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Battle Of The Brits: Will Andy Murray’s Participation Affect Australian Open 2021?

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In a few days, Andy Murray will be one of the participants of the third ‘Battle of the Brits’ exhibition. The other players will be his brother Jamie, Dan Evans, Heather Watson, Cameron Norrie, and Harriet Dart.

 

The tournament, meant to be a warm-up for next year’s Australian Open will have the same surface and balls as the Melbourne event.

It will be located at Britain’s Nation Tennis Centre in London and designed to help British players be more prepared for the first grand slam of the year.

“All players were keen…to test themselves before the season begins,” Jamie Murray had commented on the pre-season warm-up.

But some players will have a bigger test than others and Andy Murray especially wants to make sure he is not only mentally ready but physically competent when the tour starts.

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The two hip surgeries have taken their toll on the Brit who in his career has accomplished over 40 titles and knows that it’s a push to think he’ll be his usual playing self as a couple of years ago.

He did win a doubles title last year at Queen’s with Feliciano Lopez. A few months later he won the ATP 250 singles title at Antwerp, his first since 3 years ago.

Murray felt great on winning the back-to-back crowns within a year but he just has to see how things go in the slow climb to being more consistent with the tough competition the ATP tour has to offer.

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The obstacles are greater now that the Pandemic is here quarantines frequent testing and living ‘in a bubble’ have to be instituted to stop the chance of the tennis community not being infected with the virus.

Murray’s time when the tour resumed in New York with the Cincinnati Masters, then the U.S. pen were tests of his mental and physical stamina.

He played the two slams but in the U.S. Open he bowed at the second round in straight 3 sets to Felix Auger-Aliassime.

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It was at the French Open he’d go down in three sets in the first round to Stan Wawrinka. Traveling to Germany for the Bett1HULKS Indoor, Murray was defeated in the opening match by Fernando Verdasco in straight sets, a record that the Spaniard has never had the dominant hand when playing Murray.

Greg Rusedski former player now media correspondent would love to see the Brit capture another title and even a slam but says that “You have to raise your level for every next clash…I’m not sure Andy can do that… Still, you’ve got to give him credit for a fantastic career and everything he has achieved.”

A fellow Brit, Tim Henman was realistic enough saying that “Andy has had an incredibly difficult last three years…

There were signs of improvements and then he had another little setback. He…has to build up his strength and stamina and hopefully compete consistently.”

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Andy Murray may just want to consider the ‘Battle of the Brits’ not a fight at all, but just a contest with his fellow comrades having fun but along the way seeing what he can do and how his body will hold up with some competition on a less stressful atmosphere.

Murray knows how it feels to go the distance and win titles but maybe for now he’d rather just have a gentle play with his mates, but keep in perspective on how the results turned out.

Andy Murray tries to get real with himself and sums it up saying “I need to play matches and physically I need to get better.”

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Roger Federer admits he used to get his two sets of twins mixed up and we don’t blame him

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The tennis ace admitted to on Vogue’s 73 Questions that he used to have nightmares trying to tell his twins apart. Roger admitted he would sometimes get them mixed up: ‘I used to sometimes if I couldn’t see their face right away. ‘But no, nowadays I’m a pro. Of course, I can tell them apart.’

Roger and his wife, Mirka Federer, have a set of nine-year-old twin girls, Myla and Charlene Federer, and five-year-old twin boys, Lenny and Leo Federer.

We can’t imagine how hard it is to juggle four kids (especially as both the boys and the girls look alike) as well as being one of the world’s best tennis players, but Roger credits his kids with teaching him to slow down. When asked what he’s learned from being a parent, he revealed: ‘patience and snuggling again’. N’aww.

He added that he wants to teach them ‘everything I know and more’, and admits all of his children already play tennis – so there could be a few more Federers at Wimbledon in the future.

Roger, who’s currently not competing, started the sport at eight years old, so it looks like his kids are already getting a head start on their dad by taking up tennis even earlier.

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‘Embarrassing’: Shock Rafa Nadal call exposes sad tennis reality

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Nadal announced on Thursday that he had pulled out of the Rotterdam Open due to the back injury.

The 20-time grand slam champ has been struggling with the issue for some time after he was forced to skip Spain’s ATP Cup ties in Melbourne earlier this month.

But reports suggest Nadal will also withdraw from Acapulco, where he is the defending champion, which led to reports the competition was unable to match his appearance fee.

Tennis writer Ben Rothenberg claimed Nadal’s appearance fee could be anywhere in the vicinity of $US 1 million.

This opened up the debate on the Big Three’s – Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic – pulling power and the money at the top of the game.

Some fans suggested it was “embarrassing” if certain players were so money motivated.

Rothenberg also suggested a lower ranked player could be concerned if prize money – due to the coronavirus pandemic – is dropping quicker than the appearance fees of top players.

Sports Illustrated reporter Jon Wertheim suggested more players could be pulling out of tournaments in the future if prize money doesn’t fancy them during these difficult times.

Therefore it is normal for a top player to be paid for an appearance.

The debate made headlines, back in 2019, when Eurosport commentators discussed Federer’s fee.

They reported Federer can demand up to 1 million Euros.Nadal takes time off for back injury
“It is with great sadness that I have to forfeit from Rotterdam,” Nadal said in a statement on Thursday.

“As most of the fans know, I suffered some back problems in Australia that started in Adelaide and continued during Melbourne.

“We found a temporary solution that allowed me to play without pain in the second week of the tournament.

“Once I got back to Spain I visited my doctor and together with my team they’ve advised not to play this upcoming week.

“I was really looking forward to coming back to Rotterdam and The Netherlands since it’s been a while (since) I played there.”

Fans were left gutted by the news, wishing Nadal a speedy recovery on social media.

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