Andy Murray Begins Summer Hardcourt Season In Washington This Week [Video]
by Tom Gainey | August 4th, 2015, 10:23 am
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After a 4-month absence, Andy Murray returns to his favorite hardcourt this week in Washington. Murray, who is making just his second appearance at the event since reaching the 2006 final, is upbeat as his begins his summer swing.

“I haven’t hit a ball on a hard court since Miami,” said Murray. “That’s in March so it’s been four or five months. It’s a while, especially coming from the grass. This morning was the first time I’ve felt more comfortable on the courts. I’m starting to get used to them again. The conditions are humid. It takes a long time to get used to it, which is why I arrived on Tuesday. It’s the earliest I’ve arrived for any event the whole year.”

Ranked No. 3, Murray is 48-7 on the season with three titles (Queen’s, Madrid, Munich). Since the start of March, Murray has won 36 of his last 40 matches, losing only to the two guys ranked above him: Roger Federer at Wimbledon and Novak Djokovic three times at the French, Miami and Indian Wells.

The top-seeded Murray will open against Teymuraz Gabashvili in his first match on Wednesday evening. US Open champion Marin Cilic, Kei Nishikori and John Isner are also in the field, featuring 9 of the Top 20.

“It’s a strong field,” Murray added. “It’s maybe the strongest cut-off ever they said. It’s going to be a tough event. I play my first match against Becker or Gabashvili and I’ll try to get a little video of that match and get ready for it. They’re two big hitters, right-handed, with double-handed backhands. Becker normally plays well on the American hard courts and Gabashvili has won a lot of matches this year.”

Murray hasn’t won a US title since 2013 Miami. Last night he played doubles with Daniel Nestor but lost to Bopanna/Mergea.


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48 Comments for Andy Murray Begins Summer Hardcourt Season In Washington This Week [Video]

sienna Says:

all my smart insightfull comments for this thread seem to disappear.
I hope they are delayed because I dont feel up to write them again.
only when needed I will get going.


Margot Says:

Just read Andy and Rafa are going to play dubs together at the Rogers Cup!
Wowzer!!!


Giles Says:

Margot. I think that must have been an error, Rafa is playing dubs with Nando in Montreal.r


Margot Says:

Cheers Giles. It was indeed an error. That’s the net for you. Shame it wasn’t true.


Gypsy Gal Says:

It is a shame it wasnt true,as much as i like Nando,i wouldve loved to have seen my two favorites in doubles together :(….


sienna Says:

crazy bunch.

they detest eachother.


Daniel Says:

As Fed is not playing Nadal will be seeded 8 in Canada, there is a huge chance ge could face Murray in Quarters. Think it would be ajward if they were plating double together.

As for Cincy, results from Montreal won’t be accoubted for seeding so even if Murray wins Washington and Canada Fed will be #2 seed in Cincy and even of Nadal wins Canada he will be seeded #9 for Cincy risking facing one of the top 4 in R16 (second round for them). Unless Kei, Ferrer, Berdych or Cilic doesn’t play Cincy.

Also curious to see who will get #4 serd for US Open, it is very close between Wawa and Kei, Berdych still has a shot but he would have to win one of the Masters, hard to believe him winning a final of a big event.


Jock-KatH Says:

Yes, Daniel, It will depend on Cincy between the No. 2. for US Open – a bit tight for Andy so guess it will be RF. Kei will have to be No. 4 to have a chance, me thinks, as Stan can be sublime on his day.


Jock-KatH Says:

PS: Davis Cup: GB v Aussies likely to be in Glasgow (who won over Manchester bid). PPS: to Margo – Guess Andy had nothing to do with decision!!!


chris ford1 Says:

Hope Muzz does not wreck his stamina adding the DC blast furnace event to his schedule, then do Montreal, Cincinnati, and US Open…then Davis Cup. Davis Cup should be more important than proving you can play in a roasted, fetid swampy miasma. (DC was built on a disease ridden swamp)


Jock-KatH Says:

Chris Ford 1

Fortunately Davis Cup comes after Montreal. Cinc. & US Open – still – a big Ask.


