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Andy Murray: “That there's a big difference between playing indoors and outdoors. It changes the way the court play”

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TENNIS WIMBLEDON 2014 – 30th of June. A. Murray d. K. Anderson 6-4, 6-3, 7-6. An interview with Andy Murray

 

Q. You mentioned in your TV interview, you said you played well outdoors, and when it went indoors you kind of fell back a bit. Could you expand on that, what the difference is with the roof?

ANDY MURRAY: Well, obviously everything was going my way when we stopped, and then, yeah, it’s different conditions. I mean, most players will tell you that there’s a big difference between playing indoors and outdoors. It changes the way the court plays.

And, yeah, that was it. He started hitting the ball cleaner. I started off a bit tentative when we came back out.

But, you know, I still did well. I still created loads of chances, a lot of opportunities in the third set, and just couldn’t quite get them.

But, I mean, I still played pretty well under the roof. I was just a little bit more tentative and he was going for his shots a little bit more, was maybe feeling – you know, when there’s no wind, it was drizzling a little bit for like 20, 30 minutes before we stopped, he was maybe a bit more comfortable under his feet as well when he was moving. Maybe that was it.

 

Q. With the roof, were you given an explanation why the match started with the roof open when there was rain coming?

ANDY MURRAY: Well, they should always try to play with the roof open because it’s an outdoor event. I think we need to give the players the opportunity to play outdoors as long as possible.

Yeah, when it does rain, you know, it’s going to be there for a while. Yeah, they obviously need to close it.

But, I mean, we played for, what, 1 hour and 20 minutes or 30 minutes outdoors. It wasn’t like it was just five or ten minutes.

 

Q. How happy are you with your performance?

ANDY MURRAY: I don’t mark myself. I was just happy that I won the match. I was a bit disappointed with how I started under the roof. The beginning, like I said, I was a little bit tentative. Apart from that, that sort of three or four games when we came back out, I played well.

I created many chances, gave him a few opportunities. That’s what you need to do on grass court tennis. You don’t always break. But if you keep putting them under enough pressure, you’re going to get through in the end.

 

Q. When you went off court, I presume you spoke with Amélie, what were the logistics of that? Did you have a chat in the corridor?

ANDY MURRAY: I’ve been asked that question quite a lot about the locker room. On the women’s tour, there’s literally no female coaches, so they have to deal with those things every single day.

I went in, I showered, I got changed. Then went outside the locker room and chatted with Danny and Amélie five steps from the door to the locker room. That was it.

 

Q. Sir Alex was in the Royal Box today. Have you had a chance to see him? How much contact do you have with him generally?

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, sent a message to each other at various times during the year. I chatted to him for a few minutes after the match. Not for long, but just immediately when I came off the court, I had a little chat to him.

Yeah, we stay in contact throughout the year.

 

Q. You mentioned you talked to Alex Ferguson. Last year you mentioned gold dust from him. Without giving away any secrets, did he tell you anything today you might use further on in the tournament?

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, I mean, we chat about a lot of things. We talked about my match today, spoke about football, World Cup a little bit. Then, yeah, he just said a few things, what he’s observed when he’s been watching me, not necessarily about technical or tactical things, but more sort of mental things, how you respond to tough or tight situations.

Yeah, I mean, obviously you’re going to listen to someone like him. He’s witnessed a lot of big sort of tight sporting occasions. He obviously knows his stuff.

 

Q. You play Dimitrov next, who is not a top-10 guy but has gotten a lot of attention. When you see someone getting this sort of buildup before they have a major breakthrough, what do you think? Can it be harmful to them or does it just encourage them?

ANDY MURRAY: I think everyone deals with those things differently. I think maybe right at the beginning of his career it was hard for him because everyone was comparing him to Federer. That’s impossible to live up to what Roger’s achieved.

You know, maybe no one again will ever win that many slams. I know Rafa’s got a shot, but it’s going to take a while I think before someone wins 18, 19 majors again. So that could have been tough for him at the beginning of his career.

