Andy Murray: I Don’t Feel Any Different Being A No. 1 Seed At A Slam
by Tom Gainey | January 14th, 2017, 1:31 am
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(Sir) Andy Murray will open play Monday afternoon at the Australian Open and he’ll do so as a No. 1 seed for the first time at a Grand Slam.

Murray will hope that holding the top spot will finally give him the Australian Open trophy which he has come up just short of winning on five occasions.

Murray could have a difficult draw with Roger Federer looming in the quarters then potentially Stan Wawrinka in the semifinals.

Ahead of his match against Ilya Marchenko, Murray held his first major press conference of the season, speaking to the media in Melbourne on Saturday.

Q. How does it feel to be the top seed at a slam?
ANDY MURRAY: I don’t feel any different really to normal, to be honest.

Q. What are your feelings coming into this tournament? Was the preparation this winter as good as you wanted?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I think it went pretty well. Doha went well. Played some good stuff, especially at the end of the event. Yeah, I mean, the off-season, I would have liked to have been a couple weeks longer. But, you know, I made sure I got enough rest. You know, I’ll get hopefully a bit of time in February as well.

But, yeah, I did some good training over in Miami. There’s a lot of good players over there for practice. It went well.

Q. You’re playing in the middle of the afternoon on Monday when the forecast is pretty hot. Would you have preferred to have had a bit more practice time in hotter conditions?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, yeah, but there’s not really much else you can do about it. I mean, obviously in Doha, the conditions were pretty cool. You’re playing most of your matches in the evening. Also, if you do well here, you’ll often play at least three matches in the evening, sometimes four.

So, you know, it’s good practice for that. But obviously the day matches here can get, you know, brutally hot. I think maybe the Hopman Cup is probably where you get the best conditions or most similar conditions to here to start the year.

But, yeah, I’ll just have to deal with it, just like all of the other players will.

Q. Have you been impressed with Dan’s effort this week?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I mean, I haven’t seen loads of the matches. I saw the end of his match yesterday. I saw the first set and a little bit of his match with Thiem. But obviously he turned that match around kind of after I went out for dinner.

Yeah, I mean, it’s obviously a great week for a lot of Brits actually. Obviously Jo winning, as well, was great. My brother’s in the final. Yeah, it will be probably, you know, the best week that Britain’s had at tour level forever probably.

Q. When you practice, how much does the fact that Djokovic is normally looming in the latter stages of not just the slams, but tournaments like Doha, how much does that feature in the way you go about things?
ANDY MURRAY: In terms of the way I practice or…

Q. Tactical awareness, preparing for big matches.
ANDY MURRAY: Well, in terms of tactical awareness, I sort of study, watch video, to learn about things that I could do better or things that have worked well. Obviously, don’t do so much of that on the practice court. But there’s certain patterns of play that you practice that hopefully will help against certain players. Then also there’s things that are extremely important to your game and what makes your game effective, you know, not just against one player, but against the whole tour.

I feel like my movement and my speed around the court is a very important part of my game. That’s something that I try to work on all of the time without thinking about, you know, other players.

But, of course, there’s certain things you would practice, what would help you against the top guys, for sure.

Q. Not all the players have been able to beat you lately. David Goffin was one of them in Abu Dhabi, in the exhibition there. What do you think of him and do you think he could cause one or two upsets here?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I think he’s a really, really good player, obviously. He’s very quick around the court. He’s made improvements most years really, last few years. But as you get closer to the top, it becomes harder and harder to do that.

So, you know, it will be an interesting year for him. He works hard. I practice with him quite a lot, as well. He’s a good guy. Down-to-earth. Very quiet and relaxed.

Yeah, I hope he does well. But he’s, yeah, a very, very good player.

Q. What do you make of your opponent? You played him a few years ago.
ANDY MURRAY: I don’t remember loads about that match. We played on Margaret Court. I don’t remember too much about that match. I saw him playing a bit at the US Open. He had a good run there a few months ago. Also had a very tight match with Wawrinka there.

