Yup, Andy Murray Cut His Hair On Court During His Match With Rafael Nadal [Video]
by Tom Gainey | November 18th, 2015, 9:41 am
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Andy Murray did something maybe no pro has done before on a tennis court: Get his hair court during the match!

Maybe a strand was in the way, maybe he just forgot to get it cut before the match, but on a changeover early in his match against rival Rafael Nadal at the London ATP Finals, Murray got a pair of scissors and began cutting off chunks of hair. With the early trade of breaks, maybe the better vision or lighter feel will help Murray beat Nadal.

Murray explained why he did it.

“I don’t know why such minor things make such a big deal to you guys,” Murray said. “I had some hair in my eye, and I just wanted to get rid of it. That literally took two seconds. That was it. It was nothing to do with next week or anything to do with the outcome of this match.

“I started the match extremely well, I think. I played a very good first game. Although I got broke in the second game, it was a good game. I was hitting the ball well. I held all the way through to 4-All from that change of end. It wasn’t like it was something that affected me at all after it happened.”


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49 Comments for Yup, Andy Murray Cut His Hair On Court During His Match With Rafael Nadal [Video]

RZ Says:

I hope this was a case of him solving a problem rather than having a mental issue during the match.


RZ Says:

BTW props to Tom and the Tennis-X team for getting it posted so fast!


squirrel Says:

Wow from Nadal! Now I’m scared if this guy meets my guy Federer! Haha


jane Says:

murray should read up on samson. this is clearly why he lost set 1!


courbon Says:

That was funny Jane.Next thing, we will see Roger shaving his beard on the court….or Novak having a pedicure


courbon Says:

Jane-funny! Maybe Fed should shave his beard on the court next…?


The Great Davy Says:

Get with program Murray. Bald is gold.


J-Kath Says:

Send for Dehlila (sorry about spelling) …I’m like Andy, I’ve lost my focus.


RZ Says:

@Jane and @Courbon – funny! (On a related note, I’m liking the beard on Fed so I’m glad he’s not enough of a head case to shave on court)


Margot Says:

P**s poor from Andy and I don’t mean the hair. That damn FSP 41% How many times?
But I thought Rafa was playing really well, moving quikly and whacking that forehand like of old.
Perhaps Andy’s mind was elsehere…;)


James Says:

Nadal gave him a pretty good haircut anyway. Proving once again that there is no such thing as big 4 – never was. Fed, Djoke and Nadal have been in a different league the last decade. Murray never was or is in that league. Not until he wins a few more slams and spends some time as No. 1.

It gets interesting now. Perhaps Djoke plays Nadal in the semi? That would be a cracker.


madmax Says:

I really don’t think that Andy is going to lose so much sleep over this. We all know the score, and that he places more emphasis and importance on DC. I would think he would see this as a blessing in disguise.

Rafa played well, but Andy certainly did not play his best.


Chrisford1 Says:

James – While Andy has less accomplishments than the other 3, most place him in the Top 4 because the field really falls away after him. Murray has consistency, he has delivered in getting major trophies (3), and is tied for 10th most Masters 1000s with Pete Sampras. He typically beats everyone else, then faces 2 of the 3 other stars in the semis, finals. Andy has been RUP in a slew of Masters, Slams..and is easily the best Brit of the Open Era, perhaps the best Brit ever.

Is he the junior partner of the Big 4? Sure. Has he beaten Rafa, Fed, and Nole in important contests, though? Absolutely. And his consistency and breadth of accomplishment means it makes more sense to put him with the 3 other stars than say his talent and career feats are more in line with Stan, Ferrer, a Nalbandian, etc.

And I would not dispute that after a glorious 2012 and 2013, there has been slippage that makes questioning his being in the Big 4 a more common discussion than in say, 2013 after Wimbledon.


senorita Says:

Murray said in his post match presser that his performance in this match had NOTHING to do with DC. Let’s put that idea to bed straight away.


RZ Says:

@cf1 – agreed. The “Big 4″ moniker came about before Murray had won any slams or the Olympics because of his consistency in getting to the latter rounds with the other 3, and winning the masters titles when the other 3 wouldn’t.


J-Kath Says:

Senorita – You put it to bed if you are inclined – I’m assuming you’ll allow other opinions….


James Says:

True – Murray has been picking up the scraps better than anyone else. Lendl really did move his game up – and he has lost his way a bit since he separated from Lendl. He does have the talent and is physically fit. Somehow, he seems to be the bridesmaid much more often than the bride.


