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LuAnne Murray just won’t quit. The 50-something bicycle racer, who maintains a high level of fitness, has no reason to. She recently completed a racing season with a bang. Racing for the Kreitler team, Murray won two events in the 2013 USA Cycling Masters Track Nationals held at the Indianapolis Velodrome. She won the points race and the scratch race in the 50-54 age group.

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Andy Murray out of the US Open

Posted: September 6, 2013 by JonoShmono "SykOse. Live. Extreme." in News, SykOtic
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Wawrinka reached his first ever grand slam semi-final after ruthlessly picking Murray apart 6-4 6-3 6-2 as the defending champion looked completely out of sorts.

Third seed Murray won his first grand slam title at Flushing Meadows last year and his second at Wimbledon this July. But he was outplayed from the beginning on a blustery day in Arthur Ashe Stadium, and suffered his earliest exit from the US Open since 2010.

“I would have liked to have played a little bit better,” Murray said after rushing off court and into the interview room to explain the defeat. “I’ve had a good run the last couple of years. It’s a shame I had to play a bad match.

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Let’s just get the formalities over with and give Andy Murray that knighthood right now. Why wait until the New Year?

The Scotsman has achieved feats every bit as skyscraping as Sir Bradley Wiggins, Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Steve Redgrave.

In fact, Murray has surpassed that remarkable trio, and should go down as the greatest British sportsman of the modern era.

Let me explain, for this is not simply the knee-jerk reaction of a blog drunk on emotion and Pimm’s.

Though he is still ranked number two, Murray looks very much like the best tennis player in the world. He holds two Grand Slams plus the Olympic title. He won Wimbledon. Andy Murray won Wimbledon. Wimbledon!

I wanted Murray to win 2012’s Sports Personality award, but acknowledged that a US Open title won at 2am and an Olympic gold claimed just after the delirium of Super Saturday – though extraordinary accomplishments – would not be enough to convince a nationwide audience.

The public have been suspicious of Murray ever since a brooding, sulky teenager made a quip about wanting England to lose at the 2006 World Cup.

Let’s bear in mind that Murray is Scottish, and his comment was testament to little more than British sport’s multiple personalities. And yet the remark was held against him for years, his crime embellished to the point where thousands remain adamant that Murray actually took to the court at SW19 wearing a Paraguay shirt.

Inasmuch as these most anti-Murray nincompoops are worth winning over, it was always going to take a Wimbledon victory to do that. Job done.

Andy Murray has won Wimbledon. Britain’s Andy Murray has WON WIMBLEDON. For anyone who grew up in an era when a Jeremy Bates run to the third round represented success, this is simply unbelievable.

There is no mileage in knocking the aforementioned knights, but let’s get their achievements in perspective.

Redgrave attained excellence over an astonishing period, winning five straight Olympic golds. But this is rowing, a minority sport in which, last year in London, 14 gold medal events took place. Nobody would suggest that winning a rowing gold is easy, but it is not the same as being the best – the absolute, individual best – at a sport played by the world.

A similar case can be made for Murray over his fellow Scot Hoy. Brilliant though his career was, Hoy was the world’s best track sprint cyclist. That’s a fairly niche sub-section of a sport with less global popularity and participation than tennis.

Wiggins certainly achieved the ‘impossible’ when he won the Tour de France. But I never grew up wishing for a British yellow jersey the same way I wanted a British Wimbledon champion. Cycling is a welcome newcomer into the ranks of mainstream sports in this country, but a newcomer all the same.

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What’s more, Redgrave, Wiggins and Hoy all benefited from a strong structure in their sports. Not to say they didn’t make tremendous personal sacrifices to reach the top, but they had the support of teams and organisation with a track record of breeding success. You only have to see Chris Froome‘s progress in this year’s Tour de France to realise that Dave Brailsford (another Sir) and Team Sky create an environment in which excellent cyclists can be the best.

As for Murray? He stands alone, particularly in the men’s game. Far from enjoying a leg up from the national federation, he went abroad to hone his skills. While this is not a time for LTA-bashing, you cannot escape the feeling that he has prevailed in spite, not because, of it.

Murray may lack the others’ longevity, and we hope that his best days lie ahead, but he has quietly compiled quite a career over the last 10 years.

Since 2008 he has reached seven Grand Slam finals, winning two. This is no Johnny-come-lately. His year-end rankings since breaking into the top 20:

2006 – 17
2007 – 11
2008 – 4
2009 – 4
2010 – 4
2011 – 4
2012 – 3

That’s the sort of consistency of which Sir Steve Redgrave might approve, achieved during an era bestridden by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Murray has already surpassed both men, and number one is now a realistic possibility.

Loftier peaks are there to be scaled, but this is not about that. Even if his career ended tomorrow, Andy Murray would unquestionably count as one of this country’s greatest-ever sportsmen.

 

 

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Seventy-seven years of pain were wiped away in just over three hours on Sunday as Andy Murray became the first British man to win the mighty Wimbledon title since 1936 with a stunning 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 victory over world No 1, Novic Djokovic..

As Djokovic’s final backhand hit the net and fell back on his own side, Murray dropped his racket in disbelief before celebrating in front of his support box. (more…)

Scottish tennis ace Andy Murray will go into his Wimbledon semi-final against Jerzy Janowicz this afternoon with the benefit of advice from former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The two men met after Murray‘s comeback victory over Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday and the world No 2 hopes to have benefited from the former Manchester Unitedmanager’s advice on coping with pressure situations.

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Andy Murray

Andy Murray was in a strange mood here: frustrated, brilliant, tetchy, mighty. But not in the old white-knuckle way.
Britain’s Wimbledon hopeful was like an actor running through his repertoire. Look, he seemed to say: I can do all this and still win in straight sets.

In the past the country would have panicked. Murray would have looked raw, vulnerable, volatile and faintly unreliable at 5-2 down in the second set.

Pre-maturity – pre-Olympics and US Open – any dip in form might have prompted a collapse.

These days the No2 seed is so sure of his ability to blast his way past lesser men that he toys with them without even seeming to.

Stephen Murray at the 2001 X Games in Philadelphia, Pa. (left), and at the Stay Strong compound last month in Riverside, Calif. (right).

X Games BMX Dirt gold medalist Stephen Murray, who suffered a career-ending injury that left him paralyzed below the shoulders in 2007, released a video this week that shows him moving both of his arms. The development comes almost six years to the day since Murray was injured at the Baltimore Dew Tour stop on June 22, 2007. (more…)