You know, he’s not easy. He fights very hard. He’s got a great attitude. Plays predominantly from the back of the court and moves well. He doesn’t give you too many free points.

But, I mean, I’ve only played him once. I’ve never practiced with him. And that match, it was a long time ago. It would have been, I don’t know, 2008, ’09, something like that.

Q. Roger was asked earlier if he could remember what it was like when he gained the No. 1 ranking. He said he felt that other people treated him differently. Is that something that you’ve experienced? Have you had any feelings like that?
ANDY MURRAY: No, not really. I don’t think so. I mean, yeah, I haven’t really noticed it. It kind of happened for me right at the end of the year, so I haven’t been kind of on the tour much as the No. 1 player. Just one week really in Doha. So I haven’t noticed it yet.

I don’t know if that will come over time, if I’m able to stay there or not. But, yeah, I mean, it’s only been really a few weeks around the tour with that ranking. I haven’t noticed much change.

Q. Looking back 12 months now, how much what was going on at home with Kim affecting you during the tournament here?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, it was a tough tournament. Yeah, obviously the situation with, you know, Kim and the baby coming was tough. Then with what happened with Nigel kind of during the event made it really kind of awkward because there was times where I was thinking, like, you know, I want to go home. But then also my father-in-law was here and in hospital.

It was, like, I want to be at home for the birth, but then I’m not just going to sort of leave whilst my father-in-law is also in hospital.

Yeah, it was tough, and certainly not a position I would want to put myself in again, or my wife, or any of my family really.

Q. How close did you come to withdrawing before you lost?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, a few times. I mean, I don’t know how to say how close. But, yeah, it was certainly something that was talked about a lot, especially the second week of the event.

Q. Just get your reaction to Michael Downey resigning. Were you surprised to hear the news?
ANDY MURRAY: No, I wasn’t really surprised. I think everyone kind of thought that’s always what was going to happen there. It’s disappointing really, because it’s just another change for British tennis. Someone new will come in with a different direction for another three, four years, then it will change again.

I think for a system that’s — maybe everyone would say that’s not really worked for quite a long time, for change to happen, you need someone or a team in there that’s going to be in it for the long haul and not just a few years.

So I really hope the next appointment is something long-term. You can’t expect results, obviously, immediately. I don’t think there should be loads of pressure on that person to get stuff done straightaway. But, yeah, I’d like to see a long-term appointment so that there’s actually, you know, a chance for change to happen, but then stick. I think if you just do three years, then another three years, just keep switching all the time, it’s not good for anyone.

Q. In that you think it wasn’t going to be for the long haul?
ANDY MURRAY: I mean, in terms of him moving back to Canada. I don’t think many people expected it to go longer than the term that he was signed up for.

But, yeah, I mean, I just hope that we get a long-term replacement. Don’t want it to be just a few years.

Q. Roger and Novak used to say that once you’ve reached the No. 1, you have to work double as hard to stay there. Do you see it like this?
ANDY MURRAY: I hope not (laughter). I hope not.

Well, yeah, I mean, I do think it is a mindset thing, because I think it could be quite easy that once you get to No. 1 that you think, Well, actually, I just need to keep doing what I doing.

The reality is, in sport, that things obviously keep moving on, the game will get better, I’ll obviously get older, the young guys will continue to improve, and also Novak and Roger and Stan and Rafa and all the guys at the top are still going to be wanting to get there. So that’s why having someone like Ivan on my team who has been in that position before and knows what that’s like has been important. I need to continue to improve. I for sure need to keep working hard.

I don’t think necessarily working harder than I have in the past, but just having the mindset I need to keep getting better and try to improve my game. Any weaknesses that are in my game, to try to get rid of them.

So, yeah, that’s how I feel about it.

Q. Your record here is really good. You haven’t actually won the thing. Do you feel like you’re in a really good position right now to go one step further?
ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I mean, look, I obviously feel pretty confident after the way that last season finished. I do love it here. I love the conditions. I have played really well here over the years, and just haven’t managed to obviously get over the final hurdle.

