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Rogin the Armchair fan
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Having decided that his apparently career-threatening injury was too bad to even try to keep Britain in the World Group of the Davis Cup last week (he'd have needed to win two singles games against players ranked lower than him and play a game of doubles with his Grand Slam-winning doubles-playing brother), Murray, this week, waltzes into the final of the Marseilles Open. His ranking could reach a career high if he wins today.

I hope all the union jack-waving morons who ruin Wimbledon every year remember this, in deciding who to cheer for this year. Because a few weeks later an undoubtedly Murray-less Britain will be getting stuffed 5-0 by someone like Australia or the Galapagos Islands as we sink back into the European peninusla group three playoffs.

Don't get me wrong, I've nothing against Murray as an individual, he's a fantastic talent and - for him - I hope he does win Wimbledon. But I don't want it accompanied by all that "Land of Hope and Glory" bollocks, given he can't even be bothered to play for his country.

[ 17.02.2008, 08:15: Message edited by: Rogin the Armchair fan ]

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quote:
given he can't even be bothered to play for his country
I'd have a lot more time for him if he insisted on only playing in the Davis Cup if his real country was allowed to take part.
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Duncan Gardner v8.2
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I don't think he lives far enough away (Monaco, Gstad?) to be a big SNP supporter.
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Wyatt Earp
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If he doesn't want to play for "his country", why should he have to?
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Duncan Gardner v8.2
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Because there's at least an implicit assumption, as in other sports, that club or individual players represent nationally in return for support, facilities etc. provided by their nation.
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Yeah, weren't the LTA funding (at least in part) Brad Gilbert to coach him? Though most of Murray's development did occur outside of British tennis.
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Rogin the Armchair fan
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Wyatt, he doesn't have to, of course. My point is that having chosen not to, the pillocks in the plastic union jack hats at Wimbledon should bloody well stay away this year, too.
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And he's won, 6-3 6-4.
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Two title wins out of three entered this season.

Impressive.

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Two wins in minor events (possibly underselling Doha, that), one 1st round loss in the only tournament so far this season to really matter. Bitch of a draw in that, of course, but even so it makes the record look rather less good.

Murray didn't pull out of the Davis Cup because of injury. He pulled out because of 'risk of injury'. There was never any question about him being fit enough to play in Marseille this week and in big Master Series events that are coming up in the States in March.

I'm fairly sure all top ten players since McEnroe, basically, have made the same decision as Murray did at one point. Federer certainly has, repeatedly. Wrong surface at the wrong time int he schedule, thanks but no. The Davis Cup is an irrelevance.

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It might be a minor event, but he hammered Matthieu which is no mean feat.
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You are right in that.

But in criticising a man for winning, I see I'm joined by some good company. Boris Becker

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Oh, and if Murray doesn't want to slide straight back out of the top ten he needs a decent run in Rotterdam next week. Which will be tough given the standard of the field...

The tournament organisers in San Jose would probably have some off the record comments to make about Andy Murray and desertion as well. Their event has been good to him, it was his real breakthrough tournament when he won it in 2006 (yes, there was Bangkok in 2005, but he beat top ten players to win San Jose), and then defend the title last year to get his season on track after 2007's poor Aussie Open showing. But now, as double-defending champion of their event, with a 10-0 career record, he is playing elsewhere.

It's not like he won't have to get out to America soon, anyway. The Indian Wells and Miami Masters Series events are coming up and everyone in the top 100 has to play those.

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Because there's at least an implicit assumption, as in other sports, that club or individual players represent nationally in return for support, facilities etc. provided by their nation.
Yeah, I can see that quid pro quo argument, I guess. The rhetoric of "desertion and cowardice" is preposterous, though. He's batting a ball across a net and trying to get it past the other geezer, not capturing a machine-gun nest in Normandy.
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Light-hearted ironic hyperbole, no?
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