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Rather watch him play
on 17 March 2017
As other reviewers have mentioned the style of the writing in this book isn't great. There will be an anecdote told, a small space and then the text sets off in a completely different direction. Sometimes it feels like he's decided that he's told us too much and so he just abruptly changes topic.
It's an honest book (or at least Jimbo tells us that he's being honest) but I struggled to overcome my perception of him (before starting this book) as being money driven and a gambler. And that he based many of his decisions around either one or the other.
He certainly had a big gambling problem and I think it's the amount of gambling that happened around games that shocked me the most. Are players still allowed to place bets on their own results?
There are certain people that he never made any attempt to get along with but those of us who are not involved in the professional tennis circuit can never understand what it's like. Even now some journalists seem to think that Murray should hang out with Djok once they've finished a match. It's an odd perception.
Anyway. Apart from the jerky writing style - it was a fairly interesting read and I zipped through it. End of the day - I'd far rather watch a re-run of one of his matches with Mac or Nasty. Now THAT was entertainment. As much as I love watching Murray v Djok now - I do sometimes hanker for the days of the bad boys of tennis.