Will a Davis Cup Title in 2015 mean a big 2016 for Andy Murray?


Novak Djokovic’s monster 2011 got its launch from helping Serbia win the 2010 Davis Cup.  I do not think Andy Murray will win 3 of 4 majors in 2016, but his Davis Cup success will likely help in the coming year. Andy posted his biggest win since Wimbledon 2013.  Also, Murray shared this success with his brother Jamie.  I cannot imagine a more satisfying professional experience than being able to share a triumph of this stature with a sibling.  Andy Murray now has won a US Open title, a Wimbledon title, a gold medal in singles, a silver medal in mixed doubles, and a Davis Cup title.  I think he can play more freely going forward because his legacy is both secure and unique.  Andy has been runner-up at the Austrialian Open four times.  Perhaps, confidence from his Daivs Cup heroics will make him Novak Djokovic’s toughest obstacle at Melbourne 2016.

Twitter and Tennis Abides

 Boris Becker retweeted this – I asked my parents to put me in a tennis clinic right after Becker won Wimbledon in 1985 so this is a major thrill for me

The Twitterverse has been kind to Tennis Abides

When I first linked my twitter account to Tennis Abides, I had unrealistic thoughts such as “I have 200 followers.  When I make this post, at least 100 will click on it.”  Once I gained a better idea of how twitter worked and how it did not work, I have to say it has been a major boost for Tennis Abides.  I am able to interact with readers as well as other tennis writers.  I am friends with writers such as ESPN’s Howard Bryant and Bijan C. Bayne.  Mr. Bayne and I have communicated about virtually every topic under the sun.

I have had the dinstinct excitement of having Jimmy Connors tweet to me and Boris Becker retweet me. I’ve had a few twitter interactions with Brad Gilbert, Jon Wertheim, and Patrick McEnroe.  Kentucky’s own Eric Quigley and I have also corresponded over a possible interview.  All in all twitter has been as fun for me as it has been helpful for my site.

Non-Tennis Twitter Interactions of Note

I have had two really fun twitter interactions that had nothing to do with tennis.  First, James Rolfe of Cinemassacre.com fame took my suggestion on what to carve with his final pumpkin of the recent Halloween season.

The suggestion above and the finished product below

Second, George Foreman gave a brief answer to a question I sent him.

Twitter gives all of us a chance to interact with people whose interests we share.  It allows for intant and unfiltered feedback to take place.  The medium is not perfect, but I sure have enjoyed it.

Murray caps off heroic Davis Cup year with title for Great Britain

Originally posted on The Grandstand:

“Team, team, team…. No one more important than the other.”

That quote from the legendary 1986 film Hoosiers rings true for any team competition, and the Davis Cup is tennis’ most significant–and really its only–event that generally deflects attention from specific individuals. But there is no denying that the 2015 Davis Cup season was about one man and one many only: Andy Murray.

The world No. 2 capped off a memorable year in style by delivering Great Britain its first cup since 1936 by defeating Belgium’s David Goffin on Sunday afternoon. Murray’s 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 triumph in the fourth rubber inside the Flanders Expo in Ghent gave the visiting Brits a 3-1 victory.
The Belgians had made the obvious choice to contest this tie on red clay in hopes of taking down Murray in either singles or doubles on the Scot’s least favorite surface. Ruben Bemelmans could not mount much…

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Let’s Get It Started In Here, Runnin’ Runnin’ 🎶(literally)

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Originally posted on The Not-So Tipsy Gypsy:

I am not sure who named this time “offseason” but my guess is that they were NOT players. Yes, I did have a wonderful few weeks fully”off,” (as documented in my first post), but it is currently only Nov 13 and my first tournament will be starting Jan 4 in China. Which, if I’m not mistaken, still leaves me over 1.5 months to do some “dirty.” And by “dirty” I mean every type of track workout imaginable, weights, shuttle runsandplyos and… You get the point. There is a lot of work to be done during offseason since it is the one time a year where we can really devote a period of time longer than 2 weeks to get ahead physically. It is also a time to work on things in your tennis game that need to be addressed. Not to mention, a time to grow and become a better…

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Andy Murray Gives Britain Davis Cup Title After 79 Years

Originally posted on The Sport News Portal:

Andy Murray gave Britain its first Davis Cup title in 79 years when he beat Belgium’s David Goffin 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in the first of reverse singles Sunday.

The win gave Britain an unassailable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five series and the final singles match was not played.

“I can’t believe we did it,” Murray said on court. “We may never get an opportunity to do this again. We should celebrate tonight.”

