sportsman of the Year.
Voted for by the country’s sports writers, editors, broadcasters and photographers Andy won the prize at a ceremony held at the Tower of London earlier today.
Andy, who became the first British man for 77 years to win the Wimbledon crown at SW19, managed to hold off an array of accomplished other sportsmen, such as Mo Farah and Justin Rose and AP McCoy.
Speaking on receiving the accolade Andy said “It means a lot to be recognised by all the sports media, in what’s been another amazing year for British sport and I’m proud to have played my part”
Despite his injury late in the season, it has been a very successful few weeks off the court for Andy, who has scooped a variety of different awards, he is also heavily in the running for the top prize at the BBC Sports Personality of The Year awards on Sunday.
Andy has been named on the final short list for this years BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
After his historic year, which included him finally capturing the Wimbledon crown, Andy has been named alongside nine other nominees, who have all also enjoyed highly successful years.
The full list of nominees are:
Andy Murray – Tennis
Ben Ainslie – Sailing
Ian Bell – Cricket
Hannah Cockroft – Wheelchair athletics
Mo Farah – Athletics
Chris Froome – Cycling
Leigh Halfpenny – Rugby Union
AP McCoy – Horse Racing
Christine Ohuruogu – Athletics
Justin Rose – Golf
Andy will now compete against the other nine contenders for the public vote on the night of the live show.
This years show will be presented from Leeds First Direct Arena on BBC One, Sunday 15 December at 7.40pm.
The number to vote for Andy will be revealed during the programme. For further information visit the official website by clicking below.
Andy has been voted ‘Best British Sports Star’ by the listeners of BBC Radio 1 at the annual Teen Awards.
Pleased with winning another accolade after his historic season, a thrilled Andy who was unable to be at the awards due to his intensive rehab schedule accepted his award in a video message recorded specially for the awards. However, it wasn’t quite his average acceptance speech, to pay for his absence he had to perform a forfeit.
With only a racket to defend himself, Andy had to give his acceptance speech on camera whilst being bombarded with tennis balls. Whilst thanking the Radio 1 listeners for voting for him, Andy apologised for not being there, all whilst dodging (unsuccessfully) a multitude of tennis balls.
For a full list of the winners click below.
Andy and HEAD announced today the launch of the next generation of the Radical racquet series: the HEAD Graphene™ Radical.
The new generation of the Radical racquet series now combines the best features of the Radical concept with the latest material innovation: Graphene™. Being extremely lightweight but with a breaking strength 200 times greater than steel, Graphene™ allows for the first time an optimal redistribution of weight: the weight is where it is most needed for perfect playability.
Commenting on his latest racquet, Andy said “The new HEAD Graphene™ Radical really suits my game. It gives me the power I need without compromising on my creativity on court.”
The new Radical Graphene™ Series is globally available at retail from November 4th onwards.
From 4pm on the 6th of November 2013 Andy will be signing copies of his new book Andy Murray: Seventy Seven: My Road to Wimbledon Glory ahead of its nationwide release in the Piccadilly branch of Waterstones in central London.
Andy’s new book, which gives an exclusive personal insight into the last 18 months of the double grand slam winner’s life on and off the court, also pays tribute to some of his earlier life which has contributed to his success.
Unfortunately due to time constraints Andy will only be signing copies of his new book, he will be unable to sign memorabilia or personal items, so we politely ask you do not bring these along to the signing.
Andy has been awarded with his OBE by the Duke of Cambridge at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace today.
Andy was awarded his OBE in the New Years honours after his highly successful 2012 season, in which he finally broke through to win his maiden grand slam and also secure the highly coveted Olympic gold medal. Since being awarded with his OBE, Andy has gone onto to reach a further two grand slam finals, creating history in one by winning the Wimbledon Championships.
Andy, who was attending the ceremony alongside parents William and Judy and girlfriend Kim, revealed that they almost missed the ceremony due to a random drugs test he had to take this morning. Speaking on the hectic events of the morning Andy said “They turned up at my door at 8.20am and I had a taxi booked for half past eight. I was a bit worried I was going to be late but the taxi did a great job in getting us there”
The ceremony was Prince William’s first investiture service and Andy who is known to be a master at handling pressure, said that the Prince handled it well and was very confident in his duties. He also revealed details of his conversation with the Duke of Cambridge “He asked me about my back surgery which I had a few weeks ago and how I was feeling after Wimbledon. I teased him a bit as he had sent a note to me before Wimbledon wishing me luck and his wife had written me a letter afterwards. Her handwriting was beautiful and I told him how fantastic it was compared to his.”
After the ceremony Andy returned home to continue his rigorous rehabilitation schedule, in preparation for his return at the Australian Open.
Andy has been forced to officially withdraw from the ATP World Tour Finals. Andy said, “I’m really disappointed not to be playing this year, I love playing in front of my home crowd, it’s a great atmosphere. All the players look forward to competing in London and I’ll be doing my best to qualify again for the tournament next year.”
The Junior Orange Bowl is proud to welcome Andy Murray as the Honorary Chair of the 52nd International Tennis Championship. Murray won the Junior Orange Bowl Boys 12U Championship in 1999 and returns to be a part of one of the most prestigious tournaments on the amateur tour.
The Junior Orange Bowl Championship remains close to Murray’s heart, “Winning the Under-12 event in 1999 is still one of my happiest memories from the sport, so I’m delighted to be able to serve as Honorary Chair for this year’s event”. Murray sent a special message to all of this year’s participants, “I wish everyone who takes part the best of luck, and hope that one day some of you will have the chance to be Honorary Chair. It’s a special tournament and your memories from here will stay with you, so enjoy it”.
