Tennis Today: ‘I wish I didn’t do it! I know I’m a pain to work with,’ admits Andy Murray
In Tennis Today, Andy Murray is in a pretty savagely self-analytical mood and Fernando Verdasco is pretty mad about his Davis Cup shun.
What’s on the site
After his European Open win on Sunday, we have largely become Murray365 for a day or two, and we make absolutely no apologies for it!
First of all, Kevin Palmer offered his analysis on just how impressive Murray’s comeback is, with plenty of his usual insider insight.
Murray himself seemed pretty surprised by it, and he explained just how much the win meant to him.
The good news just kept coming for the former world number one too, with him being named in the Great Britain Davis Cup team for November.
Finally, if you fancy bashing the bookies a little this week, then why not check out Deggy’s tennis betting guide…
What’s in the news
Andy Murray is still digesting his incredible European Open win, and it appears that the self-reflection isn’t ending there.
“I know I’m a pain to work with but at the same time when I’ve been asked to do something I do it and I don’t skip days,” Murray said in the Daily Mail.
“I haven’t come in and told the guys I don’t want to go to the gym today or I don’t want to go on the court.
A regular sight in Murray’s matches is his constant dialogue with his support team, usually down to the Scotsman letting out his on-court frustrations.
“It’s something I wish I didn’t do,” Murray admitted.
“But that’s what I was saying, in terms of being a pain, that’s obviously irritating to work with and I would find that annoying as well if I was coaching.
“I would want to just say ‘Shut up!’ But it’s something that I have struggled to change over the years.
“On the other side I do try and do everything that they tell me and I ask tonnes of questions.
“So I don’t know. Like would you rather have someone being a pest on the court but fighting for every point and working as hard as they can, or someone who is not trying hard and not doing what they’re saying?”
Nick Kyrgios, meanwhile, has been welcomed back into the Australian Davis Cup fold for the first time since February 2018.
What’s on social media
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Fernando Verdasco did not take his Davis Cup omission well (for those without the translate function, you’ll just have to trust us!)
Muy triste y decepcionado de no estar en el equipo de @CopaDavis y de que el capitán #SergiBruguera no cuente conmigo. Me hacía mucha ilusión jugar posiblemente mi última Davis en mi ciudad ( #Madrid ) . Gracias a todos los que si creéis en mi!
— Fernando Verdasco (@FerVerdasco) October 21, 2019
Andy Marin Cilic paid tribute to… himself.
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