Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Mo' Murray, Mo' Problems

2007 was supposed to be the breakthrough year for Andy Murray, anointed savior of British tennis. Now it looks like it might be a wash. After nursing his wrist for three months, the feisty Scotsman crashed out in the second round of Montreal to an unheralded Italian. Brad Gilbert must be getting mighty impatient waiting for his young charge to reach some of his alleged potential even as fellow 20-year-olds like Nadal and Djokovic soar to new heights. More than any of his injuries, it seems that Murray's biggest obstacle might be his suspect mental toughness. He's got a few more weeks to get it together before the Open, where shouting and pouting certainly won't help his cause.

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