Jock-KatH Says:

Margo -Assume you noted the DC is at Glasgow (99%)…- am hoping, hoping….


lyle nubbins Says:

Murray – - respect him, but can’t get too psyched about his chances at any Slam. Need those young guns to bust through.


chris ford1 Says:

Not sure where the “young guns” stand. If you look at past talent that invited speculation they were going to smack into and scramble up the Big 4, each 3 year feature on blooming wonders sure to be as good as Rafa – just hasn’t happened. Except del Potro, and his injuries unfortunately stopped us all from seeing what might have been.
I actually think it is more pleasing to see an older Vet suddenly get new skills in place that vaults them into the Top 20, even 10, and even into Slam wins like Stan, Marion Bartoli. Hope for Birdpoo still (though I am no fan except his tweets are great) Maybe even Monfils could somehow get a few tennis must things he lacks between his ears fixed, he could have a hot run and take a Masters or Major before he hangs it up.


Markus Says:

Not only is it “more pleasing to see an older Vet…vault into the Top 20″, it is also more likely to happen than for any of the “young guns” to break through.


lyle nubbins Says:

Good point, would love me a veteran breakout.


Margot Says:

@Kat
Really hope it’s Glasgow. Do try and go if it is!
Reading some comments….. is Andy a “veteran” now already? Eek!


Jock-KatH Says:

Certainly going to try Margot. Yes, the “veteran” bit is a Gulp – it was applied to Nole recently and his expression said it all.


Lylenubbins Says:

Lol he is a veteran I’m afraid!


Jock-KatH Says:

Lots of synonyms – most obvious “retired soldier”

and

seasoned
mature
old
established

and

“involved in their particular activity for a long time”.
……..
Lylenubbins agree with your definition in general. Hence, if 10 years playing Tennis is a long time, then it does apply to Nole and Andy as does “mature” and “established” to several others in their mid and late twenties. That’s a heck-off-a-lot of veterans playing tennis!!

I personally prefer to see all the players as shining young men and women as far removed from being a “veteran” as they can get….even if it is illogical on my part.

Cheers


Margot Says:

Lol Lyle, and what pray does that make Fed?…..;)
So, please can we stop referring to Kei, Dimi, Raonic etc etc as “young guns.” If Andy is a “veteran,” then please let’s call them the “middle aged.”


sienna Says:

Murray isnot gonna win titles with Federer or Djokovic in draw. So make then most of it lady forehand.


Margot Says:

Turd alert.


Okiegal Says:

@Margot^^^ :)


courbon Says:

@ Margot: Very funny my dear…


chris ford1 Says:

Jock-KatH, it was sort of funny a guy that had multi-Slams, just passed Federer in Masters wins at the time, and had been in Top 10 since 2007 was surprised at being called a Veteran. I think in Nole’s mind up to that point he was not the veteran , but defined as the youngster chasing the vets. The term veteran was just added as a descriptor by a journalist asking on a completely different matter, but it got a great reaction from Nole..”Wait, what did you just call me??” then the presser was about Nole digesting that and ending up agreeing ,,,yes he probably should be called a veteran this year.

For most of the last 9 years, Djokovic’s time in the Top 10, he was the youngest player. Delpo was youngest for over a year 2008-2009, then the injuries started. Djokovic was again the youngest even as #1 in 2011.
Yes, Rafa is just a year older and Murray only a week older, but for most of Djokovic’s time since 2007, he was youngest in the Top 10. Leave out Delpo, Nole was normally the youngest for the 1st 8 years he was Top 10. It in part defines his career. The youngster that had a meteoric rise like only Rafa had in this generation…His rise stopped by the 2 all-time greats for 4 straight years.
And poor Andy in all this, never got credit as the hypertalented youngster, like Rafa and Nole were acknowledged as. Andy made it up to #2 briefly in 2009. When Rafa was injured by the Madrid clash with Nole, and Nole was discombobulated for a year after Madrid.
But Andy found way up was blocked by 2 all-time greats and Nole. His timing was even worse than Nole’s. Probably would have made #1 for some timespan by now, but Andy is not in a weak era.

But Andy may have his time some day – despite his 8 straight losses to Djokovic – he is now with his clay results in 2015 – a true all court threat to Fed, Nadal, and Djokovic.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon exactly we need a laugh,it seems a very slow time in tennis ATM,ill have to make do with Football Liverpool,Coventy City FC,York City FC,thats if they all play this weekend unless its only the Premier League?….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Sienna to say your even less funny than HR is saying something,and also an insult to HR,newsflash my dear you never were quick witted in the first place,so i dont know where you got that idea from?….