But, yeah, I think I’m in a decent position, for sure, to do it. I think I have a chance to win here. Obviously nothing’s guaranteed. But, yeah, why not? I’m playing well. Practice has been good. I feel healthy. I’ll give it a good shot.

Q. Any other players called you Sir yet, Andy?
ANDY MURRAY: Well, yeah, but not genuinely, I don’t think (smiling).

Q. The host broadcaster is going to refer to you as Sir Andy. How does that make you feel?
ANDY MURRAY: I’m more than happy just being Andy. That’s enough for me. Yeah, if they call me Andy, that’s cool, I’d be happy with that (smiling).


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92 Comments for Andy Murray: I Don’t Feel Any Different Being A No. 1 Seed At A Slam

Margot Says:

Lets go Andy, lets go πŸ‘β€πŸ™Œ
You’re welcome to hop on my broomstick AM any time darling β€πŸ™‹


Travis Bickle Says:

Based on this interview, I think it’s OBVIOUS what Sir Murray’s favorite word is…


AndyMira Says:

@M…OBVIOUSLY,i’m already on your Vroomschtick….and OBVIOUSLY you don’t see me…and hey..where’s the double decker that you and JK promised to us a few moon ago?OBVIOUSLY,Vroomschtick can’t hold a legion of Andy fans to the great journey ahead?


Michael Says:

Will Andy be fifth time lucky ? He thoroughly deserves to win this slam for all the strides he has made in the past and faltering just at the final lap. The draw looks a bit tricky for Andy but then the toughest of draws sometimes becomes the easiest with the elimination of many players early in the tournament.


Chrisford1 Says:

Andy’s the worst, but Novak has latched onto the toxic adverb term as well and can’t get enough of “obvious, obviously, quite obvious” in his interviews.
It might just be with English as a 2nd language people like Novak and Andy. Though interestingly, with Spanish players talking in English, their word to patch sentence fragments together is opposite – “But I don’t know, no?


Margot Says:

Was just remembering how stressful the AO was for Andy last year. Not only was Kim at home just about to pop but Nigel Sears collapsed and had to be rushed to hospital! Crikey! Hoping for calmer seas this year and Sophia and Kim will be with him which is great.
Vroom, vroom on our splendid broomstick indeedy😎 Vroom for all Andy fans first and second class πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ™‹


Chrisford1 Says:

MIchael – “He thoroughly deserves to win this slam for all the strides he has made in the past and faltering just at the final lap”

Perhaps, but deserving is not getting. Which is why people play sports, gamble on it, and argue future outcomes going this or that way as they get older – because if you can’t play well anymore, OBVIOUSLY, you can still talk.

To me, I’d love to see a just as deserving, longtime fine player who just didn’t get there – finally get a major or a gold medal in their final years. As Bartoli, Scjiavone, and Pannetta did. A Tsonga or Ferrer even a Troicki/Isner/Seppi level of player..
The “undeservng” younger players? Soon enough a Raonic, Zverev, Thiem or Kyrgios with his brain cavity purged of dung – will get on the board.


courbon Says:

It’s quite obvious that some people are mocking Andy.Obviously, I may be wrong but it’s obvious to me that that is not a case.Obviously….


Margot Says:

She who laughs last laughs loudest…just sayin’


courbon Says:

Margot, still angry with you..I installed that Yurth but you never came…still, I have Amarican friends that will come after inaguration in Washington, to come here…(-:


Willow Says:

Hi Courbon nice to see you here, i need a good laugh ;-)


J-Kath Says:

AM: Tut, tut, tut You are way ahead of yourself – double-decker is for Wimbledon…..


courbon Says:

Willow, are you suggesting I’m a joker?I support the Joker but I’m a very serious man.hmmmm….


Willow Says:

Courbon for you enjoy ;-) https://youtu.be/63rcdLeXiU8


Willow Says:

^Seriously, its not obvious to me obviously ^ ….


courbon Says:

Wilklow, I love that one, but my favorite is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFuYIi5-igc


Willow Says:

Courbon love them all too many to mention, i posted that one for Danica yesterday, or the day before, cant quite remember which, maybe my medication aint kicked in yet ;-) ….


