Rarely more than the length of a phsyio’s table from angst, Andy Murray has put his fate over the concluding weeks of the season in the intuitive hands of a former ballet dancer who once shared a stage with Michael Crawford. As Judy Murray might say, some mothers do, indeed, have ’em.
Andy Murray has insisted he will give his best in the ATP World Tour Finals in London – where he has rarely done that well – but admitted the Davis Cup a week later remains his priority.
Andy Murray will agonise for another week before declaring if he will play in the ATP World Tour Finals in London just before the Davis Cup final against Belgium, which it was confirmed on Wednesday will be held on clay in Ghent on 27-29 November.
When Andy Murray hinted that he might withdraw from the ATP World Tour Finals in London during November to prepare for the Davis Cup final in Belgium a week later, he was letting his sore body do the talking.
Andy Murray admits that a single day will not be enough to ease the pain of losing on home soil for the sixth time to Roger Federer, this time within reach of appearing in a third Wimbledon final.
Rafael Nadal has launched a withering broadside at the Spanish tennis federation after its president was suspended pending a financial investigation, adding to the sense of disarray enveloping the organisation as a result of the controversy surrounding Gala León’s appointment as the country’s first female Davis Cup captain.
Andy Murray hopes to decide on his new part-time assistant this week after discussions with Amélie Mauresmo while in Indian Wells for the first tournament of the American hardcourt season.
If fatherhood becomes Andy Murray off the court – he did well not to explode when asked this week if his baby daughter, Sophia, was Scottish or English – his tennis too has an air of quiet authority about it.
Andy Murray smiles coyly when he declares he would love to win all the remaining 2016 slams, defend his Olympic gold medal and, with his Great Britain team-mates, retain the Davis Cup they won on such on a wave of emotion in Ghent last year.
2015 had a fair number of predictable results but overall it must go down as a year of surprises.