Not too many individuals affiliate Miami – the town of lengthy seashores and longer nights – with laborious work. Andy Murray is perhaps an exception.
Murray was born in Scotland and has travelled to cities all all over the world throughout his profession, however Miami is the place a lot of the magic occurred. It’s the place he spent his winters for a number of years, going by means of gruelling coaching camps in a bid to be at peak health for the brand new season.
It’s the place he purchased an condominium, which he bought in 2017, and the place, in 2012, he invited reporters to come back and expertise a number of days of his intense conditioning programme, underneath the eyes of health coach Jez Inexperienced and coach Ivan Lendl. It’s the place he invited a number of different British gamers to hitch him for coaching blocks and the place he was in 2013 and 2016 when he accepted the BBC Sports activities Character of the 12 months award.
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Miami has been integral to Murray’s success – however did it additionally play a component in his downfall over the previous few years?
It was his former coach Brad Gilbert who first inspired him to spend his winters in Miami, and his laborious work there earned him loads of plaudits.
Leon Smith, former head of males’s and girls’s tennis on the Garden Tennis Affiliation, stated that Murray was serving to to “change the tradition” of British tennis by inviting gamers and coaches over with him. Former world No 1 Andy Roddick stated he “revered” Murray for the trouble he was placing in over the low season.
“It simply appears that over time he grew to become an increasing number of motivated, maybe due to the pressures that have been placed on him,” Roddick stated. “He nearly took it the opposite means and ratcheted it up and labored tougher. That’s one thing you respect.”
Murray’s work in Miami was fuelled by a want to get to the very prime of the sport.
Andy Murray on the seashore in Miami
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“It is an awesome place to coach and put together as a result of the circumstances are a few of the hardest on the Tour because it’s extraordinarily sizzling and humid,” he defined in 2013. “So whenever you go and play in Europe afterwards it would not really feel as dangerous.”
The invite to journalists a number of months earlier was to show simply how laborious he was working – how laborious he had to work to try to preserve tempo with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
“The explanation for the invitation dates again to some robust questions in press conferences by means of the years after some troublesome losses,” he defined on the 2013 Australian Open. “I used to be at all times being requested whether or not I used to be doing sufficient to turn out to be a Grand Slam winner, when it was going to occur or if I’d take into account approaching issues a distinct means.”
The 12-hour days and runs up and down South Seashore paid off for Murray as he received three Grand Slam titles and two Olympic gold medals. However, in the long run, did he put in too a lot work?
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Trying again on 2016, when he arrived in Rio for the Olympics, Murray stated he “could not cease” coaching. “The competitor in me wished to compete.” That very same summer time, Nadal’s former coach, Toni Nadal, reportedly noticed Murray coaching and requested: “What are you doing there? You are going to kill your self. You’re employed too laborious.”
In 2019, Murray admitted that perhaps much less may need been extra.
“I do know that I did give my greatest to the game. I attempted as laborious as I might. I practised laborious. I skilled laborious, in all probability too laborious at sure phases in my profession. That was one thing that I’d change and do in another way if I might return.
“It is vital to arrange effectively and prepare laborious. However you do not have to coach 4 to 5 hours off the sector day by day or run three to 4 instances on a observe as an addition to tennis coaching.”
It’s seemingly that the strain on Murray to maintain up with Federer, Nadal and Djokovic performed a giant half in his gruelling low season work. However after seeing a lot success come out of his time in Miami, it was additionally the place he first realised that his profession is perhaps coming to an finish.
Coaching with Fernando Verdasco in December 2018, Murray was battling ache in his hip and instructed his crew later that day he would “really feel lots higher” if he give up.
“We have been in items, absolute bits,” Murray’s energy and conditioning coach Matt Little instructed The Guardian. “Myself, Jamie [Murray] and Shane [Annun, Murray’s physio], there have been a variety of tears in that locker room. We didn’t go away for some time.”
Two years later, Murray remains to be enjoying, though he’s all the way down to No 118 on the planet after battling again from hip surgical procedure and solely has one ATP Tour win to his title this season.
He stated forward of his return to Miami that he feels “snug” within the ‘Magic Metropolis’. However how a lot has the town taken out of him? And the way a lot magic does he have left?
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