The Emperor's new clothes...Is the 8th ranked Scot in definitive and permanent decline? His defeat by the World number two Novak Djokovic at the Sony Open quarter final in Miami has made him slip from 6th to 8th in the world, his lowest ranking since 2008. We won't find all of the answers in Miami. There will be the Davis Cup competition in Naples, Italy, a month off and then Madrid. A lot can happen from now until then, and Murray may find some answers and direction while languishing in clay-court limbo.
Well, yes, far from the media fuss, we can see now that the emperor is just in his underwear! The naked truth is coming out finally from the hype.. There will be now soul searching, coach searching and perhaps a few, new surprises to unveil once he emerges from out of his spiritual Highlands, through the fens and into his Wimbledon defense... He has always owed much more to luck than to the overhyped Lendl. The latter's greatest asset was a plug-ugliness next to which Andy could contrive to look vaguely presentable for the delectation of his elderly female devotees... Certainly he has not fallen out of the race, but he's lagging behind. There is a long way to go and the road ahead is very difficult...
In the wake of Andy Murray's crushing defeat by Novak Djokovic, everybody wonders if it's only a matter of time before he's back up in the Top players or whether he's already peaked... These have not been easy tennis times for the Scot. The champagne bubbles had hardly gone flat from his 2013 Wimbledon title celebration before adversity set in. Back problems, surgery, the split with his latest coach, British media frenzy, indulging and over-rating endorsements, a lot of money and speculation... His best laid career schemes had gone awry. Unfortunately he always blames something or someone for his defeats, unlike the truly great champions like Nadal, Federer etc who always praise the play of those who defeat them. I used to like him but the more I hear about him the more I think he's just a boring old whinge bag who never seems happy, there's always something not right for him. He had his day in the sun. Now he is back to mediocrity where he belongs.
He can't keep going on and on and on and on about Wimbledon ! Now it has become so embarrassing to watch him play... He has been throwing tantrums and alienating people his whole overrated career. So why should the situation today be any different? Unfortunately for the lucky Scot, not every tournament results in a fluke. And even when painstaking efforts are taken, things rarely go exactly according to plan. We are tired to see "the Milli Vanilli of Tennis" - as he has been named - to act as a drama queen, abusing his huge team and to make silly headlines on British media, every single day.. He is trying so hard to keep the spotlight on himself! The other day it was about his announcement of new coach.. The problem was that the April fool prank was so carefully placed, that almost everyone missed it entirely and thought the announcement about the opening of 5 stars hotel was the actual scam. He is trying so hard to keep the spotlight on himself! I get the impression the Scot struggles to build long term great relationships with coaches...Prior to his partnership with Lendl, Murray had worked with the likes of Leon Smith, Mark Petchey, Brad Gilbert, Miles Maclagan and Alex Corretja. He's an arrogant individual who thinks it's ok to roar like an animal and rip off his shirt after winning a tournament.
Well, the other day it was the 'new coach' April fools prank. Today it is that he is a doubt for the Davis Cup tie against Italy as the dour Scot battles a stomach bug! As always, he is a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in argyle.
GB Davis Cup captain Leon Smith would be the first to admit that the only reason GB reached the QF against Italy in Naples is because, in the previous round, they had the good fortune to be drawn against the worst ever USA Davis Cup team. The Atp No. 9 ranked John Isner was injured and couldn't play.... The QF was set up for Andy Murray to resurrect his floundering career. But he blew it. The Scot fiercely criticised the state of the clay court, saying that it was pretty dangerous and he would hope no one could be hurt, playing on it.. Truth is that every time he loses there's always an excuse. He got trashed by Fabio Fognini in three straight sets and embarrassed our nation.
Again! The mighty PR battleship strikes one more time! It's a predictable move, now, at the eve of any major tournament. For the joy of the tabloids and their readers! Do Rafa, Roger and Djoko do the same? ha! Now a female coach!? Same, same innocent Mauresmo, who wrote bad things about him!? You must be kidding! It must be a sponsorship deal or something stupid for money! Money is king for the Scot!