The annual Junior Orange Bowl International Championship draws 1,400 of the world’s best U12 and U14 tennis players. The tournament draws players from over 74 countries to four South Florida locations to compete in the ten-day tournament. This year’s tournament will be played on December 14-23.
There was some good news last week as the government has announced it will significantly increase its support for the Global Fund over the next three years – subject to other countries following its lead. The UK is doing sterling work to champion the fight against three of the world’s biggest, preventable killer diseases – Aids, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. This support will enable hundreds of millions of lives to be transformed and help give families, communities and entire countries the chance to thrive and reach their potential.
As a leadership council member for Malaria No More UK, I’ve followed the malaria fight pretty closely over the last four years since the charity launched. It’s an inspiring cause that grabbed my attention – malaria is one of the world’s oldest diseases, it’s also one we have the power to end – it’s a winnable battle.
Being a part of the movement to make malaria no more gives me a great deal of perspective: It costs less than a pack of tennis balls to save the life of a child from malaria, yet a boy or girl still dies every single minute.
Just think, if over 1,500 children were losing their lives every day at home from a disease that’s easy to prevent and treat, there would be an uproar…
I’m proud to see that the UK is stepping up its support to defeat these diseases and we’re not alone, it’s a worldwide effort. The Global Fund makes our money go further, for every £1 of UK support they receive, they aim to secure a further £9 from other donors. Funding channelled through the Global Fund has already helped to save almost nine million lives since it was set up in 2002.
I believe the UK’s support is the right thing, but also a smart thing. Malaria, Aids and TB can have a devastating impact – keeping families trapped in poverty, too ill to work or learn and unable to plan for their future. As these diseases loosen their grip on the lives and livelihoods of men, women and children across Africa, people, businesses and economies will be healthier, stronger and have a fighting chance to succeed.
Like anything worthwhile, ending deaths from preventable diseases like malaria is a long-term, hard fought fight, but one that can be won together.
Check out this video about why now is our time to make a difference.
Next week, Andy is set to undergo minor back surgery in an effort to clear up a long-standing back problem.
The issue flared up again during the Rome Masters this year when Andy was forced to retire and he sought advice from a range of specialists in May. After a successful return on the more forgiving grass courts, Andy enjoyed success at Queen’s and Wimbledon, but after recently playing on hard-courts and clay, Andy once again sought medical advice about solving the issue once and for all.
The aim is to be fully fit for the new season.
Great Britain will play the United States of America away from home in the Davis Cup.
In what will be Great Britain’s first match since returning to the World Group, Andy and his british compatriots will most likely have to face the big serving Sam Querry and John Isner and will also have to go into battle with the doubles specialist’s the Bryan brothers.
The tie is scheduled to be played early February.
Andy guided Great Britain back into the World Group of the Davis Cup for the first time in 5 years with victory in Sunday’s singles, which gave the Great British team an unassailable 3-1 lead against Croatia.
The Wimbledon champion beat Ivan Dodig 6-4 6-2 6-4 to clinch the best-of-five World Group play-off on the Umag clay.
Andy was untroubled by the world number 35 and was clinical in securing the match.
THe world number three, playing his first Davis Cup tie for two years, was instrumental in Britain’s success, winning both his singles matches and combining with Colin Fleming to win Saturday’s doubles rubber.
Britain will now face another of the world’s top 16 nations in the first round of the World Group in February.
Andy gave Great Britain the lead in their Davis Cup play-off in Croatia but the hosts levelled the tie at the end of the first day of action in Umag.
Andy had to work hard early on before beating Borna Coric, the 16-year-old US Open junior champion, 6-3 6-0 6-3.
British number two Dan Evans, ranked 149, lost 6-3 6-2 6-3 to world number 35 Ivan Dodig in the second match of the World Group play-off.
The doubles takes place on Saturday before the reverse singles on Sunday.
Andy, the current Wimbledon and Olympic Champion, has set up a new management company, 77, with his long-time mentor Simon Fuller.
The new company, which is based in London, will look after Andy and Jamie Murray’s interests on and off the court and the arrangement will start immediately.
Simon Fuller, who has managed Andy for the last five years, becomes Andy’s business partner and will continue to provide strategic direction for the new venture.
Matt Gentry, who previously looked after all Andy’s PR and media at XIX Entertainment, will oversee operations as Managing Director and will work with Mahesh Bhupathi, whose remit will include new business and sales, and Ugo Colombini, who will continue to be responsible for all tournament-related activity.
Previous long-term relationships with Neil Grainger, finance, and Grenville Evans, business affairs, remain in place.
Andy said: “The new company will allow me more freedom and the chance to become more involved in my business affairs. I’ve got a great team of people around me who I trust, both on and off the court, which in turn allows me to completely focus on my tennis. I look forward to working with the team on the next stage of my career. The choice of name, 77, is symbolic and means a lot to me – the wait for a Wimbledon Men’s Singles Champion and the final being played on the 7th of July.”
Simon Fuller, Andy’s business partner, said: “Andy has had a phenomenal 12 months, it has been so exciting to watch him come of age as a true sporting champion. The future has no boundaries. Having been Andy’s manager for the past 5 years and now being able to evolve this relationship into a business partner and Chairman of his new company 77, brings with it endless opportunity. This now allows us to work more directly and closer together than ever before.”