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Murray has pulled out of wimbledon

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The following is from Andy's website

"Breaking news. The following is a statement from Andy himself:

ďI have done everything possible to get ready for Wimbledon. I have played practice sets the last few days but still cannot hit a topspin forehand properly. It has been six weeks of really hard work but Iím not 100% ready. The wrist is a VERY important part of tennis and there are a number of players who have made the decision to come back too soon and ended up with long term injuries and I do not want to take the risk and make the same mistake. The doctor has advised me not to play and that I probably need about ten days to be ready. Unfortunately, I donít think it is going to rain for the next ten days. I love playing Wimbledon because of the great support I get from the British public and that is what I will miss the mostĒ

He is gutted, we are gutted. But life goes on."


Have to say I was looking forward to watching him play at SW19 but it is probably best to leave it and make sure his wrist is 100% before he starts playing.

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posted Jun 26, 2007

We don't need Murray, we've got Paul. With a lightning serve of over 1mph, hes a beast Go paul

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posted Jun 26, 2007

Kevin Kim Murray's replacement has been knocked out!

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posted Jun 26, 2007

He's never going to win anything so I don't really care. Injury prone at that age and he's got the stamina of my rather fat cat.

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posted Jun 26, 2007

Who gives a damn about Andy Murray when you've got Tim Henman to entertain you. COME ON TIM!

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posted Jun 27, 2007

Seany Bhoy: I am having a hard time understanding your post, but to respond to some of what you said: I know that in football we have separate teams but in tennis we have one British team. The reason that a British team exists in tennis is that Britain is an entity in itself, and is in fact unique, there are no other (for e.g. tennis players) that could come from 3 different countries but all have the same classification. Given that, I would expect a tennis player in particular, seeing as Murray is classed as British and not just Scottish, to be a little more friendly towards a country that is also part of Britain. Like I said I don't expect him to get the flags out and chant 'ENG-ER-LAND' but he was making a point out of supporting whoever played England. Murray plays for GBR because he is British. But what does being British mean when the first chance you get you snub another British country.You can't be that selective if you are a fair person, one minute 'This is my home tournament and I love the British support' next 'Well I am Scottish so I want a South American team to beat the English because I have a chip on my shoulder'. I know he can't play for Scotland as a tennis player, doubtless he would probably like to, but I would have thought someone who has a British perspective because of things like the Davis Cup and Wimbledon would therefore support other British teams in whatever foreign competition, or at the very least not deliberately snub them.

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comment by Mikey (U7064329)

posted Jun 27, 2007

"Unbelievable, it's almost been a year and some ignorant people are still talking about it!

Look, what Murray said about supporting Paraguay was a JOKE!!!!!

It was a JOKE!!!!

The tabloids did what they usually do blew it out of all proportion and took it out of context.

Seriously, some people believe anything the papers tell them!!!!

Murray is NOT anti-English and Murray does NOT support Paraguay, so stop being childish and taking everything to heart!

Murray was Britain's best chance of getting a singles player to the second week as Tim is unfortunately past his best and the rest just aren't good enough!

We should all support Britain's players in all tournaments so can the braindead people who post idiotic comments in here please grow up and think about things logically!

For the last time,it was JOKE!!!!"

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Felt the need to bring this sensible (rare in these parts) comment back to the top of the pile. Well said Vacamas! Anyone still criticising Great Britain's best tennis player for a few silly wind-up comments from over a year ago should grow up. Who is it that has the chip on the shoulder exactly? I don't see Andy Murray taking any of this too seriously. He has more important things to do - like getting fit to put in a serious challenge at the US Open.

And ProudSalopian07: don't be so ignorant. Ask someone from Catalunya how they feel about representing Spain. I'm not trying to say it's right or wrong, but Britain isn't as 'special' as you think.

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posted Jun 28, 2007

Hyper-Mike - You make a fair point but I am certainly not ignorant of the situation you mention in Spain. And to take that example: if a player from Catalunya starting insulting the Spanish football team by saying they were rooting for whoever the opposition was I doubt they would receive much support from the Spanish public. Why then do the English put up with it? You can argue Catalunya/Basque country/Southern France/Scotland etc should be independent if you like. If that is the way Murray feels then English people supporting him because he's British seems a little silly as he clearly doesn't want to be. Supporting Paraguay against England suggests a deep rooted anti-English prejudice. It is more than just rivalry. I believe the only way you can excuse Murray is by saying he was only joking, and I would love to know how the person quoted above KNOWS that. We all know he said so later. But that is exactly what he would say after some PR guy had a word in his ear and told him what he had said wasn't smart, particularly when he was about to play Wimbledon. It was the only excuse he could have used and I don't buy it, however much someone might tell me as if they are Murray's closest friend that he is 'NOT anti-English'.

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comment by Mikey (U7064329)

posted Jun 29, 2007

The English don't HAVE to support Murray if they don't want to! If you are, as you sound, truly offended by his (admittedly foolish) comments, then by all means, as a proud individual, don't give him your support. But would that not be aggravating the situation?

...And i do happen to think that he was joking. More to the point - humouring the media, who are the cause of most of these problems anyway. He never actually wore a Paraguay shirt. Nor would he. But i bet he wasn't supporting England at the World Cup. Why would he? He's not English. Supporting Spain would have been equally as appropriate considering the time he spent in Barcelona.

For the record, i live in Scotland and half of my family are English. Yes, there are anti-English people in Scotland. There are also anti-Scottish people in England. More of them than you might think. It's a shame, but you have to look no further than these message boards to find that out.

So let's stop all this crap and all get behind Murray - he's Britain's brightest hope of actually winning anything in tennis.

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posted Jun 29, 2007

If it's any help at all he was joking about Paraquay beating England in the World Cup because I remember him saying in another interview how he understood that people were focused on England and the World Cup
rather than on Wimbledon and that he hoped they won.

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posted Jul 3, 2007

i wonder if there was a tennis tournament in scotland that anyone actually cared about, would murray actually care about being british? he's only 'british' when he's at wimbledon, because he knows that this pretty much gurantees him 'home' support. if he was to win the french open, for example, i wonder if he'd say he was winning it as a brit, or a scot?

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