Willow Says:

^Just showing off now i know how to copy and paste ^ ….


AndyMira Says:

@JK…Oh really?Then find us some double boat or double canoe..ASAP!OBVIOUSLY we don’t have much time left..Obviously we have to zoooommm to Melbourne immediately!

PS..OBVIOUSLY Willow has an addiction to ‘copied and pasted’ nowadays!heh!heh!heh!


Willow Says:

AM Well it took me long enough, can do videos, but still struggle with pictures though, after i did the one with Freddie LlUndberg for BBB, it took me so long to do that i cant remember how lol ….


AndyMira Says:

@Willow…Obviously you need a ‘motivation’ to do that again,hmm..i wonder what?Topless Hugh Jackman or Aidan Turner maybe?I guarantee the bulb will ‘blink’ immediately in your head!..GO WILLOW!


Willow Says:

Tried AM ,but i will try again, as i dont like things like that getting the better of me ;-) ….


Willow Says:

AndyMira and Margot https://youtu.be/0zfhtneRP24 lol ….


courbon Says:

Wilow, COPY and PASTE is ggod.I remeber Oki can not even do that…


Willow Says:

Courbon i can do it with videos, but not pictures for some reason, i click on a picture, and im not sure which option it is to save it, it just wont work ….


Willow Says:

^But i got Aidan on video for AM and Margot ^ ….


J-Kath Says:

AM: If it is OK with you, I’ll do the copy and paste if Willow takes over the boat.!!!!!!!!!


Willow Says:

J-Kath lol ;-) ….


AndyMira Says:

Do it JK!Do it!…But..are you sure willow can guide us to Melbourne?Oh,i don’t trust her..not when her darling Hugh just bought a home in Bondi!


jalep Says:

Hahaha. Andy Mira cracking me up. Courbon too. There’s no one like a happy Courbon!


Okiegal Says:

Hey Courbon!! You called my name…..I am here…..stupider that ever!!! You have an excellent memory my friend. What is bad is this…..I made the comment “I can’t do the bracket challenge” probably 3 yrs ago and guess what??? Three years older now and I am far worse now than then!! No hope for me……lol…..Hope everyone has a wonderful Aussie Open with each favorite making good showings! Good luck everyone! Okie


AndyMira Says:

Yeah J…i think Courbon,M and me can teamed up and be a Three Stooges on TX..Although not sure who’s going to be Moe,Curly or Larry…


Okiegal Says:

@Coubon…..I could have been offended by your comment…”Oki can’t even do that” ha ha ha….I’m still chuckling……I’m just glad I made a lasting impression with someone in France! Lol. It is France….or is it????


Willow Says:

Courbon is a legend, nice having a poster here that doesnt take everything so seriously, quite refrehing ;-) ….


Okiegal Says:

@AM….something is going on with my FB account…..I accidentally disabled it because of a spam alert…..got to get to my IPhone guru to get it fixed…..can’t correspond on my messenger any more…..I don’t think???? There again……I’m in stupid mode………Hope you are doing OK……I’m feeling much better! Okie


Okiegal Says:

Yes Willow he is refreshing! He does have a way with the women folk, I must say! He’s a nice guy……and missed when he isn’t aboard the “Good Ship Lollipop”…….🚒🚒🚒 πŸ†—


Willow Says:

Okie ive spent the last few days arguing on here, so its nice to read some more light hearted stuff ;-) ….


J-Kath Says:

AM: Oh dear, what do you mean? – are you insinuating that we may end up in the wrong ocean? or even worse that we may capsize and have to swim for it?


J-Kath Says:

Travis: Based on that interview I think its “obvious” that Andy’s favourite word is “Yeah”…..it certainly began to irritate me….but Andy will never be voted the best public speaker…(as long as he remains the best tennis player it will be fine with me)….grin, grin.


Willow Says:

Yeah obviously ;-) ….


