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British press fears for Murray

2011-01-31 07:39

London - The British press on Monday doubted whether their number one tennis hope Andy Murray would ever win a major title after the Scot lost the Australian Open final against Serbia's Novak Djokovic.

The nation was hopeful going into Sunday's final that Murray could become the first British man to win a grand-slam title in 75 years but the 23-year-old was blown away in straight sets by the in-form Djokovic.

"When he needed to keep his nerve on the biggest stage of all, he was once again overcome by stage fright," the popular Sun tabloid said.

"As he cursed and fretted, he sent out a clear message to everyone in the crowd: 'I'll never win this one'."

Murray has now lost three major finals, failing to muster a set in any.

"He is not very good at playing grand-slam finals," The Times' chief sports writer, Simon Barnes, concluded.

"Tennis is about raising your game for the biggest moments, the biggest opponents, the biggest matches. So far, Murray has shown us that he plays worse. He sinks to the great occasion.

"It is tempting to draw all kinds of depressing conclusions from this."

The Telegraph broadsheet bemoaned the Scot's unusual lack of spirit.

"There was no passion in his performance, no sense of belief," it said.

"Even when he did make a rare play... he did not bother with a fist-pump or one of his patented primeval roars.

"Instead he just trudged back into his service position, staring at the floor as if he wanted to get the whole thing over with as quickly as possible."

On a more constructive note, the Guardian advised the world number five to contemplate changing his support staff.

"Coaches are clearly a problem for Murray," the paper claimed.

"The world is full of tennis coaches, and somewhere out there must be one capable of providing the combination of discipline and encouragement necessary to focus the unruly instincts that undid Murray once again today."

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Comments
  • Stephen - 2011-01-31 07:50

    Get a South African to play tennis for you, seems thats he only way Poms can win.

      Jim - 2011-01-31 08:22

      Do you have any tennis players?

      Skubbe - 2011-01-31 08:47

      @Jim... Only half of Federer. Otherwise no, we don't.

      JohnInsa - 2011-01-31 08:57

      Sadly, I think Andy Murray has been watching too much South African cricket and has caught the dreaded "choking" disease!

      Bratt - 2011-01-31 09:31

      Actually, it's not that he has stage fright or chokes in finals. It's just that the guy on the other side of the net is always too good for him.

      jayguk - 2011-01-31 11:22

      The Oke is not even English - He is Scottish, the Pom's always claim people as their own. Kevin Pietersen was born in leytonstone and grew up their his whole life, Brad Barrit was born and raised in Bournemouth, Dylan Hartley is the Bastard child of Prince Charles and spent his entire life at buckingham palace until he was old enough to play rugby......... It's amazing how many of these people are from England but have other Nationalities accent's.......... I Actually think Victor Ubogu is prince Charles's Twin - Something dodgy going on there............

      jayguk - 2011-01-31 11:25

      The Oke is not even English - He is Scottish, the Pom's always claim people as their own. Kevin Pietersen was born in leytonstone and grew up their his whole life, Brad Barrit was born and raised in Bournemouth, Dylan Hartley is the Bastard child of Prince Charles and spent his entire life at buckingham palace until he was old enough to play rugby......... It's amazing how many of these people are from England but have other Nationalities accent's.......... I Actually think Victor Ubogu is prince Charles's Twin - Something dodgy going on there............

  • Lunga - 2011-01-31 09:16

    Memories of Tim Henman.

      Bratt - 2011-01-31 09:32

      except this version is always angry.

  • Bratt - 2011-01-31 09:38

    Murray is not a bad tennis player. He is quite good in fact. His problem is that he thinks he is better than he actually is. He needs someone to tell him to reserve his energy for the game instead of the tantrums. In this particular tournament, the draw didn't help him much as he didn't have much of a test till the later parts of the championship.

  • roboman1 - 2011-01-31 10:13

    Strange that no one here gives any credit to Djockovic, who was great in this tournament, taking out Federer in straight sets takes some doing, so Murray did well, he was just hammered by a player who has come out smoking in 2011

      Bratt - 2011-01-31 14:45

      To be honest, the more hyped player always gets the focus in such situations. When Nadal plays Federer and wins, it is always Federer's game that is dissected, and he gets all the writeups. Nothing new there. Having said that, the Djocker has been in tremendous form. Great to see.

  • Greegs - 2011-01-31 10:27

    I suppose when he's at ease with himself he might just turn things around. Always nice however seeing the Poms getting hammered!

      Antjacko@24.com - 2011-01-31 12:19

      Agreed, nothing quite like seeing the Poms getting rogered. Murray should fire his mother - the sight of her must make him sh*t in his pants! She is a man-mother.

  • Jonrae - 2011-01-31 10:47

    Useless little mommy's boy.Maybe he is in desperate need of a good BJ.....ask Hugh Grant for a contact number...plonker!

  • jayguk - 2011-01-31 11:24

    The Oke is not even English - He is Scottish, the Pom's always claim people as their own. Kevin Pietersen was born in leytonstone and grew up their his whole life, Brad Barrit was born and raised in Bournemouth, Dylan Hartley is the Bastard child of Prince Charles and spent his entire life at buckingham palace until he was old enough to play rugby......... It's amazing how many of these people are from England but have other Nationalities accent's.......... I Actually think Victor Ubogu is prince Charles's Twin - Something dodgy going on there............

  • mupet-killer - 2011-01-31 11:40

    finally the most over-hyped player ever is proved once and 4 all to be just that! 75 years? jeez, the british must really suck at tennis. it must be killing the english that a scotts-man and not an english-man is in the headlines. hell, even africa atleast has a slam winner in way quicker time than 75 years, 1982.

  • mupet-killer - 2011-01-31 11:40

    finally the most over-hyped player ever is proved once and 4 all to be just that! 75 years? jeez, the british must really suck at tennis. it must be killing the english that a scotts-man and not an english-man is in the headlines. hell, even africa atleast has a slam winner in way quicker time than 75 years, 1982.

  • DeonL - 2011-01-31 12:22

    I felt sorry for him, he played like the French Rugby team, at times they don't pitch up. He needs a "kopdokter".

  • Mike - 2011-01-31 21:10

    Murray plays the big games just like the SA cricket team

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