Murray Hires Lendl as Coach; Serena Williams Doesn’t Love Tennis — The Friday Five

by Maud Watson

Key to Victory

One of the biggest stories going into the 2012 season was that Andy Murray has finally ended his search for a coach. In his decision to hire tennis great Ivan Lendl, Murray may have just found the missing piece to his success at the majors. Lendl has a personality that should jive well with Murray’s. He also is less likely to put up with the Scot’s on-court tirades, which will hopefully help Murray do a quicker job of righting the ship when things aren’t going well during a match. But perhaps most importantly, Lendl himself fell at the final hurdle of a major on multiple occasions before finally claiming that elusive first Slam title. That’s invaluable experience he can pass along to his new charge, which might assist Murray in becoming mentally tougher at the biggest moments. For sure, Murray is still facing an uphill battle given the quality of the top three players, but he’s shown he has the game to beat each of them. With hard work and a little luck, Lendl might make 2012 Murray’s year.

Discouraging Words

Not surprisingly, Serena Williams is making headlines straight out of the gates with her controversial comments. Before Brisbane even got underway, the younger Williams stated again, lest there be any doubters, that she saw no reason to feel bad about her behavior at the US Open. Was anyone really expecting an admission of guilt or an apology? Then a few days later, she says she doesn’t love tennis – in fact, never loved sports and is unsure how she became an athlete in the first place – hates working out, and is planning on scaling back her schedule. Many people excel at jobs that they don’t love, so on the one hand, it’s hard to fault Serena for that particular sentiment. On the other hand, she does have a high profile job that puts her in the unique position of a supposed role model, so it’s also understandable that many fans and pundits would find her comments both disappointing and frustrating. The comments also represent a complete 180 from the woman who was crying after her first-round win at Wimbledon, talking about how much it meant to be out there on the court. But the biggest eye roll has to go to the laughable statement about scaling back her schedule. Scale it back to what? In recent years (and many would argue even when she first came on the tour), she’s never bothered to put forth the effort to play a truly full schedule, even when healthy. It’s just one more example of how Serena views this as her world, and we’re all living in it. Sadly, whether you love her or hate her for it, it’s that very attitude that unfortunately more often than not makes her good for the game.

All for Naught?

Injuries are no joking matter, so I won’t go as far as some have to call it karma for her pre-Brisbane comments. But whatever you believe the cause, the fact is that Serena Williams sprained her ankle in her second round match in Brisbane, leaving her Aussie Open participation in doubt. Williams normally sports an ankle brace, which she admitted she absent-mindedly neglected to wear. She did, however, still manage to finish the match and has only said that she probably shouldn’t be playing on it, meaning there’s no way to know just how serious the injury really is. But majors are one of the few events that Serena bothers to get up for, and it’s doubtful she’ll want that long trip to the Land Down Under to go to waste. Expect her to actually put 100% effort into being ready to go in another week.

Injury Saga Continues

Another high profile player who announced he’s dealing with an injury is Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard says he’s still suffering from the shoulder issues that plagued him in London, and the heavier racquet he’s switched to probably isn’t helping the cause, at least in the short run. It’s a bit of a head scratcher that he wouldn’t modify his schedule to allow more recuperation time by skipping Abu Dhabi, or even getting his 2012 campaign started a week later by entering Auckland or Sydney, but he is a creature of habit. The good news for his fans is that even though he plans to take February off to rest the shoulder, he historically plays little tennis then anyway, so the post-Aussie hiatus shouldn’t negatively impact him. Additionally, he appears to be finding his groove in Doha. Don’t be surprised if he posts a deep run in Melbourne and expect him to be firing on all cylinders come March.

Business as Usual

It’s dangerous to put too much stock in an exhibition, even if it’s one of the exhibitions in which the players are more apt put forth a greater effort. But after pulling through a dicey match against Gael Monfils in his opening round, Novak Djokovic looked back to his winning form, absolutely demolishing Federer and Ferrer en route to the title in Abu Dhabi. Those wins should assist the Serb in burying some of the bad memories that came at the end of last season, as he prepares to back up his phenomenal 2011 and see where he stacks up against his two fiercest rivals in 2012.

18 Responses to Murray Hires Lendl as Coach; Serena Williams Doesn’t Love Tennis — The Friday Five

  • I just want to tell you that I am newbie to blogging and actually savored you’re blog. More than likely I’m want to bookmark your blog post . You amazingly have great articles. Bless you for sharing with us your blog.

  • are speaking says:

    I just want to tell you that I am just very new to blogging and certainly savored this page. Probably I’m planning to bookmark your blog . You certainly come with great posts. Appreciate it for sharing your blog.

  • click here! says:

    I just want to tell you that I am just newbie to blogging and site-building and actually liked you’re web site. Very likely I’m planning to bookmark your site . You really have very good article content. Thanks for sharing your website.

  • Yesterday, while I was at work, my sister stole my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a forty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is totally off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  • CDK Geomatics provides our clients with a complete spectrum of integrated land surveying and consulting services. Throughout our history, we’ve worked to provide our customers with a level of comfort, service and trust that exceeds their expectations.

  • Hi, i believe that i saw you visited my blog so i got here to
    return the choose?.I am attempting to to find issues to enhance my site!I assume its ok to make use of some
    of your ideas!!

  • If it has proper design and maintenance, your wooden chair can definitely add
    some beauty to your office space. For these people, big and tall office chairs
    are the ideal choice for their desks. There are
    a number of advantages to using modular stations and panel systems.

  • The very best Nootropics also prevent the existence of cancer cells.

    Also visit my web site … how the brain works

  • It’s nearly impossible to find experienced people on this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about!
    Thanks

  • best weight says:

    Unquestionably believe that which you stated.
    Your favourite justification seemed to be on the internet the simplest thing to understand of.
    I say to you, I definitely get irked whilst folks consider concerns that they
    just do not recognize about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the highest and outlined out the whole thing with no need side-effects , people can take a signal.

    Will likely be again to get more. Thank you

  • porn says:

    I think this is a real great article.Much thanks again. Fantastic.

  • web links says:

    When I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Thanks!

  • Testerect says:

    I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your website.
    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come
    here and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to create your
    theme? Outstanding work!

  • I feel this is among the so much important information for me.
    And i am glad reading your article. However want to observation on few normal things, The site taste is great,
    the articles is actually nice : D. Excellent process, cheers

  • Heya i’m for the first time here. I found this board and I
    find It really useful & it helped me out much.
    I hope to give something back and aid others like you helped me.

    Look into my web site Comprar Botas Ugg Imitacion

  • Wow, great post. Keep writing.

  • Muchos Gracias for your article post. Fantastic.

  • Telefonbog says:

    Really appreciate you sharing this post. Much obliged.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


three × = 21

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>