- This Daily Mail interview with Andy Murray reveals the dedicated personality behind the temperamental athlete that you see on court. The entire interview is a fascinating read: he talks about boxing, his goals for 2012, Britain’s tennis program, and playing in the big 4 era. My favorite parts include his honest reflections on his Australian Open loss and his reasoning for why his on-court temper is an essential part of his competitive nature.
- If you’re puzzled by your newfound appreciation for the tortured but striving athlete named Muzz (as a result of the interview above), here’s a photo to right the ship:
Is this striped argyle? Half-argyle? Orange-creme sneakers? How could you, Muzz? How could you.
- To be fair, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga did not fare much better with his 2012 Adidas gear.
- Fue Buena reports they spotted a fake Rafael Nadal at a bar in Paris-Bercy. The person in question actually works for Sky, the British TV channel. Still, the resemblance is uncanny.
- Nalbandian discusses his Davis Cup preparation. He says, “I would play all 5 matches if the rules allowed me.” Nalby, you realize this is a team event, right? Show a little faith. That said, I admire his dedication and passion. Sigh.
- In more reassuring news, JMDP rested his shoulder and will resume training this week. His ranking moves to no. 11. That’s a huge leap from no. 485 in January. It should be enough for the ATP Comeback of the Year award, right?
- Lastly, Happy Birthday Fernando Verdasco!