AndyMira Says:

@JK…I am insinuated that we’re not going to end up in Melbourne but in front of Mr Hugh Jackman front porch instead!Urgh!..disaster!


Willow Says:

AM I hear that name and my little ears automatically prick up lol, wonder if he will be there watching the tennis elite ;-) ….


AndyMira Says:

@JK…What if when we arrive Mr Hugh Jackman enjoying himself by skinny dipping in the ocean gloriously?What will happen to our nice and tree hugging willow?Urgh!!!I’m dreaded to THUNK!!!!Ho ho ho ho…


AndyMira Says:

See JK??THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!!Just hear that magic name and her ears and everything is on ALERT!!..URGH!!OBVIOUSLY it’s going to be disaster!!


J-Kath Says:

AM: We will tie her to the tree. Luv U Willow, but it’s for your own good. Bye bye – am overcome by the thought of doing what’s best….will sleep on it.


AndyMira Says:

Okie…I missed chatting with u on FB…I’m fine okie…hope you are too..


AndyMira Says:

@JK….NO!!!Please don’t do that to her!I love willow and i’d rather hurl her into the ocean with Mr Hugh Jackman rather than tie her to a tree!!


sinha71 Says:

Obviously Nole and Andy don’t realize that they are obviously just worshipping Roger ” quite obviously..

He obviously owned that word obviously long before they did. Here, obviously, for example, he uses it no less than eight times obviously!!!

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=57232


Margot Says:

Courbon so sorry. Set out on my faithful camel Clarence with Clarissa my faithful carrier pigeon to guide us but alas as AM knows she is a hopeless pathfinder. We took a wrong turn at Bordeaux and are lost in the Pyrenees. Please send directions and a food 🍴 hamper at once and just make sure a yurt is Yankee free.πŸ˜ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ˜


courbon Says:

Hi Oki-I remmember well-we even done short course for a day or two!
How are you? Hope is all well on your side.I guess you are impatiant to see Rafa back?
Yeap, south west France, near Toulouse and Pyrinees.
I do not visit TX blog very often these days so I dont know much what’s going on around here, but I’m glad to see you still around.Will speak, throught the AO, I’m off now to a cinema with kids…have a nice evening.Actually, its probably noon or morning at your end.

Jalep- Nice to be of service to someone… (-:


J-Kath Says:

HiCourbon:
Long time no speak – there’s a bit of “merde” going on here – your “j’na said quoi” (haven’t checked spelling) has been missing.

One of my sisters has a “restoration pad” within Pezenes area
—as far as I can tell that is a good 7 hours from Paris and the French Open??? I can’t stand extreme heat – how erroneous to my well-being might it be either place in June?

Hope all you + family are tres jolie.


courbon Says:

J-Kath-I know Pezenas area , my wife is originally from that region.I do not mind heat, but winds are quite strong there ( mistral ).It’s hot-but nothing like a Spain-you should be fine.These days, french trains are very fast, so you get to Paris in about 5h I think…My family is great-girls (9 and 10 ) are beatiful, talk a lot and make any hard work I do, worth it.The only downside is-I have to listen lots of awful music…
Wife also good.
“merde” going on? Thats a shame- I have not been reading or posting for a while-I find blogging very adactive so in order to do other things in the evening, I had to stop and just occasionally pop in…
How about you?


courbon Says:

Margot-Camel is only good for smoking and pieon for eating.Get a Tom Tom.
Sending local Armagnac and frois grass right away and just get to Lectoure.
Are you sure you want me to get rid off Yankee? He is single guy, Tom Hardy look a like from Boston ( so decent accent)?


Margot Says:

Armagnac has arrived safely and is proving very popular with Clarisse. Ta. In fact she is snoring gently as I write so no hope of her having a clue where we are. Trying smoke 🚬 signals now.
That Tom bloke sounds a bit of alrighty..😍 he can stay πŸ‘Œ
Yahoo..giddeeup Clarence…πŸ™‹


courbon Says:

margot, waiting impatiently…


J-Kath Says:

Courbon:

Pleased you and your family sound wonderfully happy – savour these significant times to the hilt….as your girls approach their teens and the music gets louder!