Pauly Says:

Nadal must beat Djokovic … If he can do that then he will win the tournament !
2016 looks like Nadal will be back on top
More slams especially the French within his grasp
Good luck Rafa


Margot Says:

OMG James you are so rude about such a fine tennis player.
Why?


Pauly Says:

Murray has his mind on other things
He’s a great player when In form


Gypsy Gal Says:

Murray has nothing left to prove anymore,hes won 2 GS,an Olympic gold medal,will hopefully add the DC to his resume,and has more Masters 1000s outside Roger,Rafa and Nole,than anyone else on tour,and is still top 3 after a decade,he won a GS when nobody gave him a chance,and Wimbledon after 77 years in waiting,hes the best British player since Fred Perry,and anything he does now is a bonus….


Giles Says:

Sooo, according to some posters every time a player, any player for that matter, loses a match he has tanked. Get real. That is not how it works, it just means one player has performed better than the other. ” Tanking” seems to be a favourite description these days if a player loses. You guys don’t really believe that, do you?? 😡😡


Giles Says:

^^^ I will second that.


calmdownplease Says:

`OMG James you are so rude about such a fine tennis player.
Why?’

Andy Murray is damaged goods in my opinion Margot.
It’s the only way to understand some of his frankly incomprehensible behaviour. I hate to say it as I have been very loyal to him for years (an unprecedented event for me!) But it’s the only way he makes sense & it cannot be overlooked any longer.


calmdownplease Says:

`Murray said in his post match presser that his performance in this match had NOTHING to do with DC. Let’s put that idea to bed straight away..`

Yeah, it was because NADAL was like SO !!AMAZEBALLS!!
YEAH!
hahahahahhahaha!
Andy is very polite young man that’s all that comment meant.
Sorry!


calmdownplease Says:

Right now there is only a BIG ONE
It’s not Novak’s fault at all that he is the only top player who has his act together.
But, you know, when there is only one real player and no genuine challengers over the course of the year (rather than here or there) you are technically in a ‘Weak Era’ too.


calmdownplease Says:

`Murray has nothing left to prove anymore’

Oh yes he does, he has a LOT to prove.
All things considered (i.e what he has been through and where he has come from) his achievements are amazing.
But he should be yet better than this.
This strange year too with so many collapses despite the consistency against the rest.
I’m hopeful of some kind of white heat moment still, but time is running out.


Daniel Says:

Agree cdp, what eas strange with Murray is that this tear he finally beata the players he should beat, got deep, improved on clay but had some dismall perfirmances. And this is cause for concern because usually they ate associated with age and mental burnout. The level they play a “bad day in the office” happen occasionally but when is too frequent it’s dangerous.
Wawa is experience something similar as well and he get some milega as well.


calmdownplease Says:

`because usually they ate associated with age and mental burnout’

He is too young for that on paper.
He has played roughly 18mths less than Novak with regards to tour match appearances.
And as well all know has been out for some time with injuries.
But in some respects there is an old head on those shoulders for sure.


Margot Says:

@CDP
Oh maaaaaan! Enough already. “Picking up scraps” “bridesmaid” ” 6″ taller Ferrer” from that erudite tennis analyst, James, and now you with your “damaged goods.”
Is this the open season for Andy Murray hunting or something?
Go support Berdych/Ferrer/Gasquet/Tsonga/ Gulbis/Monfils etc etc all sooo much more successful than Andy Murray. Bah!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Giles @5.51am i know we dont agree on much,but that post was spot on,best post of the day in fact….


Giles Says:

Alison. Cheers. :)


Margot Says:

Generally I agree with Giles’ post too. But “tanking” does occur occasionally because someone was done for it quite recently.


calmdownplease Says:

Margot!

calmdownplease!

;0)

I just think that Andy Murray has a lot of baggage, that’s all.
And once that is understood everything falls into place
And it is perfectly understandable.
Do I think he is an amazing talent
Yes
Do I think he could fulfill this talent
mmm maybe
But all things considered it will be a tough ask.


Margot Says:

@CDP
He’s fabulous and irritating, quite often in the same match.
Are you hunting at Dunblane or something?
And I dunno any more either. Think the op and Lendl
leaving really derailed him and thank goodness he got those two slams in before that happened.
Perhaps being a father will turn him into a calm, purposeful, determined, grand slam winner again.
I wish….but not holding my breath.


RZ Says:

Also agree with Giles and Margot. Tanking and choking occur occasionally, but it seems like on Tennis-X anytime a big name loses, some accuses him/her of either choking or tanking.