But now he’s starting to come into his prime. He’s won a lot of matches this year. You know, he’s a tough player. Will be a hard match for me.

 

Q. Your reading of what Kevin Anderson was going to do today really stood out. Was that luck or was there a bit more, a sixth sense in reading what he’s going to do?

ANDY MURRAY: Well, yeah, I mean, I guess, you know, anticipation is – yeah, a bit of it’s guessing, but a bit of it is just sort of being educated in a way that you can see certain movements that they’re making just before they hit the shot and almost thinking what they’re thinking, as well, in that little split second that you have to make a decision which side to go.

But, yeah, that’s just part of defending in the game. Anticipation is very important. It’s something I’ve done well since I was a kid.

 

Q. Back to Dimitrov, what changes have you seen in him since he took up with Roger Rasheed?

ANDY MURRAY: I mean, he’s a more mature player now, I think. He makes better decisions on the court than he used to. I mean, watching him play, his strokes and stuff, technically he hasn’t made many changes to his game.

But he’s playing higher-percentage tennis, making better decisions. That adds up to winning many more matches.

So he can obviously hit a lot of different shots. He has a lot of variety in his game. Sometimes it takes time to know how to use that properly. He’s starting to do that now.

 

Q. How big a step up do you think Grigor is from what you’ve faced so far?

ANDY MURRAY: It’s a step up because it’s one round further, and the guys that are in the quarterfinals are going to be playing top tennis. He obviously won Queen’s a couple weeks ago. He likes the grass courts.

Yeah, it’s a big opportunity for him, as well, playing on the Centre Court, the courts at Wimbledon for the first time.

Yeah, it’s a great opportunity for him. Hopefully we can play a good match.

 

Q. What are your thoughts on the idea of a timer for the time in between points? Do you think that could possibly be something that would be embraced by the players and be helpful?

ANDY MURRAY: I think it’s the only way to go, to be honest, because how are you supposed to know as a player how long 20 seconds is or 25 seconds between a point?

When I’m playing, it’s not something I’m ever thinking about, how long I’m taking between the point. Then sometimes if you’re playing too slow, the umpire tells you at the change of ends. You ask him, How slow am I going? He said, Two or three seconds.

Obviously we’ve been playing a lot of tennis matches, so we have an understanding of, you know, when we’re kind of going over the limits or not. But you don’t know when it’s 4-All in the fifth set of a match, you played a 30-shot rally, you’re not counting in your head 20 seconds. You’re thinking about tactics or what you’re going to do on the next point.

When you get a warning or a player gets a warning, at that stage you can understand when they’re frustrated because they don’t know how long they’ve taken. If it’s right there for everyone to see, then there’s no arguing from the player’s side.

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Novak Djokovic On Why He Didn’t Post Details Of Lockdown Training

The Serbian tennis star has shed some light on his recent training routines as he outlines plans for a Balkan tennis tour.

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World No.1 Novak Djokovic has been training almost daily since the world of tennis came to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic but opted to keep his activities out of the limelight to avoid any potential backlash from fellow players.

 

The ATP Tour has been suspended since March due to the Pandemic with officials hoping to restart the sport in some capacity during the summer ahead of the US Open. Nevertheless Djokovic, who started 2020 by winning 18 matches in a row, has been able to continue practicing in Marbella. He and his family were staying in a house located next to a tennis court.

Speaking with Serbian reports on Monday, the 17-time grand slam champion admitted that he didn’t want to ‘anger’ others by posting updates on social media of him training. Showing that he has been able to stay active more than other players during the lockdown.

“I had the opportunity to train almost every day during coronavirus because we stayed in a house next to a tennis court. I played a lot of tennis on a hard surface, but I didn’t upload anything on the net so as not to anger other players,” he told The Telegraf.
“I started recently on clay, I had two training sessions here, I feel good physically. I was quite active, I followed my program. Of course, the intensity decreases because I was not preparing for tournaments.”