2017 will be bringing changes to me – still some thinking to do. Meanwhile my trip to the French Open/visit sister suddenly got transferred to the “may not happen category” as my Glasgow-based nephew just got engaged last night with wedding in June.

Keep well, keep smiling.

As for Tennis X – yes addictive – it has been brightened with some new posters, such as J.S. & BBB from the US and remains addictive as you say.


courbon Says:

J-Kath-Loud music is not a problem ( I listened to Led Zepellin and stuff like that…) but the quality…Anyway, glad to heatat your endAnd , who knows-we may mmet?I’m thinking going myself to RG this year ( also one of my clients is big French TV producer and she can get me a tickets. without a problem-even for a final !).But, we will see-things change all the time;;;
I’m off now to have a lunch witha good Scotish friend and get ready to insult Sir Murray ( he is a big fan of Murray-constantly text me when Novak looses the match..).Have a nice day and speak during AO


J.S. Says:

J-KATH
OH NO what was nephew thinking, shame on him, haha!!!! Maybe you can do both, it seems doable? I really wanted to go to that tourney but heading back to America in May. So had to settle for Monte Carlo and Rotterdam.
Maybe nephews wedding will be slipped to “may not happen category” LOL

Did you see Rafa’s interview today, he seems back to the old Rafa!! :)


Okiegal Says:

@Courbon…..Doing rather well and always glad to have you popping in on TX and checking in with us. I am ready for Rafa to be back…..hopefully with a healthier wrist. As a matter of fact I am watching a replay of the Fast 4 with him and Nick…..fun time. Glad you and yours are doing good. Take care……..

@AM my FB account is back on go…..don’t know what happened……but all is well now! Glad you are OK!

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸŽΎπŸŽΎπŸŽΎπŸŽΎ


AndyMira Says:

Hey okie…Yay!!Now we can continue our chat on FB..Btw..how r u?Hope you can watch Rafa play tomorrow…And we can destroy M’s sofa like usual!He he..


courbon Says:

Okiegal: Very happy to hear that.Maybe, I’m repating myself, but a couple of montha ago, I meet French player that was training with Rafa ocassionally ,last couple of years, and he said too me that you could not meet nicer guy.gentel, funny, respectfull…there you go-you are supporting cool guy.
Good luck with Rafa and will speak next two weeks ( I have to work right now )


Okiegal Says:

Hi Mira…..I’m doing good! What time is his match there and then I can figure out what my time will be…..Aussie Open confuses me…..I sometimes forget about Aussie time is a day ahead of US time…..help me out GIRL!!


Okiegal Says:

Hi Courbon….Thanks for that tidbit of info……that is good to hear about my favorite…..yep I do love to hear the Good stuff about Rafa! Don’t stay away from the forum too long……you are always missed…..now get to work, young man!!


AndyMira Says:

@Okie…Don’t worry ma’am..as soon as u wake up tomorrow,u will find rafa’s schedule on your door step..complete with a flowers and flying kiss from rafa!Awwwwww,VAMOS Okie!!


courbon Says:

Young man? Very polite of you…(-:
5 working and ocasionally peaking at the phone )


Okiegal Says:

Thanks AM I will be waiting……

You are young aren’t you…….going by your children’s ages????? But i am polite…..most of the time…..lol!


Okiegal Says:

Took sleep aid tonight…..feeling woozy…..2:30…..bedtime for this old girl!!


AndyMira Says:

No prob okie…

Btw,i’m young too u know..i’m just celebrate my 16th birthday 30 years ago!Not fair to only praised Courbon for his young age!