Okiegal Says:

Agree with Giles too. I suppose no one could ever say for sure and for certain that a player has never tanked. I’m sure that has happened, but why would a top ranked player be a party to this and what would be gained by doing such a thing??? No one wants to lose…..but to do it on purpose…..no way! I have more faith in the players of this great sport to stoop to such low standards……


Okiegal Says:

We have seen Andy storm back from a set down. He can do it. He did seem a little out of sorts yesterday. He did let things get on his nerves and lost focus. I think that part of his demeanor on court was held in check by Lendl. Seems like Lendl could keep him calmer during those tense moments. You may or may not like Ivan, but he was a great coach for Andy imho.


calmdownplease Says:

Of course I’m suggesting Dunblane dear.
I can’t believe this hasn’t been brought into the equation before.
I know it gets mentioned in a cursory manner, but no one ever really TALKS about it, for obvious reasons.
I mean, it’s not what one expects a sound bite or two about from Sue Barker at lunchtime about!
I ignored it too (which is surprising for me), but really, it’s not going anywhere, is it?
One doesn’t brush off surviving a massacre at such a formative age, or any age.
Particularly when the said loon was known by the family and there you are cowering under the table as your friends are killed.
Terrible stuff
Even if it has been successfully compartmentalised (which I’m sure it has), under duress it could be a factor.
What was eye opening for me was when he returned to Dunblane and all of the crying that took place.
It would be a bit much if anywhere else but perfectly understandable THERE as the people of Dunblane had been through hell and living under this event’s demonic pr until Andy Murray brought them out of the shadows.
A lot of responsibility in so many ways for Andy for the longest time too.
Very powerful stuff really.


Margot Says:

@CDP
Yes, survivor’s guilt and stuff and never mentioned as you say.But Andy would absolutely hate it if it got referred to too much.
People used to be so critical of Judy, OTT, too involved, cheering too much at matches, too present at matches, blahdy blah and I used to think she thought both her kids had died, let’s see how you behave afterwards if you’d been through that.


calmdownplease Says:

Which could well have happened, after all.
Sometimes it looks to me as if Andy doesn’t feel as if he should be at the top of tennis, he simply does not have that champions’s ‘aura’ about him to me.
The triumphant in-your-facedness (which isn’t a bad thing on paper of course) isn’t there. Not because of Fed, Nadal & Novak blah blah
But because he feels lucky to be around in this world at all!


Shaun Says:

Mentioning Murray’s name alongside Federer, Nadal and Djokovic is a sin. There is no big 4. It should be only about big 3.


Margot Says:

Oh my CDP your reputation as a bad a** lies in ruins ;)
Interesting idea. I like my “extrovert” on court easily bored theory too. I just think Andy is as complicated a person as his game is. MMT, a poster whom I greatly admire, once pointed out how difficuly it is for a touch player like Andy to be consistent day in, day out. There’s so much to go wrong if his game is even slightly off….and his head is in the wrong place.
BTW Becker once cut his hair during a match.


calmdownplease Says:

`Oh my CDP your reputation as a bad a** lies in ruins ;)’

Didn’t know I really had one, although I don’t see why it should dear. I don’t do empathy per se, more objective analysis of behaviour. Like a laser burning into your soul.
In any instance, I could personally ‘get over’ a massacre (or 3) within a few weeks of them taking place!
:)
Oh and I thought we established that Andy wasn’t a extrovert Margot.


calmdownplease Says:

`BTW Becker once cut his hair during a match.`

Actually, it is no surprise to me about Andy cutting his own hair, it usually looks as if he does anyway!
And yes, he like the rest of us is ‘complicated’.


Margot Says:

@CDP
Was at London Bridge station when a bomb went off in Tooley Street.
All around me people were screaming, but being the stiff upper lip type I walked, hastily I admit, to a convenient bus stop as far away as possible.
No we merely disgree on extrovert on court idea, I say yay, you say nay.


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calmdownplease Says:

`Was at London Bridge station when a bomb went off in Tooley Street..`

Wow, and let’s not look into the possible worlds for that one!
Sadly I think we best get used to this kind of thing again even if they flatten Mosul (which seems inevitable)
The Ideas remain even when the scum has been blown away.
Glad you showed some British steel however
Or dragon’s fire or whatever
It was to be expected of course.;)
And Andy Murray is an introvert lol.


calmdownplease Says:

@shaun

F**K OFF PLEB!

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