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Chris, very interesting point on Novak’s age, I never realized that.


courbon Says:

Hi Gypsy_well, Margot is very funny.Sienna??? Dont even bother talking about that one….
Since I live in France, I gradually stop watching Premier League so I do not have a clue who is doing what. It is about to start, right?
Other day, I seen Blue Moon and somebody told me that is quite rare ( since expression-once in a Blue Moon ).I thought about you-its probably have some meaning in Pagans world?


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon yeah starts this weekend,Man City fans sing Blue Moon not sure why or where it originates to be honest,other than that they play in colour blue,but thanks for thinking of me lol,as we some of our rituals at certain times of the year under a full moon,although its nothing nasty,just respecting the elements and the seasons,we have an original pagan druid and his wife coming to visit us tomorrow too,anyway you must be enjoying what Novaks doing this year,seems like the skys the limit,i dont know what to think about the rest….


Markus Says:

Who was it who referred to Nishikori, Dimitrov, Raonic, etc as the “Lost Generation”? I think that’s the most appropriate term for that group.


jalep Says:

Thought is was you, Markus. Maybe TV.


Markus Says:

when two full moons occur in the same month, the second full joon is called a blue moon. It occurs rather rarely, hence the expression, “once in a blue moon”.


Markus Says:

Moon, not joon! :-)


courbon Says:

Markus, thanks for input-I did not know-it was about week ago-it was not very blue!

@ Hippy Gypsy: Novak is doing well and he has a good attitude.But I fell that this US Open will be Murray who wins it…


Markus Says:

jalep, I don’t think it was me (re: Lost Generation). TV maybe. But it would not be sienna, that’s for sure.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Ah right cheers Markus ;)….


Markus Says:

Cheers, Gypsy Gal!


Jock-KatH Says:

Margot – You know the procedure – Prepare:

Ready, Steady, THROW.

PS: Double the load!


Jock-KatH Says:

@ ChrisFord1

Thank you for your careful analysis. Sometimes you can’t fight Lady Luck (hasten to add not degrading opponent’s play) – but one of the many insights you present include the possibility of Andy achieving much more in the near future. Many will say that’s not possible – but there is a new determination in his current approach. There’s an appropriate line in one Shakespeare’s plays that addresses such desire.


Daniel Says:

Murray is due for another Slam, last 4 majors he lost three to Djoko and once to Fed in an stelar performance. US Open and AO he will be second favorite right after Djoko. Matbe AO together with Wawa if he maintains his level, he likes playing in slower HC. Fed next shot is US Open. After thathe know AO only with some very good fortunate and RG almost out of the picture. By Wimby / USO next year it may be too late. But if he stays in top 4 who knows. But my take is Djoko and Murray takes next Slams. Wawa is a huge question mark and Nadal can only see him regrouping by clay next year, maybe.


jalep Says:

There is still egg on my face from picking Nole to win FO and Andy to win Wimbledon. So, I don’t know.

But I think Andy will lead GBR to a Davis Cup win this year – that seems likely.


sienna Says:

This Murray will not win slamfinals. He is well below djokovic on the slower courts.
and Federer destroyes him on fast courts.
yes second week wimbledon is considered slow. slower then usopen/O2.

Federer is topdog for fastcourts. With Cilic of its his to dominate.


calmdownplease Says:

Shut up sienna
no one cares about your endless wishful thinking re the demise of Murray
Fed is not winning another slam dear
Get OVER it!


Margot Says:

Load
Prepare
Aim
Fire
Bull’s Eye!


courbon Says:

@ Margot: or
READY,
STEADY,
GO!!!!


Gypsy Gal Says:

I have seen nothing lately to suggest Cilic is nearing 2014 USO championship level, and i hope he never does either,1 GS is 1 too many,however the USO is the most open GS,so i wouldnt be surprised if we a new champion,or a champion thats won it before,i like the idea of an open slam and the USO is my favorite slam for that reason(sorry Jalep lol),its not dominated by one particular player like Novak at the AO,Rafa at the FO till this year,Wimbledon lately has been Novak although not outright domination,USO has had no repeat champions in recent years….

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