Willow Says:

Courbon did you look at my link ? ;-) ….


courbon Says:

Hi Willow, yes, just seen it now.Great song but little bit sick of it-overplayed over the years.Apart from hard rock classic that Zep done it ( immigration song, black mountain…etc ) , I love particulary Kashmir, Since I’v been loving you…Anyway, you do not see many bans like that these days-9 Albums-9 great albums…Pure rock, no bullshit,no commercial tendencies( even if became because of quality ), sex, drugs…and they bought the house of Alister Crowley! Whats not to like?
P.S. I think I’v done lots of speeling and grammatic mistakes-Margot will uprehand me in the minute…


Willow Says:

Courbon lol, since ive been loving you, had no idea you felt that way about me, but i am a fan of free loving and all that ;-) ….


Willow Says:

Courbon its nice your so nice about Rafa, but being nice will not win him matches, titles, GS etc, to hell with nice, probably becoming too bloody nice lol ….


courbon Says:

Cheeky Willow…watch it-my wife probably reads my posts and you do not want angry Marseilles girl visiting you…
I think you can be nice off the court and agressive on the court-Samprass for example and many others.


Margot Says:

Dearie me Courbon, where to start?
πŸ˜žπŸ˜‡πŸ™‹


Willow Says:

LOL Courbon and Mr Willow ;-) ….


RZ Says:

Hello Courbon, where have you been? We’ve missed our chocolatine. :-)
I am going to brave the USA without trying to hide in your yurt or behind Margot’s sofa. I think I will make it considering that I live in La La Land, so we have a bit more liberal padding here.

Okie, we haven’t given up on you! We’ll see you on a racket bracket one of these days.


Willow Says:

RZ LALALAND is my bracket picking username ;-) ….


RZ Says:

@Willow – I thought of that!


Willow Says:

RZ ;-) ….


Willow Says:

It seems like our Courbon, has quite a fan club with the ladies on this forum, head and shoulders IMO the best male poster on this forum ;-) ….


AndyMira Says:

@RZ…Obviously i would love for you to go to Oaklahoma and make Okie enter the Bracket yourself!That’s the only way..i’m sure if she knew how fun it would be,she will whine to you and jalep to make a Bracket challenge every week!


Willow Says:

Courbon thats true, and even though i dont care for her as a player i much prefer the Sharapova type of attitude, of im not in this to make friends, im in this to win matches and titles, nobody got successful by being nice, and i would prefer my two favorites, not to be so friendly with their rivals, hugs and kisses after matches urgh, buisness like handshakes are more than enough ….


courbon Says:

Willow-You keep stirring don’t you?
I wish I was popular in real life like that!
I get you about nice guy attitude…I dont have preference, personally, as long as they play great.

RZ-Hi there, sorry for late reply-just noticed your post.
Firstly, I rarely buy chocolatine because my kids just discovered the donuts…You live in France, they want donuts, you live in USA, you want pain au chocolate…
Ok, I’m taking my yuth down..no point anymore.
Is La La Land any good as a movie? ( I like jazz and that actress, so? )
West or east coast? ( where you live )
I’m never sure who’s your favorite-who you like most of Big 4-Fed, right?
i think that’s enough questions for time being…(-:


Willow Says:

Courbon nah im harmless really ;-)


Okiegal Says:

@RZ……bracket challenge???? I might one of these days…..Mira has been after me……

Courbon….I’m sure your wife, deep down in her soul is tickled pink her hubby is loved by the TX girls! She would love me I’m sure…..who doesn’t love their grandmother?? She doesn’t have to worry about Willow either……she hugs trees……with the exceed of Mr. Jackman….right Alison?? Lol

I haven’t seen La La Land…..hasn’t shown up in my fair city yet…..


Okiegal Says:

^^^^ stupid spell check…..should say with the exception of Mr. Jackman………


Willow Says:

LOL Too right Okie, i even wished Mr Jackman a happy new year on FB (AHEM), got to say hes the only real rival to Mr Willow (Clive) …. ;-)


BBB Says:

Thank you Courbon! What a nice thing to say.


Okiegal Says:

@Willow…..I had to throw Hugh in there amongst the trees! 🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳 lol!


J-Kath Says:

J.S.

Sorri – a bit late in replying – did not see Rafa interview was deeply immersed with my Computer guru. Glad Rafa is bringing smiles with his performances.

All to play for now.

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