Britain is the only nation to have competed in all Davis Cup editions since 1900 and its 10th title makes it the third most successful nation after the United States (32) and Australia (28).

But it was a long way coming. Britain last won it in 1936 with Fred Perry as its star and last played in the final in 1978.

Murray, ranked No. 2 in the world, is unbeaten in Davis Cup play this year.

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Great Britain wins 2015 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final

Originally posted on newfanzone:

Great Britain has defeated Belgium 3-1 to win the 2015 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final in Ghent on Sunday 29 November.

This is Great Britain’s tenth Davis Cup title, placing them third on the all-time list behind USA (32 titles) and Australia (28 titles). It is Great Britain’s first title since 1936, with the gap of 79 years being the longest gap between Davis Cup titles in history.

Andy Murray has become the first player to win eight live singles rubbers in a calendar year since the introduction of the World Group in 1981. He is just the third player to achieve an 8-0 World Group singles record in a calendar year.

Andy Murray, 2015 Davis Cup photo credit: Marianne Bevis https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/legalcode Andy Murray, 2015 Davis Cup
photo credit: Marianne Bevis

Murray is only the second player to win 11 live singles and doubles rubbers in World Group history after Croatia’s Ivan Ljubicic in 2005. He is the…

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Davis Cup 2015: Day 3 Predictions


#16 David Goffin vs. #2 Andy Murray

Andy Murray has set his team and himself up for winning the Davis Cup at the conclusion of this match.  Goffin is a tough opponent.  However, Murray has been through enough wars and even got to see some of Goffin’s shot making up close on this court for 4 sets of doubles. Murray may be tired after playing 7 sets over 2 days, but Goffin has played 9 sets over the same 2 day period.  Goffin can take the ball early and rob time from anyone, but Murray’s game is overall stronger than Goffin’s.  The three of five set format benefits the superior player as a hot hand or hot crowd tend to disolve over time.  Also, clay may not help Goffin hold versus Murray’s return game.  Murray won Madrid and lost in 5 sets in the Roland Garros semifinal.  Clay is not necessarily aiding Goffin in this match.  I think Murray makes good and wins this match.

My Prediction: Andy Murray d. David Goffin 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2

#106 Ruben Belemens vs. #100 Kyle Edmund

These two are ranked quite closely.  If it comes down to this match, I think the home crowd and Edmund dealing with the hangover of dropping the first match from two sets ahead mean that Belemens would win the match and Davis Cup for Belgium.

(If it matters) My Prediction: Ruben Belemens d. Kyle Edmund 6-4, 7-5, 6-1

Davis Cup 2015: Day 1 Match Predictions

Match 1: David GOFFIN vs. Kyle EDMUND

Edmund can make this Davis Cup final much more straight forward for the UK if he wins either of his singles matches.  I think Edmund has a chance, but Goffin on indoor clay in front of a partisan crowd is too much to pick against.

My Prediction: Goffin d. Edmund 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

Match 2: Andy MURRAY vs. Ruben BEMELMANS

Andy Murray has very little margin for error.  Baring the unexpected he will need to be part of all three points his invading team wins.  The world #2 should win this match, but we all know strange things can happen in Davis Cup matches.

My Prediction: Murray d. Bemelmans 6-4, 6-1, 6-2

This will leave things tied at 1-1 heading into the pivotal doubles clash.

Davis Cup 2015: Can the Super Murray Bros. Win on the Road?

Andy Murray’s quest to end another historic streak relies as much on his ability to play well with his brother as it does on his clash with David Goffin

Andy Murray has done quite well in international competition.  He picked up a gold medal in singles and a silver medal in mixed doubles during the 2012 olympic games.  He can join the Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Stan Wawrinka as having won grand slam titles, at least one olympic medal, and at least one Davis Cup title.

For Andy Murray to succeed in this endeavor, he needs to rely on his brother.  I have been in a few doubles situations in which my partner was a far superior tennis player.  This does not always equate to success.  Jamie Murray’s 2015 successes in terms of reaching the doubles World Tour Finals, the US Open doubles final, and the Wimbledon doubles final mean that Andy has a very worthy co-conspirator in his Davis Cup quest.   The fact that his Davis Cup hopes are improved by the play of his older brother brings some interesting emotional dynamics to this Davis Cup finale.  Few players win a Davis Cup title by being part of all three points.  Boris Becker’s 1989 performance versus Sweden and Pete Sampras’ 1995 performance versus Russia standout.  Andy Murray will likely need to be part of all three points if the UK is going to win its first Davis Cup title since Fred Perry’s days.