Andy Murray Calls The ATP Finals Tennis Court Quick And Lively
by Tom Gainey | November 10th, 2014, 12:27 pm
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Following a disappointing opening loss to Kei Nishikori at the ATP Finals in London, local favorite Andy Murray assessed the court conditions at the O2 arena.

“It’s quite lively, to be honest,” Murray said. “It can be hard to control the ball that can bounce pretty high up on the serve, on the kick serve. Yeah, it’s quicker than the other courts.

“It’s definitely quicker than Valencia and Paris, I would say that. I don’t know exactly why that is, because the balls are the same and it’s the same court, I believe, manufacturer. I don’t know if it’s to do with just how big the stadium is, and it does get warm in there. I’m not sure. But, yeah, it’s quite lively.”

Next for Murray is a Tuesday night match against Milos Raonic.

“Obviously now I need to win my next two matches more than likely, and win them well if I want to go through,” Murray said. “That’s going to be tricky because Milos obviously played fantastic last week in Paris, and Roger always plays well at this event. So I’m definitely going to have to play better if I want to get through.”


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19 Comments for Andy Murray Calls The ATP Finals Tennis Court Quick And Lively

Ben Pronin Says:

I love watching this tournament. If the finals moves out of London, I hope they get some other tournament here. The atmosphere looks aweseome. Closest thing we have to MSG nowadays.


jane Says:

i hope it doesn’t move out of london personally. it seems like a good spot and it follows well from paris.


Steve 27 Says:

Closest thing we have to MSG nowadays.

Lol, is not even close. The WTF is devaluaded since the finals is not a best of 5 anymore.

And how many of these guys are like Becker, Stich Sampras, an indoor specialist? None.

London is great but everybody wants watch the real stars of the sport, so will be a good idea to leave this city and move some other place to expand the market.
WTF is not a Grand Slam and never will be. So, the location is important but more important is increse the popularity of tennis and rotation is the key.


jane Says:

agree about increasing the popularity, but we all know that a lot of the players are tired by the time they reach WTF, esp if they had to fight to qualify. making the players fly far from europe, say to south america for example, would only add to that fatigue. i think london works because of its location most of all, but i suppose other european locations wouldn’t be too taxing.


calmdownplease Says:

^Brazil or California would be good locations^
And Buenos Aires is always worth a visit.
Its time for the Americas to embrace tennis again, beyond the USO.
Or…Indonesia!
I’m from London, but it’s time for a change.


jane Says:

i think if they do move it far away, they’ll need 2 weeks between paris and wtf to allow players rest/travel time.


Steve 27 Says:

and wtf is this name means: World Tour Finals?
The Masters sounds much better.


jane Says:

Or The Masters Finals? :)
(so as not to confuse it with masters events during the season?)


skeezer Says:

Fast slow lively windy sunny noisy etc.etc.
C’mon. Play.


RZ Says:

I just hope that during the time it stays in London, Murray wins the event once. That would give him Wimbledon, Queens, the London Olympics, and the WTF all in London. How cool would that be?


calmdownplease Says:

Er maybe next year for Andy, which is the last year for us.
And it would be pretty cool RZ but
It’s clear Muzz doesn’t see this tournament as a `major` like certain posters here seem to ;)
Yeah Jane a longer break, or make Paris like MC as an optional masters.
Other locations..India!
Bombay although rather `ripe` in atmosphere would add some real exotic potential or New Dehli.
Yeah India would be interesting and expansive.
London has been great but it’s all a little too safe & established.


calmdownplease Says:

Sorry I should say `Mumbai`.


django Says:

I think Rio should get a shot. London had it too long.


calmdownplease Says:

I agree, Love Rio, & it would be awesome.
Although they are pretty stacked at the mo with top events.
BA would probably put on a (even) better show.
Sao Paulo would be good too.
Tennis could benefit from a push in SA.


Ben Pronin Says:

I mean the stadium and the atmosphere is similar to MSG.

I wish the final was still best of 5 but we have no say in the matter.

What makes Becker, Stitch, and Sampras indoor specialists that Djokovic and Federer lack?


Daniel Says:

Wow, Djokovic must be really sorry he lost to Nishikori in US Open semis. I know Cilic was in tremendous form but just by seeing Djoko across the net he can produce his best. Djoko would have 8 Slams by now and already YE#1 wit a seco d year with multiple Slams.

His match with Wawrinka can be a cracker if both continue this form.

Cilic also was without playing for a ling time but Djoko’s return were impecable. Favorite to win the whole thing agan and 3 in a row.


django Says:

SA needs this tournament to help grow the sport ..I bet they could fill up those seats if it’s money everyone is worried about.

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