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Boris Becker on Murray

A nice little article by another of Murray's famous supporters:

View from the heights should sustain belief and confidence
Last year Andy Murray had the right attitude and mental capacity to compete, and now he has the body as well as the strokes, writes Boris Becker

I REMEMBER my first tournament win on the tour as if it were yesterday — at Queen’s Club in 1985, beating Johan Kriek in the final after winning against Pat Cash in the quarters and Paul McNamee in the semis. I was 17. It is what I had dreamt of doing and now it was a dream no more.

Andy Murray is 18 and it is his turn to feel that he has reached the mountain top. In the heat of the moment against Lleyton Hewitt in the final in San Jose, playing cat and mouse with a former world No 1, he will have had a sense that that is where he belonged, a feeling that all is normal but surreal at the same time. Then he woke up yesterday morning and spoke to his friends and read the newspapers — what he has done will have sunk in and he will appreciate that it is quite an achievement.

And it is important that he lives it fully. He needs to say, “how great it is”, to revel in his time in the sunshine, because there will be plenty of other moments when life is not so rosy. We could see last year that he did not yet have the body to compete, but he had the mental capacity, the right attitude. Now he has the body as well as the strokes.

What it shows me is that all the hype was well-founded. There is a lot more to come. He believed he could beat Hewitt the day after he nailed Andy Roddick — two of the world’s best players — and that is a message not only to him but the rest of tennis as well. And the rest will have taken note, believe me. When you are on the kind of roll Murray is experiencing, you want to keep riding it. He is playing for the next six weeks straight and as long as he does not get fatigued, he could be involved in a lot of matches. If I were Jeremy Bates, the Great Britain Davis Cup captain, I might hope that Murray has one or two lean weeks, or he could be really tired for the tie against Serbia and Montenegro in early April. And a lot rests on him then.

For Murray today, nothing can top the exhilaration of being a champion. Am I surprised it happened? No. Am I surprised it happened at this moment? Yes. After a poor Australian Open, I wondered what might become of him in the next few weeks. Wonder no more. He has the game to handle the world’s best, he has the courage and the confidence.

At the end of last year’s Wimbledon, I felt it would be an achievement for Murray to be in the main draw this year without the aid of a wild card. Now, it looks as if he may be seeded. This kid is really good.


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Nothing to do with Murray but, re Becker, this just about beats all:

The FT reports that:

"Boris Becker, the three-time Wimbledon tennis champion, is claiming diplomatic immunity against attempts to enforce bankruptcy proceedings in London, on the basis that he is an ambassador to the Central African Republic.

The German former world number one claimed in a statement on Thursday that his status as a sports attaché to the Central African Republic shields him from any legal action that does not go through proper diplomatic channels. He argues that this means Boris Johnson, the UKs foreign secretary, would have to consent to legal claims being served on him, as well as the foreign secretary of the Central African Republic.

The Central African Republic, one of the poorest countries in the world, made Mr Becker an attaché in April. Mr Becker, meanwhile, is party to bankruptcy proceedings over money allegedly owed to Arbuthnot Latham, a London-headquartered private bank, and other creditors."

Frankly, Evo looks a saint compared to some....

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