Andy Murray is going to be one of the 8 players that will participate in the tour finals in the United Kingdom next month.
Murray was not looking like making it to that event a few months back as he was having a troublesome time on the tour and he had gone down pretty low in the world rankings. At one point of time, he was not even in top 10.
But, with a couple of title wins, the Scot pushed himself up and now, he is very close to displacing the Swiss player Stanislas Wawrinka from the 4th position.
However, for that, he will have to beat the no. 1 player in the World Novak Djokovic in the Round of 8 in the ongoing BNP Paribas Open tomorrow and then, will have to win that tournament which will not be easy for him despite the purple patch that he is having right now.
In the press conference ahead of his upcoming clash against Djokovic, when Murray was asked about the chances of him getting to no. 4 in the rankings, he said, “A lot of people asked me this year if it’s possible for me now to get there in top 4 again ever in my career. So, I would be really happy if I am able to do that.”
“As far as Stan is concerned, the kind of tennis he has played this year, he obviously deserves that ranking. If I have to leave him behind or Rafa or even Novak for that matter, I will have to be in the form of my life.”
The highest ranking that Murray has achieved thus far in his career is 2. He had achieved that towards the end of the 2009 season.
Mary Pierce’s countryman, Gael Monfils, has taken his name back from the Citi Open which is going to start from tomorrow in Washington. The reason behind it is believed to be his knee injury.
The injuries have made Monfils withdraw himself from quite a few tournaments in the ongoing season.
He had not taken part in a couple of events in the first quarter of the season because of his ankle problem and now, because of his knee problem, he has withdrawn from two more tournaments this month i.e. the Atlanta Open and the Citi Open.
Monfils has not played any match since his exit from the Wimbledon Championships. His journey at the All England Club had ended in the second round only as he had been knocked out by Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic.
Monfils had done alright in the French Open though qualifying for the Round of 8.
The Frenchman gave his all in the quarter finals as well at Roland Garros, but, his effort didn’t prove to be good enough for Andy Murray who managed to defeat him in 5 sets to make it to the semis.
The Citi Open is considered to be a fantastic warm up tournament ahead of the US Open. So, Monfils would be gutted to be missing it. But, he has got no option really. It would not have been wise on his part to risk the injury.
Monfils, who was in top 10 in the official ATP rankings in 2011, is presently ranked 21st in the world. He is third among the French players behind Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Monfils hasn’t had a Grand Slam glory under his name so far. He had reached the Round of 4 in the 2008 French Open and that’s his best performance in a slam till date.
The topic which is being discussed in the British media quite frequently these days is the future of Andy Murray-Amelie Mauresmo relationship as player-coach. Whether the Scot should part ways with the 35-year old former French player or he should trust her and give her a long contract extension, everybody seems to have an opinion on this.
Some are saying that it’s unfair to blame Mauresmo for what has happened with Murray in the recent tournaments as she just hasn’t had enough time to work on the game of the player.
The other section believes that the she is just not good enough for the post that has been given to her.
Murray was not short of options when he was searching for a new coach, but, he opted for Mauresmo because he thought that the Frenchwoman would help him improve on the mental front. That’s what he had said in one of his interviews.
Let’s see how strong a person Mauresmo was mentally during her playing days. She played professional tennis for about 15 years and during that period; she just lifted two slam trophies. Now, the skills that she had had; it is not a good number at all. She should have won a lot more, but, she couldn’t and that’s due to her not so good temperament. She herself used to have confidence problem when she was active as a player. So, how did Murray trust her to get him better temperamentally? That’s an important question.
Mauresmo does have helped some players in the recent times, but, helping players and being a player’s permanent coach are two different things especially when the player is of the stature of Murray.
If Mauresmo continues, she can still have a successful stint with Murray. Nobody knows. But, the possibility of that happening is less, that’s for sure