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With uncertainty surrounding when the Tour may start again, numerous countries have created their own domestic tournaments. In Djokovic’s case, he is the founder of his own event that will be played across the Balkan region. The Adria Tour is set to take place between June and July with three top 20 players set to participate. Besides Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov are also taking part.

“I started the whole idea of ​​the project and I communicate every day with TSS (Serbian Tennis Federation) and the company that organizes all this,” said Djokovic.
“The current international competitions, ITF and ATP will not happen before the first of August, and even that is uncertain. Afterwards, I will have time again if things resume on a hard surface in America, because I will have a month to prepare for the continuation of the season.”

Should it all go to plan, the clay-court tournament is set to be played in Belgrade (Serbia), Zadar (Croatia), Montenegro and Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Although it has been confirmed that the locations of the Bosnian and Montenegrin events are still not fully confirmed with the possibility of Sarajevo hosting one leg of the tour. Sarajevo hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics.

Prior to the Tour suspension, Djokovic was unbeaten in 2020. He started the season by winning three consecutive titles at the ATP Cup, Australian Open and Dubai Tennis Championships. Those triumphs enabled him to earn prize money of $4,410,541. He also earned just over $70,000 from playing doubles so far this year.

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Nikoloz Basilashvili Domestic Abuse Case: Extraordinary Claims Emerge From Both Sides

One journalist says she has ‘inside knowledge’ that the tennis pro has a history of domestic abuse, but his family has issued a statement claiming the accuser has a record of making false allegations.

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On what has been a dramatic day for tennis star Nikoloz Basilashvili, his family has now issued a statement in which they have made a series of allegations against his ex-wife.

 

The world No.27 was arrested on May 22nd over allegations that he ‘physically attacked’ Neli Dorokashvili during a confrontation on the outskirts of Tbilisi. Prosecutors have launched charges against him under the article ‘Domestic violence in the presence of a minor against a member of his family.’ Officials have confirmed that the alleged incident took part in front of their son.

After his initial hearing on Sunday, Basilashvili denied any wrongdoing and paid for a bail. His lawyer, Irma Tchkadua, has said that there is ‘no evidence’ in this case. However The Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia is demanding a pre-trial detention of the 28-year-old.

In a new twist to the case, Basilashvili’s family has now issued a statement to news agency IPN in which they have accused Dorokashvili of deliberately making false allegations. Claiming she has made similar claims in the past in order to damage the reputation of the tennis star. Revealing that Basilashvili’s mother, Natalia, have previously faced child abuse accusations.

“We want to respond to the allegations made against Nikoloz and our family today,” the statement begins.
“First of all, we want to apologize to the fans for the false allegations. We declare with full responsibility that the information about violence is not true and there is no evidence that would prove any violent action.’
“It is not happening for the first time that Neli Dorokashvili, Nikoloz’s ex-wife, is trying to inflict moral, financial and reputation damage on Nikoloz and his family’
“After the divorce, Neli Dorokashvili sued Nikoloz Basilashvili’s mother about child abuse. The court considered the complaint and acquitted Basilashvili’s mother.”

Touching on the incident that is alleged to have taken place, the Basilashvili family has said that Dorokashvili broke into the property and tried to start a fight. However, the family statement didn’t address reports that Nodar Basilashvili, who introduced his son to tennis at the age of five, was issued with a restraining order.

“As for the May 21 incident, Neli Dorokashvili broke into the property of the parents of Nikoloz Basilashvili without permission, where she deliberately tried to provoke a conflict. Nevertheless, there was no any violent action against her, not even an attempt. Fortunately, there is evidence for this and the court will consider it on July 16, 2020,” the family insists.
“The trial continues. We believe that Nikoloz will prove his innocence very soon.”

The claims made by a journalist

Despite the calls to dismiss the case, one Georgian journalist has made an extraordinary claim in which she said that Basilashvili has a history of domestic abuse. Magda Kldiashvili, who is the former editor-in-chief of goal.ge, has claimed that the two have been separated for some time and there was a contract drawn up in which he has to pay his ex-wife 100,000 Georgian Lari per month. Their contract is said to be kept confidential according to the journalist. Furthermore, Kldiashvili claims the argument between the two started when Dorokashvili asked for her monthly payment to be increased from 100,000 to 300,000 Lari.

“I have behind-the-scenes information that Nikoloz Basilashvili has been abusing his wife for many years and they have been separated for many years,newsreport.ge quoted Kldiashvili as writing on Facebook.
“Neli Dorokashvili had a formal contract with her husband, according to which Basilashvili paid her one hundred thousand GEL every month. Basilashvili saw the child with the permission of a social worker and rarely!”

‘It might have been an axe’

The Recorder is one of the first news outlets to obtain a testimony from Dorokashvili herself on the incident. Contradicting a comment previously made by Kldiashvili, she said she has no idea as to why the alleged confrontation occurred. Although she claims that she was chased after by Basilashvili’s father Nodar who was holding what she ‘thought was an axe’ but is unsure.

“The reason for the controversy is still unclear to me, I just went to fetch my son,” Kldiashvili told The Recorder.
“An examination (investigation) has been conducted and is still ongoing. I was not expecting (him) to be released on bail.’
“At my sight, when I visited my son, I don’t know what happened, he (Nodar) was drunk or what he needed, I don’t know, he and his son chased me with some weapons.”
I can’t confirm what it was, because it had some big tarry, I think it was an axe.” She later added.

It is important to note that all three statements have not been verified and the police investigation is ongoing. The Public Defender of Georgia, Nino Lomjaria, is examining the case.

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World No.27 Nikoloz Basilashvili Facing Domestic Violence Charges

Multiple reports have confirmed that the former top 20 player has been released on bail ahead of a court hearing later this year.

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Georgian tennis star Nikoloz Basilashvili has been arrested and will face court later this year over allegations of violence against his ex-wife.

 

The Georgian Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed that the tennis star was arrested on May 22nd. A day after he allegedly attacked his former partner, according to an official statement from the prosecution. The incident is said to have taken place on the outskirts of Tbilisi where Basilashvili has been accused of ‘physically attacking’ his ex-wife.

In the wake of the allegation, the world No.27 was hit with a 100, 000 GEL bail, which equates to just over $30,000 in US dollars. Although it has since been confirmed that the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia is demanding a pre-trial detention. Following the initial court session, lawyer Irma Tchkadua has said that Basilashvili denies any wrongdoing.

“He denies charges, as he has not committed anything. There is no evidence in the case”, Inter Presse News quoted the lawyer as telling reporters.

Radio Tavisupleba, which is the Georgian branch of Radio Free Europe, have obtained a statement from the head of the country’s national tennis association. Former Soviet player and 1973 Wimbledon finalist Alexander Metreveli has stated the organisation is firmly against all cases of violence.

“Everyone condemns the fact of violence. For us, because we all know Niko, it is an incredible topic … When a husband and wife leave (separate), there is always some disagreement, not only with Niko. I knew there was a problem,” he said.

The same news network has also reported that the father of Basilashvili has been issued with a restraining order in the wake of the alleged incident. It is unclear how that order is connected to this situation.

Basilashvili peaked at a career ranking high of 16th in the world last year. He has won three ATP 500 titles with two of those occurring in Germany where he won back-to-back titles in Hamburg. His best run at a grand slam was back in 2018 when he reached the fourth round of the US Open.

According to Georgian criminal code, if Basilashvili is found guilty he could face 200 to 400 hours of community service or between one and three years in prison.

A photo of Basilashvili attending his initial court hearing can be seen in the below tweet.

UPDATE:-

Since the publication of this article, The Public Defender of Georgia has confirmed that the alleged incident involving Basilashvili and his ex-wife took place in front of their child. Nino Lomjaria has already started to examine the case.

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